Best Fit (The Gym at Orchard & True Fitness)

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The Gym at Orchard 
We imagine this new kid on the block will appeal to two types of people—self-conscious types who shy away from bigger gyms and celebrities. Unlike its more intimidating competitors, The Gym at Orchard allows you to exercise away from prying eyes. “Some people, like celebrities, prefer to work out where it’s not too crowded no matter what time of the day it is. The Gym at Orchard is the perfect place for that,” says director and personal trainer Adrian Tan. 
Stats: 4,500 square feet of floor space with dedicated free weights and kickboxing zones. 
Equipment: 5 treadmills, 3 exercise bikes, 4 elliptical trainers and 2 steppers; all from Life Fitness. 
Amenities: Built-in entertainment system, four showers, 56 full-length and mini lockers.
Classes: None. 
Price: $125.10/month with a minimum commitment of 12 months; additional $800 for 10 personal training sessions. Join by Jan 31 and save $450 (one month free, 2 complimentary personal training sessions plus 10 percent off monthly fees). 
Outlet: 4/F Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Rd., 6235-5687. 
Overall: 3/5
There’s nothing to break the monotony of your workout here but, if you’re into exercising in isolation, you probably won’t want classes anyway. You can always engage the help of a personal trainer (they have five).
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True Fitness
True Fitness utilizes the widest range of fitness products in Singapore, boasting treadmills, exercise bikes, cross trainers and resistance equipment from Life Fitness, Star Trac, Technogym and Nautilus. Looking for a fitness regime that goes beyond running on the treadmill and lifting weights? Sign up for Agility Circuit Training (ACT), a program designed in-house for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of cardiovascular, resistance and agility training without having to work out on a machine. 
Stats: Each of the six gym outlets has about 18,500 square feet of space including hot yoga, spinning, aerobics, Kinesis and Pilates Reformer studios, as well as free weights and low-impact exercise areas. 
Equipment: Over 30 pieces of state-of-the-art cardio equipment (like the ones mentioned above) equipped with integrated TVs and iPod links per outlet.
Amenities: Live DJ and plenty of lockers and showers in all outlets. Branches also include a members’ relaxation lounge, VIP Black Card lounge with Osim massage chairs and steam and sauna facilities.
Classes: More than 300 classes a week including Zumba (a new class inspired by Latin dance), yoga (up to 17 types), spinning (up to 4 types), Les Mills group exercise classes (BodyPump, BodyCombat and BodyJam) and martial arts inspired classes like Wing Chun and Muay Thai. 
Price: From $109 per month for a basic membership with options for access to all fitness clubs or all of True’s outlets including yoga centers; VIP Black Card membership (price available upon application) gives access to regional centers across five different countries; personal training from $80 per session. Seven-day trial passes available.
Outlets: #07-00 Chevron House, 30 Raffles Plc., 6438-3000; #B1-26 China Square Central, 18 Cross St., 6438-3833; #03-14 Great World City Mall, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, 6235-9622; #07-15/17 Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Rd., 6348-9200; #07-001 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Blvd., 6820-9000; #03-10/11 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, 6278-3000. 
Overall: 3/5
This one’s got everything you need to break a serious sweat but the peak-hour crowds can be quite a turn-off. Some of the outlets also seem a bit dingy (old carpeting, dustballs, low lighting)—not ideal if you’re OCD about this sort of thing (although they are upgrading the locker rooms from mid-February onwards).
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