Want to join a gym but your budget is limited? Why not consider pay-per-entry gyms.
If you want to get fit but are not ready to commit the cash for a long-term gym membership, pay-per-entry gyms are your best bet.
For starters, they let you pay-and-go at your convenience, so you don’t have to sit through two hours pretending to listen to a gym consultant who is bent on selling you the most expensive package.
Also, pay-per-entry gyms usually come with no strings attached. This offers you the delightful freedom and flexibility to explore a facility with the ease of being able to walk away whenever you want to.
Their central appeal lies in their practicality and affordability. Nowadays, the most basic package at a commercial gym could cost you up to RM200 per month. In comparison, entrance fees to these gyms could cost as little as RM8.
Using this benchmark, if you hit the gym at an average of three times a week, you will only have to pay RM96 a month – that’s almost half of what you would be paying at a commercial gym.
The best part is, there are no contracts, no administrative or registration charges, no cancellation clauses and no penalty fees, just pure grit, iron and a whole lot of determination to build a fitter, better you.
You will find a myriad of these gyms in pockets of the Klang Valley if you know where to look. They don’t come with free coffee or towels, but are often well-equipped enough to facilitate a good workout session.
If you’re keen on cutting the fat and not the size of your wallet, here are some locations to look out for:
Where: SS3, Petaling Jaya
Walk-in rate: RM8
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 24 hours
Body Factory is the fitness junkie’s dream. It is a fully-equipped gym that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
Spanning two floors, the premise is equipped with a decent selection of training equipment, including dumbbells that range from 1kg to 50kg, bench, a squat rack and a variety of weight machines to facilitate your muscle-building or strength-training goals.
Cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and elliptical trainers can be found at the upper floor.
They also offer a variety of fitness classes, yoga and personal training services, and come with a boost juice and protein bar, as well as separate shower and sauna facilities for men and women. Towels are available for a fee.
Where: SS15, Subang Jaya
Walk-in rate: RM8
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am–10.30pm; Sat & Sun: 9.30am–9.30pm
This no-frills establishment prides itself for its flexible and budget-friendly approach.
Located near Asia Café in Subang Jaya, Blitz Gym offers a wide range of weight and cardio machines that include power racks, dumbbells, barbells, treadmills and spinning bikes.
With zero commitment, contracts and registration charges, Blitz Gym, which started off as a private and invitation-only gym, offers starter programmes for the fitness newbie and personal training sessions for those with designated fitness goals.
Separate shower facilities for men and women are available.3
QLS Fitness and Nutrition
Where: Plaza Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Walk-in rate: RM10
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 1.00pm-10:00pm; Sat: 12.00pm-5.00pm
You won’t find a fancy sauna or dance classes at this gym. Equipment is basic, but comprises all your strength-training and body-building essentials, including squat racks, bumper plates, dumbbells, kettlebells and an assortment of weight machines (basically a candy store for the strength-training enthusiast).
It is also a popular training ground for some of the strongest powerlifters and strength athletes around, including up-and-coming Malaysian strongman Zarol Alfiyan, who coaches at its premises on weekday evenings (and of whom this writer has had the happy privilege to train with).
One-on-one and group personal training, as well as customised training programmes that include fat loss, calisthenics and core conditioning, are available by request.
Where: Subang Avenue, Subang Jaya
Walk-in rate: RM10
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9.00am-1.00pm; Sun: 3.00pm-11.30pm
Recently relocated from its premises in Sunway Mentari, Fitness Paradise offers CrossFit-inspired group workouts that merges elements of strength training, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning to members and drop-in patrons alike.
Those who are new to the gym may find the group workouts to be beneficial, especially if they have little or no prior experience with exercise.
Training equipment available at the facility include squat racks, weight machines, gymnastic rings, plyometric boxes, as well as treadmills and rowers for the cardio bunnies.
Where: Subang Jaya Industrial Park, Subang Jaya
Walk-in rate: RM15
Opening hours: 24 hours from Mon to Sat; Closed on Sundays from 2am-2pm for housekeeping
With a tagline that says, “Raise the bar”, one can expect minimal fuss and a whole lot of iron-pumping badassery at a facility like the War3house.
Boasting some 8,000 square feet, the gym comes with two floors and a broad range of equipment and weight machines to facilitate various fitness goals, including strength training, bodybuilding and CrossFit. Treadmills and rowers at located at the upper floor.
A popular haunt for bodybuilders, the gym also comes with a “posing room” (with gigantic mirrors) for these fit and chiselled folk to chart progress and work on their competitive poses. It is otherwise a great excuse for selfies.
Pre-workout, protein bars, shakes and juices are available at the bar.
Given their practicality and easy accessibility, pay-per-entry gyms certainly make a financial-friendly option for those of us who are looking to get fit without breaking our budget.
Do come and say hi if you ever catch me in one of these facilities!
¦ Fiona Ho is a certified personal trainer and a strength enthusiast who derives happiness from lifting heavy objects.