At the start of 2015, I wrote about up-to-date membership fees of the top gyms in the country: Fitness First, Gold’s Gym and Slimmers World.
Up to this point, these three remain as the biggest health clubs nationwide, but it seems that the competition is going to get tougher for them as they are about to be challenged by an international chain of gyms which is penetrating the Philippine market today at a relatively fast pace. The gym that I’m talking about is none other than Anytime Fitness.
Anytime Fitness, as the name implies, is known globally as the 24/7 gym. I first heard about them two years ago when my best buddy, who lives in Australia, shared and bragged to me how cool his new gym in Sydney is and how much he loves it because it’s open 24 hours. I even had myself wondering, who the heck lifts weights at 2 O’Clock in the morning? But if you come to think of it, a gym that is always open is very much needed these days. After all, there are night owls everywhere, thanks to the BPO and call center employees as well as doctors and nurses who are on graveyard shifts. It all makes sense to have a 24/7 health club and Anytime Fitness saw that as a good business opportunity.
Fast forward to today, the presence of Anytime Fitness is starting to be felt everywhere. First, they followed me on my Instagram account and just yesterday, I saw them giving away flyers near my workplace as their fifth branch (and more coming very soon) is about to open at the heart of Makati Central Business District in Paseo Center.
If you are curious about them, here are their currently open locations:
- Pioneer – Kapitolyo Pasig
- New Manila
- Bonifacio High Street Global City
- BF Homes
And here are more of their branches opening up this year.
- Paseo Center, Makati
- Quezon Avenue
- Mall of Asia
It doesn’t stop there. There are more clubs opening in 2016 and onwards.
- UP Town Center
- Holy Spirit
- Burgos Circle
I have this impression that Anytime Fitness is competing directly with Fitness First. The reason I felt that way is that first, they are opening in key locations where Fitness First is present. Second, they are also offering classes in their health clubs, which is the key selling point of Fitness First. Third, they have key fobs which serve as your access card to all their branches worldwide. You also don’t need to bring your own locker padlock (like Gold’s Gym and Slimmers World) because they will provide you keys when you drop by for a workout.
Now the million dollar question. How much is their membership rates?
Based from my quick chat with one of their sales representatives, their pricing scheme is very simple:
- One time joining fee: 1,000 Pesos
- Key Fob: 2,500 Pesos (yes guys, this high-tech equipment is expensive so don’t lose it)
- 12 month membership: 2,300 Pesos per month (regular rate) but for early signup, it’s 2,000 Pesos only!
Since they are currently on promo, the joining fee is waived so you only have to pay for the key fob and the monthly membership. The mode of payment is through auto debit via credit card.
And in case you might be interested to avail of a personal trainer, I was told that their usual rate is around 10,200 Pesos for 12 sessions, one hour each.
With all that, it looks to me that Anytime Fitness is poised to compete with the local fitness industry. They are priced competitively and the fact that they are open 24/7 is a huge attraction to city workers who are starting to get more health conscious these days.
As the competition among gyms in the country is just about to heat up, it benefits no one else but us, the end consumers. More choices means better services.
For entrepreneurs, Anytime Fitness is open for franchise. So yes, we finally have the “7 Eleven” and “Mc Donald’s” of gyms – a convenient health club where you can workout anytime, anywhere.
Aside from the Philippines, Anytime Fitness has branches in the US, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Qatar, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore.
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Too bad i dont have a credit card. Haha
Jal – Yeah, I’m not sure if they have other options.
Yes do they have..instead of paying a lump sum amount you may pay in cash monthly..that was what offered to me..
Hey Nil, thanks a lot for the info. How’s your experience so far?
Haven’t started yet..there Quezon Avenue branch will open on November…and have not yet decided if i will sign up with them or with gold’s gym..
Thanks Nil! Let me know how it goes for you in case you decide to sign-up.
Thanks for this Chris kasi this gym is not so mahal unlike sa fitness first na super mahal sya..
Mark – welcome!
This is very helpful review. Thank you! i’m planning to sign-up this year in Quezon Ave branch.
Mraz – you’re welcome. Let me know how it goes for you. Good luck!
Any update with their membership fee or about cash basis payment? My roommate and I are very interested in this! We might even see you in Paseo Center. ??
The 2300 membership fee is the sameas their monthly unli work-out for the whole month? Or it’s different?
Paul – afaik, it’s still credit card payment.
Myonnie – That is unli workout for the whole month.
May idea po kayo kung kailan mago-open yung Anytime Fitness Jupiter branch at kung nag-start na ba yung early sign-up promo nila? Thanks! 😀
hi Marc – no idea pa. I’ll post an update once meron. Thank you! For updates, follow @pinoyguyguide on FB, Twitter and IG. See you there bro!
i hope they allow cash payments,im definately interested in the cebu branch in the future,but ive heard one of their competitors mentioned(fitness first)are notoriously bad when it comes to credit card payments,i will never join a gym in such circumstances & i hear that golds does accept cash
Hello, do they have monthly memberships? or is it fixed to a 12 month membership? It is very difficult to commit to a 12 month membership especially during busy seasons in work. And how much does it cost if they have a monthly membership? Thanks in advance for the answers.
I did called up earlier this week to inquire, membership rate is at 2,800 php and one-time payment of 2,500 php for the key.. But still, it depends if they have an ongoing promo.
I heard that once you signed up to any branch (of anytime fitness), you’ll be able to access all branches nationwide (and internationally). Is this info valid??
Jejo, that’s what I know too.
When can I try working out in other branches?
Per Paseo branch, they said after a month.
I’m currently a member of Fitness First and I was thinking about transferring to Anytime Fitness since their rates are cheaper…. The only reason why I like FF so much are the classes they offer on a daily basis… moreover, they have an app that could help you with exercises you arent familiar with…. Just wondering… does AF offer the same?
If I’m a member in the Philippines with good payment standing
If i visit other branches in other countries, will i be allowed?
Reese – I don’t think they offer the same.
Joey – My friend from Australia is a member of AF and he says he uses the gym both here and there.
the key fob price of 2,500 is a f***n rip-off
I don’t believe it’s a rip off, June. The 2,500 fee is one time only and this is what you use to access the club anytime, anywhere. 🙂
Btw, I am a member of AF since the Paseo Club opened in December, I have used it in GH, then now am using it in Jupiter. Member can access other clubs after a month of working out with the club they are a member of.
Hi , Do Still Need A Personal Trainer ? I Have A Working Background In Fitness First And Anytime Fitness . I’m Looking For A Nearest Branch In Makati . I Hope You Will Reply On My Msg. Po 🙂
I just recently signed for the 12 Months Metro for 2,500 a month via card debit every month online. Do they have steam room? like Gold’s gym.
They’re opening their Eaton branch this September. I just signed up for a 12-month membership. Since the Eaton branch is pre-selling, the one-time joining fee of P1,000 is waived, you only pay for the key fob (P2,500) and my monthly fee will be P2,400 (vs. P2,500 regular rate). I’ve read mixed reviews about AF in the U.S. but I hope AF here will turn out fine. The trainers I’ve talked to at the Paseo and the Eaton branch all sound nice and helpful.
mall of asia branch staffs are very rude
their attitude pushed me away when I was about to sign in.
I am a member in California. No problems going to other AF branches. Monthly fees are roughly the same based on the prices you published. The key Fob fee is actually a refundable deposit.
For those of you considering leaving fitness first to join AF you will have problems with your automatic debit non our credit card… they are notorious for continuing the debit even after you resigned… To fix that declare your Credit Card lost with your bank and get a replacement which will stop the debits.. make sure so that you are paid up with fitness first as per their contract.
As all AF are franchises the owners are different identities… THerefore if one of the gyms is run badly,, eg bad mannered staff,,,unclean amenities,, then that most likely is not be the case with the other branches as they are under different management… there is a new one opening at Robinson Las Pinas next month.. The owner is a young Australian/ Filipino. He owns several other AF franchises in and around this area and seems to take pride in the gyms….
John – that’s correct. AF is a franchised gym.
Any updates on the membership fee if it can be paid through credit card? Im a student and i dont have a credit card yet.. lol.. independently living with no guardians. Can it be paid through cash?
There’s a fairview branch near FEU-NRMF hospital that’s opening soon to those who are interested 🙂
I am a member since september 15,2016 in Anytime Fitness Westgate Alabang, the staff are great , nice environment , cool and easy to use equipments and has different group exercises fit for your needs. They require a credit card or a debit card for payment but in some branches they offer cash payment for the monthly fees. The good news is after 1 month in your enrolled branch you can visit any Anytime Fitness Branch here in philippines and even abroad as long as you have your keyfob with you. Initially you have to pay for the key Fob for 2,500 in some branches they have a preselling fee in which instead of the monthly 2500 , they offer as low as 2k/month and waived joining fee amounting to 1-2k. Another good thing ? Its 24/7 you can go to the gym anytime you want, no more excuses ?
Hi, do you have any idea about Snap Fitness gym? Heard it’s 24/7, too!
Jesse – haven’t heard them yet. Where are they located?
Hoping a branch in dasmarinas, cavite
Lito – they will open a branch in sm dasmarinas soon (saw a tarp posted there)
Any update on the promos for Anytime Fitness.
Greenhills , Makati or Manila Area
my boyfriend and I are excited to try it out
Nobody answered if they have steam/sauna rooms.do they also have refreshment?
i just want to inquire if you have student discount.
Hoping a branch in Taytay, Rizal
I only know one branch of Snap Fitness and that’s in Cubao. And there’s already a new branch of AF in cubao as well, which just opened this year. I signed up for Snap Fitness, it was okay. It’s basically like AF where you can access their branches anytime, anywhere, but I just don’t know where the other branches are here in the Metro. When I signed up a year ago, they have a one time charge for the badge around 1000, and my monthly membership was 2000. They offer discounted rates for families joining in too. I’m planning to transfer to AF, since they have a lot of branches now.
Any future plans opening a branch in Malate, Manila area? Thanks! Because I want to transfer and leave Fitness 1st
Hi i like the anytime fitness in santana grove in parañaque. The staff are great and friendly, i sign up at their pre selling nov 2016 when i was still working in bpo nearby they open march 23. I pay one time key fob 2500 pesos, waived joining fee 1000 pesos and my monthly rate is 2000 pesos its auto debit from my metrobank card but when they debit cost me 2020 pesos and since it started march 23 i have to pay for the days before my cycle starts on april which is 713.98 but my mb card charge me 728 i told the staff to charge me every 3rd of the month. They got classes scheduled now every week which i like they got hiphop,circuit training,zumba and piloxing. Overall the gym is clean, the shower like my home shower or like in a hotel. They do not have annoying offer spa/facial/lipo like in slimmers. And best of all it open 24/7 and you can access other branches im still waiting for my 30 days then il check the branch in westgate alabang ;). Cons; you sign up for 12 month contract to cancel i have to pay 5000 pesos or equivalent to 2 months membership fee, no pools and sauna.Overall its great 😉
Funny how some people ask the writer about specific information. He is not from Anytime Fitness. He reviewed it. If there is specific question you need to ask, call the branch or walk in at any Anytime Fitness branch. 🙂 Just my two cents here
I called Anytime Fitness Better Living even if you’re not going to the gym and you decide to terminate the membership it will still be subject for approval. It will not be cancelled immediately even if you’re willing to pay for the termination fee of ₱5000.
The gym in Better Living is small. You have to waste some of your time to wait for your turn to use the equipments or just go there in the wee hours of you’re not willing to wait. They only have 2 bathroom, one for men and one for ladies. ?
Just signed up yesterday at Santa Rosa branch. First time to enrol in gym and AF seem promising. Hope I enjoy and get the best of it.
@Dee – good luck! tell us how it goes for you!
Thank you Chris! So far my whole week at AF is well. My week started with the physical assessment and later turned out they are offering personal trainer/coach for the price of Php30K for six months and if I sign up ASAP, I get 3 months free. This is for the customized training and workout based on the result of the test. But no for me at this time.
One comment though is the Key FOB of this branch is not yet working so you cannot link yet with the phone app so you can track your visits.
Overall it was a great week! I think I will enjoy and am excited to see and visit other branches which will only be allowed after a month (maybe because the key FOB issued from my branch is yet working)
Hello Dee – glad you’re doing well.. Regarding your personal trainer: you said 30,000 Pesos for six months? How many sessions would that entail?
The personal trainer will check the results of the physical fitness test and create a training and meal plan. The offer for me was 3 times a week and on alternate days, I can call my trainer anytime to check what activities I can do at home if I cannot visit the gym but still get the same results. On the days that you feel you want to go to the gym (unplanned), you message your trainer in advance.
For comparison u may want to chk this http://www.greenbodytalk.com/forums/gym-memberships-and-fitness-centers/
The Anytime Fitness gyms at UPTown and Eaton Makati have bad service. Their staff are friendly, when they are there. The management though is bad. UPTown is poorly staffed (It’s not 24/7) and Makati and UPTown are both impossible to contact. No one picks up. Our company’s membership stopped working in spite of the check being paid. None of the fob keys worked and no one wanted to help. Spare yourself the bad experience and go with the more known gyms. They may be a bit expensive, but there’s a reason Anytime Fitness is cheap. They will give you cheap service too.
Bernard – sad to hear your experience.
I think that’s one disadvantage of a franchised gym with different owners. I think what they need to do is to roll-out a common process among all their franchised gyms to keep the standard and customer service high.
Hi there. I just want to ask, since I am new to all the gym processes, I’m also not adept nor familiar in using gym equipments, so would there be a staff that would help me out, for example, if I join Anytime Fitness? Thanks. And by the way, how is the application? Is it through personal or online? Thanks again.
are they putting up a branch near airports?
Good day mam / sir i just want to ask the tel of your branch in shaw so i will call the yo ask some other question or you can txt or call me at my no. 09276556607
Any price update for 2017 Chris?
Matt – Yes will post an update on or before December
If i sign up in the US can i use AF here in the Philippines for a year without any increase in price rate?
Ramon – yes, you would be able to. At least from what they have told me.
MAGANDANG ARAW MR. CHRIS.
MAGKANO PO BA YUNG MONTLY RATE NG ANYTIME FITNESS DITO PO SA MAY BANDANG UST AREA…
TAPOS KAHIT WALANG TRAINER,,
AT BAGOHAN SA PAG GGYM PWEDE PO JAN SA ANYTIME FITNESS?
Rolland – 2500 Pesos yung rate as far as I know. Yes po, pwede.
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Hi! I just signed for membership for a yet-to-open AF. I am only 17 and I am very new to this working out thing, no idea about anything.
Also, a staff member explained to me (before I signed up) that on my first session, they’ll test my body maybe like weight, height, strength, etc (im not so sure). Then, on the second session will be a free work out with a trainer i think where theyll look for a program for me. But after that will there still be anyone to assist me (so that at least I know that what Ill be doing is right and the correct form) or will I need a personal trainer for that?
Do you think I should invest on seeking help from a personal trainer? Will it be worth it?
Thank you very much!
Domingo – what is your end goal? Lose weight? Or some serious body building?
If the latter, yes, seeking help from a personal trainer would help to teach you proper form.
It all depends on your goal and how serious you are about it.
Mr. Chris – just losing weight and strengthening my muscles (but not that serious to the point of having abs and all that hihi) (i just want to have enough strength for our pe classes thats all) Thank youu.
Domingo – alright. Hope I was able to help. Hey, if you have Instagram of Facebook, see you there!
Hi Chris, I’m a member of AF since November 2016, i signed up for 18 months membership which will end this coming April 2018. Question is, do I still have to sign any papers at the end of my membership?… just like when I was still a member of FF, i needed to sign an end of contract 1 month before.
Another question, If i continue or sign another year of membership, do they slash any amount from your monthly dues?… I am currently paying 2,200 pesos.
Perses – I believe that each membership is open-ended. That means, it should continue as is without signing for another contract.
Hi again Chris. I have another question that the AF are unable to answer me straight.
I am already a member of AF since November 2016 and enrolled for 18month membership. My membership ends this coming April 2018. Merong new AF na mag oopen near my house and they are preselling for 1800pesos monthly and will start preselling this coming March 01, 2018. Since my membership will end in two months. Am I qualified for the preselling rate for that new AF na mag oopen mid of this year?
Para atleast from my 2200pesos monthly due. Maging 1800pesos nalang if qualified ako sa preselling. Since mag eend na din naman membership ko.
Hi Chris! I just want to ask if a membership at AF ends ba and you will declare at the AF office na you are not renewing your membership. What happens to your key fob? Are your going to keep it ba or return it with refunds?
Do you know kung pede i-share yung key fob sa ibang tao pra they can gain access to the gym? Will it be possible? Is it allowed?
Do you have any idea on what will happen if for example at the 6th month of your 1 year contract you are not able to pay the remaining monthly fee? Will they cancel your membership immediately or do you have to settle first your balance?
Do you know if the early rates changed? What’s the next branch that’s opening aside from Malabon?