Nice spot and feels less crowded than the ever popular Orchard branch. But it has only 1 studio so classes tend to be packed. They also have a cafe of sorts which I've never tried but at least it looks bright and cheery. An uncle at the towel counter can be quite grumpy but I've learnt to ignore him already. Can be quite hard to find as its located at Bugis Towers and not Bugis Junction. From Junction you'll need to take a lift at the basement to go to level 1 then change lifts to level 4. If not, just take the BHG entrance that leads down to the MRT escalator and walk ahead - you'll see Bugis Towers soon.
California Fitness is somewhat an interesting place for those who love fitness as well as need a place to hang out now and then. For a good price (as compared to the other mega gyms around), cali (california in short), you get to go for various fitness classes, speed down the hill on a bike with hot music and an instructor pumping down your ears with encouragements that guarantees you walking like ducks later...
Cali do have a good range of gym equipment and the bugis outlet i pretty like it as they do have a boxing ring area for those who like to down the bags once in a while. Cardio area is downstairs and upstairs you get to pump up those muscles and have a great view of muscle marys and skinny joes... If you feel bored, this is a great place to hang out. You really get to see some regular people acting differently as you normally would see. Cranging sounds of weights banging against each other, hmphing sound of raising loads and shouts of victory as well as encouraging comments such as " touch your muscle.. Is it so hard....."
This is indeed a great place to hang out... not only to spend sometime with the body you battle with everyday, i think it somewhat is therapeutic to be invisible for a while, minding your own business and doing some workout soaking in an environment of positivity towards life.
All in all, cali is a wonderful place to hang out though the personal trainers and recruiters can be irritating when they hustle you and the steel stairway up to level 2 can be a pain in the @$$. Otherwise, all is pretty nice there...
I used to be a member of this gym for 2 years, but have recently switched to another gym after my contract expired. I have hence tried several fitness centres, and would base my review on my experiences with these fitness centres.
It is known that the sales staff at california fitness tend to be more sales-driven, hence making them appear pushy. Despite this, I personally find that the gym has its merits as well. The receptionists at the bugis outlet are quite friendly, and can help to brighten up one's day. Also, most of the outlets are located close to the MRT, and are more accessible as compared to other commercial gyms. Besides this, the instructors for the various gym classes appear to be more qualified as compared to some instructors in other gyms.
However, over the 2 years, there are some disappointing things about the gym that made me decide to leave for another gym. The equipment has not been properly maintained, and some personal trainers do not appear to be very qualified. Also, the management's cost cutting measures such as shortening the gym hours have made the it less enjoyable.
With regards to the membership fees, after being with a few gyms, I feel that there is always room for negotiation for a lower membership fee. We (consumers) are the ones with the bargaining power, so it's important not to succumb to the tactics of sales staff.
All in all, California Fitness is not a bad gym, and I certainly did enjoy my 2 years there. Should the management improve on the maintenance of their equipment and facilities, I would not mind rejoining as a member again:)
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