Pre-Enlistees For NS Can Get Free Entry To 6 SAFRA Gyms Under New Initiative
Before enlisting for National Service (NS), young Singaporean men have to go through a series of tests to make sure that they are physically and medically fit to serve the nation.
One of the most challenging tests is the Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), which is often the deciding factor of their physical abilities.
To do well for IPPT, many pre-enlistees would hit the gym months before their test dates. But gym membership prices don’t come cheap these days.
Hence, if you’re a pre-enlistee looking to up your fitness game, here’s some good news for you.
This initiative is a joint effort by SAFRA and Ministry of Defense (MINDEF), as part of the Pre-Enlistees Exercise Programme for National Service (Prep4NS).
Free entry for pre-enlistees at 6 SAFRA gyms
Next month onwards, pre-enlistees will be able to enjoy free 1-year membership at 6 EnergyOne SAFRA gyms:
- Mount Faber
- Toa Payoh
As a pre-requisite, MINDEF stated that this initiative is only meant for those who have registered for NS and are medically fit to serve the nation.
Only available during off-peak hours
You can only visit the gym for free during off-peak hours. Here are the timings available:
- Weekdays from 6.30am-5pm and 10.30pm-1am
- Weekends from 6.30am-1pm and 8pm-1am.
We reckon that this restriction is made for crowd control purposes.
After all, if you’ve been to a gym before, you would know how frustrating it is to queue for your equipment when the gym is crowded.
Registration for free memberships will start next month. Your membership period will start after your application is approved.
More details can be found on the SAFRA website next month onward.
Group classes with fellow pre-enlistees at SAFRA
Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, who is Senior Minister of State for Defence and president of SAFRA, mentioned that group classes will also be held at the gyms.
Photo for illustration purposes only.
During these group classes, pre-enlistees will also get the chance to workout and prepare for IPPT together.
If you are enlisting soon, there’s no harm in making new friends as they’ll all be in the same boat as you in a few months’ time.
In addition, studies have shown that working out with friends can motivate you to hit the gym even on days when you’re feeling a little sluggish.
Here’s to conquering your IPPT
With this programme, you can finally get to workout for free before going for the famously dreaded IPPT.
In case you didn’t know, if you fail the test, you might have to enlist a few months earlier just to better train your physique.
So if you want to avoid losing the few extra months of freedom, it’s time to start early and train yourself before the army does.
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