10 MUST-TRY FITNESS CLASSES IN DUBAI
Find your #fitspo for Dubai Fitness Challenge through a wide range of classes, thanks to a huge selection of exercise studios, gyms and groups offering their signature take on staying active. So whether you like to race to the finish line in a spin class, enjoy the camaraderie and fresh air at an outdoor boot camp or zen out in a yoga class, there’s something in store to suit your workout style.
This jack-of-all trades gym is all about group classes, with a roster of daily Les Mills classes. Whether you opt for the classic Body Attack, Body Pump and Body Combat sessions or try something new, the instructors will put you through your paces, introducing new and challenging movements. With over 20 branches around town, head to the one closest to you and get moving.
Various Fitness First locations including BurJuman, Bur Dubai; +971 4 351 0044
CrossFit – known as ‘the sport of fitness’ – is all the rage in Dubai and it’s the main feature at Iconic. Expect dynamic movements including rope climbing, pull-ups, deadlifts and box jumps. Take on the coach’s workout of the day and compare your best sets to the rest of the team. Take it to the next level with Iconic Burn, a high-intensity class combining free weights, cardio and your own body weight set to pumping beats and led by energetic trainers.
Iconic Fitness, Dream Tower 2, Dubai Marina; +971 4 422 5338
Trident Wellness Center
A yoga studio that cultivates a welcoming community, yogis of all abilities can find their zen at the Trident Wellness Center. With disciplines ranging from Hatha and Ashtanga to Iyengar and power yoga, both beginners and advanced practitioners will feel at home here. There are 30 classes running each day, meaning there’s always a time that’s bound to suit your schedule. The Marina views are also well worth unrolling your mat for.
Trident Wellness Center, Trident Bayside, Dubai Marina; +971 4 441 6287
Padel is a fusion of tennis and squash, which requires you to have solid hand-eye coordination and to be nimble on your feet. Have a go at Padel Pro, where this addictively fun sport can be played in pairs or singles. Originating in Mexico in the late 1960s, the game is a wonderful way to work out while having fun with friends or family.
Padel Pro, Sportsmania, JLT; +971 56 554 6665
Make your workout a social affair and join an exercise class that puts an emphasis on high-definition impact. Specialising in group classes, GFX offers an extensive roster of fun but challenging sessions, with a sense of camaraderie adding to the atmosphere. We especially like THE TRIP spin class – it takes you on a 40-minute journey through a digital world, brought to life with a cinema-scale screen and awesome beats.
GFX, Executive Towers – F52, Bay Avenue; +971 4 425 5940
A free-to-join cycling group, Dubai Roadsters sees around 150 riders get together every Friday morning. The Roadsters’ perfectly planned routes will put you on a round-trip circuit through Dubai’s pristine desert roads, from Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park to Academic City. It’s not suited to beginners though, as participants must be able to comfortably ride 85km at an average speed of 35km per hour.
www.dubairoadsters.com; +971 4 339 4453
Gravity Calisthenics Gym
Limber up at this fun-filled exercise session. Gravity is dedicated to calisthenics, a workout filled with graceful movements and high-energy gymnastics to teach core strength, flexibility and control. Daredevils can also perfect their parkour moves here, a sport that uses the city as an urban gym.
Gravity Calisthenics Gym, Al Quoz; +971 4 321 6006
CRANK takes indoor cycling to a whole new level, with its high-intensity stadium cycling classes pushing participants to their limits. The world-class audio-visual setup provides an immersive experience that’ll transport your mind and body to bring out your inner athlete. Make sure to book ahead – the exhilarating classes are a popular pastime among Dubai’s fit crowd.
Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz; +971 4 321 2095
Need a little encouragement for your workout? The instructors at Barry’s can help with that, doling out tough love to push you right up until that final crunch. The circuit sees boot-campers switch between strength-based exercises and treadmill sprints. A high-intensity workout, one bootcamp session can burn up to 1,000 calories as you tone muscles, shed fat and kickstart your metabolism.
Various Barry’s Bootcamp locations including Central Park Towers, DIFC; +971 4 254 4775
Dubai Ladies Club
Find your beach escape daily from one of Dubai’s most established fitness facilities. Dubai Ladies Club offers all the health and fitness amenities you can imagine and offers free activities daily throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Grab your squash or tennis racket, sweat towel or beach towel. This fitness location has it all.
Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah; +971 4 349 9922
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