Whether it’s delicious dining and order-in options, door-to-door grocery deliveries, or just the unbearable heat, Dubai’s residents can find it easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Luckily, the city is also home to several world-class gyms, which do everything they can to get the population moving. Here are some of the city’s top gyms and fitness facilities-
If there’s one thing you need to know about Fitness First (FF), it’s that they know fitness. Fitness First is an international fitness centre brand founded in 1993 in the United Kingdom, and over the years it has expanded exponentially, with branches all over the world.
The UAE alone has 33 branches, and members can freely visit any of the branches once they have registered. This makes it one of the most flexible and easy to find gyms in the country. The clubs take local sensitivities into consideration, and while most of the branches are mixed use, a few are men-only and women-only.
Memberships cost between AED 1099- 6990 , depending on the tier of membership and the duration, and come with free benefits such as free towel service, free WiFi access, complimentary tea and coffee, a swimming pool, squash courts, steam and sauna, discounts with partners, and group exercise classes.
Fitness 360⁰ touts itself as a world-class gym that is available at an affordable price. It is proving to be quite popular with UAE residents, and already has five branches in the country. Apart from the expected facilities, the gym also has a steam room, a juice bar and several special training areas. For those into group training classes, the gym has you covered. Regular Zumba classes are available, as are circuit training, body balance, body pump, yoga, kickboxing and pilates.
The gym often runs various promotions, so prices can vary from month to month. Prices generally range from AED 299-399 per month.
As you sow, so you reap. That seems to be the motto of Fitness Factory, which aims to mass-produce active and healthy members by putting in a lot of hard work. Depending on your individual goals, Fitness Factory provides various programs that focus on anything from strength training and muscle gain to weight loss and general fitness. Using their wide range of cable machines, free weights, and cardio equipment, trainers design a custom program for you with the right mix of isotonic, plyometric, isolation and compound exercises that will help you develop the necessary muscular strength to perform at optimum levels and reach your goals – whether you are training for a marathon, preparing yourself for your next college reunion, trying to squeeze into your high school jeans by your 30th birthday, or just want to look good and feel great on the beach. Memberships for 1 month cost AED 299 plus a AED 150 admin fee, while a 6 month membership will cost you AED 1,400.
The Warehouse Gym
Don’t let the dingy location fool you, the Warehouse Gym packs quite a punch. A legend amongst Dubai’s fitness fanatics, the Warehouse Gym (located in Al Quoz) is well known for its CrossFit classes. It also hosts boxing sessions, spinning classes, has personal trainers at your beck and call, and weightlifting stations. The interiors are quite remarkable too. It (as the name implies) is in an actual warehouse, and the bright neon lights, graffiti and wall art give it a very 80s vibe. Membership prices can vary quite a bit, reach them on 04 323 23 23 to find out more.
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