Keeping up with your regular fitness routine while traveling can be challenging, but it does not have to be. We’ve comprised a motivational list featuring stimulating alternatives far from your average gym experience. Set time aside to get a workout fix while simultaneously interacting with Dubai residents, a sure way to experience life in Dubai as a local.
1. NYLA Method
The NYLA Method is a ‘ladies only’ studio based in a bright, modern and welcoming villa in Jumeirah offering a complimentary first fitness class. NYLA is a homegrown UAE brand, its method based on the barre workout — a series of movements taken from ballet, yoga, weight training and Pilates.
Classes are 60-minutes and geared to tone and strengthen every muscle group with a focus on women’s problem areas. Props such as light weights, a stability ball, and resistance bands are also included depending on the class and instructor with towels, mats and water provided. Additionally, this workout helps boost metabolism to enable sustainable weight loss.
For the cardio fans, there’s an element of short, intense cardio bursts guaranteed to boost your heart rate. NYLA’s energetic instructors are sure to push you past the realms of your comfort zone. This two-story villa houses two studios, a retail area with fashionable workout gear and a boutique with a range of clothes. Post-workout you can grab a coffee and a bite in their cute café. If you’re heading out, you can book an appointment at the blow dry bar.
2. Mojo Reformer Pilates
This friendly studio located in Dubai Media City offers both men and women a dynamic 50-minute core and strength-building workout entirely on the reformer machine. The pilates studio is bright and clean, equipped with the new Allegro 2 reformer machines that are easy and fun to use. You can expect a challenging full body workout that’s never the same.
The instructors demonstrate moves in the sequence and walk through the studio making the necessary form. The majority of the moves are based on using your core strength and the reformer resistance springs. You’ll activate muscles you didn’t even know existed. The first class in complimentary.Location: Office 703 - 4 Concord
Located in Burj Views, across from Dubai Mall, this spin studio is the destination for both men and women who want an intensive cardio workout burning 500+ calories per class. You can expect to be led through a series of high-powered bursts that fit with high-energy music. The instructors are all super motivational and push you to your max. The cycling studio is dark — you may even feel like you’re in a nightclub.
If you thrive on competition, ask to be put on the Torq Board — an in-studio screen that ranks riders so you can compare your performance against the rest of the class in real time. Flywheel has developed a huge following amongst fitness enthusiasts who call themselves “Flywheelers”. If you would like to double your workout, take the Flybarre class in their second studio. Bottled water and towels are provided. The first class of Flywheel and FlyBarre is complimentary.
TribeFit is a fitness club located in the Dubai Marina emphasizing the social aspects of exercise. Cultivating a playful yet intense environment, the club is divided into eight workout areas including the burn lab, stretch area, yoga studio, fight club, circuit training, build lab, spin area and melting pot.
It's not just a gym, but a community experience. TribeFit provides the opportunity to create a challenging exercise regime from a myriad of class options to private personal trainers. A workout at TribeFit also presents the chance to take advantage of Dubai's beautiful beaches in a group bootcamp overlooking the marina.
5. The Warehouse Gym
The Warehouse Gym is a massive 20,000 square foot gym focused on crossfit located in the Dubai industrial area, Al Quoz. The vast majority of the members here are serious about fitness.
I find my motivation by starting out on the treadmill and taking in my surroundings — super-fit guys and girls using the crossfit area, flipping huge tires or training in the boxing ring. There’s no need to feel intimidated. Sure, there may be a lot of buff people and graffiti art on the walls, but this is one of the friendliest gyms I’ve been to in Dubai. There’s also a ladies only section, a spinning room and a small café that serves delicious smoothies and protein shakes. Your first visit is free.