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A Fitness Lover's Guide To Dubai

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Updated: 8 May 2017
With a recent growth in the local fitness industry, Dubai has become a travel destination for anyone who loves sweating. In a city that never stops moving, neither should you, with several boutique fitness studios offering everything from yoga to boxing in every corner of town and even hotels that now support innovative high-end gyms.

Outdoor Activities

Kite Beach

One of Dubai’s favorite public beaches, Kite Beach, is an ideal destination for the fitness fanatic. There is a state-of-the-art running track along the entire beach so runners can get their sweat on while enjoying the breeze. Kite Beach also has several volleyball courts, for those looking to indulge themselves into group sports – where anyone can rent a volleyball with friends and spend the day enjoying some friendly competition. This is a great place to meet people who also love fitness and make new friends while burning some serious calories.

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Surf House Dubai

This hub welcomes Dubai’s pro-surfers and amateurs. Surf House Dubai is well known for its trendy cafe and board rental for anyone who loves being in the water. Here, surfing is taken very seriously, and the space’s website even offers a surf report for those looking to catch some waves. Of course, for that to happen boards are needed. Surf House Dubai rents out surf boards, stand up paddle (SUP) boards and kayaks. Also on offer are surfing and SUP lessons for those who need to get a little bit more confident while in water. Surf House Dubai is located right next to Sunset Beach, with a privileged view of the Burj Al Arab for all surfers.

Surf House Dubai, 41A Street, Umm Suqeim, +971 4 3211309

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Hotel Fitness

Fairmont The Palm

There was a time when a hotel gym meant a small room with a treadmill and a couple of dumbbells, those days are long gone. Dubai hotels are investing in fitness for their guests and anyone else who would like to get involved, and Fairmont The Palm is the perfect example of that. The five-star resort not only offers a private beach, luxurious rooms and an excellent spa; but it has also become a go-to destination for all fitness lovers with unique group classes such as AquaSpin and PRAMA by PaviGym. AquaSpin has become highly popular, as it combines the benefits of water aerobics with the intensity of cycling. The view of the Dubai Marina skyline is also a perk! However, PRAMA has been the true innovation brought to the local fitness scene. The high-tech workout uses LED lighting controlled by software to create an interactive and competitive workout. Definitely worth checking out!

Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, +971 4 457 3388

AquaSpin class | © Courtesy of Fairmont the Palm

AquaSpin class | Courtesy of Fairmont the Palm

The H Dubai

Les Mills classes are widely popular and among the favorites of fitness lovers. So being able to catch Les Mills classes at the comfort of a hotel while traveling is a dream come true. Quantum Health Club located at The H-Hotel Dubai offers virtual Les Mils classes for its guest. The classes are held in a high-end studio with a floor-to-ceiling screen where guests can come in and take classes taught by Les Mills’ best instructors. This gives total flexibility for people to simple come in and request the class they wish to take including favorites such as Body Pump, Body Balance, Sh’bam and much more. The H Dubai also offers a fantastic, fully equipped gym.

The H Dubai, One Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 4 501 8888

Gym Interior | © Courtesy of The H Dubai
Gym Interior | © Courtesy of The H Dubai
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Local Fitness Studios

Round 10 Boxing Club

This studio is every boxing enthusiast’s dream. Round 10 Boxing Club has welcomed some household names in the world of boxing such as Anthony Joshua. While not luxurious, it’s the ideal gym to get a killer workout. With boxing inspired fitness group classes and highly qualified instructors, Round 10 sets itself apart from other boxing studios in the region. Most classes involve a run around the block and circuit workout followed by bag work where boxing fanatics get a chance to practice their technique while getting seriously sweaty. Like any good workout, every group class finishes with a core session that will make anyone’s abs sore for days to come. Everyone at Round 10 is a boxer, from the director to the janitor and this only helps exude the true passion for the sport that this studio has. They have just opened their second location in Jumeirah Islands, welcoming even more fitness lovers into their space.

Round 10 Boxing Club, 8th St, Al Quoz, +971 4 338 0101

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136.1 Yoga Studio

Every yogi visiting Dubai should check out 136.1 Yoga Studio. With a beautiful view of Dubai Marina, the studio offers almost every kind of yoga style taught by some of the best instructors in town. Here, yoga lovers can do yin, hatha, vinyasa and several other yoga classes suited to their taste and experience level. With a zen atmosphere and the pleasant scent of incense, 136.1 offers the full yoga experience catering to every type of yogi. One of the best parts of the studio is that it runs 20+ sessions a day, almost every day of the week. This allows for flexibility and variety, permitting people with even the busiest of schedules to pop by for a yoga class. It is all the better that the studio is located at one of Dubai’s prime tourist areas, Dubai Marina, with a vast array of restaurants nearby for a bite after a peaceful session.

136.1 Yoga Studio, Trident Tower, Dubai Marina, +971 4 441 6287

Studio Interior | © Courtesy of 136.1 Yoga Studio

Studio Interior | Courtesy of 136.1 Yoga Studio

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Warehouse Gym

For those looking for a gym where they can truly do a little bit of everything, Warehouse Gym is the place to go. Offerings include CrossFit, Circuit classes, boxing and even pole dance, and this all-round gym is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the Dubai fitness scene. With one location in Al Quoz and a second that just recently opened up in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Warehouse is taking the city by storm with its underground vibe and trendy graffiti walls. The gym has the best that fitness has to offer and is welcoming to people from all fitness levels and backgrounds.

Warehouse Gym, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz, +971 4 323 2323

Gym Interior | © Courtesy of Warehouse Gym

Gym Interior | Courtesy of Warehouse Gym