5 no-nonsense gyms in Dubai
Keeping in shape and looking good has been ‘trending’ for quite some time in Dubai – there’s everything from CrossFit add calisthenics dedicated gyms to ‘wellness centres’ ready satisfy your fitness cravings. These days gyms come with classes, pop-up shops, cafes and even markets.
However, if you’re more of an iron pumping and treadmill pounding kind of gym junkie, then all you really need is a space with the latest equipment and like-minded individuals looking to break a sweat without the fuss. Here’s the ShortList on the no-frills and no-nonsense places to work out in Dubai…
24 Fitness is one of the UAE’s largest gyms, coming in at around 15,000 square foot. It’s located in a warehouse in Al Quoz, and has a straightforward attitude with its simple décor. There are over 100 workout machines available, so you won’t have to worry about fighting anyone, or using the powers of telekinesis, to get your turn on the rowing machine. You’ll find some of Dubai’s top independent trainers and dedicated iron lifters here.
Price: From AED500 per month
Where: Warehouse No.34, Al Tayer Compound, Al Quoz
Details: +971 4 338 3389, www.24fitnessdubai.ae
This gym is dedicated to helping clients ‘manufacture’ themselves with their top of the range equipment. Think cable machines, free weights and cardio machines – everything you need to sculpt muscle and shed pounds. They also have a number of personal trainers on-site and training programs are available for anyone who needs a little bit of motivation.
Price: From AED450 per month
Where: Building No. 10, Street 1, Discovery Gardens
Details: +971 4 447 4844, www.fitnessfactory.ae
Binous Target Gym
The gym where muscles are built - managed by locally and internationally successful body building competitor, Anis Binous. The environment is conducive to bodybuilding and you’ll receive guidance on your technique, fitness and nutrition. A bonus of this gym is that you’ll have access to sauna, steam and a swimming pool to help your muscles take a load off after a strenuous session.
Price: From AED499 per month
Where: Al Shaiba Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Emaar Business Park)
Details: +971 50 960 6762, www.dubaigym.ae
Unifit is a longstanding bodybuilding and weight lifting gym that was established over 25 years ago in what used to be the hub of Dubai. Supposedly, UAE champions and winners have even trained here. At this Bur Dubai centre you’ll find a number of personal trainers on hand and a supportive environment to help you reach you fitness goals. Once you’ve finished pumping iron you can relax over-worked muscles in the sauna room or steam bath.
Price: From AED300 per month
Where: Moulin D building, Karama
Details: +971 4 334 4834, www.universalfitness.greensmedia.com
If you’re someone who needs a little bit more of a push and guidance when it comes to getting in shape, then this personal training based gym may be more appealing. They dub themselves ‘the body transformation experts’, and they design tailor-made workouts and nutrition plans for each client. You’ll have ongoing coaching and unlimited gym access, but expect to pay premium for these services.
Price: From AED2,400 per month
Where: Building 5, Gold & Diamond Park, Sheik Zayed Road
Details: +971 4 346 6479, www.symmetrygymdubai.com