6 unique pilates studios in Dubai
If you thought it was all about yoga, then think again. Pilates is a low impact, full body workout that has gained popularity for its celebrity following and numerous health benefits. Improving strength, stability, posture, balance, flexibility and muscle pain, it’s a favourite amongst muscle men and OAPs alike. Even Scottish tennis player Andy Murray has turned to the healing benefits of pilates to ease aches and recuperate after a particularly gruelling season.
The main types of classes available are pilates mat and pilates reformer, the latter being performed using a specially designed piece of equipment. More recently you’ll even find exercise classes that mix pilates moves with other workouts. Take for example ‘piloxing’, which is a fusion of pilates, boxing and dance moves. Here’s the ShortList on the best studios in the city so that you can join the trend…
The Hundred Wellness Center
This is a dedicated pilates centre with two fully equipped studios. It has a zen-like environment with its large open spaces, bright white walls and light wood furnishings. Choose from a range of pilates classes – mat, reformer, circuit and pole. Each class is intimate, with a maximum of six students, and more one-on-one instruction. As well as regular talks and workshops, they also offer homeopathy and nutritional support. After class, grab a juice or coffee in the on-site café.
USP: Intimate group classes and serene space.}
Where: Jumeirah 1
Details: +971 4 344 7333, www.thehundred.ae
Real Pilates has two branches with a huge range of classes available, including Xtend Barre, which is a fusion of ballet and Pilates moves. They offer over 60 classes per week and have the latest STOTT equipment. In addition, they have ladies only classes, prenatal, youngster classes and workshops.
USP: Huge choice of classes and times available.
Price: From AED75
Where: Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah and Jumeirah Lake Towers
Details: +971 4 345 3228, www.real-pilates.com
This is not your average pilates class – at Mojo they fuse traditional pilates with dynamic strength training for a full body workout, synchronised to the latest tunes. You’ll also be using the latest Allegro 2 reformer machines, and can treat yourself to a healthy juice or smoothie from the juice bar.
USP: The fun tunes accompanying your workout.
Where: Office 703-4 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City
Details: +971 4 360 3399, www.ilovemymojo.com
Don’t be fooled by the name, Zen Yoga offers a variety of pilates classes – mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and tower. The popular studio has been around for several years and offers classes suitable for a range of levels from novice to expert. There are three branches across the city, so you can visit whichever suits you best.
USP: Choice of three branches.
Price: From AED85
Where: Media City, Emirates Hills and Jumeirah Town Centre
Details: +971 4 367 0435, www.yoga.ae
This yoga, pilates and fitness studio is surrounded by some of Dubai’s most popular cafés and restaurants, including Jones the Grocer and Lime Tree Café, so you can grab easily grab a coffee and socialise with friends after class. Try out their’ pilates mat classes to challenge your strength and stability.
USP: It’s proximity to some of Dubai’s most popular cafés and restaurants, ideal for socialising before and after class.
Where: T&G Avenue Building, Indigo Central 8, Sheik Zayed Road
Details: +971 4 321 9771, www.inspiremeyoga.net
This ladies only fitness studio offers a range of pilates classes, including mat and reformer, for different a variety of levels. There are also mat and prop classes, as well as reformer cardio, which mixes joint-friendly cardio jumping and strengthening to blitz calories.
Unique selling point: It’s a man-free zone.
Price: From AED100
Where: Murjan 1, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Details: +971 4 424 3777, www.exhaledubai.com