Gym and studio memberships usually come at a high price. But with all the different and fun ways to get fit, how do we choose just one?
Luckily, fitness fanatics won’t have to worry about limiting themselves any more. Who needs to get a membership to just one studio, when you can join in on almost every other fitness class in Dubai?
DubaiWeek.ae was asked to spend a month trying out Guavapass – a fitness app that gives you access to hundreds of classes and studios across the city, every day.
From pole fitness to boxing to high intensity training to barre, they’ve got something for everyone. Here are five of our favourites:
Sunset Vinyasa Flow at 136.1 Yoga Studio, near Marina Mall
Say goodbye to the day and wind down with this powerful yet relaxing yoga session.
With great views over the Marina, this popular studio has classes from morning to night – everything from classic Hatha to the very physical Ashtanga.
Mats are available to use for free if you don’t have your own.
Circuit Training/HIIT at Inspire, Al Manara
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is known to be one of the fastest ways to burn fat. Using mainly our bodyweight and occasionally weights, we perform a variety of exercises for about three to four minutes each. Yes, that means a lot of burpees, jumping jacks, lunges and press ups.
Definitely an energising class that strengthens the whole body, improves coordination and works on multiple muscle groups.
Try out the Friday morning class with Fiona; she will make sure you leave the studio drenched.
Pole Fitness at Cafe de la Danse, Jumeirah (opposite J3 Mall)
Videos of pole fitness classes have been flooding our Instagram feed for months now, and because everyone makes it look so easy, we thought it would be…we were so so wrong.
One of the hardest exercises we have ever tried, pole requires a lot of arm strength and flexibility. But as hard as it was, it is equally as fun. The trainers are amazing, and very helpful.
Beginner’s tip: don’t go in leggings; you need your skin to grip the pole properly.
Boxfit at The Warehouse Gym, Al Quoz
This is a high-intensity class designed to perfect your fighting skills while developing strength and conditioning, focusing on proper form and technique.
This is a full-body workout, with each class incorporating stretching, skipping ropes, shadow boxing, combination drills, bag work, ab exercises and more.
Check out the cafe upstairs for healthy bites and customised protein shakes.
SBarre at VivaFit Dubai, i-Rise Tower, Barsha Heights
Although it’s only 30 minutes long, this intense barre class is highly effective. In only half an hour you will work on your arms, abs, back muscles, legs, and more legs.
The instructors are super motivating and have great playlists.
Most of VivaFit’s classes are under an hour, so they’re perfect for girls on the go (it’s a ladies’ only studio).
These are only some of the classes that we’ve tried out, there are still a lot more on our list including Bootybarre, tango classes, indoor cycling, CrossFit and so much more.
Trying to make it for one specific class that you enjoy can sometimes be difficult, especially if your schedule changes by the day. But with an app like Guavapass, you can probably find the same class somewhere else, and at a more suitable time.
We absolutely love our Guavapass, and would recommend it to everyone looking to get fit and willing to take advantage of all the amazing classes going on in Dubai.
Guavapass is also available in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and new for 2017, Abu Dhabi. AED 499/month. For more info or to sign up for an account, visit guavapass.com