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:
Aqua Spin at Intercontinental Dubai Maria
Aqua spin is the newest fitness craze in Dubai and we can see why. The views of Dubai Marina from the pool are amazing, especially at night.
The class doesn’t only involve spinning on the bike but includes a variety of exercises to work your arms, legs and core. Sian the instructor is very knowledgeable and encouraging, so despite it being a high intensity workout, we’re left feeling refreshed and ready to go
Good to know – valet parking is free.
Sunset Vinyasa Flow at Trident Wellness Centre, near Marina Mall
Say goodbye to the day and wind down with this powerful yet relaxing yoga session at the studio formerly known as 136.1 Yoga.
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
One of the fastest ways to burn fat is with high intensity interval training (HIIT). 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 body, improves co-ordination and works on multiple muscle groups.
Arrive early to enjoy the complimentary herbal teas and make some new fitness friends.
Pole Fitness at Cafe de la Danse, Al Quoz
Videos of pole fitness classes have flooded 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.
A full-body workout, each class incorporates stretching, skipping ropes, shadow boxing, combination drills, bag work, ab exercises and more.
Check out the café upstairs for healthy bites and customised protein shakes. This homegrown gym brand also has branches in Business Bay, d3 and JBR.
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).
Want to try?
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
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.
Guavapass is also available in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Abu Dhabi. Four class pass AED 297, eight AED 499, 20 classes AED 999 and three months unlimited AED 479 a month. To sign up for an account, visit guavapass.com