New class access app ClassPass launched in October 2018 to offer another option for those who love working out without the commitment to one studio.
In January 2019, it merged with fellow fitness booking service GuavaPass and members of the latter were given the option of transferring over.
One important difference between the two brands is that ClassPass operates on a credit system. Fitness lovers buy credits to redeem against classes and that took some getting used to.
We spent a month working out with ClassPass and here’s how to get the most out of your membership (you can also carry over 10 credits each month, which is good to know).
Other caveats are you’re limited to studios that partner with ClassPass (though at the last count there were 145 of them), you can only take three classes at each studio per month, or you’ll pay premium rates (aka more credits) and you have to cancel at least 12 hours in advance, or else you’ll be charged AED 40.
Zumba, Snap Fitness Downtown
Seven credits gets you a lively Zumba class with an upbeat Latin soundtrack and empowering instructor, under flashing disco lights. Bonus points – the gym’s juice bar for that post-work-out refuel, and super friendly staff.
HIIT 30 minute circuit, 9Round UAE Al Wasl
Punch, kick and stomp your way to fitness with a 30-minute circuit. Take on punchbags, weights and even your instructor for a workout that will leave you drenched in sweat. Need to know – classes start every 30 minutes, so you’ll always have time.
Afro Latin Twerkout, SF Training Al Quoz
You’re sure to leave with some stellar dance moves after an hour grooving with Shady. From twerking to afrobeats, salsa to press-ups, the exercise never stops, but thanks to the upbeat soundtrack, you’ll dance through the pain. Parking outside is busy, but free.
Rhythm Ride, The Burj Club, Downtown
Jump on your bike in the world’s tallest building. A fun 45-minute cycle class with views over the Dubai Fountain, so if you time it right, both sweat and jets of water are flowing. Book classes after dark if you want to catch the fountain show.
Power Pilates, Yoga House, Hilton Habtoor City
Pop blasts out as you perfect classic Pilates moves in a more uptempo session that’s designed to hone and tone muscles. Afterwards, head to the changing rooms above the studio and you can use the jacuzzi and sauna too.
Yin Yoga, Nilaya House, Al Quoz
Feel the love from the minute you walk into this tranquil studio, with cushions to lounge on and vegan products in the bathroom. We recommend arriving early to this chilled friendly studio so you can soak up the good vibes.
Gym/Pool Time, Ghaya Grand Hotel, Dubai Production City
A well-equipped gym and a decent sized outdoor pool are yours to enjoy for two hours, so you can perfect your own fitness routine. For five credits, the hotel also offers yoga classes.
Three or four credits, depending on timings.
Kintsugi Yoga Studio, Business Bay
A Dubai first, Kintsugi offers a range of practices, where slower paced classes take place in a room made of rock salt, which is said to promote healthy skin and sound sleep. Fun fact – Kintsugi is the Japanese art of is repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer to highlight, not hide, its flaws.
Dubai Week was a guest of ClassPass.
Most studios listed offer a range of classes and timings. All details were correct when of writing but check before booking via the ClassPass app. To sign up for ClassPass, go to classpass.com. Your first month is free and membership packages start from AED 309 a month.