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How this savvy club chain defied the pandemic to turbocharge its expansion

As most of the fitness industry battled to survive 2020 and the COVID pandemic, UAE-based GymNation was able to thrive, launching five new gyms and growing its membership to over 40,000. The affordable chain’s founders Loren Holland, Frank Afeaki and Ant Martland share the secrets to their impressive growth and explain why a focus on community will be key to the sector’s post-COVID recovery.

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GymNation Heroes of Hope Partnership

UAE homegrown Fitness brand GymNation partners with Heroes of Hope in support of People of Determination across the UAE

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The best gym in the UAE

This is a story all about how GymNation became the best gym in town!

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GymNation Health Club Management

Against the COVID odds, this Dubai-based gym operation has continued to grow through lockdown and its aftermath. The senior management team - Loren Holland, Frank Afeaki and Ant Martland speak to Kate Cracknell from Health Club Management magazine

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Free Fitness Classes

Drop the excuses and start exercising with four days of free fitness sessions across the UAE. Some of the best gyms in Dubai will be opening their doors to give you free club access as part of the fitness industry-wide #Fitness4Everyvody initiative.



Dubai Gym reaches milestone of 1 million member visits

Homegrown fitness facility GymNation, the best gym in Dubai, is celebrating reaching its one million member visit milestone!



Get fit or shut down trying: inside Dubai gyms' struggle to survive Covid-19

A large portion of Dubai’s population can’t afford a gym membership because fitness centres charge customers upfront, says Loren Holland, CEO of GymNation. This is where GymNation comes out on top by offering clients affordable memberships starting at AED99!


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Dubai gym pricing is 'outdated, unaffordable,' says GymNation founder

Gyms in Dubai are 'overcharging' customers with an 'outdated' pricing model that makes it difficult to stay fit, according to the founder and CEO of affordable fitness chain GymNation. 

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GymNation announces three new gyms located around Dubai

New gyms for residents of Motor City, Mirdif and Silicon Oasis! Affordable gyms for everyone!


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GymNation now offers more than 900 free workout classes for UAE residents

Keep fit with Les Mills strength, cardio, bodyweight, HIIT, dance and flexibility workouts


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GymNation Expansion Plans

GymNation plans to open gyms in Downtown Dubai, Silicon Oasis, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah during 2020.


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8 new GymNation locations

Affordable fitness chain GymNation has revealed plans to open eight new sites across the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


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WOW-RAK - Fitness brand GymNation now in Ras Al Khaimah

GymNation has announced the launch of its first facility in Ras Al Khaimah as a part of its UAE expansion plan, following achieving success in Dubai within a short span of time.


The 25,000sqft gym will be located in Manar Mall and will open on 9th January 2020.



Sport Industry Insider - How GymNation brought affordable fitness to the UAE


Disruptive and disliked, initially at least, by its rivals, GymNation has been attempting to revolutionise the UAE fitness industry since its opening in June 2018.


When it went to market with a Dhs99 membership package and 5,000 founding members, people unsurprisingly sat up and took notice. 


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Khaleej Times - GymNation announce first facility in Ras al Khaimah

GymNation has announced the launch of its first facility in Ras Al Khaimah as a part of its UAE expansion plan, following achieving success in Dubai within a short span of time. The 25,000sqft gym will be located in Manar Mall and will open to the public during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Read the full article on Khaleej Times.

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Time Out - GymNation to open new branch with AED 99 membership

Budget workout space GymNation, is now offering an even cheaper package, so there's no excuse to skip your daily exercise. As a special offer, gymgoers can now join Dubai’s most affordable gym for AED 99 per month, but you’ll have to be quick on your feet, as it’s a limited-time deal that’s on a first come, first serve basis.

Read the full article at Time Out Dubai.

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Gulf Business - Five minutes with.. GymNation founders Loren Holland and Frank Afeaki

GymNation’s co-founders explain why they think affordable exercise is the future after opening their first facility in Al Quoz.

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Arabian Business - Most Dubai residents "not prepared" to pay for high gym memberships

Exercise may come at a high price in Dubai, as a new report by Deutsche Bank shows the city has the world’s second most expensive gym memberships at an average $119.20 per month, but GymNation co-founder Frank Afeaki believes many are not prepared to pay the fee.

Read the full article at Arabian Business.

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Best Gym in Dubai Opens

Looking for the best gym in Dubai that doesn’t put a dent in the bank but doesn’t use budget equipment either? You won’t have to wait any longer, as Dubai’s largest gym has officially opened. The much anticipated GymNation is finally up and running, and fitness fanatics can go there at any point in the day, as it's open 24/7.

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Sport 360 - GymNation gives first glimpse to the public and signs deal with Kcal

GymNation on Sheikh Zayed Road held an open day at the weekend giving members, and the rest of the public, the first glimpse at their state-of-the-art facility. The highly anticipated full opening will take place later this month. The gym originally hit the headlines when they offered memberships at just Dh99 – this was just an introductory offer for a set number of people, but even now the price point is around Dh179 per month.


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Gulf News - Over 3,000 sign up for budget-friendly gym ahead of launch

Over 3,000 people have signed up for GymNation, a budget-friendly gym concept, ahead of its launch in April. Sprawled over 45,000 square feet, the facility is located near Times Square Mall in Al Quoz and has been billed as the largest gym in the UAE. But it’s not its size but affordability that’s drawing people in hordes.

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Time Out Dubai - Dubai’s largest gym is set to open in March, and membership promises to be an absolute bargain.

Dubai’s largest gym is set to open in March, and membership promises to be an absolute bargain. GymNation membership starts from just Dhs99 per month with no joining fee, for state-of-the-art facilities spread over 45,000 sq ft in Al Quoz.

Find out all the information, here.


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Arabian Business - Exclusive Interview with GymNation Founders

There are over 800 health and fitness concepts in the UAE, but few that are really affordable. So when industry experts Frank Afeaki and Loren Holland came to Dubai three years ago, they found it hard to justify spending AED5,000 on a membership.

Hear what they had to say on the matter, here.

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