The best gyms in the UAE
This blog post is a guest post written and submitted by independent writer James Hargreaves. The opinions mentioned in it are solely his and not representative of the thoughts or opinions of GymNation!
Maintaining an active lifestyle can help you to benefit from a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, including:
- Helping you to reach and/or maintain a healthy weight
- Improving your mood, boosting cognitive function and giving you more energy
- Improving your cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Strengthening your immune system
- Maintaining healthy muscles and bones
- Reducing your likelihood of suffering from many chronic diseases, including heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes
- Easing symptoms of stress and depression
- Improving your mobility
These are just a few of the key benefits – there are plenty more to be gained from staying active. You can make the most of these benefits by putting your fitness first in Dubai.
It may be a good idea to look into joining a local gym. Gyms make it easier to get started and stay on track with your fitness journey, providing you with:
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best gyms in Dubai. Dubai’s gym circuit is incredibly varied, with something for everyone, from the high end to the practical, the expensive to the economical, and everything in between. It is truly one of the best places in the world to find the gym for you.
Whichever you choose, the gyms in our list are all great places to raise a sweat and make some positive lifestyle changes.
The five best gyms in Dubai
We’ve looked through all the gyms in Dubai and extensively tried out the local fitness scene. From all of this, we’ve found what we think are the five gyms in Dubai that are the most worth checking out.
UAE is lucky enough to play host to a few legends of the gym scene, the world’s bigger players. Amongst these, there are few with such a legend behind them as Gold’s Gym. Gold’s Gym Dubai and Gold’s Gym Abu Dhabi make for some genuinely amazing places to train.
Gold’s Gym’s particular focus in Dubai has significantly boosted and nurtured local gym culture over the last decade or so. It contributes greatly to Dubai’s reputation as the hub of the UAE fitness scene.
Gold’s Gym Dubai branches offer all the latest in cardio and strength training apparatus, alongside a full, mixed schedule of fitness classes with everything from yoga to spin, martial arts, strength and endurance training to Pilates.
While offering excellent facilities, Gold’s Gym is also considered one of the most affordable gyms in Dubai, especially if you sign up to their annual membership. Their venues are located throughout the city in many residential areas.
GymNation are perhaps Dubai’s most affordable and flexible gym group. Their gym memberships start at just AED99 per month and come with no-contract-cancel-anytime membership options. Their gyms are welcoming spaces where a policy of no-judgments is actively sought out and created.
GymNation are passionate about supporting everyone, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes, as they work towards their health and fitness goals. This is why they keep their memberships affordable and their customers in control, and why they keep their venues friendly and welcoming.
GyNnation also offer over 200 free fitness classes per month including Yoga and many of their gyms boast a separate ladies-only gym and studio. They are open 24/7 and, to top it off, you can also choose to work out, whenever you like, via the on-demand virtual-reality classes provided by Les Mills.
- Warehouse Gym
Warehouse Gym Dubai is a good place to go for those who like to work out in style. Where some gyms may be drab, focussing more on function than form, Warehouse Gym seeks to change things up a fair amount, offering more than simple machines and stark brickwork walls.
Famed for its CrossFit classes, the gym also hosts boxing workouts, spinning classes, PT sessions, and weightlifting stations. As the name suggests, you’ll be working out in a warehouse, complete with neon lights, graffiti, and wall art that adds a fun, urban vibe to the space. They have introduced colour, art and music to the plain gym aesthetic – it creates the kind of buzz you might usually find in a nightclub.
With this in mind, they’ve kitted their gym out just like a nightclub, with live DJs and nightclub lighting working together to create a bold statement on what it means to be a modern gym. They have fixed containers inside the gym ‘to use the language of material’ and decorated everything with graffiti to give the gym a tough, urban feel.
- Max & Aegle
Meydan’s mega new fitness centre Max & Aegle has taken Dubai’s fitness scene by storm, though they are only a relatively recent addition to the city.
Their venue is massive, covering a full 500,000 square feet. It has everything you could possibly want from a world-class gym, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 1,400-meter running track, yoga lawn with a downtown skyline view, and plenty of cardio and weightlifting equipment. You need never be bored, and you need never run out of things to do.
You can also control the environment in which you train, with great options for both indoor and outdoor fitness (and, as mentioned above, bags of room in which to work out). And, though it is so large (big enough to accommodate 5,000 or so customers!) Max & Aegle limits members numbers to only 2,000. You really will be spoilt for room.
- Fit Republik
Fit Republik are in Dubai’s Sports City, and they boast a venue unlike any other – sprawling, vast and filled with everything you could ever need on your fitness journey. They have state-of-the-art equipment, a 50m swimming pool, top quality training and weightlifting areas, including CrossFit rigs, 12 weightlifting stations, martial arts, gymnastics, barre, yoga, Pilates, an outdoor running track, and even cryotherapy on offer.
You could spend a whole day at Fit Republik and barely scratch the surface, making it perfect for anyone who gets bored doing the same old thing at the gym.
Check out any of these gyms in Dubai to make the most out of your fitness journey.