Get fit for free - top tips and where to find
What’s On details outdoor gyms in Dubai, as well as other ways to get fit for free in Dubai with boot camps, yoga classes and cycle tracks.
Not all gyms mean long-term contracts and hefty fees. There’s free equipment to be found all over the city – fresh air is included.
Sky Dive Dubai Drop Zone
Monkey bars, resistance machines and weight benches all on a spongy surface – nice views too.
Zero Gravity, JBR, Dubai. Taxi: Sky Dive Dubai
The Beach at JBR
You’ll find resistance machines at intervals along the spongy running track at the alfresco complex.
The Beach, JBR, Dubai. Taxi: Hilton Jumeirah Beach Resort
The running track that skirts around the perimeter of Safa Park is dotted with outdoor fitness equipment.
Safa Park, Jumeirah, Dubai. Taxi: Safa Park
The spongey 1.6km running track around a lake is packed with lots of exercise machines will keep you huffing and puffing.
Al Barsha 1, Dubai. Taxi: Near Al Barsha Mall
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Non-profit organisation Friends Of Yoga holds free sessions seven days a week in Internet City. Just bring a mat and join in. These classes won’t hurt your pocket, but the 5.30am start might be painful.
Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre, Internet City, Dubai, daily 5.30am. Tel: (04) 2828005. Metro: Dubai Internet City. friendsofyogaglobal.org
TriDubai is a non-profit organisation that hosts running, swimming and cycling sessions. Join the group for a morning swim in the sea off Russian Beach or a run along The Palm. You must be a TriDubai member to take part – joining is free too.
If you want to be put through your paces, military style, before the rest of the city has woken up, get down to Sky Dive Dubai for Elite Aesthetics Dubai’s thrice-weekly boot camp. Expect running, push-ups, running drills, and burpees.
Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sun, Tue and Thur 6am. Tel: (05) 55367718. Taxi: Sky Dive Dubai. facebook.com/eliteaestheticsdubai
Join the Creek Striders as they pound the pavements. The non-profit club holds evening sessions for beginners and improvers, starting at the mid-way point on the Russian Beach running track.
Russian Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, Sun 6.30pm. Taxi: Palm Strip Mall. dubaicreekstriders.org
The three-storey Engine gym in Jumeirah 1 hosts free Nike Training Club classes. Inspired by Nike athletes and led by energetic instructors, these sessions incorporate cardio and core strength training. Sorry boys, these classes are women only.
Engine Health And Fitness, Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Sun to Thur 6am to midnight, Fri and Sat 7am to 10pm.
Tel: (04) 3819999. Taxi: Jumeirah Plaza. ehf.ae
The Dubai Roadsters’ JV Squad holds relaxed group rides on Sunday and Tuesday evenings. They’re ideal for beginners or rusty riders who want to boost their fitness.
Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Tue and Sun 7.15pm. Tel: (04) 3394453. Taxi: Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park, near Falcon & Heritage Sports Centre. dubairoadsters.com