Favourite gym closed? Don’t sweat it…

Now that Dubai’s gyms, parks and spas are closed for the next two weeks, we’re all looking for fresh ways to keep fit, while keeping our distance.

Seven of our favourite gyms and yoga studios in Dubai have come to the party, offering virtual workouts that you can join from the comfort of your home.



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The team at UnderdogBOXN is keeping your pulse rate up with ‘at home’ workouts on their social media channels. They launched their first session on Instagram at 6.30pm on Sunday March 15, with a 30-minute HIIT workout led by @BrianCochraneFitness and @lichi_fit – you can still view the sweat-inducing session on Instagram, and all you need is a towel, mat, water bottle and a whole lot of energy.


Jivamukti with Dina

Dubai yogi Dina Ghandour practices an energising, enlightening form of yoga called Jivamukti, which harnesses the power of movement and breath. While her physical studio is closed for the next two weeks, Dina is offering virtual yoga classes on Facebook Live and Instagram Stories. And let’s be honest, we could all do with a boost to our emotional, physical and spiritual well-being right now.

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Warehouse Gym


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Following Sunday’s announcement that all gyms and fitness centres in Dubai had to close immediately, Warehouse Gym has shown its support for the community by immediately freezing all memberships. The Warehouse crew has also been busy working on virtual workouts for you to follow at home, including the pulse-pumping PT session from Joel Neale, above.

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Define Dubai


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Define Dubai has just launched a new online portal, definebody.com/ondemand, offering online versions of its popular barre, bounce, yoga, prenatal and cardio dance workouts. It’s free to use for a limited time.

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Barry’s Dubai


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Great news Red Room fans, the Barry’s instructors are also offering free 30-minute workouts at 9am every single day. Expect a mix of core, mat work and more all filmed live from their studio.

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Crank Dubai


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The popular Alserkal Avenue spin and shape studio is releasing a series of at-home shape and stretch classes onto their Instagram feed. So far there are three workouts to try: a legs and core video (complete with set of instructions), an upper body and core workout, and a full body workout.

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Cool vertical climbing and spin studio 1Beat is renting out their equipment so you can bring their studio into your home. Rent a climber, bench, weights and resistance bands for Dhs2,000 (plus a refundable Dhs2,000 deposit) and receive daily playlist links and online IGTV classes run by the 1Beat instructors.

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NRG coaches are giving you the chance to work out from home with online classes to try at home. There’s classes for both core and HIIT workouts, and if you want to up the ante you can even rent gym equipment including weights and step raisers for Dhs150 per week.

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Fitness First


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Fitness First Middle East’s trainers have been a proactive bunch, loading a host of at-home workouts onto Instagram all week, including bodyweight sessions, and classes with kids. Following the success of the posts, the group exercise team has now started live streaming on Facebook and Instagram, and offering 30-minute workouts via YouTube.


Native Club


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The team at Native Club, the cool indoor-outdoor gym at Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, has just launched a new IGTV training programme called #MondayMotivation. Tune in to catch the trainers hosting high intensity routines, and the foundations of yoga and mindfulness. If you want the full gym experience at home, they’re also renting out all moveable gym equipment.

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Looking for more inspirational ideas to ease the isolation of social distancing? Check out these 7 virtual tours of museums around the world.

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