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Fitness and health are aspects of life that we cannot ignore. But when sweltering heat and soaring temperatures are a norm for most of the year, it becomes tricky to find a way to keep active. But here is a list of indoor fitness options that you can embrace all year round


Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. It is a form of exercise practiced by all from childhood well upto to your advanced years.

The brainchild of the Himalayan Master, Bharat Thakur, and conceptualized in 1999, Bharat Thakur’s Artistic Yoga Centre, puts a spin on the classic, traditional practice of yoga and focuses on the major aspects of physical fitness including strength, balance, endurance and coordination. This form of yoga combines postures and breathing with cardiovascular training and partner-stretches that result in a fun but challenging workout. Classes are held all over Dubai including Bur Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Emirates Golf Club and more at various times during the day.


Aerial art workouts is one of the oldest and most respected forms in the aerial tradition, which helps graceful performers create stunning displays of skill high above the stage. This fitness form targets your core and upper body to lift your legs up and through the hoop, silk, trapeze or hammock. It improves core stability and strength, balance, flexibility. It also helps in increasing your upper body strength and Building endurance. Above all, the classes are extremely enjoyable.

If heights are your thing, try the aerial arts academy- Pole Fit Dubai, where classes comprise of exercises
to build the core strength required to help you spin, roll, flip and pose. Suitable for all ages, fitness abilities,body shapes and experience levels, aerial arts are the hottest workout on the circuit today. Classes are
60 minutes with a 10 minute warm up session.


FlyBarre provides a revolutionary form of body sculpting. A new offering from New York fitness company- Flywheel, it combines the disciplines of yoga, dance, circuit training, pilates and upper body strength building. A full-body workout based on high repetitions at low weights, FlyBarre is designed to lengthen, tone, and sculpt. The high-energy class is fast-paced and works each muscle group especially troublesome spots including arms, abs and thighs through a sequence of pulse movements, arm weights and resistance bands.


Aquafitness, is the performance of aerobic exercise in fairly shallow water such as in a swimming pool. Done mostly vertically and without swimming typically in waist deep or deeper water, it is a type of resistance training. It focuses on cardiac training and strength and differs in that it adds the component of water resistance and buoyancy. It is best for those looking out for a low impact fitness.

L’Atelier Aquafitness offers a watery workout that combines biking, boxing and trampolining, all under water. This program is kind to the joints and gives you a refreshing full-body workout. In this ladies-only session, participants move between the submerged stations for a 45-minute dynamic cardio class. Classes are kept to a maximum of ten people.


CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by Founder and CEO, Greg Glassman that defines fitness in a meaningful and measurable way. A program specifically designed to improve fitness and health; CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. These movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more CrossFit Gold Box is a world-class CrossFit box located in the heart of Dubai. They offer a broad training program that is suitable for any level of fitness. They also offer a Reebok retail store (Fit-Hub), cafe, and physical therapy & rehab facility. The 1,115 square metre warehouse facility houses pull-up bars, ropes, free weights, kettlebells and jump ropes. Newbies can register online for an introductory class where experienced trainers teach the basic mechanisms of the workout. Free introductory class every Saturday.


Hooping is known to be a fantastic way to tone that troublesome tummy area, but there are many other benefits namely improved strength, coordination and calorie burning as well as the undeniable enjoyment factor.

Channel your inner child at Flow Ground by swinging hoops around your hips with careless abandon. The classes promise to leave you feeling invigorated and with a firmer, more toned stomach. Seats are limited so book in advance, however there’s a hoop jam on Monday evenings that is open to all. This type of fitness is best for artistic types who want to tone up but don’t like gyms.


This one is for House of Cards fans. Rowing fitness has gained popularity rapidly. Combining an actual sport with the much less popular gym equipment, it is the perfect marriage of energy and creativity. The trendy WaterRower machine uses water to test your stamina and the harder you pull, the more the resistance you feel which creates a more realistic rowing experience. The machine attracted a cult following after Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, in House of Cards was seen working it out on the WaterRower in his basement.

Get your groove on at the BodyWorx where the energetic cardio session tones your arms and stomach and also improves your stamina. And instead of rowing to the boring electronic screen in front of you, an up tempo playlist plays in the background.


The big trend in fitness right now is Calisthenics. These are form of exercises that consist of a variety of gross motor movements, without the use of any fitness equipment or machines, in a rhythmical fashion, giving a full body-weight training.

Specializing in Parkour and Calistenics, Gravity Calisthenics Gym in Al quoz uses a specific system of exercise that focuses on using your body weight rather than weights or a treadmill machine. A playground filled with rigs, ladders, climbing frames and boxes to run and jump off, it’s the ideal place to improve muscular strength and flexibility.


Souplesse Cycle will change the way you think about indoor cycling forever. The program takes spinning up a notch by adding movement, bends and steering to indoor cycling classes to fully engage their body and mind in a one-of-a-kind tactile, dynamic and functional riding experience.

The first of its kind in the UAE, these high-intensity sessions consist of 45 minutes of serious pedalling and recovery work. This high calorie burning workout improves riding form and postural balance and is best for spinning enthusiasts who want something a little different.


Cardio pilates is a fitness program in which specific kinds of cardio activities are added to a regular pilates routine. Conventional pilates focuses on range of motion, muscle work, and flexibility, but does not traditionally offer a lot of cardio training. Adding cardio to pilates ensures that fitness participants can get the benefits of
a heightened heart rate while enjoying pilates activities.

Reformer Cardio Pilates at Real Pilates is a high intensity pilates workout classes, using reformer machines, a jump board and mini tramp – each move is repeated until your muscles are sore with very minute breaks in between. These sessions will challenge and motivate you using multiplecombinations, mixed in with intervals of upper and lower body strength and flexibility exercises. Lots of fun, and tons of benefit.