HOW TO Get (and stay) lean on a budget

Where in Dubai you need to be to keep up that New Year's Resolution


Christmas is over, you’ve eaten more than you should’ve and so now it’s time to get back in shape. We’ve picked the best gym offers to get you lean on a budget.


Mojo Pilates

Find a gym buddy and benefit from the massive online savings at Reformer Pilates. The unique workouts on the Reformer machine tone and shape your body using low-impact, so it’s easy on the joints. Book 10 Duet sessions with a friend for 380 AED online and you’ll save 140 AED. Look out for their Insta flash sales too @mojopilates.

Location: 4 Concord Tower, Media City
Phone: 04 360 3399

Embody Fitness

Embody Fitness, a favourite with athletes and sportsman, offer private and semi-private training programmes to achieve rapid results in fat loss, muscle toning & overall strength & fitness. Taster sessions start at 150AED with WhatsOn readers being offered a free trial. Be warned though, this is a serious workout and isn’t for the faint hearted.

Location: 1st Floor Lamborghini Building
Phone: 052 723 9333


With over 200 free classes every month, and a promotional membership price of just 99 AED a month (of which you can opt out whenever you like), GynNation is Dubai’s newest and most affordable gym. Only catch is, it’s not open until March.

Location: Mezzanine Floor, ETA Star Building, Sheikh Zayed Road
Phone: 055 213 2850


Use your Entertainer voucher for 50% off monthly memberships, guest passes and one day passes at UFC Gym, saving you a whopping 400 AED. Facilities are for those looking for a mixed martial arts workout. Entertainer APP

Location: P Floor, Building - 1 Al Asayel St
Phone: 04 551 6168

Brilliant Bootcamps

Barry’s Bootcamp

The original high intensity work out, Barry’s Bootcamps have proven popular with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Katie Holmes and Ellie Goulding. Participants take part in a mix of weight training and running, burning around 1,000 calories a session. All you need to bring is water and a towel. Introduction prices start at 80AED.

Location: Central Park Towers, DIFC
Phone: 04 2544775


The Sheraton Fitness Challenge is offering free access to its gym along with personal training boot camps for those looking to kick off the New Year in shape. January’s most active gym-goer will also win a complimentary Sheraton Fitness pass – which includes use of the rooftop pools. Gym access is free daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM with free classes running every Tuesday and Saturday.

Location: Sheraton Fitness, Level 24
Phone: 04 377 2380

Fitness First

Not sure if you’re cut out for bootcamps? Try one of Fitness First’s sessions for free to see what you think. Trials range from spinning to strength and conditioning and circuit training. Female-only classes are an option.

Location: Various
Phone: 04 424 3999

Free Classes

For those looking to learn something new while getting fit, Aikido classes teach stress management techniques, energy balancing and is a great mix of ancient Japanese techniques that have been modernised. Located in the Roda Rotana clubhouse, the cost per month is 600 AED with your first 2 classes free.

Location: Roda Rotana club
Phone: 0558663388

Yin Yoga

Outdoor Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation classes start with a warm-up and breathing practice, moving with increased focus and intention to more strength, building poses and closing with deeply held stretches. Ideal for gaining strength, flexibility and developing self-awareness. Wednesday 7:30pm – 9pm at

Location: Umm Suqeim Park. 
Phone: 055 860 06 77


Want to work out but not got the time? 9Round offer a free introductory workout to whet your appetite. What’s more, classes start every 3 minutes so you’re not waiting around at all. Plus, a personal trainer is always on hand to help out.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai 11200
Phone: 043217997


The third instalment of Fighting Fit DXB and YOU can be a part of it. Anyone can apply (so there’s no excuse!). It’s teams of UAE residents, who have never stepping into a boxing ring, learning how to box. Participants take part in a season-finale boxing match after eight weeks of intense training. To take part head to Instagram - @fightingfitdxb