10 best gyms in Abu Dhabi
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It’s time to bite the bullet and just do it. Here are your reasons: you ate too much at the iftar buffets. You need to shape up before beach season gets underway. And uhhh, its good for you. Abu Dhabi has gyms for body builders, cardio freaks, slimmers, exercise shirkers, and show-offs, so whatever category you fall into, you’ll find something to suit here. Now just download some upbeat tracks onto your iPod and get going.
Abu Dhabi Country Club
This sports complex has everything going for it - a polished, leisurely atmopshere, state-of-the-art equipment, and surprisingly low rates – for the ladies at least. When you sign up, they throw in a free health screen, fitness assessment, personalized programme and two personal training sessions to get you off to a good start.
Rates: Dhs5000 for annual membership for women and Dhs10,000 for men.
Best feature: There are (believe it or not) spacious green grounds if you fancy taking a stroll to cool down after your workout. ‘Country Club’ might be stretching it, but it’s the closest you’ll get in the capital
Opening hours: 7am-11pm
Al Saada street (02 657 7777).
Al Wahda Health Club
The largest health club in the city (including a 2700 sqm spa), swimming pool and a supersized gym equipped with top-of-the-line Technogym aerobic and weight training machines. Staff are refreshingly helpful here too.
Rates: Dhs14,000 for annual membership (with 35 per cent off until the end of September)
Best feature: Their fitness classes are a little on the expensive side, but the price includes access to the sauna, stream room and Jacuzzi, even if you’re not a member. Bonus!
Opening hours: 6am-11pm
Grand Millennium Abu Dhabi (02 495 3831).
Armed Forces Officers Club
As you’d expect of a military complex, Afoc’s fitness centre is a macho domain, where men lift weights the size of buses and sweat like Niagara Falls. But don’t be intimidated, everyone’s friendly for the most part. Still, best leave the Lycra shorts at home.
Rates: Dhs6,000 annual membership for men or women; includes access to the swimming pool
Best feature: What do Eamonn Holmes and Cheryl Cole have in common? Well, extremely little, except that they’re both fans of Hypoxi – a high-tech training system that targets your ‘problem areas’ for a more efficient workout. For men, this involves stepping into a wetsuit-like one-piece that increases pressure around your belly, making your time on the treadmill more efficient. For ladies, the suit squeezes the bum and thighs, helping you shift the wobble while you pedal. Afoc is one of very few places in the city to offer this celebrity-approved technology, available to members for an additional fee. Strap in.
Opening hours: 10am-1am
Afoc (02 4415 900).
Bodylines at Beach Rotana
With more equipment than most, you’ll seldom find yourself waiting in line at this beachfront gym. And even if there’s someone hogging your bench, you can always take the opportunity to pick up some training tips from the staff, who are some of the friendliest we’ve ever encountered.
Rates: Annual membership costs Dhs12,000 for men and Dhs8,400 for women. Plus Dhs950 joining fee.
Best feature: With a lush view of the Arabian sea to check out while you’re exercising, you ought to emerge feeling tranquil as well as trim. And if not, there’s even special massage rates for members.
Opening hours: 6am-11pm.
Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area (02 697 9000).
Haddins Fitness Centre
A very social gym in Zayed Sports City, Haddin’s Gym is known for its varied training programs and activities, as well as top-notch equipment.
Rates: Haddins offer five tiers of membership, but basic yearly access is Dhs3,360
Best feature: A regular Corporate Contender boxing program, which provides intensive specialist training over a three month period, culminating a fight night where you get to put all your newfound skills to the test.
Opening hours: 6am-11pm weekends and 8am-10pm throughout the whole week
Haddin’s, Zayed Sports City (02 403 4200).
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