We find 14 places to work out and refuel around the city
Al Quoz Work out: Boxing at Round 10 Boxing Call for prices. Al Quoz (050 476 3369).
Refuel: Rawliflower Bowl at Wild & The Moon. Boxing gloves at the ready – release some energy thanks to a boxing session at Round 10. A fun, different way of working out, the sport is great for improving fitness and toning you up. Peckish? Head to Wild & The Moon for some plant-based sustenance. There are loads of dishes to try including the Rawliflower Bowl. Wild tabbouleh is prepared with raw cauliflower, cucumber, mint, chickpea and pomegranate with oriental spices, for a gluten-free, fresh meal. Dhs48. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 385 5120).
Refuel: Super Bowl at Circle Café. Don those trainers and get ready to power through the park with fellow jogging fans. Then, continue your running route around to The Dubai Mall, where you can pick up a Super Bowl from Circle Café. Beetroot hummus, edamame, quinoa, cucumber, kale, falafel, avocado, roast pumpkin, cherry tomato, spinach, Cajun bagel chips, fresh lime, sunflower seeds are all heaped together and served with honey soya dressing. Extremely colourful and equally tasty. Dhs50.40. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 338 0049).
Dubai Marina Work out: Barre at Define Body & Mind Dhs120. Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina (04 421 6377).
Refuel: Wild mushroom and avocado toast at Ultra Brasserie. This class is a tricky one, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the kind of ballet you did as a kid after school. It’s rewarding though, so worth a try. When you’re done, plie your way across to Ultra Brasserie. There are heaps of plant-based options at this Marina eatery, but for a post-workout treat don’t miss this wild mushroom and avocado on toast. Delicious, filling and packed with veggie goodness, sautéed forest mushrooms are piled on grilled rustic sourdough with whipped smoked goat’s cheese and spicy citrus avocado smash. Delish. Dhs46. Dubai Marina (04 277 5644).
Business Bay Work out: The Trip By Les Mills From Dhs85. GFX, F52 Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 425 5940).
Refuel: Power chicken bowl at Kcal. Don’t miss this virtual reality spin class from global fitness supremo Les Mills, where you’ll immerse yourself in a fast-paced, digital journey. It’s designed to be a high-intensity workout, combining bursts of sprints with periods of rests. It’s fun, it’s different and you’ll feel like you’ve been on an adventure without leaving the room. Replace those burnt calories with a protein packed bowl from Kcal. With marinated chicken, red peppers, courgette, spring onion and shredded coconut, we like the sound of this post-work out meal. Plus with 38g of protein, and just 296 calories, it’s ideal fuel for exercise. Dhs42. Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (600 595 955).
City Walk Work out: Spinning at CycleBar Dhs120. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 395 5523).
Refuel: Roasted veggie salad at Saladicious. Head to CycleBar, the popular US brand, in City Walk for a spinning workout you won’t forget. There are four different classes on offer – Classic has a mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills; Connect, turns off the video monitors and concentrates on the music; Performance is a motivational ride that has group challenges and rider competitions, and finally there are also themed rides that change frequently. Worked up a sweat? Try to avoid the sundaes at the many ice cream joints around the area and head to Saladicious. The clue’s in the name, but we’d suggest the organic quinoa mixed with baby spinach, grilled halloumi, roasted courgette and butternut version. Dhs65.10 City Walk, Al Safa Street (800 72523).
JLT Work out: Body Burn at Real Pilates Dhs85. One JLT (04 458 5399).
Refuel: Protein Smoothie Bowl at 1762 Stripped. If you want to try out Pilates, Real Pilates is a great place to start. With professional teaching and a range of classes from mat to reformer and more, there’s sure to be something to suit. But for a workout to push you to your limits why not try Body Burn? The intense 55-minute cardio class will set you up for the day, and have you running to 1762 Stripped, which is located in the same building. Here you can pick up a range of post-workout snacks. Our choice? The Protein Smoothie Bowl – a banana, hazelnut, raw cacao, almond milk and chocolate protein powder combo, topped with pumpkin seeds, coconut and raspberries. Dhs42. One JLT (800 176).
Dubai Sports City Work out: FitRepublik Dhs2,415 (three-month membership). Dubai Sports City (04 556 1800).
Refuel: Green smoothie bowl at Nathalie’s. Challenge yourself to a gym session before heading to Nathalie’s, which is handily located right by FitRepublik. The ultimate in greenery, this smoothie bowl contains avocado, banana, peanut butter, kale, super seeds, topped with dried cranberries, chia, strawberries and almonds. Delish, and full of healthy fats. Dhs38. Sports City (04 556 1888).
JBR Work out: Circuits at The Warehouse Gym Call for prices. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 368 4080).
Refuel: Veggie wraps at Common Grounds. The newest location of the popular Dubai gym hosts a range of classes, including circuits – both indoors and out – to really test you. The best news for hungry fitness fans? There’s a branch of Common Grounds inside the gym itself. There’s a full menu that’s been created for health-conscious gymgoers, each labelled clearly with protein, carb and calorie count. Opt for the veggie rice wraps for the ultimate in healthy treats. Packed with loads of crispy, crunchy veg, glass noodles and leaves, a further zing is added thanks to a black sesame sauce. It also contains 360 calories and 11 grams of protein. Dhs49. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 368 4080).
Media City Work out: Reformer Pilates at Mojo Pilates Dhs120. Concord Tower, Media City (04 360 3399).
Refuel: Energiser smoothie at Joga. This is not your average reformer class, it’s a cardio version in which you’re sure to work up a sweat. With jumping and fast-paced movements, all set to a pumping soundtrack this one is that old cliché fun and functional. Parched after all that? Sip on this fruity smoothie from Joga. With banana, strawberry, raspberry, lemon sorbet and apple juice it’s sweet and refreshing, plus you can add chia seeds or whey protein for an extra Dhs8. Dhs22. Media City (04 420 6304).
Refuel: Sweet potato pancakes at Gourmet by Kcal. Test your balance and core strength with a stand-up paddleboard session at Club Mina. When you’ve dried off, head next door to Gourmet by Kcal. This 100 percent gluten-free kitchen cooks up a range of tasty dishes, but we love these pancakes. They’re made from sweet potato mash, coconut flour, oats, almond milk, egg whites, vegan organic protein with fresh berries and blueberry sauce. It comes in at 254.6 calories with just 7.7g of fat, so you know you’re treating your body as well as your taste buds. Dhs50. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).
Motor City Work out: Circuit training at The Circuit Factory Dhs85. Motor City, www.circuitfactory.ae. Refuel:The Cycle Bistro. Bored of running on a treadmill? Us too. It’s time to head to the self-explainatory Circuit Factory. Varied, and high-intensity this one will get you fit. Afterwards head to The Cycle Bistro. The all-paleo café offers up a range of dishes, including the trendiest of all health foods – bone broth – but for a post-workout veggie-fest try the carrot and courgette spaghetti, tossed with either home-made tomato sauce or basil and rocket pesto. Yum. Dhs50. The Cycle Hub, Motor City, (04 425 6555).
Palm Jumeirah Work out: AquaPower at Fairmont The Palm Dhs75. Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3330).
Refuel: Egg white omelette at RIVA. You’ve heard of AquaSpin (or you will have if you read Time Out Dubai regularly), but have you encountered AquaPower? This new class at Fairmont The Palm is designed to create a challenging, fast-paced session that will leave you super toned. In essence a water-based circuit training session, this combines cardiovascular intensity, combat training, and strength training. Phew. After all that you’ll need a snack (or three) so why not head to RIVA, which handily has a new “RIVA Lite” menu. Our pick is the egg white omelette with asparagus, kale, tomato, cougette and spinach, which is as virtuous as it sounds. Dhs48. Riva Beach Club, Shoreline 8, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 5982).
The Greens Work out: Hatha yoga at Yoga House Dhs385 (five classes). Emaar Business Park, The Greens (056 179 8668).
Refuel: Açaí bowl at Arrows and Sparrows Emphasis at this class is placed on balance, breath, control, core strength, and flexibility. Feeling Zen? Pop down to Arrows and Sparrows for a healthy treat. Try the South American superfood açaí, which here comes with home-made nutty granola, chia seeds, banana, berries, kiwi, dried fruits, peanuts and a dollop of peanut butter, ensuring you get your five-a-day and a serving of protein, all with the benefit of a dish that tastes like ice cream. Winning. Dhs42. Emaar Business Park, The Greens (04 558 8141).
Umm Suqeim Work Out: Running between Jumeirah Beach and Kite Beach Free, Jumeirah Beach.
Refuel: Avocado and eggs at The Surf Café Perfect for January (this being a free workout…), run along the 14km stretch between these two beaches and stop off at The Surf Café. There’s a range of healthy dishes, but our fave is the avocado and eggs. Three poached eggs come on light rye bread, olive tapande, avocado, rocket and pomegranate. It’s not compulsory to be a surfer, but this one also works well after watersports… Dhs48. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 346 6262).