If you find motivation a struggle, the drill-sergeant-slash-instructors at this world-famous gym will light a fire under you (not literally). Classes combine cardio and strength training with bursts of intense anaerobic exercise to keep the heart-rate elevated and keep you in the fat-burning zone. Not for the faint-hearted, but newbies do get Dhs40 off the first class.
From Dhs125 per session. Open daily. Central Park Towers, DIFC, www.barrysbootcamp.com (04 254 4775).
Point Zero Floatation Centre
Technically not a gym, but this is cool. The psychological, meditative benefits of floatation tanks are met with the physical – athletes use them to ease muscles, quieten the nervous system and stimulate the senses. Float away for up to 90 minutes for some proper destressing (not distressing) action.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Sky Gardens Tower, DIFC, www.pointzerofloatation.com (04 457 9991).
Ultimate Performance Dubai
It’s in the name, surely? Forget being mates with your trainer, this place demands results and takes a “holistic” approach to any food, exercise or daily routines that impact body composition. Prepared to feel mighty uncomfortable before you feel fitter. Newbies get a free trial for group classes and if you’re looking for a personal trainer you can also get a one-to-one consultation.
Open Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-3pm. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, www.upfitness.ae (04 431 9004).
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