There are loads of reasons to get up and moving this month, from a new beach-club-turned-gym to the biggest fitness festival of the year. Here's what to look forward to. For more things to do in Dubai in October, click here.
Sky Zone activity park
Whether your activity of choice is tackling your mates with a dodgeball, attempting somersaults or tackling the warrior course, the new Sky Zone trampoline Park at Ibn Battuta will keep you entertained for hours. Stay out of the last bit of summer heat while you take on the wipe out zone, the zip line, the climbing wall, and the giant warped walls. With prices starting at just Dhs105 for 60 minutes you’ll be bouncing off the walls.
Open Sun-Wed 10am -10pm, Thu & Fri 10am-midnight. Ibn Battuta Mall (800 759 9663).
Train Beach Club La Mer
We don’t know if competitive gymming is a thing, but if it is then this place probably invented it. This place at La Mer blends the fitness experience with the beach club life, with a swimming pool, private beach and a fitness-lifestyle restaurant. And, significantly, it’s a fully-licensed venue. Its soft-opening phase runs through September, and will be open until 10pm every day, but once the gym gets its late license it’ll be open until 2am. Membership costs Dhs885 per month and gives you full access to the gym and sister branches in Al Quoz and Abu Dhabi, while a day pass will set you back Dhs165. First-timers can also try the gym’s micro-chipped boxing classes where your entire performance and motion is analysed intensively.
Open daily 6am-10pm. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 343 6662).
Still to come…
Dubai Fitness Challenge
The initiative that tries to get Dubai folk off the sofa and moving for 30 minutes a day for a whole month, is back for its third year. Think huge pop-up arenas and outdoor gyms at Kite Beach, the Palm, JLT and DIFC and big carnival style opening and closing festivals in Dubai Festival City – all offering free classes from Friday October 18 to Saturday November 16. Also look out for local gym and studio partners that are running free 30-minute sessions or just set yourself the challenge of a 30-minute walk every day.
Oct 18-Nov 16. www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
This place is about as fancy as fitness and wellness get and it’s set to open later this month. StudioRepublik is sister to FitRepublik in Dubai Sports City, and is a mammoth of a place, spread over two floors. The restaurant, offering healthy food, is at its core and it’s surrounded by three main wellness areas: The Lab, where the team assess and review body composition and blood analysis as well as movement, power and endurance to offer you a personalised training programme, The Stage – where you can dabble in dance and drama – and finally The Arena, which is a gym and fitness studio that runs classes that cover everything from bootcamp, cycling, pilates, yoga and meditation. Sounds like a decent way to get into shape this winter to us.
Eiffel 1, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.studio-republik.com.
Tough Mudder UAE
The world’s most gruelling obstacle course will make its Dubai appearance on Friday November 15 at Dubai Festival City for the first time. Choose from the 5K option which is littered with 13 or so obstacles or the Tough Mudder Classic with 25+ obstacles on a 10km route. Kids feeling left out? Sign them up for the Mini Mudder: a 1.6km course route for seven to 13 year olds. Expect to get tired and dirty, but to feel super-smug afterwards.
Prices start at Dhs75. toughmudder.ae.