Symmetry Gym, Dubai

We are put through our paces at Gold and Diamond Park gym
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Time Out Says

The gym
Located next to More Café in the Gold and Diamond Park, Symmetry Gym had a soft opening late last year, but is now flexing its muscles, ready to take on the mountain of competition in Dubai. The venue is relatively unique thanks to its personal training-only offering, and the complete absence of cardio equipment in the gym.

The promise
By signing up for personal training, Symmetry promises 100 percent tailor-made programmes based on observations made during a consultation and body movement assessment. You will also receive nutrition coaching to coincide with the physical training. The emphasis here is on reprogramming the mind towards long-term, sustainable improvements to help you change your life, rather than losing 6kg in two weeks and then falling off the wagon completely.

Step by step
On arrival, I fill out a form declaring any goals (weight loss, reducing body fat, increasing muscle mass and so on), as well as describing the kind of exercise I normally undertake. I’m then introduced to Symmetry owner and head coach Amir Siddiqui. After asking me to stand and squat with my arms in various positions, he points out my shoulders are lopsided (possibly due to always carrying bags on my right shoulder) and that there is strain and tightness in my upper back, caused by sitting at a desk for an excessive amount of time. According to Amir, we shouldn’t sit for more than three hours a day, and should stand and move at least every 15 minutes. My current lifestyle could leave me with some serious back problems.

He then asks me to pick an area I’d like to work on. After opting for my core, he puts me through a series of squats, press-ups and planks, before handing me a 4kg medicine ball to bounce and lift over my head. We repeat all of the activities for between 10 and 20 reps, before I’m finally instructed to bear crawl across the room twice.

The result
After only 30 minutes, I’m tired and can feel the strain in my muscles. Amir tells me this is good: he explains that as soon as an exercise starts to become easy, it’s time to try something else.

Pros
• Sessions are one on one and highly personalised. Amir even suggests running isn’t good for my body shape as I have wide hips.
• It’s a small gym, so it doesn’t feel like a battery farm.
• All the staff here are impressively knowledgeable, and ask questions about every aspect of my lifestyle.
• Don’t expect to be shouted at, bootcamp-style. Instead, you’ll get words of encouragement.

Cons

• Tailor-made training comes at a cost, and sessions aren’t cheap.

4/5
From Dhs250 per session. Quote ‘Time Out’ and get a week of personal training and assessment free until April 30. Building 5, Gold and Diamond Park, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 887 4707).

By Holly Sands  | 10 Apr 2012

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5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PMMonday: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PMTuesday: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PMWednesday: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PMThursday: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMSaturday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Dubai, Al Quoz, Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates