The Fitness of Things

Here's a quick area-wise guide to some of the best health centres in Dubai
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The Fitness of Things
Fitness First

Fitness First
Area: Burjuman

One of the leading health club chains in the world, Fitness First, has many centres in various areas in Dubai. But the Burjuman club, spread over 48,000 sq ft, is the largest Fitness First health centre in the world.

The state-of-the-art gym offers the very latest in cardiovascular and resistance equipment. It also has a dedicated, functional training area which is highly effective in increasing agility and building energy to perform your daily activities or special sporting activities.

The club also has a private swimming pool and three group exercise studios which are its main attractions. Exercising in a group to the beats of thumping music with an instructor, is not only a highly effective way of losing flab, but extremely fun too.

Apart from this, in association with Dragonfly Spa from China, Fitness First has a 'total wellness experience' for its members where the menu boasts of some very interesting oriental treatments and therapies. Also, on offer is a Members Privileges Programme that gives you free access to exclusive partner offers, discounts and rewards on branded products.

Spa and health club at Burj Al arab
Area: Jumeirah

The Assawan Spa and Health Club, located on the 18th floor is a serene and invigorating space to relax the body and soothe the soul. The lavishly decorated health and fitness facility is named after the Assawan stone, known for its purity and healing properties. In fact, the extravagant decor is strongly reminiscent of bathing pools used by ancient Middle Eastern civilisations with green, red, black and white colours dominating the colour palette.

The fitness centre here offers excellent aerobic facilities, advanced cardiovascular and resistance training equipment and a hair salon. If you are the sporty kind, then expend your energy at the lavish squash court here.

The spa offers a unique nature-based luxury environment to help you unwind. Treatments from renowned brands such as La Prairie, ESPA and Aromatherapy Associates, are available. Separate indoor infinity pools and treatment rooms with ocean views and a jacuzzi, complement the spa, along with saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools.

Natural Elements
Area: Deira

For the fitness freak looking for cutting-edge technology in the arena of health and fitness, Natural Elements has plenty to offer. The facilities include floodlit tennis courts and four outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, two of which have a swim-up bar and the third features a 25-meter swimming lane that is ideal for training.

The special feature at this gym is the latest Nautilus circuit-training and strength studio as well as a Life Fitness Personal training studio. The Life Fitness cardiovascular studio features the latest treadmills, stair-masters and training bicycles. Attached to all the cardiovascular equipment is FitLinxx – a computerised personal training system that learns the user's programs and then coaches and tracks his or her progress over time. The gym also houses a free weights training studio and an aerobics studio offering boxing, spinning and yoga classes.

With a team of professional fitness instructors, swimming and tennis coaches available to offer any advice, you get everything you want under one roof.

Sanctuary Gym, The Pullman Dubai
Area: Mall Of the Emirates

Overlooking the majestic Dubai skyline, the Sanctuary spa, pool and gym is exceptional not only in its physical decor but also its variety of unique treatments. This fitness centre has everything you would want – a fantastic gym, a great spa and a beautiful pool. The gym features five contemporary treatment rooms, a pool lounge and an avant garde fitness centre that is open 24-7. It also gives members access to various equipment including a vibrogym plate, kinesis machine and sauna, steam rooms and a jacuzzi.

Also, members can get individual orientation trainings and special discounts. However, the spa is also a must-try, especially its signature massage. Using soothing, rhythmical strokes and deep tissue kneading, the massage is the perfect choice for a sublime spa experience. Go for it after an intense workout and step out a new, refreshed person altogether.