With a new gym or studio popping up on every corner of the city getting around to try every one of them has become somewhat of a sport in itself. Luckily we have done some of the leg work for you and scouted out some truly special gems that should definitely make their way to the top of your visit list. Certainly not your average studios, all these locations are making big changes to the Dubai fitness landscape and putting our city on the map when it comes to world class training facilities – something Sand & Smoke can definitely get behind.



A boutique studio located in DIFC’s Capital Club, D5 Gymnasium represents the evolution of fitness. Incorporating science, cutting edge technology and nutritional best practice, the D5 training methods run much deeper than just your average PT session. The D5 service takes a totally holistic and individualized approach, no two training programs are the same. This is a one of a kind health journey that rebuilds the body through focused training and nutrition programs that are designed specifically to your bodies needs.



By insanely popular demand, the New York barre studio has just opened its doors to a second location in Umm Suqeim in Al Thanya Mall. A program that has already taken Dubai by storm, Physique 57 has developed somewhat of a cult following with devotees ranging from fitness fanatics right though to those new to the gym. The Physique 57 concept is widely known as the worlds best barre class and the new location makes the much loved program now available to residents across the entire city in an uber cool urban setting that stays true to its New York roots.

(Sand & Smoke had the pleasure of profiling the founder of Physique 57 Dubai – Maryam Fattahi Salaam – Check out all her wellness and fitness secrets click here)


Newly opened in Business Bay – BARE is Dubai’s first fat-loss and nutrition focused fitness club. The latest fitness concept to hit Dubai is based on the three pillars of permanent body transformation: Nutrition, Training and Education. Starting with a comprehensive assessment of your nutrition needs, they build out a personalised plan to get you long lasting results – combining smart nutrition and tough, proven training with an honest and basic fat-loss program. They are all about stripping back the gimmicks and fads and focusing on the stuff that actual works. But if the promise of permanent body transformation isn’t enough to get you over the line, then its worth a visit for the sleek, modern and uber cool interiors and the social group workouts that BARE is famous for.

Images courtesy of D5 Gymnasium, Bare Fitness, Physique 57

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