The first official UFC gym in the region has landed. The mixed martial arts and fitness facility, which first debuted in 2009 and now has over 120 locations around the world, officially opened its doors this month in Bay Square, Business Bay. Inside you’ll find signature classes such as Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts conditioning and women’s self-defense.
The presence of the famous UFC octagon and a poster of UFC figher Georges St Pierre sets the tone that this facility means serious MMA training business, but in addition to channeling your inner Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey, you’ll also find different fitness zones that cater to various other types of training.
Some of these include group fitness such as Zumba, yoga, Les Mills and Pilates classes, a functional training zone, plus parents can sign up children as young as four for group boxing and Jiu Jitsu lessons. This is a facility for both fitness enthusiasts, young and old, and MMA athletes.
What: UFC Gym
Where: Building 1, Bay Square, Business Bay
Fitness First has just opened a new 3-in-1 studio that brings together their three types of Fitness First-developed fitness classes. Located in the Business Central Towers in Dubai Media City, the studio is larger version of the old XFit studio which was located in Knowledge Village, with additional concept classes.
The three classes on offer are called XFit, X:30 and BoxX; XFit combines weights, cardio and gymnastic movements (think CrossFit style workouts), X:30 focuses on 30 minute high-intensity interval training, and BoxX is a boxing-themed HIIT workout.
The studio is fitted with assault bikes, a dynamic boxing ring, a rig, Rogue equipment, kettlebells, and other functional training equipment that is used in some of the classes.
What: XFit (by Fitness First)
Where: Ground Floor, Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City
More info: XFit website
If you like spinning, then you’ll love this brand new cycling studio that has just opened its doors in Dubai Media City. What makes it different to the usual indoor cycling studio are its bikes. Their classes are powered by Real Ryder bikes which allow side to side movement as you cycle, simulating a real outdoor bike ride and more a natural cycling movement. Here’s what they look like.
The classes are either 45 minutes or one hour and are done to a customized playlist, and the studio describes itself as a ”night club themed personalized studio” – moving lights and all.
The first two classes are free, so if you’re feeling like giving the legs a good burn session make sure you check this place out.
What: Sure Body Fitness, indoor cycling studio
Where: Level 11, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City
More info: www.besurge.com