As gyms in Dubai have been forced to close amidst the coronavirus outbreak, a number of them have taken to social media to continue advocating for a healthier lifestyle by offering free workouts that participants can do at home or even outside. Here's a round-up of the local gyms offering free fitness advice:
The Warehouse Gym
The gym, which has branches in Al Quoz, JBR, The Springs, Business Bay and D3, has uploaded a video onto their Instagram of a body weight workout with their trainer Joel:
Located in Dubai Marina, the gym has also posted a full-body, function training home workout with their trainer Gello:
The boxing and fitness venue in Dubai Media City has announced they will live stream their classes on their Instagram page with the stories being available for 24 hours. These include Power Yoga, Upper Body+Core and Dancefit:
The Dubai Marina fitness venue is hosting a 15-day home workout challenge. Each day, they’ll post a new routine to try at home. Even better, as added initiative, if you tag them in your posts, you'll get a chance to win prizes:
The venue in Motor City has posted a couple of exercises to try at home with trainer Michael Sole:
Fitness First Middle East
The franchised gym, which has branches all around the UAE, has posted a couple of workouts that can be tried outside the gym as well – including one for children and parents to do together:
The CrossFit gym, located in Dubai Marina, has also uploaded a routine to try that mostly involves body weight:
The Motor City gym has also posted a home workout to try that consists of three sets of bodyweight exercises with a minute's rest in between:
Finally, the indoor cycling and boutique fitness studio, located in Alserkal Avenue, has also uploaded a few bodyweight workouts that can also be done at home:
While there hasn't yet been a mandate announcing the closing of gyms in Abu Dhabi, some gyms are getting prepared ahead of time. Abu Dhabi Country Club has announced it will offer its members full access to Les Mills On Demand, in which they can do workouts from home of the popular group fitness programme. So while it may be disappointment to not be able to physically step into a gym, there's still some solace in being able to stay fit while at home.
A new workout offering is rechargedxb.tv. The online fitness video streaming service launched on Sunday, March 29 with a few fitness offerings: beginners' yoga, essential wall stretches, foam rolling, mobility tips, and a streak cooking tutorial. The site promises to add more content each week, so you can work out from home with expert guides.
The videos have been filmed by fitness experts, and will eventually offer weight training, HIIT, yoga, MMA, postural correct+ rehab and bodyweight training and more. The service is not totally free. It offers at 10-day free trial, and then costs Dh30 per month, or Dh300 for 12 months. The creators have also promised a kids’ fitness programme, which will be available soon.