I’ve been a brand ambassador for Guava Pass for a few months now and I am totally obsessed with it. This is something I would happily pay full price for every single month and recommend it to all my friends.
If you’re not familiar with Guava Pass, it works by singing up with a monthly membership, which’ll give you access to absolutely loads of studios, fitness classes and gyms at all times of the day, every day of the week. The pass works on a ‘three class per studio per month’ basis, which really forces you to get out there, try new things, meet new people and push you out of your comfort zone. I know it might be a little daunting reading through the plethora of classes available, so I’ve decided to share my faves to get you in the mood to sweat!
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What: A high intensity, 45 minute spinning class using state of the art equipment.
Where: 1114 Concord Tower, Media City
Pros: This is a total sweat-fest, for anyone looking for a great workout. They also give out free bottles of water, and the bathroom is stocked out with every lotion, potion and product you may need, from deo to hair straighteners to moisturiser.
Cons: There’s no polite or ladylike way to put this, so I’m just going to come right out and say it: I felt like my vagina was broken after the class. Your pubic bone will be sore for days afterwards… *insert inappropriate joke here*
Commando Camp at Train SF
What: An hour long military-style bootcamp, with a mix of weights and cardio based activities.
Where: Train SF, Al Quoz (behind the Suzuki Showroom)
Pros: Not only was the class a great workout, the gym also boasts some seriously impressive facilities, with the biggest (and cleanest) changing room and showers I’ve seen in a Dubai-based gym. I’m also a firm believer that the instructor makes a huge impact on how much you enjoy (and how much effort you put into) the class, and our PTI Mark was great fun but also put you through your paces.
Cons: I’m not sure how strict this is, but apparently people who are only in Train SF to take part in a class (as opposed to people who have memberships) have to be out the gym 20 mins after their class finishes, and, as a girl, this a seriously small time frame if you plan on showering, blow drying your hair, putting your make-up on etc… Also, the towels are Dhs5 to rent, so make sure to bring your own!
What: Flexibility training ranging from splits to backbends and everything in between!
Where: Milan Pole Dance Studio, Mazaya Business Avenue, JLT
Pros: The teacher can seem quite pushy (literally), which might scare you a bit at first, but after just a few classes you’ll notice such a huge difference in the flexibility of your muscles. When we were practicing side splits one day, she physically sat on my back, which I hated at the time but it pushed my splits flat to the floor! Woop!
Cons: I’m not the most savvy when it comes to directions, so the first time I ever tried to find MPDS I got horrendously lost. And if you know JLT, you’ll also know that one wrong turn means your stuck on that one-way loop going round and round like a bloomin’ Scalextrics. Arghhh! Lesson learned…
What: Probably the most brutal class I have tried on Guava Pass – an hour of sprint training with put you through your paces no matter what level of fitness you’re at.
Where: Umm Sequim Beach (we always start at around the 2oom mark)
Pros: The beautiful backdrop, great coach (her name is Tala), and tough workout.
Cons: The time. This class starts at 6am, which means setting your alarm for around 5.15am – brutal.
What: A unique and varied exercise on the reformer machine, which uses strength training to achieve a full body workout. It’s also great for stretching and increasing your flexability, too.
Where: Office 703, Concord Tower, Media City
Pros: The studio boasts a juicer, blender and nut milk maker where you can order your post-workout fuel and they will have it ready for you as soon as you step out your class! The location is also great and the class itself is really enjoyable.
Cons: The elevators in Concord Tower are slightly annoying – the security guards enter which floor you’re going to through a machine behind their desk. You have absolutely no control over the lift at all.
What: Ariel Silk is a mix of acrobatics, dance and yoga which is performed whilst hanging from suspended fabric from the ceiling.
Where: Umm Sequim on Al Wasl Road (right next to Choitrams supermarket just off Al Manara)
Pros: Probably the funnest class I have tried on GP, you don’t even feel like you’re working out until you wake up the next morning and your arms and back are sore!
Cons: The ariel silk room is really small, with only two silk ropes. The class accepts a maximum of six people, which means that there’s a possibility you’ll be sharing your rope with two other people, massively decreasing your own workout time.
What: Inspire Yoga Studio has just about every type of yoga you could want to experience. I had actually been going there long before I was a part of the Guava community and I absolutely love it!
Where: 1st Floor, T and G Avenue Building on Sheikh Ziad Road (right next to Bertin Bistro & Jones the Grocer)
Pros: The range of classes Inspire offers will never leave you bored or without choice. What to try? Suspension yoga, hot HIIT, inversion yoga and flexibility yoga. The staff and instructors are also so friendly, always making an effort to learn your name and have a chat with you.
Cons: The only con for me is that this studio seems to be getting more popular by the day, so when I’m in the mood to disappear for a workout and not talk to anyone, I run into an old classmate, friends of my parents, next door neighbours and every other Tom, Dick and Harry!
What: A 45 minute HIIT class comprised of intervals on a treadmill, TRX straps, rowing machine and a bench with weights.
Where: Warehouse Gym, Umm Sequim Road
Pros: The couple who run this class (Linda and Brian) are great – they’re extremely helpful, insightful and motivational. The programme changes every month, so you’ll never get bored and always keep your body guessing.
Cons: The showers in the Warehouse gym aren’t great – the water pressure is really low and there’s always at least one cubicle which is out of order.
What: Half an hour of circuit training and half an hour of boxing.
Where: Round 10 Boxing is in Al Quoz.
Pros: This class is a full body workout and will leave you sweating like a fossett, the instructors have a banging playlist, plus the parking is great – it’s right outside the front door of the building, it’s always empty and it’s free!
Cons: You have to buy the hand wraps in order to use the boxing gloves (this is not an option). They cost Dhs40 from the front desk.
What: If you’re not familiar with barre, it’s a full body workout in a combination of postures inspired by ballet. Victoria Secret Angels swear by it, and that’s all I need to know!
Where: I’ve been going to the studio in Al Thanya Mall, however they also have a studio down in City Walk.
Pros: The instructors are always great and so full of motivation, and the actual studio is lovely – huge rooms and super clean, with state-of-the-art equipment.
Cons: You have to do the class in socks. Thanks to the ridiculously clean carpet floors, which makes you slide around loads when you’re trying to workout, grippy socks are recommended. I think they’re around Dhs70/80 behind the desk.
What: Another barre class which focuses mostly on legs and glutes.
Where: Umm Sequim 3 (right next to Madinat & Burj Al Arab)
Pros: I love, love, love the facilities here! They have a ‘chill’ room for pre and post workouts, where you can help yourself to dates, watch a bit of Friends on the TV, make a protein shake or order a fresh juice. Love!
Cons: For someone who exercises out before work, they don’t have any early morning classes before 9am.
What: A exceptionally cute, boutique-style studio which offers various yoga and pilate classes.
Where: Beach Road, 27b street, Jumeirah 1 (behind Magrudy’s)
Pros: This is the most Instagrammable fitness centre you’ll ever go to. The studio also boasts a vegetarian cafe outside, which sells nothing but healthy food and drinks!
Cons: Life n One have a policy where they only accept one Guava Pass member per class, so sometimes you’ll have your heart set on Saturday morning rooftop yoga, but if someones beats you to it then you’re paying full price!
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