The Gym: a destination that combines health, fitness and luxury
With its fancy interiors and almost clinical cleanliness, The Gym in Business Bay’s Vision Tower puts some serious luxury into weekly workouts that will tempt even the laziest bodies off the sofa and onto the treadmill.
Interior designer Brian Leib calls The Gym a “trendy, stylish boutique meets hard-core workouts with a bit of lounging in between”. While the reception area is all lavish dark tones with gold accents, the gym itself is a crisp white, black and purple and spans 10,000 square feet of space. The 65 workout machines were custom- made for The Gym, and are strategically grouped by which body part you’re working out.
Team Ahlan! trained with co-founder Maxine – one of four elite personal trainers available to members with the PT package. After a five- minute warm-up on the cross-trainer, we launched into two- rounds of a 10-station circuit comprising of tyre pushes, box jumps, kettlebell swings, knee raises and the dreaded burpee. We were completely out of breath and sweating profusely by the end of the 20 minutes.
Possibly our favourite part of The Gym, the changing rooms rival even the city’s most exclusive five-star hotels. With fluffy towels, L’Occitane beauty products, toothbrushes, razors, hairdryers and GHDs, there’s everything you need to make the transition to the o ice in one fell swoop.
Housed inside The Gym is The Muscle Bar – the perfect place to relax post-workout with a healthy protein shake or snack. Resident Muscle Men will whip you up anything you like – we went for vegan chocolate protein with banana, oats and peanut butter – enjoyed on the plush couches in front of the TV. The smoothie was delicious, just the treat post-workout. Just don’t sit down pre-workout as we can’t promise you’ll want to get up!
INFO: The Gym, Level 1, Vision Tower, Business Bay, 04 442 6586, info@ thegymdubai.com. Basic annual gym memberships start at Dhs9,000 per person or Dhs15,000 per couple. VIP packages are also available and include PT sessions, indulgent healthy treats from The Muscle Bar and even a gold personalised parking card