By Hana Jazzar
Staying active and working out aren’t just ways to lose weight or help you get into a smaller dress-size, they are in fact lifestyle commitments which make you stronger, healthier and yes, ultimately thinner.
Now if these reasons have convinced you to join a gym, the important question left to ask yourself is: which gym?
We’ve thoroughly researched Riyadh’s most famous female gyms and gathered all the info you need to know in order to make an informed decision.
Located at the Diplomatic Quarters, Al Manahil Ladies Center is airy and bright. It spreads over two levels with views looking over an outdoor tennis court. The ground floor supports the cardiovascular equipment whilst upstairs you’ll find the circuit and weight training area. Its vigorous class schedule offers everything from the latest Les Mills classes, including Bodypump and Body Attack, to others like TRX, spinning, dance, pilates, mat and yoga. In addition to the popular Martial Art (Taekwondo) and Tennis classes, members have access to the steam room and can sign up for water exercises and swimming lessons in the heated indoor swimming pool.
It is also in the process of adding the latest equipment to the gym, and expanding in space, and is working on becoming the largest Pilates Studio in Riyadh. When you are done with your work-out, you can have a healthy drink from the juice bar or take advantage of the rest of the center by stopping at the spa, salon, boutique or restaurant.
Tel: +966 1 4881069
The modern and hip Loft-like gym located in Northern Riyadh (AlYasamien district) is a pure fitness center with a great mix of studio and gym space. Studio 1 on the ground floor is where all the group workouts take place from Bodycombat and circuits, to Zumba, Boot Camp and Cross Fit classes.
The Holistic Studio is a serene space designed to integrate body, mind and spirit through yoga and pilates. As for spinning, NuYu’s invigorating theatrical studio, together with lively music will transport you into another zone.
Front and center is the gym area where you’ll find state of the art machines, AMT striders and an amazing “functional zone” which has all the latest fitness accessories and gives you space to work out individually or under the supervision of qualified personal trainers. Last but not least, the Power Plate sessions give you a warm up, resistance work, cardio and a cool down and massage all in 30 minutes.
NuYu’s facilities include a retail store featuring Pure Lime fitness apparel. Additionally, it offers a range of membership options that are likely to suit your budget and needs.
Tel: +966 1 8104111
Luthan Gym is nestled inside Luthan hotel and spa, which is an exclusive ladies hotel located in AlRaed District. Its elegant wellness center is the best place to rejuvenate, revitalize and unwind. Luthan fitness and yoga studios are calm and zen. They reflect a cozy yet energetic atmosphere.
Besides yoga and pilates classes, which strengthen the core and balance both body and mind, it also offers classes that are fun, lively and that help burn calories and improve overall wellness (i.e. Zumba, dancing, spinning and AquaFit).
Luthan fitness has 3, 6 and 12 month elite memberships which offer many benefits including discounts on the spa treatments, salon services, restaurant, complimentary health and fitness assessments and unlimited use of fitness equipment within the gym and spa facilities.
Its classy facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, a meditation room, an indoor heated swimming pool, a relaxing jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Tel: +966 1 4807799
KORE is a “fitness boutique” located in AlKhozama district that brings a new spin to traditional gyms by providing an innovative approach to fitness. Two studios in the facility hold a variety of classes such as yoga, pilates, spinning, Zumba and belly dancing.
Members can choose the Focused or Mix & Match packages for group classes or the personal training package for private one-on-one classes.
The Circuit training program involves the Milon machines, a smart technology system of strength and endurance training in only 17.5 minutes, resulting in a focused, guided and well recorded work out. It also has the unique Water Bike, which is an individual aqua-physiotherapeutic cycling system with 16 hydro massage jets to help reduce cellulite.
Conveniently, it is open on Fridays if you’d you like to “burn” away weekend boredom (and calories) on the machines.
Tel: +966 1 4820003
This world-renowned fitness and weight loss center promises to give you a complete work out in just 30 minutes. The Curves system is simple. It is circuit training using hydraulic resistance machines (set up in a circle), which is adjusted to the strength level of each woman.
Consequently, this special design helps effectively train and strengthen muscles while it reduces soreness and the potential for injury. Once you join, your weight and measurements are taken to create your personal record, which is updated with your monthly assessments so you can track your progress. Annual memberships give you many benefits, like access to customized fitness and weight management programs and plans, and exclusive Curves retail and nutritional products.
Joining one of Curves fitness centers automatically entitles you to use your membership in any of the 10,000 Curve outlets across the globe. So wherever you may be, there’s no excuse not to workout.
Tel (Al Olaya): +966 1 4633219
Tel (AlRayyan): +966 1 4452876
Tel (Panorama): +966 1 2814853
Located in AlMalaz district, AlMultaka is a multi purpose ladies center aiming to connect women with art, design, fashion, beauty and fitness all in a contemporary and charming environment. AlMultaka Fitness Center promotes wellness and vitality through dynamic programs and attractive services. Its brightly lit gym, with floor to ceiling windows and cardio theater, radiates a sense of freshness and energy.
The Studio classes offer a variety of group fitness programs including certified Spinning, TRX, body combat and the popular Fight-do to, as well as numerous cross- training activities like mega dance, swimming and aqua aerobics classes. For the union of body, breath and mind, there are yoga, pilates and Fit ball classes.
AlMultaka is a STOTT Pilates Certified fitness center; hence you are ensured a safe and effective work out every time.
The Stott Pilates courses are given in a specialized studio using reformers and the latest 3-in-1 machines.
Members can also continue on to the rest of the center and enjoy the spacious and airy FontainBleu restaurant, serene spa or beauty salon.