If you’re looking for a place to practice Pilates, we’ve done the hard work for you. Read on to discover Goodness’ roundup of the best reformer studios in Dubai. You, and your beach body, can thank us later.
The Hundred Wellness Centre
As soon as you enter the stunning space that is The Hundred Wellness Center, you’ll instantly feel like a healthier person. Expect a wide spectrum of services including physiotherapy, homeopathy, nutritional education, and a cold-pressed juice bar, but the real focus here is on Pilates – the passion of founder Asma Hilal Lootah. The Reformer Pilates classes last for 55 minutes and, with only five people per class, you know that you’ll get the right amount of attention and advice from your instructor.
Jumeirah 1, Dubai
(+971) 4 344 7333
Core Fitness Evolution
With studios worldwide and a client list that includes Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, and the Victoria’s Secret Angels, it’s safe to say that the Core Fitness Evolution classes deliver serious results. Using a ‘Megaformer’ machine, a clever creation that allows for more combinations of exercises using your body weight, the 40-minute sessions provide a high-intensity, low-impact total body workout. Their motto? Sweat and shake. Enough said.
Emirates Financial Towers, Dubai
(+971) 4 354 3220
Dubai’s original yoga and Pilates studio had over 40,000 visits last year, which says it all. The hour-long reformer classes are designed to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance, catering to all practice levels. Helping teach body awareness, good posture, and agility, it’s a great one to try if you suffer from lower-back pain.
Springs Town Center Shopping Mall, Emirates Hills
(+971) 4 422 4643
Naya Yoga and Pilates
Naya is committed to giving people a new, healthy beginning by bringing together spiritual, mental, and physical wellness in its gorgeous ladies-only boutique studio. There are just six state-of-the-art reformer machines per class, giving them a more private, personal feel. The hour-long sessions focus on structured resistance exercises that isolate smaller muscle groups to build strength, flexibility, and tone.
Kojak Building, Motor City
(+971) 4 551 6262
For real Pilates, head to – you guessed it – Real Pilates. The studios boast the latest state-of-the-art equipment and V2Max Plus reformers with full vertical frames, spine correctors, spine supporters, jumpboards, and split pedal stability chairs (to name a few of their fancy functions) to help maximize your workout. With over 140 classes every week, no other studio offers such a wide variety of times and classes to choose from, which is perfect for busy women who want to fit in a Pilates session pre-, post-, or during work hours. No excuses!
One JLT Building, JLT, and Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah
(+971) 4 345 3228
Perhaps one of the most peaceful (and prettiest) Pilates studios in town, Pilates Academy is where it’s at to calm the body and the mind whilst strengthening and stretching your muscles. Founded by Master Trainer Cloè Sommadossi, who earned her qualifications in New York and who’s passion for Pilates is shared by all the instructors, the studio offers everything from mat Pilates and Cadillac classes to ‘cardiolates’ (which involves jumping on mini trampolines), chair Pilates, and – of course – reformer classes. There are a maximum of three people in each reformer class, and there’s no loud music or distractions. Instead it’s just you, your instructor, your reformer, and a breathtaking view out across JLT.
Jumeirah Bay X2, Cluster X, JLT
(+971) 56 798 4655
For a more personal approach to Pilates, you need to book in for a session at Rye Pilates. Offering strictly one-on-one, tailor-made sessions, the recently opened studio has been set up by Dr. Daamini Shrivastav, a health and fitness advocate who combines her expertise in medicine and the human body with her passion for exercise to bring you one of the best Pilates sessions in town.
Burj Plaza, Downtown, Dubai
(+971) 56 702 5656
This beautiful and bright Pilates studio in Barsha Heights takes Joseph Pilates’ mantra and puts it into practice perfectly: “Health and happiness through physical fitness”. Using high-tech Gratz equipment made in New York, all according to Joseph Pilates’ original specifications, you’ll not only be on the highest standard of reformer, but you’ll be taught the highest level of trainers, too.
The focus here is on the uniform development of your body through stretching, strengthening, and controlling – helping with everything from improving your posture to increasing your flexibility. Before you book in to a group class, you’ll go through a private session, ensuring that you know and understand the movements so you can practice the best of your ability. The sunlit, stunning space is just the cherry on top.
I-Rise Tower, Barsha Heights
(+971) 4 2767658