When it comes to a workout that does it all, boxing wins hands down — or should we say hands up? An all-over body blitz, it works your cardiovascular and endurance systems, increases strength and stamina, trains your upper and lower body, challenges your core, burns fat, and improves balance and coordination. It also leaves you feeling sore and sweaty – the good kind – in addition to releasing stress and anxiety due to the endorphin boost. All things considered, it’s hardly surprising that it’s one of the most popular ways for supermodels and celebrities to stay in shape.
If you’ve been wanting to kickstart your workout routine or are simply looking to try something new, the classes offered by these boxing gyms are guaranteed to get you fit and whip you into shape — fast!
A gym made for boxing, Fit Boys (it’s for girls too) isn’t about the frills and fancy touches. Rather, it’s about serious training under the guidance of professional fighters and instructors, some of whom are of Olympic status. Whether you opt for a private class or a group session, you’ll be given the full attention of your trainer, who will ensure you’re boxing to your best whilst pushing you to your absolute maximum. It’s not just ducking and jabbing – you can expect to be flipping some tires, running with dumbbells, crunching with medicine balls, and throwing some punches with your partner.
Red Diamond Building, JLT
(+971) 4 434 3661
Round 10 Boxing
This is where the likes of Ola Farahat and Tala Samman go to train, and with very good reason. Round 10 Boxing caters to all ages and fitness levels, and it offers female-only sessions and even classes for kids. You can expect to burn between 800 and 1,000 calories in each hour-long class and work up a serious sweat under the watchful eye of Muhammad Ali – there are lots of posters of champs on the walls to get you inspired. Classes start with a 15-minute warmup of jogging, mini circuits, stretching, and body-weight exercises before leading up to 30 minutes of cardio drills with the boxing bag and a final 15 minutes of strength boxing with weights.
Warehouse 42, Al Quoz 1, and Jumeirah Islands Pavilion
(+971) 4 338 0101
The Champion Club
Set up by three-time World Thai Boxing Champion Prince Amir, The Champion Club strives to bring high-quality martial arts, kickboxing, and Thai boxing to Dubai. There’s a strong emphasis on technique in the classes, so your trainer is more focused on making sure you’re doing it right than making sure you feel like you’re about to pass out. There are inter-club championships and some pretty serious equipment for the more dedicated boxers out there, including your usual gym facilities like rowing machines, cycle bikes, and weights, as well as huge tractor tires you can let loose on with a hammer. What better way to beat out some stress?
Icon Tower II, JLT
(+971) 4 447 4980
TK MMA & Fitness
This award-winning training club in the heart of Media City brings some of the best boxing sessions to Dubai, from classic boxing to Muay Thai, one-on-one sessions to kids boxing, as well as a whole host of other fitness classes. You can even get fighting fit in the fresh air thanks to the outdoor boxing ring, and every Wednesday night there’s a complimentary girls-only mixed martial arts session. There’s also the added bonus of the in-house spa, where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved post-boxing massage.
Shatha Tower, Media City
(+971) 4 4522 3388
Also in Media City is the snazzy new boutique boxing studio Underdogboxn. Although it’s only been open a few months, it’s already making waves in Dubai’s fitness scene thanks to its state-of-the-art and seriously Instagrammable setting, and its array of boxing-inspired workouts. Try ‘Boxnbody’ for an all-round sculpting session using weights, put yourself through 12 rounds of straight-up boxing on aqua bags with ‘Boxn’, or boost your body and your mind with ‘Boxnflow’, which incorporates yoga poses. Be sure to treat yourself to a ‘Boxnfuel’ smoothie after – the ‘Split Decision’ with peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and almond milk makes every sweaty second worthwhile.
Office Park Building, Media City
(+971) 4 250 1000
Too busy to fit in a workout? That’s not going to fly at 9Round, because here classes are only 30 minutes long, and there’s no timetable to adhere to. Yes, you read that right – a new circuit starts every three minutes, so you can jump in whenever suits your schedule. With gyms in 19 countries and 792 locations around the world, these revolutionary sessions were founded by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson, who wanted to make sure anyone and everyone could benefit from boxing. In just half an hour you’ll be put through your paces at nine different stations, where you’ll box, crunch, and skip your way through to the end. There’s also a ladies-only location in Al Wasl, as well as mixed classes in JLT. No more excuses, now.
Al Seef Tower 3, Cluster U, JLT
(+971) 4 589 7845
BOX iQ at Gymnation
Inside Gymnation, Dubai’s biggest gym, you’ll find BOX iQ, where leading boxing coach Joe Ackery will whip you into shape faster than you can say “uppercut”. Offering specialized programs for everyone from beginners to professionals, you’ll learn how to master the art of boxing both in the ring and on the bags, all under Ackery’s watchful eye. This is a particularly great place if you want to improve your form or brush up on your boxing knowledge. Or, should we say, up your Box(ing) iQ?
ETA Star Building, SZR
(+971) 55 213 2850
Real Boxing Only
You’ll find Dubai’s pro boxers and future fighters honing their skills at Real Boxing Dubai. As its name suggests, this is about real boxing only – so don’t come expecting frills or fancy add-ons. Although the focus is on traditional sparring and training, it’s also a great place for beginners to learn from the very best or to incorporate boxing into a more familiar gym class. There’s everything from boxing circuits and HIIT ‘Box Fit’ classes to ‘Pad Tech’ and ‘Box Tech’ sessions where you can master the ring, increase your speed, and channel your inner Ronda Rousey.
Warehouse 37, Al Quoz
(+971) 4 272 7774