If you’ve been umming and ahhing about trying reformer Pilates, then just pay a visit to Izabel Goulart’s Instagram page and you’ll find yourself booking a class within seconds. The Victoria’s Secret Angel posts photo after photo of her workouts, and even flying first class doesn’t stop this lean lady from staying fighting fit (yes, she practices Pilates on her plane seat). She swears by reformer Pilates to strengthen, tone, and elongate her muscles. In fact, so do many other celebrities, including Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, and Alessandra Ambrosio.
In celebration of Goulart’s 31st birthday this weekend, Savoir Flair rounds up the best reformer studios in Dubai. You, and your beach body, can thank us later.
For a reformer class with a cardio boost, Mojo is a must-try. Don’t let the bright spacious studio and pink workout equipment fool you, for these classes are no easy feat. As intense and effective as a HIIT or a cross-training session, each 50-minute class is synced to music and targets all muscle groups to leave you feeling sweaty, shaky, and, of course, stronger. There’s also the Mojo juice bar where you can grab a refreshing drink post-class. After burning between 600 and 900 calories, you’ll definitely deserve it.
Concord Tower, Media City, Dubai
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. Offering a wide spectrum of services including physiotherapy, homeopathy, nutritional education, and a cold-pressed juice bar, the focus here is on Pilates – the passion of founder Asma Hilal Lootah. The Reformer Pilates classes last for 55 minutes, and with only 5 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 boasting Kim Kardashian, 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 has had over 40,000 visits in the past year. The hour-long reformer classes are designed to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance, catering to all practice levels, from beginners to the more advanced Pilates people. 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, Dubai
(+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 6 state-of-the-art reformers 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, Dubai
(+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 a 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, ladies!
JBC2, Cluster Y, JLT, Dubai
(+971) 4 458 5399
Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai
(+971) 4 345 3228