The lowdown on Bahrain's best gyms and sport facilities
Time Out Bahrain staff
Make those New Year’s resolutions count this year by signing up to one of Bahrain’s tip top gyms. We bring you the lowdown on who, what, where and, most importantly, how much.
Chances are most of you have scribbled a few New Year’s resolutions down as the gong hit 2015 and, at the moment, you’re throwing yourself at them with full gusto. According to various international surveys, the goal that hits the top of the charts is losing weight, closely followed by spending less, and then getting fit and healthy. Following a month’s worth of festive indulgence, it’s definitely time to hit the gym so, to make it easy for you, we found some of the island’s top fitness facilities to see what they have to offer.
The lowdown: Based in The Gulf Hotel, BodyZone has a range of health and recreation facilities with state-of-the-art male and female gyms, exercise classes, personal trainers, a spa, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pools. As a member, you also get access to their two championship squash courts and two flood-lit outdoor tennis courts, as well as to the separate kid’s zone with a dedicated pool and play area.
The fitness classes: A range of fitness favourites are on offer in the two gyms including aerobics and Body Pump free for members or BD5 for non-members per session (ladies) and BD35 for ten.
The membership packages: Single memberships range from BD200 (one month) to BD600 (one year), while couples’ memberships range from BD300 (one month) to BD900 (one year), and family memberships are BD350 (one month) to BD1,100 (one year). You can also get three- and six-month memberships. Men’s Health Club is open daily 6am-11pm. Ladies Health Club is open Sat-Wed 6am-10pm; Thu 6am-9pm; Fri 8am-6pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (1771 3000).
The lowdown: The Crowne Plaza Bahrain’s fitness facilities offer the latest TechnoGym equipment, a fully equipped studio and massage centre, and a team of highly qualified fitness instructors to provide you with personalised advice. On top of that, they offer swimming lessons for kids (BD40 for eight sessions) and a family-friendly swimming pool.
The membership packages: They have a huge variety of membership options to cater to all budgets. These start from a one-month package for BD60 (singles), BD100 (couples), BD20 (additional kids), all the way through to an annual membership at BD450 (singles), BD575 (couples) and BD695 (families with BD80 per additional kid). There are plenty of additional benefits included in these packages too. Open daily 6am-10pm. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, Diplomatic Area, www.cp-bahrain.com (1753 3992).
The lowdown: A well known international brand of gyms, Fitness First has two branches in Bahrain with one in East Riffa’s Oasis Mall offering residents (aged 16 and above) the chance to access all their great facilities, personal trainers and popular fitness classes. They have separate ladies and men’s facilities, a member’s lounge area with free internet, changing rooms with rentable lockers and free towels. Ladies have access to a steam and sauna, while the men also have their own steam room.
The fitness classes: Members have access to classes in Zumba, Body Combat, step, circuit training, Hardcore Max, Yoga, Body Balance, belly dancing, boxing and more.
The membership packages: Fitness First offer three-, four-, six- and twelve-month membership packages but as their prices are subject to change, and they offer regular discounts, you’ll need to call to receive a quote. Open Sun-Thu 7am-11pm; Fri and Sat 8am-9pm. Oasis Mall, East Riffa (1762 0005).
FIT Gym and Spa
The lowdown: This fully equipped gym and spa caters to both pros and amateurs ages 16 and above. They boast a variety of world-class weights and cardio equipment from leading brands, as well as a swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, spa, steam room and sauna, and massage room. There’s a separate ladies section with another steam room and fitness classes, and a kitchenette.
The fitness classes: Yoga, Pilates, Body Combat, Body Pump and boot camp. Timings and prices change.
The membership packages: It’s BD45 for one month, BD120 for four months, BD220 for eight months and BD280 for one year. For an annual couples’ membership it’s BD500. Open Sat-Wed 5am-11pm; Thu 5am-10pm; Fri 8am-10pm. Riviera Palace, www.fitbahrain.com, email@example.com (7701 7711).
The lowdown: Namaste is not quite a gym but it is the perfect place for yoga lovers, as Bahrain’s only internationally recognised yoga school offering classes for beginners and intermediates, workshops, retreats and teacher training. Children from ten can attend the beginner’s course. The facility, which was founded and is led by yogi Weam Zabar, has two large yoga shalas and two small rooms for private classes, as well as a retail shop that sells yoga mats and props, essential oils and more.
The fitness classes: Yoga for beginners is a 12-class course that runs twice a week for six weeks at BD70. A month’s worth of morning yoga classes for mixed levels, running twice a week, are BD50. Meanwhile, private yoga classes are BD20 per hour (by appointment only). Open Sat-Wed 9am-1pm, 4pm-8pm. Budaiya Highway, next to Ruyan Pharmacy, www.namastebh.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (1759 1566).
The lowdown: Barbar-based Oxygen Gym is one of the largest co-ed fitness centres in Bahrain boasting over 1,000 square metres of space. They cater to all fitness enthusiasts, even as young as four years old. Within, there’s a whole host of state-of-the-art equipment from top American brands in designated areas focused on cardio, resistance and free weight training. There’s also a fitness studio and functional training space for group exercise clases, an abs centre and internet lounge. You can watch OSN on the flat-screen TVs while you work out, and have access to the eucalyptus steam room and sauna. On top of all that there’s a kitchenette, changing rooms and internet lounge.
The fitness classes: There are loads of fitness classes on the schedule including Taekwondo (BD30 per month), Shotokan Karate (BD35 per month), Kangoo Jumps (BD7.5 per class or BD55 per month), boxing (BD5 per class), Latin Dance (BD20 per five lessons or free for members), Brazilian Body Pump (BD6 per class) and Jungle Dance (BD6 per class). For kids aged four and up, there are daily martial arts classes available.
The membership packages: For singles it’s BD5 per day, BD40 per month, BD110 every three months, BD180 for six months and BD280 per year. Couples can get an annual membership for BD500. Open Sat-Thu 6am-10pm; Fri 8am-4pm. Oxygen Gym, Avenue 20, Block 528, Barbar, www.oxygengym.com, email@example.com (1761 6165).
The lowdown: Sheraton Fitness is programmed by Core Performance and boasts state-of-the-art cardio machines, a fully equipped gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam facilities for men and women, a temperature-controlled Jacuzzi, swimming pool, rooftop tennis court, aerobic studio and a team of personal trainers. Quite a list! They also offer swimming lessons to adults and kids.
The membership packages: Single membership options range from BD175 per month to BD580 per year, while couples pay BD235 per month to BD820 per year. Families with three children below 15 years pay BD285 per month or BD870 per year. You can also get three- and six-month packages. Open daily 6am-11pm. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama, www.sheratonbahrain.com/sheratonfitness (1753 3533 ext. 570).
Regency Health Club
The lowdown: The InterContinental Regency Bahrain’s fitness centre offers a variety of exercise machines and free weights to suit every cardio and strength need. The centre boasts TechnoGym equipment, group fitness classes, a squash court, tranquil spa and an outdoor rooftop pool that’s temperature controlled. For the kids, there’s a dedicated pool and swimming classes.
The fitness classes: Step Interval, Zumba, yoga, Aqua Fitness, mixed cardio and Abdominal Workout for free or BD10 per class for non-members.
The membership packages: Single packages range from BD100 (one month) to BD450 (annual), couples’ options go from BD150 (one month) to BD650 (annual). For two adults and two kids it’s BD250 (one month) to BD750 (annual), plus BD50 for additional children. With this, you get discounts on spa treatments and in the hotel’s outlets. Open daily 6am-11pm. Regency Plaza Building, InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama, www.intercontinental.com/manama (1720 8355).
Royal Country Club
The lowdown: The gyms at The Royal Country Club, based in The Royal Golf Club, have been designed primarily for functional training focusing on improving mobility, flexibility and posture correction which is useful for golfers and sports people. There are men’s and ladies gyms, saunas, steam rooms, a fitness studio, spinning room, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, kid’s play area, multi-purpose sports court, and Cybex and TechnoGym equipment.
The fitness classes: These are available to the general public for BD5 or BD6 and to club members and Riffa Views residents at a discount. Classes include circuit training, core conditioning, Body Sculpt & Tone, aerobics, Pilates, yoga and meditation, Zumba, spinning, swimming, Mixed Martial Arts, Nia and belly dancing. Kid’s can get involved with ballet, martial arts and swimming lessons, and for the younger ones there’s fun options such as Baby Clay, Monkeynastix, and Bricks for Kidz.
The membership packages: For individuals it’s BD582 (annual) or BD365 (six months). For couples it’s BD680 (annual) or BD427 (six months). For families it’s BD772 (annual) or BD484 (six months). The gyms and fitness studio are open Sun-Thu 6.30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 6.30am-9pm. The pool and multi-purpose court are open Sun-Thu 6.30pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 7.30am-9pm. The Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views, www.theroyalgolfclub.com (1775 0777).
The Royal Sports Club
The lowdown: A wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities are available at The Royal Sports Club in The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. This includes a private beach, private island, jogging trail, football ground, beach volleyball set-up, tennis courts, table tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and whirlpool, Turkish bath, showers and locker rooms. On top of all that, the fully equipped gym boasts free weights, cardio and functional training areas, as well as a fitness studio and Lifefitness and TechnoGym equipment. To wind down, there’s also The Royal Spa which offers a variety of body treatments and therapies.
For the kids, they have the Ritz Kids activities on a daily basis from 10am to noon and 3pm to 5pm. On the weekend, they have an outdoor tent set up for a full day of activities including a bouncy castle and balloon twisting clown. Then there are group tennis games five times a week for the little ones.
The fitness classes: Each class is free for members or BD5 for non-members. These include boot camp, TRX (total body resistance exercise), LBT (Legs, Bums, Tums), therapeutic yoga, Aqua Gym, Insanity, Latin Mix, Predatory, TBT (Tum, Bum, Thighs), Hatha yoga, Total Abs, Zumba, circuit training, spin and kickboxing.
The membership packages: As per the hotel’s policy, they only provide information on membership packages on personal request. Open daily 5am-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 6612).
The Gym by Moevenpick Hotel
The lowdown: The gym is fully equipped with Cybex machines and other up-to-date fitness equipment to meet your cardio and strength needs for men and women, as well as the highest outdoor climbing wall in the GCC. As part of their overall wellness facilities is also the newly opened Rimal Spa, which focuses on results-driven spa treatments, and they have an infinity pool and outdoor swimming pool.
The membership packages: There are six-month and annual packages for singles (BD320 and BD500), couples (BD555 and BD849), families (BD675 and BD990), plus discounts for airlines and corporates. Get 20 percent off in their winter deal, which runs until March 31. Open daily 6am-10pm. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq, www.moevenpick-hotels.com/bahrain (1746 0000).
SoFit Health Club
The lowdown: Featuring the latest TechnoGym equipment and a dedicated team of fitness trainers, the SoFit Health Club, located in Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, aims to combine your fitness regime with dietary guidance from a qualified dietitian and a series of relaxing treatments provided at the seawater spa for holistic well-being. They also boast a sauna and steam rooms, children’s pool and Kid’s Club.
The fitness classes: Yoga, belly dancing, salsa dancing and Zumba Dance classes are available for BD10 per group class or BD15 per private class.
The membership packages: Singles pay BD500 per six months or BD770 per year. For couples it’s BD700 or BD1,070. For families it’s BD800 or BD1,270. Open daily 6am-11pm. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (1763 6363).
The lowdown: The Westin Workout gym, which is open 24 hours a day, is equipped with the latest TechnoGym machines, TV channels and internet. As it’s based in the Heavenly Spa area, various spa memberships are available which give you access to the temperature-controlled infinity pool, kid’s pool and The Westin Kids Club. You also get use of the spa facilities (Jacuzzi, sauna and steam), as well as free valet parking, discounts on treatments and complimentary day passes for friends.
The membership packages: Individual memberships range from BD100 (one month) to BD700 (one year), while couples pay BD160 (one month) to BD950 (one year), and there are three- and six-month membership packages available too. Families can get an annual membership package for BD1,200. The gym is open daily 24 hours. The spa is open daily 10am-10pm. The pool is open daily 7am-8pm. The Kid’s club is open 10am-6pm. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef District, www.westinbahraincitycentre.com (1717 1122).