With summer vacations just around the corner, now is the time to fit in those last-minute workouts. Whether you’re looking to jumpstart your fitness routine or simply try something new, we are here to help. With an ever-growing focus on health and fitness in Jeddah, a new wave of certified Saudi instructors are establishing gyms and fitness studios around the city.
From kickboxing at FLAG Boxing to reformer Pilates at Form Studio – there are so many options to choose from, so it’s never been easier to find the perfect match for your fitness needs. Read on to discover five of Goodness’s favorites.
If you’re looking for high-intensity interval training in a fun and interactive environment, look no further than R.G. Training. Three times a week, health and fitness specialist Rayan Al-Ghalayini holds a killer outdoor bootcamp that combines cardio and strength training with exercises such as prowler pushes and battle ropes. With up to 30 people per class and taking place in the evenings at either 6 p.m. or 7:15 p.m., these outdoor bootcamps are perfect for young professionals to blow off some steam after work. Workouts are time-based, so you don’t have to worry about counting your burpees. Instead, it’s all about pushing yourself to do as many as you can within the time limit. Also offering private training, group classes, and basketball training, Ghalayini utilizes his expertise to motivate and help you reach your fitness goals.
(+966) 505 654 440
With warm, natural light alongside soft and relaxing music, Form Studio is the perfect place to tone your body and improve your posture. The newly opened Pilates studio was established by Jude Attar, who dedicated six months to complete a comprehensive Pilates training program in Los Angeles before moving back to Saudi Arabia. With a maximum of four clients per class, here, you can expect the full attention and hands-on support of your instructor to make sure you’re performing each move correctly. Classes vary from reformer Pilates to mat and tower Pilates, with each focusing on isolating different muscle groups to create a balanced full-body workout that will leave your muscles the good kind of sore.
(+966) 505 645 580
A ladies-only gym, FLAG Boxing (an acronym for Fight Like a Girl) is all about motivating and empowering women to reach their full potential. Founder Halah Alhamrani is the first (and only) Saudi female boxing instructor in Jeddah. Her years of expertise in martial arts, boxing, and movement training are reflected in her result-driven style of coaching, which pushes you to your maximum potential and ensures you get the best out of your workout. Classes include calisthenics (body-weight strength training), CrossFit, and the extremely popular kickboxing class. For a low-intensity alternative, try the movement class during which you’re guided through a pattern of challenging moves. You can later combine these into a fluid, choreographed motion that gets your muscles working.
Al Rawdah District
(+966) 506 378 539
Whether you’re a total beginner or an expert yogi, Hoakalei Yoga caters to all women looking for a freeing experience with professional guidance – and is where self-proclaimed “Arab-Hawaiian hippie” Hanan Faiz offers Hatha and Vinyasa classes from her home studio. Beginning her own yoga journey through an inspiring visit to an ashram in Nepal, Faiz encourages you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery, freeing your mind and body by synchronizing your breathing and movements to achieve better core strength, mobility, and stability. Classes run every day from morning to evening, and offer a refreshingly hopeful and optimistic take on training. After a few sessions, you can expect your breathing to improve and your muscles to feel more toned and strong.
(+966) 555 630 811
For Personal Training
A health and fitness advocate, Hala Dakhil refers to her clients as “fitnatics”. Her training style can be summed up with one question – “What is a rest day?” – as she encourages you to drip with sweat by the end of every session. With a mix of six different types of high- and low-intensity workouts to choose from, there’s never a dull moment at HD Fitness. Dakhil also helps her clients by setting up nutrition plans to ensure you reach your goal weight as she cheers you on throughout. Sessions always start with high knees, jumping jacks, and toe taps to jumpstart your system before the class. Whether you book in for a personal training session or bootcamp, your heart rate is sure to get going at HD Fitness.
You can find out more or book a session by sending an e-mail to HDfitnatic@gmail.com.