11 gyms to try in Doha

Fitness centres to get you moving

11 gyms to try in Doha
Activa Fitness Club

Name: Edson F. Jabson, Fitness Club Executive
What’s your fitness philosophy: “Fitness is the most prestige gift for every individual”

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
I’m a fitness enthusiast, in high school I was a varsity player and that’s why I love being fit. I’ve been in the fitness industry since 2003. I started as an Instructor then I became a Senior Fitness Instructor and now a Fitness Club Executive. I find that my bachelor degree in Physical Therapy helps me understand what fitness is all about .

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Every fitness instructor has different struggles or challenges. Nowadays I find that gaining the trust and confidence from clients needs a lot of work since they can find all sorts of fitness information on the internet. From there they are able to ascertain the best exercise to suit them. But having a personal trainer is a different ballgame all together. I make sure that I am there for my client, at each step of the way until they achieved their target. And for me that is my challenge and fulfillment at the end of the day.

How do you stay motivated?
I will stay motivated as long I see an individual who needs help to improve his or her fitness.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Be you own leader! The food we eat, the lifestyle we lead and our habit determine the kind of lifestyle we have either healthy or unhealthy. Once we acknowledge this then only we can make the necessary changes. Eat modestly and stay active –walking is the simplest exercise, which you can do anywhere.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Every exercise can improve our fitness or health; just make sure to make it a part of your daily lifestyle, be creative and most of all these will be more fun with your friends.

Try it out: They offer personal training as well as workout space and equipment. Members are QR1,740 for singles or QR3,300 for couples for three months, QR3180 for singles or QR6000 for couples for six months, or QR5,800 for singles or QR10,800 for couples for one year.
Open 6am-11pm daily. Activa Fitness Club, Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence (4408 4086).


Airport Fitness Clubs

Name: Ramir Rodas, Fitness Supervisor
Fitness philosophy:
There is no short cut in achieving something great especially in fitness. Work hard, train harder and always have a goal.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
I am a fitness enthusiast. I love training and looking ,feeling good about my health.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
The biggest fitness struggle that I had is sticking to a diet. It’s always been the hardest thing to do!

How do you stay motivated?
Challenges makes me motivated. Being able to share them with people and seeing results is the best reward.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Focus and Dedication: that’s the best tip in beating the so called “Doha Bulge”.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Start today. Break the habit and get out of your comfort zone. Hit the gym break a sweat!

Try it out: They offer personal training as well as workout space and equipment. Membership is QR5000 per year.
Open Sun-Thurs 6am-11pm, Fri 10am-10pm. Airport Fitness Clubs, Old Airport Rd (4456 6582).


Al Massa Active Ladies

Name: Tin Sta. Ana, Fitness Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
Being fit isn’t hard work, just enjoy what you’re doing (but still listen to your body) and feel good about yourself after doing exercises.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
It was my profession as a Physical Therapist gets me involved in the fitness industry. I was working in a gym with rehabilitation and from then on, I was able to acquire skills and techniques as a personal trainer.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Consistency is the biggest challenge in being fit. It is all about “mind work”. It would be harder to train a demotivated and abled individual than someone with a physical limitation but a motivated one.

How do you stay motivated?
Client satisfaction keeps me going. It is so fulfilling to see even small changes in them.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
It is all about adhering to changes: total change of lifestyle and maximizing what we can use here for fitness purposes. All about “moving”.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
It will be good to step out of your “comfort zones” sometimes. Try to learn new things and move.

Try it out: For ladies only, they offer personal training as well as aerobic classes like yoga, fat burning sessions and spinning. Membership is QR3500 per year.
Open Sat-Thurs 6am-11pm, Fri 3pm-11pm. Al Massa Active Ladies Gym, near Ramada Signal (4444 4161).


B/Attitude Spa

Name: Lou Gabi, Gym Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
Fitness is to avoid getting old!

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
Started as hobby, [I] felt so proud about my physique that I started to work with other fitness pros.

What’s your biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Clients expecting fast and rapid results.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Fitness competitions to keep others attracted to my Gym.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Regular exercise, a well balance diet, group training and sharing the good results!

Try them out: They offer personal training as well as wellness planning and spa packages, plus yoga, Tae Bo, kick boxing, dance, pilates and swimming classes. This month only save and get a one month membership for QR1000, a two month membership for QR1500, or a three month membership for QR2000. Classes are open to nonmembers, with prices ranging from QR50-QR100.
(4412 2046).


Bay View 26 Wellness Centre

Name: Susantha Kumara, Gym Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
“Train regular and live longer”.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
From the school gym and national body building competitions in Sri Lanka.

How do you stay motivated?
My clients are the biggest motivation for me to go further.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Stay as fit as I can and show my physiques in display, and effective communication.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Be consistent with fitness training. Also have a well balance diet and a good wellness plan.

Try it out: They offer personal training and fitness assessments, as well as a gym stocked with fitness and body building equipment. Singles memberships are QR1500 for one month, QR3000 for three month, QR4500 for six months or QR6500 for one year. Families, including two adults and two kids aged 4-10 can join for QR7000 for three months, QR9500 for six months or QR11,500 for one year.
Open daily 6am-11pm. Movenpick Tower & Suites (4496 6600 ext. 6410).


Bodylines

Name: Jeric S Sabas, Fitness Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
No pain No gain.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
I got involved in the fitness industry in the year 2000 when I saw Jay Cutler and Kevin Levrone in a magazine. They are IFBB Pro and I said to myself that I want to be like them. I started lifting weights as well as attended seminars and training.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
One of my biggest fitness struggles is when I injured my lower back in 2001, I was unable to train around two months because my injury held me back. I learnt to my experience that you should be a wise fitness instructor!

How do you stay motivated?
I always give my 100 per cent in my workout or training and I dedicate my every workout to my sister who passed away.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
You should minimize the amount of high fat and high sugar food in daily life and participate in some activities such as playing soccer, jogging or going to the gym.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Everyone should have a plan to achieve their fitness goal. [This should include] proper diet and doing activities for losing weight and having a healthy life style.

Try it out: They offer personal training as well as 12 cardio machines and 12 strength machines, an outdoor swimming pool (open 6am-10pm), spa, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi. Join as a Low Tide member with access from 9am-4pm, or take the Night Membership with access from 10pm-5am for QR1500 for one month, QR3000 for three months, QR5500 for six months or QR7500 for one year. Couple and family packages also available.
Open 24 hours. Oryx Rotana Hotel (4402 3333).


Guerlain Alfardan Spa

Name: Mohamed Gamal, Fitness Supervisor
Fitness Philosophy:
I maintain a high level of confidence in my approach to fitness. Also, I love to get excited with what I do, which drives me to have fun and feel relaxed when working out.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
I started to develop a passion for fitness when I took up studies in physical education. I later decided to be employed with the biggest fitness company in Egypt, which was Gold’s Gym at that time. I then became acquainted with Guerlain Alfardan Spa and I was pleasantly surprised by the vitality of this organization, the pace of its growth and energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved in the company.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
It is always a big challenge to help clients achieve their fitness goals. On the other hand, it gives me great pleasure each time a client is able to achieve his or her fitness objectives. We focus on maintaining excellent customer relations and making ourselves genuinely helpful.

How do you stay motivated?
By reading blogs, books, magazines, etc. I keep updating my knowledge daily, and I see to it that I enjoy my work while avoiding negative ideas and people.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Simple and easy: workout!

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Set a goal and never give up, eat healthy, drink enough water and sleep. Get a workout plan. One can visit Guerlain Alfardan Spa to take advantage of professional expertise in developing an appropriate program. But don’t stress yourself: relax and have fun.

Try it out: They offer training as well as workout space, open daily from 9am-10pm. Membership is QR14,000 per person for one year.
Al Fardan Towers, West Bay (4420 8660).


Hilton Hotel Gym

Name: Zoran Josifovski, Gym Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
I view fitness as a long-term strategy for building and maintaining endurance, strength and agility. It goes far beyond just making you look good, it improves your health and well being, quality of life, self esteem and self concept. I believe fitness should be fun and enjoyable, something to look forward to and something that leaves you feeling satisfied and successful.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
I have always had a passion for exercise and keeping fit, as a junior, I was involved in track and field. Even in my early age, I enjoyed fitness workouts, afterwards as a professional Athlete I was required to go deeply inside fitness and found out the benefits of it, to improve your performance and psychophysical contrition.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Don't expect instant results and don't get down on yourself for not being able to do what an elite athlete or trainer can do.

How do you stay motivated?
Set realistic goals that include clear milestones, and as you progress toward your goal, you’ll find a ripple effect occurs and things fall into place in your work, home life and health.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
My best type for beating the “Doha Bulge” is guests to come and personally meet me in our Fitness Centre, and that will be my trick!

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health ?
Maintain a Healthy body weight, eat smaller portions more times per day, exercise, get more spa treatments, make social connections and get enough sleep.

Try it out: They offer personal training as well as brand new fitness equipment and workout spaces, plus a spa. Membership is QR15,000 per year or QR9000 for six months. Family deals are also available.
Open Daily 7am-10pm. Hilton Doha (4423 3333).


Ozone Gym & Spa

Name: Ali Barakat, Fitness Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
Work hard but work smart

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
My addiction to sport started when I was a teenager. I later enrolled myself in fitness courses with professional and international associations in parallel with my university studies in physical education.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Well, I find it a little bit challenging when I train someone who has health problems because I have to take into consideration each case and personalize the exercises properly.

How do you stay motivated?
By working hard with my clients in order to achieve their goals

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Create a healthy lifestyle, not only through the hours of exercise but all day long!

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Make a commitment to do sport and seek professional assistance. Set realistic goals and find resources, information and support. And monitor your progress, and improvement!

Try it out: They offer personal training, ABS sessions and weight loss management programs, as well as workout space and equipment. Memberships start from QR15,000 per person per year.
Open 7am-11pm daily. Ozone Gym & Spa, La Cigale Hotel (4428 8101).


The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Name: Ravi Chaure, Yoga Instructor
Fitness philosophy:
Physical fitness can only be achieved by strong mindset. In order to make your mind strong, you should stay happy, think positive, have empathy and be good to others, eat healthy, do good practice and regular exercise.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
Since childhood in Mumbai, India, I have always been passionate about fitness. My involvement in the industry started in 1983 as I became an athlete and started practicing Yoga. In college I represented myself at local, district, and state level Body-Building competitions. I also started my own health club and spa at my place back home in Vasai.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
After I suffered a rupture in my back, due to over-training, I recovered from a major surgery, it brought major lifestyle changes. It is important to listen to your body before lifting weights, or pushing your limits. I adopted yoga as my major recovery tool and later it’s become my all time profession as well..

How do you stay motivated?
I always stay happy with a positive frame of mind and body by practicing yoga regularly, including meditation. Happy people are more likely to have stronger immune system which leads them to better health. They are more successful in work and maintain better mental health as well.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
As much as possible, you should stay active by performing any cardio activity at a target heart rate of 70 to 80 per cent for a period of 30 to 45 minutes at least four to five times a week. As a healthy habit, eat at regular intervals. Be aware of what you eat, cut down on sugar, salt, saturated fat, fast foods. And especially in Qatar, you should drink plenty of water and sleep well. Focus on the stages of the Noble Path in Yoga: Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Behavior, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Everybody should walk as much as possible. Walking remains the most natural and complete form of exercise. Wherever possible, use stairs instead of the lift. While at work, don’t sit at one place for more than 20 minutes or you’ll encourage stiff back and neck muscles which leads to headaches and reduces your capacity to focus on your job. If your occupation keeps you seated longer, some simple stretching techniques exist: try flexing and pointing your feet with straight legs, raising both hands above your head with crossed fingers and then bending right and left, doing shoulder shrugs, shoulder rotations, stretching both hands in front of you and then place your palms at shoulder with bended elbows, now start doing elbow rotations by the side of your head. In every round you’ll touch your both elbows in front of your face. You could also just bend forward and touch your shoe laces, or stretch your neck up-down, left-right, and bending sidewise right-left.

Try it out: They offer personal training and a spa, as well as classes for both members and non members. Classes include zumba, tennis, soccer, spinning, Tai Chi, yoga, Kick Fit, Body Pump, Step Aerobics and more. One month memberships are QR2.250 for singles, QR2.750 for couples and QR3,500 for families. Three month memberships are QR5,750 for singles, QR7,750 for couples and QR9,000 for families. Six month memberships are QR9,750 for singles, QR12,150 for couples and QR14,000 for families.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8173).


Vitality Zone

Name: Sherwin Baltazar, Recreation Supervisor
Fitness philosophy:
I believe that fitness is an entire lifestyle plan. It is not limited to your exercise program, and the absence of disease. Your fitness level is consistently changing and so should your goals. It is important that you make necessary changes to ensure your path of action coincides with reaching your goals, one day at a time.

How did you get involved in the fitness industry?
As a Physiotherapy graduate, I have a good knowledge of human anatomy. In my previous experience, I loved assisting people and sharing ideas with them that would help them to achieving their goal “to be fit”. Isolating each muscle action from the other muscles and giving them exercise programs that suit their needs.

What’s your own biggest fitness struggle or challenge?
Seeing people who start to lose their will power and faith, discouraged by the thought that nothing seems to work for them. People who lean towards being overweight often have more difficulty in staying motivated, especially when they do not see any difference in appearance in the beginning.

How do you stay motivated?
Seeing people who really strive hard to achieve their goals motivates me more.

What’s your best tip or trick for beating the “Doha Bulge”?
Move it, lose it, don’t sit, stay fit!

What’s the move or habit you think everyone should be doing to improve their health?
Walking is often overlooked as it is such a simple exercise yet it provides numerous benefits such as better overall well being, stronger bones, mental clarity, and it promotes weight loss. The best thing about walking is that you don’t need anything but a good pair of shoes to do it!

Try it out: They offer gym space as well as Power Plate lessons. Memberships are QR1800 per month, QR8000 for six months or QR13,000 for one year.
West End at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel (4419 5520)

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