Meets James from Talise Fitness


What is your position at Talise, Emirates Towers?01

I am the general manger of Talise Fitness branch in Jumeirah Emirates Towers and I’ve been here for nearly 18 months.


How long have you lived in Dubai for?

I’ve been in Dubai for coming up to 7 years in September. I started here at a Fitness Instructor and worked my way up the ladder to Personal Trainer, Fitness Manager and now General Manager.


Where abouts is your gym located exactly?

We’re based in the office tower of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, which is a 5 minute walk from DIFC, located just off Sheikh Zayed Road.


Do you have to be a member to use the gym?

No, we have casual use also where you can come in on a day pass, aswell as just paying for a group exercise class or a pack of personal training.

What is included in a membership?

We have a fantastic gym facility, which has a very c02ool young vibe about it. The membership includes access to all of our group exercises classes, as well as entry to our amazing swimming pool. You will also receive a complimentary wellness assessment with a Personal Trainer, complimentary session with our partners Technoshape and Cryo. As well as that, you are entitled to 20% discounts at our Talise Spa, Jumeirah Restaurants and Personal Laundry Services. And if that wasn’t enough, you also receive a complementary professional family portrait session with Pink pepper, a 25% discount at Hairlab, 10% discount with Eternity Medicine Clinic and 20% off at the Reebok Stores.


Do you have any special offers on at the moment?

Our special offer this month is if you sign up with us for 12 months you will receive a one night stay at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. Only valid until the end of August!


03Are there classes held at your gym?

We have a wide range of classes, including Kickboxing, Bodypump, Zumba, Yoga, Group TRX and more. We also host an incredible monthly Yoga event on our terrace, overseeing the city lights of Dubai. In partnership with Urban Yoga, we get 60-80 people every month taking part and setting is amazing.


What can potential members expect from your gym over others?

As we’re based within a 5* luxury hotel, that is what you will get from our club. We have wide range of complimentary amenities with soft, fluffy towels in our clean and fresh changing rooms. The club has a range of Technogym equipment in addition to some Crossfit cardio machines such as the Ski Erg, Air Dyne Bike and True Form Treadmill. We have an amazing functional training area with 2 sets of kettlebells, gymnastics rings and ARKE set. Along with an outdoor area where you can do your personal training sessions in the sunshine!


Are you traveling this summer and if so where?

I’ve had my vacation already where I spent a week in the Maldives. It was a new resort called Amilla Fushi, where everything was catered for and the staff were amazing.


What are your top travel essentials?

A book – I usually listen to audio books and podcasts, but it’s nice to be able to read whilst on vacation

Mosquito spray – Personally, I get bitten all the time L

Flip flops – they just make you feel like you’re on vacation and help get you into the right mindset


9pavilion4172012_galleryDo you have a favorite beach club in Dubai?

It has to be the Jumeirah Beach Club Resort. They have an amazing outdoor functional fitness training facility outside of the gym, where I can do my hard workout for the day, have a short run down the promenade towards 360, take in the amazing views of the Burj Al Arab and docked yachts in the marina, and finally collapse on a sunbed and stay there until the sun goes down!


Do you have a favorite brand for swim shorts and if so what is it?

I’ve just bought a pair of rip curl shorts that I now wear every time I go to the pool.


Finally, how can you be contacted regarding more information on memberships?

Drop me an email on :

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