- Dubai Health Care City, Dubai, UAE
A decade ago, The Hundred Wellness Center’s founder – local Emirati Asma Hilal Lootah – discovered and fell in love with Pilates. Her discovery changed her life so dramatically, and in such a beautiful way, that she felt compelled to share her experiences and newly found passion with others. Asma decided to make it her mission to bring her beloved Pilates to her home country, and became the first UAE female national to open a homegrown Pilates studio.
Named after one of the most basic Pilates exercises that Asma first learnt – the Hundred – our concept began life in Dubai as a modest studio in Healthcare City. Seven years after opening its doors for the first time, the increasing popularity of The Hundred meant that Asma needed to search for a bigger location, and The Hundred Wellness Center in Jumeirah was borne.
A complete lifestyle destination, The Hundred is situated within a tranquil villa in the heart of Dubai and offers all of the elements of wellness under one roof including Pilates, yoga, functional training, physiotherapy, holistic treatments, a cafe and so much more.
There are many things that make The Hundred Wellness Center unique, but some of our clients favourites include:
– Our group classes are incredibly small. At any one time there are a maximum of 8 in a Pilates class, 8 in a yoga class and 8 in a functional training class.
– Our center is REPS certified.
– If you are a covered female you can enjoy a ladies-only environment at certain times and days (contact us for details).
– We are local, homegrown, and Emirati owned.
In 2010, Asma was awarded with the prestigious Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Award for Young Business Leaders, winning the Best Business in Healthcare and personally awarded the trophy by Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum.
A year later, in 2011, The Hundred was ranked number 45 in Dubai’s top 100 small and medium enterprises, followed by a ‘Best Health & Fitness Facility’ award by the Sports Industry Awards in March 2013, and more recently The Hundred won an award for the Best Small Project in the GCC states during the 32nd session of the council of ministries of labour hosted in Qatar at the end of 2015.
Pilates is loved and practiced all around the world by some of the planet’s greatest sports people, actresses, actors, models and amateur athletes. Claudia Schiffer, Lily Aldridge, Penelope Cruz, Hugh Grant, Serena Williams, David Beckham and many more swear by it. So what is all of the fuss about?
Founded in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates (who dubbed his method “contrology”) – Classical Pilates – uses a series of controlled exercises, which engage the mind and transform the entire body. Posture is corrected, muscles are lengthened, stress melts away and many people around the world are completely smitten with the method as they see the positive changes it makes to their mind and body. As the founder himself once said: “In ten sessions you will feel the difference. In twenty sessions you will see the difference and in thirty you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.”
As with many great things in life, the best way to understand the incredible ways in which Pilates can help you is to try it. And there’s no better time than now. Here at The Hundred Wellness Center your first class is free, so book your class today and never look back…
“Pilates is not just for the fit. It is wonderful for injuries. My damaged shoulder was taken in hand, special exercises prescribed, attentive care always available. A younger member of our group recently had a hip operation and Pilates helped her recovery; another broke a leg and arrived for classes encased in plaster. Already she’s back on her feet. I stop short of making medical claims. I merely report what I have seen.” – Joan Bakewell, writer and broadcaster, on the secret of her health and agility at the age of 70.