Dubai’s Hot Fitness Classes for 2011

Posted on November 13, 2010

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We all need to mix up our fitness routines – not only to keep our motivation levels high but also to prevent our bodies from hitting a plateau – and with a New Year fast approaching, there’s no better time to start something new! Check out my top picks – with 11 great classes to try, you can be kept busy all year!

1. Capoeira with Abada Capoeira

What’s it all about?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form combining martial arts, acrobatics, music, dance and song. Created by slaves, it was used to disguise the fact that they were practicing fight moves. It now has a huge following throughout the world. Classes are based around interval training with cardio sequences mixed with resistance exercises.

Why it’s hot!

Capoeira is great for endurance, strength, complex agility and fast reflexes. It enhances circulation, boosts your heart, improves balance and works muscles you never knew existed. The Capoeira community is renowned for its friendly atmosphere making it a great stress-reliever and confidence-builder too.

Tried & Tested

Wael, 26, has been doing Capoeira for 7 months. “Since starting I have lost 10kgs, become fit and flexible and taught my body to do things I never thought I could do. The feel-good combination of music, singing, fitness and friends keeps me going back for more.”

The finer details

Call: Boto – 050 865 9897

Go: KO Gym, Dream Tower 1, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Park

Visit: http://www.abada-gcc.com

$$$: AED 65 per single ‘play’ or AED 500 for unlimited ‘play’ per month

2. Fitness-Yoga with Ignite fitness & wellness

What’s it all about?

Fitness-Yoga is a perfectly balanced combination between traditional yoga stances to stretch the muscles and more dynamic movements to get your heart pumping and the blood flowing. Taking place at sunrise, there are few better ways to start the day on the right footing.

Why it’s hot!

With classes taking place on the beach with the Burj al Arab as your backdrop, the scenery is stunning which makes this class unique and all the more enticing. Give it a try and from day one, you will find your body strengthened, toned and detoxified, your mind calmer and your outlook more positive – guaranteed!

Tried & Tested

Claire, 35, who has been going to Fitness-Yoga for six months says, “My twice-weekly Fitness-Yoga sessions with Ignite are designated me time – my flexibility, posture and core strength have improved no end and I start the day calm and collected after watching the sunrise during the class. ”

The finer details

Call: 04 305 0844

Go: On the beach, in front of Building 6, Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah

Visit: http://www.ignite-wellness.com

$$$: AED 100 per single class or AED 600 for a package of 8

3. Kinect for Xbox 360

What’s it all about?

Kinect is a new generation in video gaming and opens up endless opportunities for fitness games. With Kinect, there’s no need to hold a controller or wear any sensors while you workout – instead you ARE the controller! There are five fitness titles available from launch as well as a couple of dance titles.

Why it’s hot!

Does technology know no bounds? You can personalise your workout, challenge your friends and share your progress online whilst you achieve real results when you want, where you want. You can even workout with virtual trainers on the screen giving you the feel of a true workout experience. Now that’s hot!

Tried & Tested

Kinect has yet to be officially launched in the UAE but according to an independent reviewer on http://www.games.com, “What impressed me is how the games track the effectiveness of your workout. Unlike other fitness games, the Kinect tells you exactly how to hold your yoga pose or keep up with the trainer’s rhythm. An absolute system seller for any fitness enthusiast.”

The finer details

Visit: http://www.xbox.com

4. Vertical Flex at Cello Music & Ballet Centre

What’s it all about?

Vertical Flex a.k.a Pole Dancing has been taking the world by storm and now it has finally hit our shores. Classes are tailored for newcomers with a view to mastering the basics before incorporating routines to music. It’s pretty tough but after a few sessions, you build the strength and ability to start picking up the moves.

Why it’s hot!

Hailed as the new aerobics, it improves muscle posture and will give you a killer core. You will see vast improvements in your body strength and flexibility never mind the boost to your self-confidence and the fun that learning to spin around a pole can bring. Classes have been attracting women of all ages, shape and size, locals and expats alike.

Tried & Tested

Sue, aged 44, is a regular at Vertical Flex. She says, “I like the fact that it’s an all-female class. It gives you incredible upper body strength and really improves your balance. Time always flies when you’re learning a new skill, having fun and getting fit at the same time.”

The finer details

Call: 04 399 5452

Go: Level 1, Al Fattan Towers, JBR

Visit: http://www.cellodubai.com

$$$: AED 90 per single class or AED 850 for a package of 10

5. Core Sculpt at Core Direction

What’s it all about?

Unique to Core Direction, Core Sculpt is an all over body conditioning workout using dumb bells, bars and your own body weight as resistance. The routines use traditional exercises such as squats, presses and lunges but with a Core twist, some funky tunes and a few planks, bridges and press-ups thrown in for good measure.

Why it’s hot!

We all have areas that need a bit of work and with Core Sculpt you get to tackle them head on. This workout will strengthen, condition, tone and define every muscle in your body and leave behind a more toned and sculpted you! You will see results fast making this a definite must-try.

Tried & Tested

Danielle, 30-something (!), has been doing Core Sculpt for six months and says, “Core Sculpt is focused purely on results so if running is not your thing and you don’t like being shouted at by burly men then this is the fat-burning class for you.”

The finer details

Call: 055 693 0668 / 055 693 0669

Go: Damac Waves Tower, Dubai Marina & Green Community (Opposite The Market)

Visit: http://www.coredirection.com

$$$: AED 350 per month for unlimited classes

6. Cardiolates at Zen Yoga

What’s it all about?

Cardiolates was borne out of the search for a form of cardio that reinforces Pilates’ alignment principles and optimal posture. Other forms of cardio tend to derail your alignment but with Cardiolates you won’t sacrifice good alignment and posture. The first half of the class focuses on aerobic activity and the second half is the Pilates portion.

Why it’s hot!

Fun, fat burning and core strengthening all in one! The cardio element raises the heart rate and metabolism whilst the Pilates influence ensures core strength, flexibility and muscle tone. Cardiolates offers the best of both worlds and is a ‘must’ for anyone seeking long lean muscles and a new dimension to their routine.

Tried & Tested

Julie has just started going to Cardiolates and says, “In the past I’ve stuck to the more traditional Yoga and Pilates classes so Cardiolates was something new and fun to try. It’s a great combination and I really enjoyed the aerobics section so I’ll definitely continue going.”

The finer details

Call: 04 367 0435

Go: BBC Building #10, Dubai Media City

Visit: http://www.yoga.ae

$$$: AED 75 per single class and AED 175 for a one week unlimited trial or AED 700 for a one month unlimited trial (new students only)

7. BuggEfit with PURE Fitness

What’s it all about?

BuggEfit is an exercise class for mums using your little one in the buggy as resistance. When a little older, if they tire, you can happily let them run around with the other toddlers having a ball, whilst you do the hard work! The key focus is on exercises to work the back, abs and pelvic floor muscles as well as the usual legs, bums and tums.

Why it’s hot!

BuggEfit is a complete fitness solution for mums; it’s not only a great cardio workout but also ideal toning and conditioning for all the wobbly bits brought on by pregnancy and birth. It’s a fantastic way to meet other mums too, enabling you to exchange ideas and support each other whilst you get your body back.

Tried & Tested

New mum Kate says, ”BuggEfit has given me all the support, motivation and determination I needed to lose my baby weight!” According to Sarah, “I love getting out to exercise and chat together. My little one thinks it’s hilarious when we start squatting!”

The finer details

Call: Catherine 050 659 4376 / Elaine 055 811 9120

Go: Various outdoor locations throughout Dubai

Visit: http://www.purefitnessuae.com

$$$: AED 50 per single class

8. TRX Suspension Training at The Aviation Club

What’s it all about?

A TRX Suspension Trainer is a huge frame to which ropes with various loops are attached. You then use your own bodyweight and gravity to create endless fun and dynamic workouts – more than 200 different exercises can be performed from squats and lunges to planks and bridges. TRX in a group and outdoor setting is brand new to Dubai and is already proving a huge hit!

Why it’s hot!

You can tailor the intensity and difficulty of your workout by simple adjustments to your stance making this type of training ideal for gentle rehabilitation, hardcore athletic training and everything in between. Whatever your level, you will build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance that burns fat fast!

Tried & Tested

Syed, 45, has been going to the class twice a week since launch and says, “I like the variety and the atmosphere – it’s a cross between working as a team and having 1:1 instruction. I’ve seen a huge increase in my overall strength and a definite difference in my muscle tone and posture.”

The finer details

Call: 04 283 3071

Go: North side of Al Garhoud Bridge, by Emirates Airline Training Centre

Visit: http://www.aviationclub.ae

$$$: AED 50 per single class or AED 750 for a 20-session value pack

9. Tabata Training at Apollo Fitness

What’s it all about?

Tabata Training is basically four minutes of intense circuit training where you perform an exercise using at least one major muscle group, such as lunges, crunches or star jumps, for 20 seconds followed by resting for 10 seconds. You do this eight times in total. Not for the faint hearted, Tabata requires great stamina but the results are remarkable so it gets our vote!

Why it’s hot!

Tabata training provides extraordinary benefits in just four minutes per exercise. You will build your aerobic and your anaerobic capacity so you will burn fat and lose weight fast. If looking for a great way to stay in shape, ditch some weight or simply inject some excitement into your routine, give it a try.

Tried & Tested

33-year old Natasha, who has been a loyal Tabata-fan from the outset says, “With my busy lifestyle, Tabata Training is just perfect for me – it’s short and intense, works every muscle and it gives me a surge in my energy levels.”

The finer details

Call: 04 429 8744

Go: G/F, Block 19, Dubai Knowledge Village

Visit: http://www.apollofitness.ae

$$$: AED 45 per single class. Full membership options also available.

10. Zumba with Zumbera Jess

What’s it all about?

Zumba is an exhilarating blend of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energising, awe-inspiring and great fun workout. Salsa, merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, soca, samba, bellydancing and flamenco are all combined to create an interval-style of training with both slower dances and faster, upbeat songs.

Why it’s hot!

Zumba has been around for a while but its popularity shows no sign of slowing down and if you haven’t tried it you’re missing out! You basically spend an hour dancing to funky tunes so it’s easy to forget that you’re working out, blasting fat and getting all the benefits of a highly aerobic training session.

Tried & Tested

Vicky, 34, is fairly new to Zumba but loves it! She says, “I was apprehensive at first as I have no rhythm or co-ordination but I loved it. The moves are easy to pick up, the music is great, everyone has a lot of fun and it’s a great full-body cardio workout.”

The finer details

Call: Jess – 050 224 2282

Go: Various locations

Visit: Zumbera Jess on Facebook

$$$: AED 50 per single class

11. Flow Club at Wild Wadi

What’s it all about?

Flow Rider is the ultimate fusion of board sports and is hugely popular throughout the world – Wild Wadi has the only flow riding facility in the UAE and it’s growing in popularity fast. There are two wave types; Flowrider (Rip Tide) and FlowBarrel (Wipe Out), where you can learn to carve the wave and do all sorts of flips and tricks.

Why it’s hot!

Regardless of age, skill or ability, the thrill of riding a wave can’t be beaten and you will see great development in your strength, balance and core stability. You can immerse yourself in stand-up riding or bodyboarding and if in need of some inspiration, Flow Club always attracts top Flowriders who do amazing surf-style acrobatics.

Tried and Tested

Nathaniel, 33, has been flowriding for seven years. He says, “Flowriding gives me great confidence and teaches you to be creative when you’re trying to master a new trick. At Flow Club, there are riders of all ages and nationalities so it’s a great place to make new friends who all share the same passion.”

The finer details

Call: 04 348 4444

Go: Wild Wadi Waterpark, By Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Visit: http://www.wildwadi.com

$$$: AED 75 per single class, AED 225 for three sessions or AED 375 for six sessions

 

 

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