1. Thursday: Hatha yoga (beginners)
Where Yoga Studio in Balance
Wellness Club, (www.balancewellness-centre.com, 04-3847010)
What Hatha yoga encompasses all the different elements of yoga, including poses, breathing exercises and meditation. Although it’s a beginners class, don’t think you’re in for an easy sail – be prepared to move more than you chill and sweat more than you expect.
2. Friday: CX Worx
Where Optimal Fitness, Studio City (www.optimalfitness.ae, 04-4572048)
What The latest workout from the gym-class genius that is Les Mills, CX Worx is all about toning abs and glutes in a short, but sweet, 30-minute workout. Les Mills rates it as being moderate to high intensity and it burns approximately 230 calories.
3. Saturday: Crossfit
Where Reebok CrossFit LifeSpark,
Concorde Tower, JLT (reebokcrossfitlifespark.com)
What It’s like weight training but really good fun. The programme changes each day and has almost instant body-sculpting results if you commit to it.
4. Sunday: Budokon
Where Pharaoh’s Club, Wafi (email@example.com, 050-1453493)
What Instructor Becky says it’s a “blend of yoga, martial arts and meditation, with a feel of tai chi and mindful movement – it’s a powerful integrated movement to enhance body and mind.”
5. Monday: ABS rehab
When 8am-9am, or 5pm-6pm
Where Dance Fit, Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Sayyah Building, near Dubai Garden Centre
What Abs Rehab utilises the uppercut boxing move and combines it with other shoulderdefining, arm-toning moves to give you a total upper-body workout and help you improve your core strength.
6. Tuesday: Pilates surprise
Where Motion Ladies
Fitness Centre, Umm Suqeim 3 (motionfitnesscenter.com, 04-3282538)
What Each session is different with the use of new, fresh techniques, props and equipment. Turn up and try it out – you never know what will happen at a Pilates Surprise class.
7. Wednesday: Intensati
Where Breathe Believe Pilates, Dubai World Trade Centre Apartments Leisure Club, out the back of Tower C (www.breathebelievepilates.com, 050-8493239)
What High-energy movements choreographed to chart-topping music and positive affirmations for each movement. Calorie burning and soul lifting.
8. Thursday: Skiptrix
Where Urban Energy at DanceFit, Shaikh Zayed
Road (www.urbanenergyfitness.com, 055-8869158)
What Forget childhood skipping with friends, Skiptrix requires coordination, concentration and a lot of determination. On the upside, it burns mega calories and the fact you have to concentrate makes time pass really quickly.
9. Friday: Pre and postnatal yoga
Where Urban Energy at Star
International School, Umm Al Sheif (www.urbanenergyfitness.com, 055-8869158)
What Great for pregnant mums who want to stay in shape, as well as mums who have just given birth, who want to get back in shape.
10. Saturday: Salsa
Where James and Alex Dance Studios, Concord Tower, Media City (www.jamesandalex.com, 04-4470773)
What Shake it to the Latin beat! Salsa is a fun, feisty way to work out – and gives you some serious moves for the dance floor.
11. Sunday: Box fit
Where Optimal Fitness, Studio City behind MotorCity (optimalfitness.ae, 04-4572048)
What A great cardio workout and an amazing way to de-stress as you punch it all out of your system. The classic look-good, feel-great group exercise class has never lost its appeal.
12. Monday: Yogalates
Where Yogalates Bliss in Dubai, Fraser Suites – Sidra Tower, Media City (www.yogalatesblissindubai.com)
What A sunset blend of yoga and pilates, alfresco on the terrace of Fraser Suites
with views of the Gulf. Blissful!
13. Tuesday: Flywheel
Where Burj Views (dubai.flywheelsports.com, 04-4232544)
What Indoor cycling has never been so fast, so furious, or so much fun. Flywheel takes spinning, makes it digital, amps up the music and adds a huge dose of competition. The result? A truly addictive, calorie-busting workout. Try it once... just once! We dare you. See page 30 for a core fit full review.
14. Wednesday: Core Fit
Where Core Direction, Dubai Marina (www.corefit.me, 050-9226247)
What Olympicstyle weight lifting manoeuvres, gymnastics and cardio combined to create an intense full-body strengthening and conditioning workout. This is Core Direction’s own
version of CrossFit.
15. Thursday: Power Yoga
Where Fitness First MotorCity (fitnessfirst-me.com, 04-4310919)
What Yoga on fast forward – this class involves quick, continuous yoga poses, including inversions, balance poses and back bends.
16. Friday: Padeltennis
When Anytime in the afternoon
Where Emirates Golf Club (www.dubaigolf.com, 056-1751193)
What Padeltennis is played on a small court with walls, with a stringless racquet and tennis balls. It’s hugely popular and lots of fun. Just two winners for today – but each winner can take a friend with them for a 60-minute session, including some coaching.
17. Saturday: Dynamic Yoga
Where Balance Wellness Club, Oasis Centre (www.balance-wellnesscentre.com, 04-3847010)
What A 90-minute intermediate class, focusing mainly on toning the abdomen and the thighs, ending with a relaxing cool down. Not for the faint-hearted, this is yoga with a sweat on.
18. Sunday: Xtend barre
Where Body Tree Studio, Abu Dhabi
What Combines Pilates with ballet movements to create a blend of cardiovascular and strengthening exercise. It is done to beaty music and is one of the studio’s most popular classes.
19. Monday: Abada Capoeira
Where Silverine Tower, Dubai Marina (www.abadacapoeiradubai.com, 050-8659897)
What A type of martial art, which is more like dancing than fighting. It’s a great workout, really good fun, and has one of the friendliest class environments in town.
20. Tuesday: Vinyasa flow
Studio in Balance Wellness Club, (www.balance-wellness-centre.com, 04-3847010)
What An intermediate yoga class with a faster pace, fewer rests between poses and more inversions. This will have you panting and begging for mercy by the end – a great workout.
21. Wednesday: Futuro Tuff
Where Fitness First, BurJuman Centre (www.fitnessfirst-me.com, 04-3510044)
What Part training, part cardio exercise, Tuff uses intense interval training to burn off 800 calories in 45 minutes. Suitable for all fitness levels.
22. Thursday: Personal training
Where Symmetry Gym, Sheikh Zayed Rd (www.symmetrygymdubai.com, 04-3466479)
What A 60-minute introduction to the wonders of personal training and how it can revolutionise your fitness regime. including an assessment.
23. Friday: Flywheel
Where Burj Views (dubai.flywheelsports.com, 04-4232544)
What If you missed Tuesday’s class, kick the weekend off with a bang with this fab indoor cycling class. It will motivate you to sweat like you’ve never sweat before. See page 30 for a full review of this class.
24. Saturday: Muay Thai/Kickboxing
Where KO Gym, Dubai Marina (Find them on Facebook under KO Crew, 050-2861673)
What A 30-minute warm-up during which the KO team will plank, squat and burpee you to within an inch of your life, followed by 60-minutes of stressbusting muay Thai training. Great for the body and the mind.
25. Sunday: Corb
Where Fitness First, Knowledge Village (www.fitnessfirst-me.com, 04-4298744)
What This class is purely about strengthening your core and toning up your back muscles, using good choreography and weighted plates for maximum muscle burn.
26. Monday: Boxfit on the beach
Where Ignite Fitness and Wellness, either at Riva Beach Club on Palm Jumeirah, or at The Shack, Kite Surf Beach Umm Suqeim (www.ignite-wellness.com, 04-4487142)
What Uplifting boxing-inspired aerobics choreographed to beaty music. Think GI Jane with disco beats on the beach.
27. Tuesday: Swing Yoga
Where Fitness First, Beach Park Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road (www.fitnessfirstme.com, 04-3856464)
What Think yoga mixed with a bit of Cirque De Soleil. Large colourful silks hang from the ceiling which you use to really get the most out of each yoga pose.
28. Wednesday: Ballet Barre
Where Exhale, MotorCity (www.exhaledubai.com, 04-4474220)
What A ballet-inspired exercise class that combines Pilates and ballet movements, utilising the ballet barre. Long lean limbs and graceful footsteps guaranteed.
29. Thursday: Pranayama/meditation
Where Yoga Studio in Balance Wellness Club, at the Oasis Centre (www.balance-wellness-centre.com, 04-3847010)
What End the weekend on a chilled note with breathing exercises and a guided meditation in a peaceful, serene environment.
30. Friday: Polecise
Where Fortune Executive Tower 1502, JLT (050-8806775)
What Exactly as you would expect a pole dancing exercise class to be, but a much harder workout than you would expect. Great for full-body toning, killer abs and channelling your inner sexy stage goddess.