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30 days of free fitness

We’ve put together a calendar of the most happening fitness classes – one for every day in November – and we’re giving away five places in each one. We’re going to all of them. Want to join us? Keep an eye on our Facebook page the morning before the class you want to try is scheduled for details of how to win a place. Think burn. Think sweat. Think fun. Are you ready? Let’s go...

  • By Louisa Wilkins, Deputy Editor, Aquarius
  • Published: 09:52 November 12, 2012
  • Aquarius

  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • Think burn. Think sweat. Think fun.

1. Thursday: Hatha yoga (beginners)
When 8.30am-9.30am
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
When 10.15am-10.45am
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
When 4pm-5pm
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
When 8am-9am
Where Pharaoh’s Club, Wafi (beckyhart@budokonuae.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
When 6.30pm-7.30pm
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.

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7. Wednesday: Intensati
When 6.30pm-7.30pm
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
When 8.30am-9.30am
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
When 9am-10am
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
When 6pm-7pm
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
When 9.30am-10.30am
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
When 7.15pm-8.15pm
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
When 10.30am-11.15am
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
When 7.30pm-8.30pm
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
When 8.30am-9.30am
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
When 8pm-9.30pm
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
When 7pm-8pm
Where Body Tree Studio, Abu Dhabi
(www.bodytreestudio.com, 02-4434448)
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
When 8pm-9.30pm
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
When 6.45pm-8.15pm
Where Yoga
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
When 8.30am-9.15am
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
When 6.30am-8pm
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
When 10.45am-11.30am
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
When 6.30pm-8pm
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
When 12.30pm-1pm
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
When 7.30pm-8.30pm
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
When 4.30pm-5.30pm
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
When 5.30pm-6.30pm
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
When 3pm-4pm
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
When 6pm-7pm
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.

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