Life & Style | Health

Fitness focus: Intensati

Just when you thought you'd tried every exercise class under the sun, something entirely new gives the fitness world a shake-up

  • By Louisa Wilkins, Features Editor, Aquarius magazine
  • Published: 00:00 May 1, 2012
  • Aquarius

  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • "Intensati stands for intentions and self-awareness -and it brings this to all areas of your life."

What is it?

Intensati is a high-energy workout, which busts an impressive 800 calories per session. What makes it different from every other class is that it is combined with positive affirmations, which give you an emotional, mental and spiritual boost, too. Instructor Yvette Franzos says, "Intensati brings everything into action - our bodies, our minds, our emotions. And the affirmations mean you leave the class with strong, positive thoughts at the forefront of your mind."

What happens?

The music is boppy and fast and the movements are a mixture of aerobics, kickboxing, yoga and dance. It sounds complicated but, as someone who struggles with even the simplest of dance choreography, I can confirm the moves are easy to follow.

While doing the moves, Yvette shouts the affirmations and you repeat them. Although a little self-conscious at first, I soon gave into the vibe and was shouting them with vigour. According to Yvette, this is the bit most people fear, but she says stepping out of your comfort zone is part of the process. I have to admit, although just the word ‘affirmation' normally makes me shudder, the actual chanting didn't disturb me at all - and it was a lot less ‘girl power' than I thought it would be. It was actually more energising and filled you with a sense of being in control of your day. The warm-up chant went like this: ‘Every day in a very true way, I co-create my reality. As is above, so is below. This is what I know.' The rest of the chants involved phrases like, ‘Now is the time for action'. Yvette says, "Intensati stands for intentions and self-awareness - and it brings this to all areas of your life."

What are the results?

It's impossible to talk about physical results after one session, but with 800 calories busted per class, it can't fail to make an impact. As for the rest of it, I was buzzing all day and told anyone who would listen that I felt more awake and alive than I had done in months. It was like an injection of caffeine and positivity - needless to say, I'm hooked.

Where?
 
Monday from 7pm, and Wednesday 6.30pm in Burj Views. Or Intensati/Pilates at 6.30am. Dh60 per session, or discounts on packs of ten. Visit www.breathebelievepilates.com

Related Links

The monthly wellbeing and family magazine

Aquarius
Lifestyle & Entertainment columnists
  • Russell Hemmings
    Life the Hemmings way

    Life coach Russell Hemmings on fears, anxieties and the human psyche demystified

  • Gaby Doman
    Gaby Doman: Notes to myself

    The everyday ups and downs of being a modern woman, according to this globetrotter

  • Uma Ghosh Deshpande
    The Dubai Insider

    TV personality Uma Ghosh Deshpande guides you through the city’s society gatherings and stories

  • Pratyush Sarup
    Design diary

    Dubai-based interior designer Pratyush Sarup lets us in on the world of design

  • Bharat Thakur
    Yoga for you

    Bharat Thakur guides you through practices and wisdom of this ancient science of exercising

FROM THE NETWORK

More from friday

  • wheels issue 500 teaser

    wheels crew and Emirati drift champion Ahmed Al Amiri line up and SRT Viper, BMW M235i and a full-on Toyota 86 drift car to lay down some rubber at Yas Marina Circuit

  • WH_140926_Long term (2)
    Long-term review: GMC Sierra SLT - Week 5

    It’s not easy parking something that’s the size of a Nimitz class carrier. The Sierra has its standard-kit aids, but the valet guy is your best friend

  • WH_140926_ntfh_audi5000
    Not Their Finest Hour: Audi 5000

    Celebrating the greatest cock-ups in automotive history. This week we look at the Audi 5000

  • WH_140926_News Bentley (3)
    Bentley Mulsanne Speed: Heavy hitter

    Crewe’s latest flagship offers supercar performance in a car that weighs more than a Range Rover Sport. As in, 350kg more…

  • WH_140926_Spy shots (1)
    BMW M4 GTS spotted

    Munich is being a little crafty with the disguise on its latest prototype lapping the Nürburgring

More from Wheels

More from alpha

More from aquarius

More from insideout

Quick Links

  1. Business

  2. Sport

  3. The latest Entertainment news

  4. The latest Lifestyle stories

  5. Blogs

  6. Opinion

In Life

  1. UAE food features, reviews and more

  2. Shopping

  3. Motoring

  4. Travel

  5. Gadgets

  6. Beauty & Fashion

  7. Interiors

  8. People

  9. Health

  10. Education

Latest in Life

  1. Vuitton $100m venue upstages show in Paris

  2. A family affair gourmet brunch

  3. Can olive oil help to fix heart failure?

  4. Fun, Ferrari andfinger-licking pasta

  5. Chanel show creates Parisian boulevard

  6. The endless battle between man and mosquito