Participants at the Skiptrix workout, Dance Fit Studio, Shaikh Zayed Road Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/ Gulf News

Always looking for a new (read not so hard) way to get into shape, my ears pricked up when I was told about a workout based around skipping. In a burst of workout excitement about six months back, I’d decided skipping was to be my fitness secret — a combination of the nostalgia of childhood and the seriousness of boxers. I bought a rope — and surprise, surprise — never used it. So when I was called for Skiptrix, I figured it was a message from fitness heaven. Go, my child, and jump rope.

I loved skipping as a kid, and figured this would be the same. It’s not, for one main reason: I am not the slender, energetic person I was when I was five years old. Skiptrix is, however, a way to add fun to cardio workout we all must do.

You’ll be in a class with other ladies of varying levels of fitness, and the nice thing is while it’s all at one pace, you can do as much as you feel able to. There five combinations of footwork (aka trix) that you have to master, and it’s not easy timing your rope to fall so you don’t entangle yourself. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get them right but while you’re doing that, you’re still working up a sweat. Once you’ve got the footwork understood, the workout consists of fast reps of simple jumps plus one of the “trix”, interspersed with lunges and squats — and it’s not as scary as it sounds. Give it a try if you are looking for a fun alternative to traditional aerobics or cardio.

It doesn’t end there — the instructors at Urban Energy (the only company at present doing the classes, they say) are learning new trix all the time.


Where and when:

Monday: 8.30am — DanceFit Studios (on Shaikh Zayed Road)

Wednesday: 6.30pm — Star International school, Um Suqeim

Thursday: 8.30am — DanceFit Studios



Drop-in price regular class : Dh60.

10-pack of classes: Dh500, get 1 free class

20-pack of classes : Dh1000, get 3 free classes

Unlimited weekly package (runs sunday-Friday): Dh150.


To book:


or call 055 8869158





Urban Energy launches its “Little Black Dress for Christmas” fitness package, guaranteed to shed those kgs and tone up your tush!

Not convinced you can drop a dress size and squeeze into your party dress before the Festive season kicks in? The team at Urban Energy fitness have just the solution with the launch of their specially designed workout package to get you into your “Little Black Dress for Christmas”.

The eight-week programme is specifically tailored to suit the needs of the client, whether you’re looking to lose kilos, tone up these flabby bits or target a specific problem area. The package includes a one-hour personal training session each week with an experienced Urban Energy trainer as well as unlimited fitness classes from Urban Energy’s extensive schedule of group classes around Dubai. Regular nutrition tips from Urban Energy will also help you maximise your workout and ensure your diet is effective and working for you.

In true “Gok Wan” style, the programme begins and ends with before and after body photos in addition to two full body composition analyses so you can chart your progress and see the results for yourself.

“As the festive season draws closer, many of us want to make sure we look fabulous during the party season but need support and advice on an effective way to ensure results,” said xxxx of Urban Energy. “The ‘Little Black Dress” programme is an great way of structuring a workout plan that really works and if followed along with a low-fat, nutritious diet plan, can help you drop up to 8kg in just 8 weeks.”

Price for the full programme is Dh1,800 (which only works out at Dh225 per week!).

For more information and to book your place on the programme contact Urban Energy on 055 8869158 or visit www.urbanenergyfitness.com