Alternative workouts in Dubai
Sick of your typical gym routine and uninspired by the endless rows of treadmills? Perhaps you’ve had to give up your outdoor jog to escape the fast approaching summer heat? Have no fear – here at ShortList we’ve scaled the city to find the most unusual activities you can have a crack at to stay fit. Best of all, they're much more fun than pumping iron.
Bouncing on a trampoline probably doesn't scream exercise but, surprisingly, it's a great cardio vascular workout.
What: This is an all-round workout that engages your core to help keep you stable. It’s fun and can be done with a group of friends. Roll, bounce, flip, walk up the walls, you name it you can do it - and you won’t even realise that you’re exercising.
Location: Bounce, behind Ace Hardware, Al Quoz.
Cost: From AED80
Details: 04 321 1400, www.bounce.ae
Gravity Calisthenics Gym
This is the first calisthenics gym in the Middle East and it's already hugely popular. If you fancy learning how to master the art of handstands, this is definitely the place for you.
What: The gym offers a range of classes including streetfiit calisthenics, mobility, inversion, streetfiit circuit classes, and parkour classes. For those of you who don’t speak calisthenics, parkour is the sport of jumping and climbing rapidly through an area. All levels are welcome, including novices, with trainers adapting the activities to suit each person’s fitness level.
Location: Gravity Calisthenics Gym, Al Quoz.
Details: 055 559 4559, https://www.facebook.com/GravityCalisthenicsGym
Fancy yourself a bit of a daredevil? Aerial silks allow you to glide through the air, and preform stunts with the aid of long drapes. It's all about supporting your body weight to create beautiful and graceful poses.
What: Aerial silks are part of the circus arts where performers climb, spin and preform drops to wow the crowd. It’s a full body workout, which includes muscle strengthening, endurance and cardio. All are welcome to attend – women, men and children.
Location: Pole Fit Dubai, Ground Floor of Marina Sail Tower, Dubai Marina.
Cost: From AED100
Details: 04 551 6911, www.polefitdubai.com
Channel your inner child with this much-loved playground activity (don't worry, they've taken things up a notch).
What: Hoop flow or hoop dance is a preformance art that includes waist, leg and chest hooping. The workout includes transitions that target core muscles, as well as improving body strength, balance and flexibility. Spinning a hula-hoop around may not sound too taxing, but you can burn up to 400 calories per hour!
Location: The Fridge, #5 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1.
Cost: AED750 for a 6 week adult bundle.
Details: 05 6221 2300, www.flowground.com
Let’s forget traditional spinning classes – it’s time to step away from stationary indoor bikes and try something with a little more movement.
What: Souplesse Cycle powered by RealRyder is an ‘un-stationary’ indoor cycling class that's challenging, fun and more similar to riding an outdoor bike. You need to steer, lean and balance on top of the bike, which results in a full body workout that specifically tightens those stubborn tummy muscles.
Location: Apex Atrium, Motor City.
Details: www.souplessecycle.com (045547346)