10 fun ways to get fit in Dubai without even realising you're exercising
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Take spinning to a new level with a 40-minute workout that combines cycling with a cinema-scale screen. The Trip at GFX makes it look like you are peddling along in a video game (think Mario Kart for grown-ups). Check schedule here
Where: GFX, Business Bay and Mirdiff
Tango at Tempo Dance Centre
Fact: dancing is good for you. When you hit the dance floor not only are you burning all those shawarma calories, but you’re also increasing your flexibility and strength. For a dance routine with a bit of a difference, try a tango dance class at Tempo Dance Centre. Tango originated in Argentina and is believed to be good for your cardiovascular health. Heart benefits aside, imagine how many people you’ll impress with all those smooth moves...
Where: Tempo Dance Centre, Red Diamond Building, Jumeirah Lake Towers
Contact: +971 420 2393
You can count this as your PE lesson. If you’ve been thinking about learning how to scuba dive, this is a great little class to take your first breaths underwater in the safety of a swimming pool. Al Boom Diving was established in the UAE in 1995, so they know the waters here. Take the plunge this weekend.
Where: 11am every day, Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road Dive Center Dubai
Contact: +9714 342 2993
X-Park Adventure Challenge Course
Bounce, the trampoline phenomenon, has just unveiled its X-Park Adventure Challenge Course, which is the first of its type in the region. Measuring 330 sq m and split over two levels, it contains 20 elements, including a zip line and a bouldering wall.
Where: Bounce, Al Quoz
Contact: +9714 321 1400, website
Practice breathing exercises surrounded by 65,000 sea creatures for a calming way to start the day. Atlantis now has ‘underwater’ yoga classes, giving you the chance to practice Hatha Yoga in The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Classes cost AED120.
Where: 8am, Tuesdays and Fridays
Contact: website, https://www.atlantisthepalm.com/marine-water-park/lost-chambers-aquarium
You don’t need to go to Australia to learn to surf! Dubai’s warm sea and mild conditions are perfect for first-timers. Surf House Dubai offers lessons on a private, couples and group basis, catering for those who have never touched a board before up to intermediate level. AED350 for private – AED200 each for a group of 4.
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road
Freediving has strong connections with the UAE, particularly its pearl-diving traditions. The young men who were able to descend to the ocean floor did so by retaining sense of calm and lowering the heart rate – the same skills mastered by today’s freedivers. The Freediving Club, which operates out of the Hamdan Sports Complex on the E611, serves up these lessons and more in their three-day introductory course to freediving, which is certified by the sport’s governing body, AIDA. Split into three parts of classroom, pool and open water, it provides the basic tools to get you into the water, holding your breath and dealing with the pressure long enough to explore the depths.
Where: The Freediving Club, Hamdan Sports Complex
The sport involves having two feet strapped to a board while being pulled behind a speedboat. Anyone who’s snowboarded before should get the hang of it quite easily – mastering it is the fun part. Rushing across the bright blue sea with stunning views of Dubai in the background is an adrenaline rush in itself before you even start pulling out tricks. AED550 for an hour’s session.
Where: Seariders UAE, Dubai Marina
Why not work up a sweat by tackling Dubai’s highest climbing wall? It took two years to build, and at 15-metres tall, Dorell Sport’s outdoor wall, known as, ahem, The Wall, can be found at the World Trade Centre. Rock up (sorry) and instructors will give you basic coaching before deciding what coloured “rocks” you should be clinging onto on your way up. Once you’ve done that, you can probably think about heading to Ras Al Khaimah with nothing but a pot of chalk and a sense of adventure. Don’t forget your factor 30.
Where: The Wall, Dubai World Trade Centre
Contact: +9714 306 5061
It wouldn’t be a Dubai without some desert sports and now is the ideal time to learn how to master the sand dunes on two feet. Sand skiing classes at Viator include quad biking too, because walking up the dunes would be madness. Switch between sand skiing and boarding and after a few lessons you’ll be able to impress your visitors from home when you take them out. From AED400 for sand skiing and quad biking.