When the four walls of your gym suddenly start to feel a little bare and repetitive, there are always new classes and trends to try to keep your motivation sky high and help you stay in shape during the summer. In our beloved city, there are seemingly thousands of ways to feel the burn – everything ranging from weight-intensive exercises to more calming sessions of yoga on the beach.
Here, Savoir Flair explores five of the most popular workout trends amongst Dubai’s fittest residents. We’ve even picked the top spot to try out each, so read on and get booking.
FlyBarre is brought to you by the people behind the ever-popular FlyWheel workout. It’s based on high repetitions of low weights and uses the disciplines of yoga, dance, circuit training, Pilates, and strength building to make for the ultimate body-sculpting workout. Mix it up with a sweaty FlyWheel spin session to get the best from both cardio and toning. Click here to find out more.
Calisthenics take training back to basics as no fancy equipment is required – it’s just you and your own body weight. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced trainee, this workout suits all levels. It starts with the very basics (like push-ups, squats, and pull-ups) and then develops into some of the more weird and wonderful moves. Click here to check out the Gravity Calisthenics Gym in Al Quoz.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Cameron Diaz, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Jennifer Aniston are just some of the fit celebs that have been spotted practising this workout. If you can brave the summer heat (just jump into the sea to cool off), paddle boarding is a great way to work out the entire body – and you’re working on your tan at the same time! It really works your core as the body is constantly trying to stabilize itself on the board, and you can expect to feel the burn all over the following day. SUP-FIT is the new boot camp-style session at Eden Beach Club that combines paddle boarding with classic fat-busting moves. Click here to get booked in.
If you get into this particular craze, you won’t get out, because it’s highly addictive and effective. CrossFit is based on functional movements (those we tend to use on a daily basis), but at high intensities. It runs off a clock, and your performance is tracked so you know exactly how you’re performing. But don’t let the clocks scare you away – you go at your own pace and determine your own weights. The only person you’re competing against is yourself, which makes it even more motivational! Try it out at CrossFit Gold Box in Al Quoz.
Carly Rothman is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.