You can’t feasibly get much done in 45 minutes. Watch a couple of episodes of an awful soap, catch one half of the big match, twiddle your thumbs while you wait for that calorific takeaway you’ve just ordered to arrive.
But if you fancy doing something a little more productive, and health-conscious, give F45 a whirl. This intensive workout formula has taken Australia by storm and has now winged its way to Dubai.
Billed as the “45-minute workout that will change your life”, it combines three distinct fitness session styles into one group training session, with elements of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training and functional training.
So what, we hear you ask, will we get in return for this 45 minutes of full-on exertion? Well, a burn of upwards of 750 calories, that’s what.
We take a look at what F45 Training Dubai Marina, located at Trident Grand Residence, and we’re itching to try one of the array of classes. We’re most intrigued by the Hollywood (aka the Friday night special), which involves 54 high-intensity stations designed to challenge strength, core stability and cardiovascular endurance.
As a sign of goodwill to the lovely folks of Dubai, F45 is offering a free, two-week trial. Travis Krug, who co-owns the brand with KC Finnegan, tells Time Out: “F45 Training is the perfect workout for a city as innovative as Dubai. Every workout is new each day and incorporates team training and palpable high energy.”
And if you decide it’s for you, and like some healthy competition, you can take on global members in an eight-week challenge. Take the plunge and try something new. www.f45training.ae/dubaimarina.
A career in the financial sector might have its obvious fiscal rewards but it also comes with a heightened level of stress. But rather than letting the city’s economic whizzes loose on the punchbags after work each day, a gym in DIFC wants to get to the root of their problems – be they physical or mental.
D5 Executive Gymnasium takes (as its name suggests) a five-dimensional approach to fine-tuning its clients: exercise, rehab, nutrition, supplementation and education. Calling itself a “results-based training facility”, its founder and head coach, James Heagney, and his team, assess each client thoroughly on metrics such as movement, pain management and body fat distribution, specialising in nutrition, sleep quality and stress reduction.
“Everybody is unique. At D5 we personalise and tailor every step of the client journey. We are known for our attention to detail and our ability to get great results in a very short period of time,” says Heagney.
Many of us know all too well that feeling of becoming bogged down with the science of our training regime. And if the facility itself wasn’t impressive enough, the level of bespoke client care certainly is.
Heagney, a 15-year veteran of the fitness game, still gets hands-on as D5’s head coach and believes the real modern-day wealth is that we’re “extremely privileged to choose the direction of our health”.
So don’t just boss the boardroom when you can boss your body, too. Open Sun-Thu 6am-9pm; Fri-Sat 8am-2pm. Capital Club, Gate Village 3, DIFC, www.d5dubai.com (04 360 7640).
This stand-alone gym is based in the heart of Dubai Marina and it’s very serious about its fitness. If you prefer squatting over a salsa dance class, then knock on Core Fit’s door; the trainers here will help you get your best body yet.
Based on the energy of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) training with a mix of personal training and CrossFit, the classes at Core Fit target strength and agility training. Founder Clifford Tindell runs daily classes which include bars, weight plates, battle ropes, boxes, kettlebells, skipping ropes and spinning bikes.
While this might sound like a horrific session of Bootcamp or CrossFit, the classes here are was specifically developed for those who are a little too intimidated by the former. Unlike Bootcamps and circuit classes that will have your body adapt and plateau, the Core Fit program is progressive, and it includes strength element to ensure constant improvement in technique.
Expect a serious workout in the daily 60-minute session including a 10-minute warm-up, following by body-toning strength-driven exercises, followed by a 20-minute HIIT workout training. Even though this is a team session, the trainers still provide individual feedback and treat the workout as a PT class. All the sessions are recorded for the coaches to analyse data when members start to plateau, modify an element of their training and ensure they ultimately see results.
Aside from the Corefit classes, there is also a nightly Zumba class, and an outdoor training area with a variety of equipment for those looking for individual training.
Personal training was full of pseudo hippies wanting to realign each other’s chakras,” according to bodybuilder Nick Mitchell. This damning appraisal of the scene is one of many reasons he decided to found Ultimate Performance (UP), a concept he recently brought to Dubai.
Having noticed the proliferation of what he calls “rent-a-friend” personal trainers, Mitchell saw a gap in the market and the results speak for themselves (have a look at the website’s gallery of success stories). “We don’t just ‘exercise’ our client, we take a holistic, global approach to anything and everything that can impact their body composition,” Mitchell tells Time Out.
“But the real secret to our success at UP lies less in our plans and more in the execution. We get the best results because of the scrutiny, accountability and incentivisation that we place on our training team.”
Mitchell says that working for UP as a personal trainer is “no easy ride”. He demands that his trainers become “trusted advisers” to their clients, helping them to achieve a complete body transformation by looking at every minuscule detail. In fact, his best trainers spend as much of their time (if not more) finding ways to improve UP practises as they do on the gym floor.
Having strived tirelessly to hone his concept and despite several “damp squibs”, Mitchell is delighted that many of his good ideas (including having a professional staff chef who helps those “struggling to make their diet palatable”) have borne fruit.
Clients rave about the results they’ve seen. As Mitchell puts it: “All we care about is getting you the result you want.” It’s a simple ethos, but one clearly laden with success. Dhs600 for a one-off session. Emirates Financial Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.upfitness.ae (04 431 9004).