With the weather finally cooling down, it's time to get fit
If you want to shape up fast, Fitness 02’s renegade bootcamp is one of the best ways to do it. The trainers are former military men, and their programme – a mix of athletic drills, obstacle courses, kick-boxing, weight training and whatnot – takes place three times a week for four weeks. For women who want a slightly more nurturing programme, there’s also the ladies-only booty bootcamp. Fitness 02 (04 395 2922). Renegade bootcamp meets at JBR; Jumeirah. Booty bootcamp meets at Kite Park. Morning and evening sessions available. Dhs950 for 12 sessions.
Okay, this isn’t an all-over fitness regime, but some of us don’t need all-over toning – just a slightly firmer stomach. Powwer abs is specifically for those who want nothing more than to abolish the muffin top. The most basic option includes 10 sessions (which you can spread out any way you like) of intensive, hour-long ab sessions, while the most comprehensive also includes 10 cellulite massages, weekly weigh-ins and an extensive diet plan. Powwer Abs, Al Barsha (04 341 1040; www.powwereat.com). Sessions are Wed at 9am and 7.30pm and Sun at 9am and 7.30pm. 10-session packages start at Dhs1,000.
This is definitely not a programme for those scared of a challenge, but if you’re looking for physical motivation, this is the place to get it. The military bootcamp (there’s a ladies-only version, too) meets three times a week for four weeks, and includes an intensive mix of cardio work and drills. You get a ranking based on how well you do. It may sound scary, but you’ll feel good when you do 65 push-ups and reach commando status. Physical Advantage (04 311 6570, www.physicaladvantage.ae). Session times and locations vary. Dhs950 for 12 sessions, Dhs2,805 for a three-month programme.
Unlike many other bootcamps in town, the Aviation Club’s version is all about flexibility. The class doesn’t meet outside, but rather in an exercise studio, and you pay by the session so it doesn’t matter if you go to consecutive classes or not. While it may not involve crawling on your belly or other traditional military activities, it is a great circuits class regardless. The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4122). Sun, Tue and Thu at 6.30pm. Sessions are Dhs50 each. Class membership Dhs425 for one month, Dhs1,050 for three months.
Dubai Fit Camp takes a more holistic approach to fitness. All members receive a free personalised diet plan and can even opt to phone trainers for emergency diet advice if they go out to eat and don’t know what to order. Sessions take place outside and if you’re not sure it’s for you, Dubai Fit has free trial sessions, meaning you have no excuse and nothing to lose. Dubai Fit (050 198 0663/056 103 5581, www.dubaifitcamp.com). Times and locations vary. Dhs800 for 12 sessions, Dhs2,100 for 36 sessions, Dhs3,600 for 72 sessions.
Of course, bootcamp doesn’t have to be all army drills and press-ups. Surf Fit provides a fun spin on the traditional exercise regime. Granted, classes start pretty early in the morning (6.30am), but they focus on balance, strength, flexibility and a range of skills vital for all good surfers. Plus, you’ll learn to surf, and surf well, which really is a blast (trust us). After all, getting in shape is so much easier when you enjoy the sport. Surf Fit (050 459 2672). Sessions take place at Sunset Beach in Umm Suqeim. Dhs1,200 for eight sessions over four weeks.
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Ola Oct 29, 2009 07:40 am
What'is missing as well is excellent Core Direction classes on JBR beach - I love it! Amazing fitness full of fun and on a budget! :)
Susan Oct 27, 2009 07:02 am
I think the best 'bootcamp' in town is missing on this list! Goal Attained do a fun/adventure group training session that I have been doing for the past 3 months. We use bikes, kayaks and interval training and I am loving how fit I feel now! www.goalattained.com