We try a personal training session at The Fitness Centre
Positioned on the third floor of The Address Dubai Marina hotel, The Fitness Centre is an impeccable spot for a workout. Small in size, it’s a far cry from some of the chain gyms in Dubai, which bear an eerie resemblance to battery hen sheds, with rows and rows of exercise machines squashed alongside each other.
I will first be having a consultation to determine my BMI, body fat percentage, muscle mass and various other data. I’ll then start a 45-minute personal training session with Ali, one of the centre’s resident trainers, who worked for seven years in the Maldives before joining The Address.
Step by step
After arriving at the gym, I’m led behind the reception desk and instructed to stand on something called a ‘Slim Manager’, which calculates everything from my BMI and muscle mass to figure type and basal metabolic rate. It comes as a surprise when the machine’s analysis instructs me to lose 7.6kg in order to become a ‘standard weight’ for my height.
Ali discusses the results and explains the more complicated-looking bits, before talking me through what we’ll be doing in the session. We start with an eight-minute jog on the treadmill set to a reasonably slow 7.5kph, before stretching and moving on to the machines to do some weight work on my (feeble) triceps. From there, we do several rounds of sit-ups, leg raises, squats and planks, before returning to the treadmill.
Anticipating some more intense cardio work, I’m surprised when Ali stops the machine after a six-minute walk, and leads me over to the mats to do a final stretch.
Getting in shape is a long-term commitment, so I don’t expect to see a difference the next day. At most, my abs feel sore, having been all but ignored for the past year.
• It’s good to have someone running you through exercises and stretches you may forget or skip if you’re working out alone. • We work on a variety of different muscle groups, instead of focusing on one area.
• The instructor doesn’t push me hard enough. • I’m not asked anything about my regular diet or exercise routine, which could be why I leave without feeling like I’ve had a real workout.
Smart Fitness This fitness group offers discounts on boot camps if you sign up for personal training. Dhs250 per session, Dhs2,500 for 10 sessions, Dhs4,500 for 20 sessions. The Walk, JBR (056 704 9257).
Fitness02 Opt for sessions at the group’s affiliated gym or your own if there’s one in your building. From Dhs2,500 for 10 sessions. Various locations (04 374 5465). Kostas Kopsinis This certified personal trainer will meet you at home or the office. From Dhs180 per session. (050 422 7532).