Eight ways to get into shape without spending a penny
Time Out Dubai staff
Try Bugg-E-Fit classes Mums should make a beeline for Safa Park with their babies in tow and partake in a week’s worth of free Bugg-E-Fit fitness classes. Kicking off on January 12, the workouts use buggies as resistance to help tone abs, back, legs and behinds. Bookings are essential. PURE Fitness, various locations, www.purefitnessuae.com.
Sign up for a free bike ride with Puma Check out the sporty brand’s latest collection and while you’re there register to take part in one of the city’s free Puma Fishtail rides, which are running until March. They tour every week on fixed wheel bikes (bikes with no brakes) to show residents and visitors an edgier side of the city. Puma, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0204).
Join a weight loss club Find sticking to a diet a constant battle? Join this discussion group for people who need support and guidance in their bid to manage weight. It’s an ongoing session with a focus on detox, how to exercise, mental support, nutritional information and guidelines. There’s no need to sign up, and if you miss a few weeks you can pick it up again any time. No sports or special kit required. Free. Every Saturday, 9.15am-10.15am. Optimal Fitness Therapy Centre, Building 3, Dubai Studio City, www.optimalfitness.ae (044 419 687).
Happy Hour healing seminars Improve your mind, body and soul at Illuminations Well-Being Center. This group meets each week to discuss topics related to wellness such as hypnotherapy, meditation, energy healings and nutrition. Free (with complimentary refreshments). Mon 4pm-6pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT (04 448 7043).
Try your hand at MMA Fancy getting not just fit, but fighting fit? Sign up for a free one-day trial pass at MMA Fitness gyms. Available only to non-members, it allows you to try out one class and use the fitness equipment at the gym. There’s no obligation to sign up after the trial, and all you have to do is call the branch you intend to visit to make an appointment. Make sure you bring your own towel. Free. Ongoing. MMA Fitness Centres, Discovery Gardens, www.mmafitcenter.com (04 450 8808), Pacific Building, TECOM (04 367 5077).
Do a yoga class The voluntary Friends of Yoga organisation holds free classes every day at 5.30am and 7.30pm at 13 locations around the UAE. You will need to register online in order to find your nearest session and take part, but the network is open to everyone. Free. Ongoing. Various locations across Dubai, www.friendsofyogaglobal.org.
Learn how to meditate Sahaja Yoga in Dubai offers a free meditation session to beginners and those in desperate need of restoring balance and awareness. The centre aims to help students regain focus, become grounded and know themselves better. Free. Ongoing. Various locations across Dubai, www.sahajayogauae.com (050 647 5013).
Stream fitness videos Forget signing up for expensive classes – there are thousands available to follow on YouTube completely free of charge for you to tackle in your living room. Try Tracey Anderson’s hugely popular workouts for butts, abs and arms (search ‘Tracey Anderson’), Booty Barre (search ‘Booty Barre beginners and beyond’) or if you’re a real glutton for punishment, the 30-Day Squat Challenge (search Rebekah Borucki squat challenge). www.youtube.com.