Practice your living room aerobics and get slim at home
Time Out Dubai Staff
Smart Start Yoga A refreshingly no-fuss yoga session. Forget fancy yoga studios, the right workout gear or even a yoga mat, all you’ll need is a chair. The first set of yoga poses will see you stretch, bend and twist while seated, and the second set of poses shows you great moves that you can do while standing up. Instructions allow you enough time to get the right stance, and the calming strains of classical music in the background are quite relaxing. Some poses might seem really basic, but it’s always good to stretch and it builds up to some more intense poses. Dhs60 from Virgin Megastores.
Shape 20-Minute Makeover This DVD makes working out at home convenient and fun. It’s all very upbeat with the interval training exercises focused on firing up your metabolism so you get a dreamy toned body as quickly as possible. At the most, you’ll need two sets of dumbbells and it’s best to make enough room before you start because you’ll be jumping, lunging and more. The 20-minute interval training session uses cardio bursts coupled with lower-intensity moves that are great for your entire body, but you’ll love the 10-minute targeted toning segments that aim to sculpt specific areas – arms, abs, thighs and butt. Dhs45 from Virgin Megastores.
Davina Body Buff Davina’s latest fitness DVD focuses on resistance training to sculpt, tone and buff up your bod. There’s a whole crop of fresh new exercise moves coupled with a great soundtrack and plenty of amusing repartee to keep you going. The routines call for very little space. Some coordination is required, but it’s easy to catch up even if you’ve got two left feet. The DVD is broken down into smaller sections so you can customize your workout depending on your training needs and how much time you have. Dhs70 from Virgin Megastores.
Hip Hop Workout ‘When you’re finished, the only heavyweight will be the “phat” in the tunes!’ announces choreographer Tony Stone. He’s worked with a gaggle of music stars, including Jacko, so we guess he’s more than qualified. The DVD contains a warm-up followed by four nine-minute routines; each section is gradually built into a full ‘performance’ routine, much like a real dance class. The idea is to build your heart rate up, so while none of the sections will leave you too out of breath, the sustained bouncing around is designed to burn maximum calories. The choreography is fairly challenging, so while anyone with any previous dance experience will sail through the routines, the steps can prove tricky for novices. A few tries and you should get the hgna of it though. Dhs80 from Virgin Megastores.