Capoeira An exercise form that’s cropping up on gym timetables more and more in Dubai, Capoeira is a fast and fluid Brazilian martial art that incorporates elements of dance, music, folklore and performance. At The Shack, Dubai’s new beach gym in Umm Suqeim, a weekly class is held on the beach itself, and with Kite Beach’s winds rushing around you, it’s hard not to feel energised and exhilarated after just one session. Dhs30. Sat 4.30pm. The Shack, Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim (056 695 9451).
Acro Yoga Combining acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage, Acro Yoga is considered to be one of the more playful, interactive forms of yoga, and is particularly good for toning up your core. Better yet, you don’t need to be a yoga expert before you try a class. Free, donations are welcome and given to charity. From 10am every Friday (arrive 15 minutes before the start time). Go through Gate 2 and head towards the bouncy castle area. Safa Park, Sandyjoy13@hotmail.com (050 735 9683).
Thai kickboxing Led by Muay Thai instructor Amy Saunders, this weekly session from Urban Energy Fitness is great for cardio and toning the upper body, and is outdoors until summer. Dhs85. Mon 7.30pm. Al Barsha Park (055 369 5664).
Climbing If you’re looking for a new challenge and you’re not afraid of heights, book an introductory class for Dhs85 or take a crash course in climbing on the region’s highest climbing wall, with three 60-minute sessions for Dhs195. After that, you can visit for Dhs60 any day, any time. The Club, Dubai International Humanitarian Aid, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 306 8769).
Aqua Woggle Similar to waterobics, this class combines aerobic techniques with upper body movement, using equipment including woggles (large, coloured foam noodles used for buoyancy in the water) to increase resistance. The session is ideal for toning up the legs and lower body. Once you’ve done a few, you may have a good enough knowledge of the workout to start trying on your own. Dhs40 for non members, Dhs30 for members. 60-minute classes Sat, Mon and Wed 9am; 45-minute classes Tue 5.45pm. Hayya!, Meadows (04 362 7770), www.hayya.com. Woggles Dhs15 at Go Sports, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3251).