Tried & tested

Looking for a way to get fit without being bored silly?

The course
Conducted by Go Exercise Solutions, a new fitness company recently launched by 30-year-old fitness trainer Grant Goes from New Zealand, the four-week challenge consists of a high-energy circuit training session three times a week.

The promise
Combining TRX, ViPR and functional training, the course is designed to shape and seriously increase fitness, and promises to be challenging. Goes claims to provide a full-body workout with variety and purpose, with a focus on ‘safe and effective technique, intensity and getting results’. For this reason, class sizes are kept small.

Step by step
Though I initially sign up for the 6am sessions at JBR, I discover that three 5.15am starts a week is unrealistic at best. It turns out the 7pm sessions work perfectly, and I can scoot to the classes after work on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The first session kicks off with a fitness assessment, which involves a sprint, lunges and press-ups. There’s another assessment at the end of week two, and another at the end of the challenge to see how we have improved. No two sessions are the same, and the variety helps keep things interesting – the intense 45-minute workout flies by. Our instructors encourage us to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone, always upping the number of reps and increasing our ‘breadth of movement’. I leave each session exhausted but utterly energised, and even on days where I haven’t been looking forward to the evening workout, after the class I’m always pleased I went.

The results
As it turns out, three nights a week is ambitious when I have to balance it with other regular work commitments after hours, on top of having my own social plans. My results would have been better if I’d attended every session and stuck to the diet plan (not easy when my work involves such arduous activities as mince pie-tasting...). That said, there is noticeable improvement in my upper-body strength, and my legs look leaner.

Pros
• It’s a diverse, intense workout, and you won’t get bored in a hurry.

• Small group sizes mean the trainer always has time to correct your technique and offer advice.

Cons
• The Thursday night sessions aren’t ideal if you usually head out straight after work, especially when you have to factor in the post-workout shower and hair wash.

Also try...
The Circuit Factory
This company offers a hardcore monthly fitness challenge, training five times a week at the gym and following a special eating plan.
Dhs450 gym membership for a month, Dhs300 a week for circuit sessions. Al Quoz, info@circuitfactory.ae (no number).

Regime Fitness
Jump in at any point for 45 minutes between 5.30pm and 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays or 6am and 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs250 for six, Dhs450 for 12. Dubai Marina Yacht Club (055 919 7052).

X-Circuit Training
This indoor session takes place on Wednesdays at 9am with instructor Steve.
Dhs50 per session, Dhs425 for a month, Dhs1,050 for three months. The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4122).

4/5
Dhs800 for four-week challenge. Next challenge runs January 14 to February 11. Personal training from Dhs400 per session. Various locations, www.goesfitness.com (055 346 3436)

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