Get fit for less in Dubai

Want to keep trim without blowing the budget? Try these workouts

Want to keep trim without blowing the budget? Try these workouts for Dhs50 and under.

When money’s too tight to mention, that pricey gym membership that sounded like a bargain when you signed up can be the first thing that blows your all-new budget. But maintaining your health and staying active doesn’t have to drain your already strained, post-Christmas-shopping finances. Many of the city’s sports clubs and gyms have classes and training sessions that won’t cost you more than Dhs50 per session, so you can focus on burning your calories, not your credit.

FAST day pass

The day pass at this fitness and coaching facility allows you to access its clubs, use of the weights and participate in the technique- and strength based-weightlifting and sprint clubs. You can get advice and tips on how to enhance your athletic performance from one of the qualified coaches.
Dhs50. Sun-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. City Tower 2 car park, sixth floor, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.trainwithfast.com (04 355 5181).

Padeltennis at Emirates Golf Club

A combination of tennis, racquetball and squash, padeltennis is fast-paced and is played on an enclosed court. The Real Racquet Academy at Emirates Golf Club welcomes newcomers to the sport and for a group of five, the first class is free. The academy also offers late night discounts – play between 8.30pm and 11pm on Thursdays and Fridays to get 50 percent off the court rate. Book sessions or trials online.
Dhs50 per person, per court. Daily 7am-11pm. 50 percent discount on court rates Thu-Fri 8.30pm-11.pm. Real Racquet Academy, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.realracquetacademy.com (04 380 5424).

Swimming at Hamdan Sports Complex

You don’t need to have the bank balance of an Olympic champion to use their world-class facilities. The Hamdan Sports Complex, a behemoth blue beacon of all things aquatic, has two 50-metre swimming pools with moveable floors so the depths can be altered, and diving stages from one metre to ten metres. The competition pool has an underwater sound system and the water is kept heated to a steady 27 degrees Celsius – by the sun – and it’s all yours for just Dhs20 a day.
Dhs20 public swimming, Dhs35 for gym and sauna. Sat-Thu 8am-10pm. Hamdan Sports Complex, Emirates Road, www.hamdansc.com (04 306 2666).

Insanity at Fit Lab
Sign up for this tough high-intensity work out and crunch your abs not your credit. Insanity is hard-core and promises to help you burn up to 1,000 calories in a 45 minute session. At Fit Lab, even non-members can sign up for this fat-busting fitness class at a great price.
Dhs45 (members), Dhs50 (non-members) per 30 minute session. Sun 7pm, Mon 8.45sm, Tue 7pm, Thu 10am. Fit Lab, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dbaigolf.com (04 417 9850).

Jazzercise at Crowne Fitness

Dance off up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute full-body work out session. The jazzercise group fitness class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn. A bit of kick boxing, yoga and Pilates are also thrown in for good measure.
Dhs45 per session (first session free). Sun-Wed 7pm-8pm. Crowne Fitness, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road www.ihg.com (04 331 1111).

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