By Debbie Rogers:
“I’m not the fittest, I’m not the fastest and certainly not in my prime!
I’m an average person who loves my food, and is trying to get fitter and healthier whilst trying to look half decent in my exercise kit and a tonne of sweat!”
“Honest, raw and based on my actual experiences, here’s my new section”
I’m on a continual quest to try out new exercise facilities and ways of training so over the last few months here’s some of what I’ve done.
Meditation with Lululemon
#TriedNTested : This was one of a series events organised by Lululemon. This was in conjunction with UAE Meditates. I did a yoga & meditation session at Orbi in Mirdiff City Centre. The location was stunning, we were in Blue Layer so it felt like we were underwater. After a few mobilising yoga moves and breathing exercises we were taken through a thirty minute guided meditation. I can see the attraction of guided meditation, I certainly slept well that afternoon! Next time I’ll take a wrap as I was freezing due to fierce a/c whilst trying to visualise myself on a hot sunny beach.
TIP : Check out Lululemon and UAE Meditates for their free community classes.
#TriedNTested : Promoted as ‘The best workout in the world’ I attended a press event class full of high expectations. You either do a classic (half cardio and half strength) or a double floor class (I did this as I have a bit of a treadmill phobia). I came out a bit flat, the class didn’t live up to it’s hype for me – maybe as I did the double floor or maybe as it wasn’t a regular session. Others were buzzing and loved it. Will go back to test it again.
TIP : Deliveroo have teamed up with Barry’s Bootcamp and Flywheel with a Summer Body promotion. Order two Summer Body promotion meal bundles (think healthy tasty food) in a week with Deliveroo and receive a free class! Plus 20% off Namshi activewear.
Fitness First Athletic Club – Mudon
#TriedNTested : This is a new facility with a heavy focus on functional training and HIIT classes, there’s also a pool and outdoor training area. I have done a few of the classes, Rips, Ropes & Straps, Charge and BOXX as well as two different fitness challenges. Functional movement and HIIT training is the way to go as far as I’m concerned. Loved the classes and the community feel that the club has, just wish the club was closer to me. The MyZone heart-rate monitor allows you to see your performance as you train and to challenge yourself to stay in the right training zone depending on your goal.
TIP : You can get a one day free pass to check out the club details on the Fitness First website.
Speedflex, JA Ocean Resort
#TriedNTested : Circuit type class using dynamic machines and resistance. It’s low impact and high intensity so pretty efficient. The class is instructor led and each class is quite varied. Initially I wasn’t a fan as I found the machines a bit tedious. Add in some friendly team competition and some additional off machine exercises and it’s much more fun and more for me. They lend you a MyZone heart-rate monitor so you can see how you are performing compared to others in the group or to challenge yourself.
As an added bonus the team from Plotos were on hand to give some insights about fuelling for exercise (pre and post) and general tips for healthy eating as well as providing a healthy breakfast (though if I’m honest I was craving a cooked breakfast!. Do check out their app for further information.
TIP : Try a free session and see if Speedflex is for you and download the Photos app for healthy dining inspiration.
#TriedNTested : I did a HIIT class followed by a NRG Cycle Class – both were accompanied by a live DJ who worked the decks to the speed of the class (wish they did this more often!). Loved the Cycle class, didn’t enjoy the HIIT so much, didn’t like the class organisation, but as this was in their first week of operation I would go back and try again. They use the MyZone Heart-rate monitor system which is fantastic for an added push (your heart rate and stats are beamed up on the wall as you train).
I’ve since been back to do KO8 in the studio – high energy, intense, sweat inducing & fun- what more could you ask for!
TIP : Plenty of Summer Offers available at the moment and booking is easy via their app.
Want to recommend something for me to try? Drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org