We’ve dusted off our trainers, down loaded the app and we’re almost ready for the second annual Dubai Fitness Challenge to begin.
The 30-day event is the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who wants us all to commit to 30×30 – 30 minutes of fitness, every day of the challenge.
Whether you’re a gym regular or fitness phobic, there are ways for everyone to get involved. As well as 4,000 free classes taking place around Dubai at 250 locations (see the app for more details) and weekend fitness carnivals, here are our picks of the best ways to work up a sweat for Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC).
Fitness In DXB
Up for an early start? Set your alarm and join Fitness in DXB for a morning of old school games at Banan Beach, Jebel Ali. Take part in a tug of war, go paddle boarding and try a treasure to win a Fossil Watch. Afterwards you can laze about at the beachside camping resort that’s all hammocks and chill with your new-found fitness friends.
Friday, 16th November, from 8am. Banan Beach, Jebel Ali. Free. Healthy nibbles and soft drinks are provided. Limited spaces – to book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dubai’s indoor adventure playground for adults is giving the first 30 players who book in advance a free run. Take on a specially created 30 minute challenge of obstacles that will test your patience and physical strength in a fun environment. The sessions will run from 10am-10.30am and 8pm-8.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am-10.30am Thursday to Saturday.
Limited places. Call 04 398 8438. TEPfactor Dubai, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Al Ittihad Park, Palm Jumeirah
The Palm’s park becomes a “workout wonderland” and gentle nightly Glow Run, with themed lighting winds arounds the 3.2 kilometre jogging track that surrounds the park. As the artificial island is one of the challenge’s designated Fitness Villages, developer Nakheel ensures there’s a lot more going on here too.
From 26th October. For full details, download the Dubai Fitness Challenge app.
Beachside hangout La Mer transforms into a fitness hub, with daily workout classes in Zumba, BodyCombat, BodyPump, TRX and yoga that won’t cost a thing. There’s a dedicated area for kids’ sports too. La Mer has plenty of places to eat and drink, if you need some refreshments afterwards – Açai Express serves bowls of Brazilian superfruit from AED 42. Beach-side showers, free wifi, mobile charging, prayer rooms and more than 1,000 parking spaces are also yours to use.
Throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Weekends 7am-9am and 3pm-11pm; weekdays 7am, 3pm-9pm. La Mer, Jumeirah 1.
The City Walk spin studio wants to give all DFC participants five free rides. Keep your pledge towards being active every day with high-energy 50 minute classes delivered to pumping music in CycleBar’s ‘Cycle Theatre.’
During DFC. Download the app to register for classes.
If you’re eyeing up membership of the gym chain, then DFC is the perfect time to test drive its classes and facilities for free. Fitness First is offering DFC members free access to its gyms at weekends and hosting complimentary classes at the challenge’s fitness villages in DIFC, Ittihad Park and JLT. Register online to reserve your space.
Register at uae.fitnessfirstme.com/dubaifitnesschallenge
Al Ghurair Centre
Gold’s Gym knows that working out as part of a group makes exercise fun, so every evening they’re putting on free classes at the Al Ghurair Centre in Deira. Sessions switch up daily, so head to the ground floor with your trainers and you’ll find anything from Body Combat and Zumba to Body Attack and Yoga. The mall is giving away a gram of gold to the person who loses the most during the challenge, so make sure you register at the customer service desk to take part.
Al Rigga Road, Deira. Starting from 6pm earliest (apart from yoga, 11am Saturday). For a full timetable, contact the centre through www.alghuraircentre.com or 800 24227.
All out athletes
If you’re all about that squat till you drop, Ibn Batutta Mall and Fitness First are offering prizes to the best performers in daily fitness competitions. Check in at the mall’s China Court from 5pm-8pm every day and outperform other shoppers in planks, push-ups, burpees, handstands, squats and more to win prizes.
Throughout DFC, 5pm-8pm daily.China Court, Ibn Battuta Mall. 04 362 1900.
Woke but broke gym goers can snag a free entry to new fitness chain GymNation.
Until 24th November, use the facilities in the Sheikh Zayed Road gym for free, every weekend. Bright and spacious, with 500 pieces of cardio and strength equipment and three studios offering cardio and spinning classes, you’re bound to find a way to sweat out your 30 minutes here.
Download the Dubai Fitness App before you go and remember entry is first come, first served.
Open 24 hours. Mezzanine Floor, ETA Star Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, near ACE. gymnation.ae