20 November 2018Last updated

Healthy body

5 ways to lose 5 kilos

Personal trainer Taleen tries out a different class every month for Aquarius

Louisa Wilkins
1 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
  • Hoopla!



Bring some fun to your exercise with Hoop Flow classes. Held at The Fridge, Al Quoz, the classes offer hoop-dancing instruction to all levels. Expect to build core strength and stability while burning calories and having fun; hoops are provided.
A six-week course costs Dh750 – discounted if you sign up with a friend. Also on offer are kids’ classes and parties.

Flybarre 60

Just when you thought FlyBarre classes couldn’t get any harder, they go and raise the barre by offering 60-minute classes. 
US-based instructor Todd Allen will be in town this month to launch the new FlyBarre60 classes at the FlyWheel studios in Burj Views and the Gold & Diamond Park. Featuring low-weight, high-repetition exercises camouflaged within fun aerobics choreography, these classes are designed to activate and strengthen even the smallest of muscles for serious body toning. They are guaranteed to have you trim and toned and loving Lycra in no time. Visit for details of timings and packages.

Expert gear


Dh575, Modell’s Sporting Goods

Give your feet a break with the new Salomon CityTrail running shoe, which has been built with a dynamic cushioning platform designed specifically for running in an urban landscape.

Time to detox

The popular clean 9 detox (Dh575 for nine days) is now offering follow-up maintenance programmes to keep you on track. 
FIT 1 and fit 2 include fitness and nutrition advice and lots more. Dh1,017 for 60 days. Call 055 996 2912.

Tal tries... Kult Fitness

What is it? Kult Fitness combines the benefits of kettlebell training with a high-intensity cardio workout to help build muscle, burn fat and increase endurance.

Tal’s take on it: I was a little intimidated by the kettlebells when I arrived. However, Martine (owner and instructor) was reassuring and enthusiastic, and put me at ease. We began with a light warm-up, followed by five kettlebell routines. I chose a light kettlebell but went heavier when I realised I could swing the weight; one of the pluses is that you can go at your own pace. With the explosive swinging and squats, my heart rate was up and the burn was on. It was the perfect combination of cardio and strength training. In between the kettlebell routines we did some Tabata routines – high-intensity intervals of training. Before I knew it, class was over. This is definitely a fun and effective workout. 
Try it out!

Need to know: Prices start at Dh100 for a session, discounts on packages. Get 50 per cent off your taster session by mentioning Aquarius when you book. Visit

Louisa Wilkins

By Louisa Wilkins