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8 ways to body beautiful this summer

So your fitness motivation has dropped like a bad soufflé and your workout gear hasn’t seen the light of day for a while? We have done a round-up of some of the most interesting ways to get – and stay – fit, so you can reignite your own Olympic torch. Go for it! Just choose one, call them, and book a space...

Britanny Aranha
17 Jul 2016 | 11:42 am
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1 Real Pilates

The combination of state-of-the-art facilities, a large premises and Stott-certified award-winning trainers can only mean one thing: Pilates has never been easier. At Real Pilates, take your workout to the next level and try something new. For two weeks, choose any five signature classes for only Dh295. Barre workouts, reformer Pilates, yoga and mat work are just a handful of the classes on offer. For more info, call 04 458 5399 or download the free Real Pilates App.

2 Souplesse Cycle

Get ready to shift to high gear with Souplesse Cycle in Motor City – Dubai’s indoor cycling studio. Guaranteed to be a fun way to improve your level of fitness, pedal over there for a workout you’re unlikely to forget. Call 04 554 7346 to book now. Rides start at Dh85.

3 Define Mind & Body

Located at Silverene Tower, JLT, Define Mind & Body has a spectacular summer offer where you can get a whole 10 per cent off on packages of 10 or 20, normally priced at Dh950 and Dh1,800 respectively, until the end of August. That will surely give you plenty of time to try out its three core classes: Define mind hammock (flexibility), Define body (core strengthening) and Define revolution (indoor cycling). First class is free until August 1. Call 04 421 6377 for more information.

4 Talise Fitness

Talise Fitness – the high-end luxe gym in Madinat Jumeirah – has just launched a new high-altitude class that will send you soaring. Riding at altitudes up to 3,500m above sea level can help you get lean whilst improving your aerobic fitness levels. Choose the 20-rides option for Dh1,000, 10-rides for Dh525 or 5-rides for Dh275. Call 04 366 6821 for more information.

5 Surf House Dubai

Focusing on water fitness, this carefully designed beach programme by Surf House Dubai is a cool way to stay fit this summer. Take your performance to the next level with three sessions per week for Dh400 offered over the course of a month to get the ultimate beach bod.

Call 04 321 1309 for further details. This is an intermediate and above course that requires participants to be able to swim a minimum of a 100m ocean swim.

6 Round 10 Boxing Club

Round 10 Boxing Club in Motor City delivers a total knockout to help you get toned. Put on those boxing gloves this summer and punch your way to a tougher and stronger new you. Call 04 338 0101 to be a champion today. One month Boxing Workout starts at Dh850. Or try 12 classes of Mixed Workout for Dh690.

7 PoleFit Dubai

Spice up your workout routine with PoleFit Dubai as you spin and swing your way to a leaner and more confident – not to mention fitter and flexible – you. The monthly packages include unlimited Aerial Addict and Aerial Enthusiast classes, starting from Dh385. Plus, there’s also a great deal for summer, with 15 per cent off monthly packages for July and August.

Call 04 551 6911 to book now.

8 Bounce

Everyone’s favourite trampoline revolution is giving all of you jumping beans a chance to save big this summer using a multi-visit pass. Get your heart rate up and burn those pesky calories with a 10-visit pass costing Dh720, where you can save around Dh80. Or bounce to your heart’s content with a 20-visit pass that sees you spending Dh1,280 and saving a whopping Dh320. Both deals are available until the end of August. Visit Bounce to purchase your passes or call 04 3211 400 for more info.

Better than box sets!

We asked some highly motivated fitness peeps for their tips on staying active and healthy throughout the long hot summer

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Michelle Qubrosi, 26 from the UK, is an instructor and co-founder of PoleFit Dubai

“My best tips would be:

• Try to limit the carbs you eat to only after training (within an hour) and try to eat good carbs.

• Don’t let yourself get too hungry – it’s so much harder to be satisfied with a healthy meal when you’re starving.

• Always stretch, especially after cardio and strengthening sessions, otherwise you will progressively get stiffer.

• Do something you enjoy, you are far more likely to stick to something you love to do than something you feel you need to do.

• Don’t be too strict with yourself. At the end of the day life is short and you want to enjoy it, so let yourself have what you’re craving sometimes. It’s important to reward yourself in moderation.

• I love Common Grounds in the Mall of the Emirates – the smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs is the best post-workout healthy meal.

• Stay hydrated, I drink about one litre of hot water with lemon every morning before training. I like to train first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to burn fat.”

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Dina Ghandour, 30 from Jordan, is a Jivamukti yoga unstructor at 136.1 Yoga Studio

“Comptoir 102 in Jumeirah 1 is my absolute favourite place for a healthy bite – the cauliflower coconut soup is my favourite, not to mention all the desserts!”

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Jes Body, 29, from New Zealand, is a health and fitness coach and runs the Peach Series Bikini Body Training classes

“My favourite place for a healthy snack is Heat Café on Jumeirah Beach Road.”

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Laura Olivier, 26, from the US, is general manager at new gym and relaxation space Define Dubai

“I love Ultra, in Marina Plaza. It’s very close to the studio in Dubai Marina and has a wide variety of healthy and satisfying options. I frequently get a quinoa slice with my morning coffee and I recommend the superfoods bowl for lunch or dinner.”

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Mohammad Karaman, 29, from Syria, is a supervisor at Bounce, football player and coach, and, in his spare time, a hip-hop dancer

“On the weekends I like to play football with my mates and I’m always dancing with my crew. I don’t tend to eat out that much – I prefer to prepare healthy dishes at home to keep me going. When I do venture out, I love to go to Organic Foods & Café – it has the best salmon dish!”

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Matthew Graham, 31, from the UK, is general manager of Talise Fitness and a Les Mills RPM Trainer

“I combine my cardiovascular training with a resistance training programme, ensuring I train my entire body. I like to spend extra time focusing on my weak areas to enhance my physical performance and also improve my posture.”

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Reza Alavi, 41, from France, is founder and managing director at Real Pilates

“Stay hydrated! The most important factor for training in hot weather is hydration. Make sure you’ve had plenty of water before, during and after your class. Don’t wait to be thirsty to drink! And remember this easy tip – if your urine is darker in colour, it could be an indication that you are dehydrated and need more fluids.”

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Karina Benseman, 38, from New Zealand, is a personal trainer at 1six8uae and founder of Surf Dubai Beach Camp

“I’ll be staying motivated with friends and having fun doing as many activities as possible; swimming, running, surfing, CrossFit, 1six8uae, skateboarding, cycling...chasing Beach Camp clients! I find small group training the most fun and therefore the most motivating. And my place for a healthy bite? I have too many – food is my other way to stay fit! If you don’t eat, you die! I eat from Heat, Color My Plate and Mamma Italia mostly.”

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Anette Kamp Graakjaer, 29, Danish, is PR and marketing manager at Privilee

“I recently started doing reformer Pilates at Mojo Pilates in Media City. It’s very different from any other form of exercise I’ve ever tried, and I have to say, I’m hooked. I usually attend the 7am classes, followed by a big breakfast and my morning coffee; there’s just no better way to start the day. I like Ultra Brasserie in Marina Plaza. I also really like the philosophy behind the food served at Gourmet by Kcal, so that’s definitely on my list of places to try out soon.”

Britanny Aranha

Britanny Aranha