The GCC’s Best Indoor Workouts

How to stay cool and completely toned in the heat
Sunday , 31 July 2011
Yoga
Yoga
Rock climbing
Rock climbing
Tae-bo
Tae-bo
IFLY
IFLY
Fencing
Fencing
Flexi Bar Pilates
Flexi Bar Pilates
Zumba
Zumba
Kinect
Kinect
Spinning
Spinning
Squash
Squash
Belly dancing
Belly dancing
Nia
Nia
Ten-pin bowling
Ten-pin bowling
Aquarium diving
Aquarium diving
Indioor skiing
Indioor skiing
High altitude training
High altitude training
Bikram yoga
Bikram yoga
Aquaerobics
Aquaerobics
Ice skating
Ice skating
Indoor lap pool
Indoor lap pool
Indoor basketball
Indoor basketball

Just because it's hot enough outside to fry an egg on the bonnet of your car doesn't mean you have to throw in the towel with your fitness regime. These fun-filled (and air-conditioned) activities are just the ticket for summer.

Rock Climbing
Get your heart rate thumping with a daredevil approach to exercise. Rock climbing not only feels like it’s more of an adventurous day out than a boring workout, it also helps to rid your body of those jiggly bits under your arms and at the backs of your thighs. Result!
Playnation, Dhs100 (includes climbing wall and assault course), playnationme.com.
Burn up to 700 calories an hour.

Tae-bo
Can’t make up your mind what sport to take up? Then Tae-bo is your best option as it’s a blend of aerobics, self-defence, martial arts, dance, kickboxing and yoga. You’ll get a total body workout in one stress releasing hour.
The Hiltonia Resort, Abu Dhabi, (02) 692 4324, Dhs55 per class.
Burn up to 600 calories an hour.

IFLY
Skydive this summer without sitting in a hot and sweaty plane. Rush to IFly in Mirdif City Centre, where you can experience the sport of skydiving in an aircon tube. As you’re battling to stay afloat in the wind tunnel you’ll be working your core and limbs too.
IFly (04) 231 6292, Dhs195 per session for first time flyers.
Burn up to 170 calories an hour.

Fencing
Live out your James Bond moment, pick up a foil and start fencing. Word is that this ancient sport gives you a great arm and leg work out, plus thanks to the head gear you don’t have to worry about bad hair days.
MK Fencing Academy, 050 684 2935, Dhs60 for an hour session.
Burn up to 700 calories an hour.

Flexi Bar Pilates
The sworn secret of svelte celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jen Aniston, you can enhance regular Pilates even further with a flexi bar. The vibration in the bar helps work the deeper muscle areas of the core and is also great for those with back problems.
Exhale, exhaledubai.com, Dhs60 (class).
Burn up to 400 calories an hour.

Zumba
We know you burn a lot of calories on the dance floor, but it doesn’t really work if you’re downing sugary cocktails at the same time! Now you can make it part of your gym routine by joining a hip-wiggling Zumba class.
Core Dance Dubai, 055 771 4526, Dhs300 for monthly membership, Dhs200 joining fee.
Burn up to 800 calories an hour.

Kinect
Workout in your own front room. Slip the Your Shape Fitness Evolved DVD into your XBox and start boxing, stepping and hula hooping your way back to fitness. There is also a personal training option too. You can see how well you are doing, as thanks to the camera there is a mini projection of you on the screen. Everything is easy to understand. The only thing you’ll find difficult is keeping a straight face.
Xbox 360 console and Kinect sensor bundle, Dh1,650 from major retailers.
Burn up to 500 calories in one night (says a tester).

Spinning
You might not be able to walk the next day if you’re trying it for the first time but you’ll rapidly be peddling your way to virtually instant fitness and weight loss.
Fitness First, Dubai Marina, (04) 424 3999, Dhs400-500 for monthly membership.
Burn up to 600 calories an hour.

Squash
If Forbes magazine named it the healthiest activity, then it’s time to get involved in this high-powered racquet sport.  If you’re a novice looking for lessons, head to The Jumeirah Beach Hotel and become acquainted with four walls and small rubber balls.
The Jumeriah Beach Hotel, Dubai, (04) 310 2784, Dhs3,000 per month.
Burn up to 500 calories in 30 mins.

Belly Dancing
Grammy-winning Latina pop singer Shakira maintains her toned torso and washboard abs with belly dancing works. Not only does this sultry sport work the entire body, it also aids digestion – it’s true!
Dubai Ladies Club, (04) 349 9922, Dhs50 per class.
Burn up to 300 calories an hour.

Nia
If you like a three-in-one workout, then NIA is for you. Short for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, this dynamic workout, which includes martial arts, dance and yoga is based on a philosophy of self-discovery and personal transformation. Crikey.
Bahrain’s World Beat Fitness Center, 17 612 576, BHD5 (Dhs50).
Burn up to 300 calories an hour.

Ten-Pin Bowling
It may seem at odds with the rest of our list but you can actually burn up to 300 calories an hour doing something that’s a genuine laugh. If you are able to fit four hours into your weekly routine, you can actually lose up to 17 pounds in a year – so long as you’re not accompanying your sessions with quarter pounders!
Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, (04) 339 1010, Dhs85 per hour weekdays, Dhs130 per hour weekends.
Burn up to 300 Calories an hour.

Aquarium Diving
Get up close and personal with no less than 33,000 magnificent aquatic animals in this surreal experience which is as serene as it is stimulating. Scuba diving exercises your arms and legs and is a lot more entertaining than laps in a pool.
Dubai Mall Aquarium, (04) 342 2993, Dhs275 per hour.
Burn up to 400 calories an hour.

Indoor Skiing
It won’t surprise anyone that skiing improves your cardiovascular system and works all of your muscles. But you may not realise that skiing is a sure-fire way to a six-pack. Conquering the sport entails keeping yourself steady on the slippery slopes, meaning you naturally engage your core stability muscles in order to balance.
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, (04) 409 4000, Dhs180 for two hours.
Burn up to 600 calories an hour.

High Altitude Training
Take your workout to greater heights. Book into the High Altitude Training Suite at the Quay Health Club in the Madinat. It works on the principle that with less oxygen in the room your body will need to work harder.
Quay Health Club (04) 366 6821, from Dhs150 for an hour.
Burn up to 120 in a mile jog and 600 calories in recovery.

Bikram Yoga
You’ll perform 26 yoga poses in a minimum of 105°F degrees. Under such heat your stretches will be intensified and the muscles will contract more, creating better circulation and also helping you to sweat out all those nasty toxins in your body – the perfect antidote for a post-week end binge.
Club Stretch Dubai (04) 345 2131, Dhs70 per class.
Burn up to 900 calories an hour.

Aquaerobics
Being in the water means the buoyancy relieves strain on the joints. It also creates resistance so your body is working that much harder. And it’s the best way to stay cool in the sweltering GCC summers.
Dubai Ladies Club, (04) 349 9922, Dhs50 per class.
Burn up to 300 calories in 30 minutes.

Ice Skating
Shed some weight as you shred the ice. Not only is it good for the legs but, as with skiing it strengthens your abs. It’s also guaranteed to generate a bellyful of laughs.
Dubai Mall, (04) 448 5111, Dhs50 for a two-hour session.
Burn up to 600 calories an hour.

Indoor Lap Pool
If you want to clear your head jump into the lap pool at the Four Seasons in Doha. This short strip of water has a current running through it and you can increase the strength of the current to really give those muscles a workout.
Four Seasons Doha, free with any treatment. Treatments from Dhs353.
Burn up to 800 calories an hour.

Indoor Basketball
A great workout, basketball improves both your speed and your stamina which helps you to keep your weight down. There’s a lot of running involved but it’s far more engaging than hours on a treadmill.
Insportz Dubai, (04) 347 5833, Dhs50 per hour.
Burn up to 500 calories in an hour.