You need to check out these awesome outdoor workouts

Take advantage of the winter weather and enjoy a cooler workout in the great outdoors

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Serious Workouts 

Vogue Fitness

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Are you a survivor? Then put your money where your mouth is and join the Survivor series at Vogue Fitness. Starting 14th January, you’ll take part in five sessions a week for a month, with the chance of earning back AED 25 for each session you attend. Designed for all fitness levels, you’ll be challenged with everything from tyre flips and sandbag carries to battle ropes. The programme includes a nutrition guide and pre- and post-programme biometric and fitness tests. AED 1,200. Yas Marina. Registration required at
vfuae.com/survivor

Float UAE

Looking for a new challenge? This class will test your balance, core strength and patience as you do a whole HIIT – that’s high-intensity interval training – workout on-board a floating mat in the pool. Don’t panic: you’ll be tied to a rope so you don’t drift away but trust us, doing squats on a moving surface takes simple gym movements to another level. AED 50 winter promotion. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, opposite Emirates Palace, Corniche West. Times vary. Booking required at bookwhen.com/floatuae

Haddins

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This gym is renowned for its intense workouts and programmes that deliver results. The infamous Haddins Primal Transformation Programme is the ultimate outdoor fitness activity. You’ll be bending, pulling, pushing, running, squatting, picking things up, carrying them, throwing them and just generally jumping around doing simple, everyday movements like lifting but with higher intensity to increase your fitness and improve your strength and stamina. The four-week programme includes workouts Sunday to Thursday with an added incentive of receiving AED 30 back for each session you attend. From AED 1,200. Zayed Sports City, Emirates Palace and Saadiyat Beach Club. Times vary. Contact: 02 403 4233, facebook.com/haddins

Train with Bash

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Looking for a class that will deliver results? Personal trainer Basheer conducts one-hour workouts on the weekend that will get your heart racing and muscles burning. Start with a full-body warm-up that focuses on joint mobility before immersing yourself in a 30-minute full body workout with bodyweight and functional exercises such as squats, presses and lunges. The class ends with a well-deserved cool-down. AED 70. Corniche, near Spinneys. Sat 9am. Contact: bashir_jadallah@outlook.com, facebook.com/basheerjadallahfitnes

BodyTree Studio

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Whether it’s yoga you’re looking for or something with a bit more burn, you might find it at this dance and yoga studio. BodyTree has moved some of its most popular classes outdoors to its garden area as well as Saadiyat Beach Club and Manarat Al Saadiyat. Class times vary but there’s something to choose from nearly every day of the week from flow yoga to shred and the heart-pumping BTB dance class. From AED 70. Venues and times vary. Contact: 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Outdoor Yoga

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Whether you want to discover the benefits of yoga or take your practice to the next level, hatha yoga teacher Mahimai Devi is on-hand to help. Her outdoor yoga classes at Le Méridien address the mental and physical benefits of yoga and will help you relieve stress, rejuvenate your digestive system and maintain and a healthy body, mind and soul. Classes incorporate different concepts from mindfulness to muscle toning and flows. From AED 60 per session, packages available. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. Mon and Wed 7pm-8pm, Sat 10am-11am. Contact: 02 697 4354,
spa.lmad@lemeridien.com

Let’s Go Yoga

Settle under the stars, enjoy a poolside yoga class in the moonlight and reset your mind ahead of a busy work week. Instructor Sasha Quince will take you through a series of moves in her Sunday core strength Vinyasa yoga class with moves that will improve your strength and endurance, boost your metabolism, increase your energy and deepen your flexibility. AED 68. Eastern Mangroves Hotel by Anantara, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. Sun 7.15pm-8.15pm. Contact: letsgoyoga@yahoo.com, letsgoyogame.com

Anaadi Yoga

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Let your worries melt away as you sink into the grass and find your inner calm with this 60-minute Vinyasa yoga class with instructor Neli Merris. Offering variations throughout the session, Neli’s classes are suitable for both beginners and advanced yogis. AED 60. Umm Al Emarat Park, Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street, Al Mushrif. Mon and Thu 7pm-8pm. Contact: anaadiyoga@gmail.com, anaadiyoga.com

Advantage Sports

If yoga on the beach sounds like the ideal way to refresh then head to the stunning St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Advantage Sports hosts two sessions a week so you can bend, stretch and unwind body, mind and soul with a serene outdoor class. AED 85 per class, AED 720 for ten. Tue 6pm, Thu 6.30am. Contact: 02 498 8777, athleticclub.saadiyat@stregis.com

Work out for free

Awakening Sports UAE

Aiming to help members of the community stay on track with health and fitness, this group hosts two fitness sessions a week for free. Join in a bootcamp on Al Bateen Beach every Sunday at 9am or a running session on Tuesdays at Eastern Mangroves Promenade at 5.30pm. Contact: 052 912 4922, facebook.com/awakeningsportsuae

Ripe

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The weekly Ripe Markets include free outdoor yoga sessions. Roll your mat out on the grass and enjoy a chilled practice in the breeze as you work through various poses for a relaxing end to the weekend. Free. Umm Al Emarat Park, Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street,
Al Mushrif. Sat 4.30pm. Visit: ripeme.com

Train ZSC

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One of the ultimate ways to increase your cardiovascular fitness and keep weight gain at bay is with stair climbing – and the open-air stadium at Zayed Sports City is the perfect place to do just that. Take on the steps of the stadium and get your heart pumping. Free but registration required. Next training 25th Dec. Saif Ghubash Street. Mon 6pm-9pm. Visit: trainzsc.com

WORDS Rachael Perrett

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