MAIREAD This is a great core workout. The movements are basic – squatting, jumping, planking, but no matter what exercise you do, it is all a balancing act. Just being able to stand requires a lot of prowess. – especially when your workout buddy keeps falling off the board and causing a tidal wave. But I can’t deny the defeat of falling into the pool wasn’t soothed by the refreshingly cool water.
MARK Is there a place in Dubai where you can’t do yoga? Whether it is on rooftops of high-rise buildings, public parks or even in an aquarium, it is one form of exercise that has really caught on in the UAE.
Float UAE, I’m told is a new concept from the US, where a thick floating board, similar to a lilo, is secured to the pool’s edge. As I jumped into the cool water to get onto the board, I realised if nothing else, I would be able to beat the heat and humidity with a splash in the pool. We started the session with a few simple stretches. Next, were forward lunges and fairly easy yoga moves. Stretching out whilst trying to balance and follow instructions is nonetheless quite tricky. Yes, I fell off the board several times, but I wasn’t complaining as it was quite a relief from the heat. While the yoga moves were fairly easy, staying on top of the board was challenging. And therein lies the fun. TRY IT YOURSELF Where: Fitness First The Meadows Price: Dh65 per 40-minute session for Fitness First members and Dh80 for non-members. Packages also available. To book: Call 058 2564735 or visit floatuae.com.