Friday - - TRIED & TESTED -

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.

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