MARK I had no idea what to expect from this class. There were no bikes in sight, just some weighted bags, or pois. Derived from Maori tribal movement in New Zealand, the class involves spinning the pois in rhythmical patterns. As I had a one-to-one session at the Fridge in Alserkal Avenue, my instructor Ara talked me through the session. First it was my core warm-up with a giant hula hoop. I was quite impressed with myself as I managed quite a good spin. Under the instruction of Ara I managed to get the hoop up to my chest and back down to my hip. Next, I chose my pois. After setting the correct length, I started spinning. I was cautioned that I would hit myself and I did. As soon as I started a simple crossover, I whacked my face. Regaining my rhythm I had a second try. As I was getting a hang of it, Ara asked me to try the double crossover. It’s a tricky move because you will strike your own head several times. After a few attempts I got it. Much to the surprise of my instructor, I managed three different moves in my first lesson. Not the most strenuous class I have done, but the concentration and coordination is challenging and really good fun. I’d love to go back for a group session. TRY IT YOURSELF
Where: The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue
Price: Four classes are Dh440. If you sign up with a friend, it’s Dh400 per person.
To book: Email email@example.com or visit flowground.com/ class/poi-new.