Get active with fitball during a month when everyone’s trying new things
We’re two weeks into the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge – 30 days of getting active for 30 minutes. Throughout the event Sport360° is talking to athletes working with Red Bull who are getting involved in the initiative, this week is fitball founder Kameron Jaff.
I’m doing a bunch of complimentary fitball classes around the city for the Dubai Fitness Challenge. They’re 30 minutes long, inkeeping with the 30x30 theme, and they basically get people active and moving using the ball, introducing them to a new range of exercises.
A lot of people turned out for the opening weekend which was great and we’re getting booked up for the rest of the month. We base each session on how many people we have, some have signed up in advance others have just joined from just walking around so we see how many we’ve got then tailor the session depending on that. If the class is packed we can include a football match, and if we don’t have that many it’ll be just drills with the ball, or something like that. Every session we do has a HIIT element to it so you don’t have to be a good footballer to be able to join in with the class.
I went along to the Dubai Fitness Challenge last year and it’s been good to see how much it’s grown. Getting people active and in shape is never a bad thing but it’s still kind of a new idea, so I think as long as they are able to deal with the growth it’s a great initiative.
There are a lot of people in the city who don’t have the money to pay for a gym membership or classes, so it’s a nice way to try a whole load of new things without really having to pay for them.
At my classes we have had people in great shape and others who aren’t in shape, which is great because it shows they’re getting involved when perhaps they wouldn’t normally.
We’ve seen fitball grow in Dubai over the last few months with the help of Red Bull. We were in fact overbooked at one point and had to turn people away, which we hate doing, but now we’re moving the sessions outdoor so that’s no longer a problem.
People can book in via apps like Switch and ClassPass and in Dubai there’s a lot of competition because the fitness community is so big here. Any city where you have good weather and a beach often has people who are inclined to be in shape.
What’s good about fitball classes is that we appeal to both people who want to play the game and who want to get fit as well, so they might not have time to go to the gym and play football during the week, and with us they get a bit of both.
Stretching the limit: Fitball is a fun workout combining strength and cardio training with football.