With the Dubai Fitness Challenge in full swing, there’s never been a better time to kickstart your fitness routine. If you can’t find an hour to hit the gym, why not use this month to save time and find a new way to workout at home?


Barre workouts are among the most effective and sneakily difficult around, and Barre3 is no exception. The best part is it only takes 20 or 30 minutes a few times a week to see the results, fast. This app has several tiers, with the US$15 (Dh55) option the one to choose, allowing you to stream a library of 250 videos on your phone, computer or laptop.. If you don’t want to pay, there are a number of free, 10-minute workouts that if strung together would also do the trick. Some call for handweights or pilates balls, but almost everything can be done with body weight. Fast, cheap and easy – except for the actual exercise.


Cassey Ho

Cassey Ho consistently offers some of the most effective and reasonable online workouts around – most of them under 20 minutes. The California native was in Dubai last year to teach one of her live POP Pilates classes as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30. Her relentless perkiness somehow allows her to mask killer workouts. Her Blogilates app is available on smartphone or online, with so many sessions available for free that it will be awhile before you pay anything. Once you run through those offerings, each new workout is available via iTunes for 99 cents. She ffers a monthly workout plan, too.


Tracy Anderson Method

Do this if you dare, and follow in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow and many of the other lithe, chiseled celebrities who follow the dance-cardio, small muscle groups-focused workouts that Anderson provides. These are not easy – they burn and the dance cardio moves are difficult to master. In fact after seven days you may only just be getting the hang of one weekly streaming class by the time the next one is released. We’d suggest checking out a class available for free on YouTube before forking over $90 a month for the package.



LEKfit founder Lauren Kleban has to thank the American actress and Instagram Stories favourite Busy Phillips for bringing her killer trampoline-dance cardio-barre workout to the masses. And while you probably can’t get to one of Kleban’s classes in Los Angeles anytime soon, you can do all you want at home for only $19.95 per month. Mini-trampolines are available in sports stores all over the UAE. Phillips says “You don’t have to commit immediately to a mini tramp – although I would, if I were you, ‘cause that’s the part of the thing that made it so addictive, fun and silly.”


Sweat with Kayla

The Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines, who was in the UAE for the Dubai Fitness Challenge last year, isn’t joking when she says you will sweat. Her Bikini Body Workouts may only be 28 minutes long, but each one is a profoundly challenging HIIT session. For $19.99 per month, users are offered three resistance sessions, three cardio sessions and two recovery sessions. The results can be seen in the before-and-afters posted by Itsines dedicated social media following of more than 23 million women.



There is no reason to pay for exercise ever, if you don’t mind doing a little searching. Yoga, kickboxing, HIIT, resistance, cardio dance, TRX, abs – it’s all there, like a smorgasboard for your yearning-for-movement muscles. We’d suggest doing a little research on whoever appeals, just to make sure they are somewhat legit, and advise caution when embarking on any new fitness routine – and consulting a doctor for those who have never exercised before. Go easy at first. With a little common sense, you can’t do much damage hopping around in your living room.


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