They say that fitness is the great leveller. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, you can still get fit and healthy. Let’s take a look at some of the top spots to train in Dubai without spending a Dirham.
For many people today, who equate fitness with a gym membership, money, or lack of it, is, indeed, a barrier to their progress. Yet, there are still many ways to get your fitness in for free. Here are some of Dubai’s best spots and what to do when you get there!
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Running is still one of the best ways to prime your cardiovascular system and burn calories. Running outdoors offers so many benefits over an indoor track or a treadmill. You are breathing in fresh air, soaking up Vitamin D and giving yourself a visually stimulating experience. In addition you are providing your body with an undulating surface, which keeps it guessing rather than a uniform running surface as is the case with indoor options. This will enhance you functional fitness tremendously.
Try out some of these awesome running spots in Dubai:
Marina Promenade / Walk
This stunning cluster of apartment buildings that surround the Dubai Marina provides an awesome running course to stimulate the senses while you’re pounding the pavement. One full lap is enough to get a serious workout. You can start and finish here for a nice loop.
At Barsha Park you’ll find a 1.4 km track that surrounds a beautiful pond. Even better, the track is marked at 100 m intervals, meaning you can use it for either speed or endurance. You can gain access to the park opposite Barsha Mall here.
JBR The Walk
How does working out right on the beach sound, followed by a refreshing swim? Well, that is exactly what you can do at JBR, the local version of Venice Beaches’ famous Muscle Beach gym in Los Angeles. As well as the weight machines and free weights, it’s also got a running track to allow you to get in a truly balanced workout. You’ll find this trainer’s dream right on the beach at JBR The Walk.
Known as the Beverley Hills of the Middle East, Jumeirah boasts some stunning scenery. The beach and the newly laid running track offer plenty of opportunity to jog, run or sprint while you take in the beautiful landscape and sea breeze. Find it here.
This is really a great location for a run if you live near the downtown area. With it’s unobstructed views of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains, Burj park has an 11,300 sq m lawn, providing plenty of space to put you through your paces.
Palm Jumeirah running track is 2.7km track that has a whole host of training gear interspersed along it’s course. Following the course of the monorail, the trail can be accessed at the front of the Fairmont Hotel. It even has a playground area for the kids. Gain access here.
Whether it’s by utilising your own body weight, working from fixed structures with TRX bands of training on fixed station machinery, Dubai offers an impressive range of outdoor resistance training alternatives to work your anaerobic system. Here are some of the top offerings . . .
JLT Exercise Trail
The Jumeirah Lakes Towers short park running trail features a series of exercise stations that are spread out along the route to provide a balanced workout that mixes cardio with strength training. This one isn’t too long and is perfect for beginners looking to get a free workout. The more adventurous can do a few laps. It is located in the north cluster of JLT here.
Skydive Dubai Workout Park
Also located in Dubai Marina, the Skydive Dubai workout park is a fitness lover’s dream. It features ropes for climbing, boxes for plyometrics and a sprint track to do your High intensity Interval cardio training. Best of all, you don’t have to pay a Dirham to use it.
JBR The Walk – Exercise Trail
JBR offers a workout an exercise trail which runs alongside the beach. It is fairly short and can be busy, so get here early morning or later in the evening to enjoy the quiet times.
Palm Jumeirah Exercise Trail
The Palm Jumeirah running track features workout stations spaced apart in circuit fashion. You’ll be able to perform chin ups, dips, leg raises, push-ups and a host of other movements as you make your way around the circuit, By the time you’ve completed a lap, you will have gotten in a complete workout. Start and finish here.
A sports-mad Welshman, who is embarking on a year-long odyssey to watch 365 different sporting events around the globe, freely admits he’s also a little bit mad in other departments too.
Kieren Blake, a former Welsh international cricketer, and friend Rob Bryers, are currently on day 53 of their epic ‘365 Days of Sport’ journey.
The duo are in Spain today enjoying a spot of Valencian pilota (a variant of handball) following a whirlwind three-week tour of activities on offer in the UAE.
Blake and career musician Bryers were treated to a smorgasbord of sporting treats during their stay in the Emirates, taking in the action at the World Air Games, Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship, Dubai World Superseries Finals and the Women’s World 10-Pin Bowling Championships.
They also enjoyed a weekend at the Dubai Rugby Sevens as well as attending the Etihad Airway Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.
“The Sevens is the sporting event we most enjoyed,” the 41-year-old Blake told Sport360. “Rob’s a Kiwi and I’m Welsh so we definitely enjoyed that. I can safely say it is one of the best atmospheres in world sport. The organisers put on a fantastic show.
“Apart from that the UAE’s been unbelievable. At the Formula One, Rob had a contact in Red Bull and we spent a couple of hours with Daniel Ricciardo. He was very accommodating and friendly.
“It’s amazing for us because we’re just two guys travelling the world so for them to greet us with open arms is amazing. We have loved being in the UAE. We saw 24 different sports in 20 days by the time we left.”
Blake moved to Australia from his native Newport in south Wales in 1996 to pursue his sporting dreams, and it was while living on the Gold Coast that he first dreamt up the wonderfully crazy idea to tour the world to watch as many sporting events as possible.
He started seriously researching the topic three years ago and, in October this year, he quit his job selling astroturf in Melbourne to embark on the trip of a lifetime.
Blake and Bryers, 35, began their world tour on October 24 by watching speedway in Melbourne and they will end it on October 22, 2016, in England, with crazy golf.
In between they will crisscross the globe, visiting Tobago, Mongolia, Vietnam, Japan, Colombia and Hawaii among others to take in the beauty of some of the world’s greatest sporting events, including next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Aside from that there will also be the bizarre, such as sheepdog trials, underwater rugby, coffin races, bog snorkelling, Christmas tree throwing, ice turkey bowling and chainsaw racing.
“I’m a little bid mad. Yeah, totally. We get the same thing everywhere we go,” Blake added. “I didn’t tell many people about it originally, then three years ago I thought right, I’m going to do this. If I don’t I’ll just regret it.”
There will be some changes to the schedule as the tour unfolds, but Blake and Bryers are happy to roll with the punches. After every event the duo record their own show to document the day’s activities.
“The show is always positive and light-hearted. We’re there to encourage participation and shed a bit of light on sports you’ve probably never come across,” he said.
“We’re not doing the same thing twice, which really helps, and we meet so many different people.”
The tough-as-teak centre-back has made a name for himself as an astute defender for Premier League club Liverpool and as captain of the Slovakian national team.
Skrtel, who turns 31 today, previously played for Trencin and Zenit St. Petersburg, joined Liverpool for £6.5 million (Dh36m) in January 2008.
There he steadily established himself in the Reds set up and on April 10, 2012, Skrtel captained Liverpool for the first time in the league, leading his club to a 3–2 win over Blackburn.
He has won the Russian Premier League and the English League Cup, as well as being named Slovak Footballer of the Year four times.
Since making his international debut for Slovakia in 2004, Skrtel has earned over 75 caps and represented the country at the 2010 World Cup and will be part of the side for the forthcoming European Championships.
1951: Joe Jordan, Scottish former striker and manager who played for Manchester United (64).
1966: Carl Hooper, former West Indies captain who scored 20 international centuries (49).
1981: Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russia and Kuban Krasnodar striker, formerly of Tottenham (34).
1983: Delon Armitage, Toulon’s ex-England full-back. A twotime European Cup winner (32).