Do-it-yourself is catching on in Dubai with a few stores providing all the material needed to make something at home.
Speedex Tools has come up with a series of workshops to help DIYers in Dubai.
The latest workshop on furniture painting was led by Julie Fraser. The workshop led us to paint a step stool that we could take home.
The material including the step stool, paint, stencils etc. were provided by Speedex.
The two and a half hour workshop had 25 women wanting to learn how to paint on wood. It was very informative and Julie showed us some tricks to get that perfect finish.
We chose Turquoise Blue as the base colour for the stool and opted to make our own design with masking tape.
Dark Grey was the colour for our design. Another trick was to not use a paint brush for the design but a bobber, which is quite versatile. Depending on the pressure you apply, you can get an ombre effect.
Julie was at hand to tell us not to keep the masking tape for long on the stool. So the minute the paint was dry, everyone gathered around to take off the tape.
We were very happy with the result and came back home with not only a unique step stool but also tips and tricks for future furniture painting.
You can check Speedex Tools’ Facebook page to know of upcoming events.
We are not that much into gyming but definitely into trying different fitness programmes.
So when we heard about the newest spinning studio hitting the city of Dubai, we promptly tried the 7am sprint class at Cadence Theory. What we didn’t know was the sprint class is hard core fitness.
We reached about 7 minutes late and while we were apologetic to start out late, frankly speaking, it was quite relieving that we had to only do 20 minutes of this tough workout.
The studio has black walls and has funky murals painted on it, with a giant cinema-sized screen, a sound system fit for a night club and 32 bikes.
The bikes are super hi-tech and you get your shoes from the reception, that fit onto the bike. We thought that was pretty awesome.
The instructor takes you through the class with some great music. He even comes down to each one and pumps them up to go higher and faster.
There are towels and water bottles on each bike as well.
We enjoyed the workout, however, we would start with a regular 45-minute class to begin with, unless of course you have been spinning for some time.
The first ride won’t cost you a single dirham at Cadence Theory.
The studio offers the hottest global spin craze, Les Mills Virtual, Cadence Theory sees the world-leading 30 and 45 minute RPM programme.
There are 15 classes on offer every week to suit hectic schedules, virtual sessions are priced at AED 60.
For those who prefer a physical in-house instructor, cyclists at Cadence Theory can join one of six different classes (14 throughout the week) from early early morning to late night.
Classes include Sunday night Hip Hop Cycle and Monday and Thursday Club Life (think 45 minutes of constant TUNES), as well as high energy and head-to- toe Sound Theory and RIDE.
The latest Technogym bikes, MyWellness fitness tracking iPhone and Android app, which shares weekly health and fitness reports directly with members, and industry pioneering SCOTT spin shoes are also available free of charge to all cyclists.
Regular classes are priced at AED120, with non-expiring value packages on offer at www.cadencetheory.com
Another fitness revolution comes to Dubai – PRAMA is a functional training system based on spatial references on the floor and walls bringing fitness to life with lights, sound and sensors.
It is a high-intensity, circuit-based workout that claims to quickly improve muscle memory, endurance, strength, balance, speed, agility, reaction time and overall fitness.
The workout provides complete strength and cardio conditioning, burning up to 1,000 calories in just one 45-minute session.
PRAMA by Pavigym at The Fairmont Palm Dubai, is functional training via LED enriched stations with pressure sensitive walls and floors and a variety of lighting options.
We were dead tired after our 40-minute session with 7 stations covering a full body workout.
The trainers control the workouts and are there to help you.
The dark exercise area with flashy lights and circuits involving chasing lights with a ball or running on them, made the workout interesting and fun.
The lights on the floors and walls of the gym are controlled and can be adjusted to fit varying fitness and activity levels.
This class can be attended by all age groups and at all levels. I am sure it’ll be quite a hit with kids as the lights make it special.
PRAMA by Pavigym sessions can be made on Palm.Healthclub@Fairmont.com or 04/ 457 3330
The newest escape room to hit Dubai is Escape Reality, with 8 themed rooms based on popular movies and TV shows.
Some of the games include Nosferatu that sees players transported to a time where vampires existed and they must attempt to defeat them. Alcatraz, on the other hand, sees players using guile and skill, battling to make their escape from the world’s most notorious former prison.
We tried The Iron Kingdom as its based on Game of Thrones – which we are huge fans of.
This was our first time in any escape room ever and we were entering an unknown territory.
The BEEhive, Dubai’s newest edutainment play-area for children,is located at the Dubai Canal in Business Bay.
The idea of the BEEhive was ignited when Shahdan ElKhatib, mother of three, realized that more and more parents are getting frustrated from the current generation’s addiction to technology, gaming and tablets.
The BEEhive has different hives covering activities in Science, Music, Art and Crafts among that allow children to explore, learn, break out of their social shell and uncover their hidden talents while acquiring new skills.
Dubai gets new beach volleyball and beach tennis courts at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).
The new beach volleyball & tennis facilities at Sea Breeze Play – is a joint venture between DUPLAYS and entertainment specialists RED Events, Rackets Academy and JBR developer Meraas.
The venue has four flood-lit courts for beach volleyball and tennis.
Conceived to provide sports enthusiasts with a tailor-made venue to get outdoors in the Dubai sun, enjoy a social hit or ace rivals in a competitive league meeting.
Aventura Adventure Nature Park has opened in Dubai’s Mushrif Park.
Set in a Ghaf tree forest, the park has adventures planned in sand and on trees.
There are 5 circuits and we tried 2 of them.
There are a safety briefing of 20 minutes, which includes wearing your harnesses and security equipment and then an instructor demonstrates how to use the equipment.
L’Atelier Aquafitness in Dubai offers aquabiking sessions, on the hour, every hour, seven days a week.
We tried the 7am class. We had to wear lycra active wear and special shoes for the water.
The instructor showed us how too set the bike’s seat, handle and intensity levels outside the water.
We then plunged in, adjusted the aquabike and were ready to start spinning. The instructor showed us four biking positions and we set out for the workout.
After 10 minutes or so, we were huffing and puffing, and realised, its quite intense to bike in water.
There were some exercises that were off the bike and some upper-body movement like swimming.
After the 45 minute session, we were all sweating and had a good start to the day.
A unique workout option if you don’t like the gym.
See http://www.latelieraquafitness.com/ for more info
There a number of workouts available in today’s world. From pilates, yoga, cross fit, circuit training, kick boxing to personal training. There are ample options to get on the fitness path.
We tried the Cross Cuit class, which is a hybrid between Cross Fit and Circuit Training at A Tone Fitness Lounge.
There were 6 people including me in the studio, of all levels. There were exercises written on a board to be followed for 40 seconds to a minute. The final challenge was for 6 minutes, where a number of reps of different exercises had to be done.
Initially I had a lot of energy, so tried to match up with the pros in the room. But slowly and steadily, my aim turned to doing the exercise the right way rather than doing it as many times.
The music was heart pumping and the instructor keeps a tab on the exercises. However, the studio was a bit cramped for some of the exercises.
I did manage to last the hour long session. It was definitely a good workout, as my body and muscles were sore for the next 3 days.
If you like a hard core workout then Cross Cuit is for you.