Many men we talked to before, mistakenly think group classes are all about dancing. We wanted to prove them wrong.
So it seemed right to throw the task to someone with a slightly above-average interest for fitness, who’s not scared of change but likes to spend weekends at Club Vista Mare. After some convincing, Simon accepted the challenge to review a few GuavaPass Studio Partners in Dubai.
We told Simon to try classes that he normally wouldn’t have signed up for if it wasn’t for GuavaPass. For the coming few weeks, Simon will be our dedicated GuavaGuy and share his stories here on our blog and through his Instagram (@sibower). Enjoy the show!
This weeks challenge was at Bespoke Ride, a gym in Al Quoz I’d not heard of before. Despite being a little difficult to find, when I did, a cold shiver came over me as I realized BR stood for Bespoke Ride. Could I have been tricked into my worst nightmare – a spin class?
After signing in and meeting the super friendly Nel on the front desk, I was given a guided tour of the place. The gym was smaller than some of the other warehouse gyms I’ve visited, but it was stocked with all the equipment a calisthenics fan needs. From rings to barbells, to dip bars (and belts), and even a Jacobs Ladder machine (more on this torture device later). The final room I was shown was a room full of bikes, and I mean actual bikes, not spin machines. The equipment was all top notch, and if I was a cycling fan I’m sure I would’ve been excited. However, the fear of a potential spin class had taken grip. I was sure my fateful doom was sealed.
This dread was soon replaced with joy, as I discovered I was there for a group PT session. Heaven. The session had 5 different circuits, 4 stations on each, and 3 times around each. A lengthy slog. Also, you had under an hour to complete.
Exercises included sit up variations, to TRX, to dumbbell press, to the bastard Jacobs Ladder. This stair climbing machine (shown in the photo), can f**k off. Horrible torture device – which I can’t deny, was a great workout.
Although this was a group PT session, you could start whenever you like, and a few other members strolled in whilst I was halfway through my 2nd circuit. Perfect for people who are useless at time keeping, as it gave the class a bit more of a relaxed ‘go at your own pace’ vibe. If you’re a regular who knows your burps from your burpees, then this ‘self-motivating’ approach is all good. However, if you have the motivation of a sloth, and need a kick up that ever-sagging arse, then there are classes out there that might be better suited.
Overall, I’m keen to go again to see how much the circuit changes, and I definitely feel some form of leaderboard of best times would help bring out the competitor in everyone who goes.
Those bikes though…
Name: Simon Bower @sibower
Civil status: Single
Favorite Yoga Pose: The Slug
Strongest muscle: Tongue
Favorite fruit: Beef
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