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 below-average interest for fitness, who’s a scared of change and 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. Enjoy the show!
I felt like I was in the movie Tron.
99% of the time when I train on a Friday morning, I’m hungover. But before this session, I was in a particularly bad way. I had done a savage legs session the day before, and I was in the deep dark depths of one of those emotional hangovers when you feel like you’re in an alternative dimension. Hell.
When I walked into the Prama studio, I immediately had flashbacks from the night before. The dim setting. The flashing disco lights on the walls and floor. The disco music. The scantily clad women. Had I gone back in time 6 hours and found myself in Studio Arcade? This flashback combined with my bullish hangover, and the fact I was just told the session would be focused on legs, resulting in a lonely tear rolling down my booze-soaked cheek.
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The format of the circuit was simple. There were 8 stations, a minute on each station, 2 circuits, then a break, then 2 more circuits. But before all this, we had the warm up. Yes ladies and gentlemen, at long last, a proper warmup.
Stations for the circuit included squat jumps, lunges, mountain climbers and much more, all simply outlined via a projection on the wall showing the full circuit and all exercises. A great way of saving people having to ask that standard question “what exercise is next?” All of the exercises were simple to follow and guided by luminous lights on the floor, giving the whole session a weird Tron-like alternative reality feel (that might’ve just been the hangover though).
The element I enjoyed about the circuit, was that all exercises had lateral variations, i.e. jumping and moving in different directions. As someone who falls into the trap of running, squatting, jumping and lunging in a straight line, my lateral tolerance is piss poor, and even turning a corner on the street can leave me unable to walk for a week (not actually true, just an exaggeration for comical purposes).
After the circuit finished, we did a few team games using the flashy numbers thing on the wall (I don’t know what the official name is). It’s basically the technique they use for F1 drivers to improve their reactions (see my super slow hungover reactions below).
This was a great way to finish the class. It was fun, social and actually quite hard work when you mix in some sprinting on the spot. We also actually did a cool down, lead by the trainers. Can you believe it? A warm up and cool down in one session.
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For more experienced exercisers, this session was a bit of a novelty. However, if you’re someone who needs a bit of guidance when doing circuits, or (like me) enjoys something a bit different and random, then give this one a go.
Make sure you park your Tron bike outside though.
Name: Simon Bower @sibower
Civil status: Single
Favorite Yoga Pose: The Slug
Strongest muscle: Tongue
Favorite fruit: Beef
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