Who Said Fitness Had to be a Chore?

The gym isn’t the only place where you can get fit, strong and live a better lifestyle. Here are our top picks of hardcore workouts that don’t involve hitting the gym at all!


Maybe you’re not the fighting type, but here are some hard core facts that will get you in the ring. Boxing burns up to 600 calories an hour while sculpting your arms, shoulders, core, and legs. Boxers are the world’s leanest, most well-trained athletes. With discipline, you will learn different punch sequences, which will require extreme focus, and it’s an excellent way to train your mind and body at the same time.



Dancing can definitely be one of the most fun ways to work out. Some of the most popular dances include Belly Dancing, Salsa and Afro Beats. In a dance class, you will not only master the basic steps, but also shake and shimmy to some cool sequences and get a great aerobic workout, improving your tone and definition.



Barre fitness classes are basically ballet-inspired classes that also include inspiration from yoga and Pilates. While a barre class is usually lightly choreographed to upbeat music, there are poses held in an isometric contraction similar to yoga, and a lot of emphasis is given to your core. There is also an emphasis on stabilising your spine and improving your posture.



Hiking outdoors has plenty of perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It is also a powerful cardio workout that can lower your risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure, and boost bone density, while working most muscles, strengthening your core and improveing your balance. Within the UAE there are a bunch of spots, such as Musandam Mountains, Hajjar Mountains, Dibba Al Fujairah, Jebel Hafeet and more.



Callisthenics is the name given to repetitive exercises that use the resistance of your own body to build strength, increase flexibility and burn fat. No equipment or weights are used in callisthenics, and the exercises can be performed anywhere there is a floor and enough space to move in. The benefits of callisthenics include increased muscle tone and it’s built on the principle of progressive resistance with as many repetitions of an exercise as possible, without rest, until fatigued.



Rock Climbing is a versatile, physically demanding sport that can be done indoors or outdoors. Rock climbing is physically and mentally tough, and often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance. It is a sport that combines cardio and strength training into one single workout, getting your heart racing, building muscles, and developing stamina.


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