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A pandemic won’t stop the UAE from producing new obstacle courses, parkour coaching, silent yoga, or delicious vegan and gluten-free treats. With social distancing, safe delivery and all the precautionary measures taken, here are a range of new things to try.  Trampoline tricks Bounce is giving everyone the chance to learn parkour and trampoline tricks via a new 10-week Ninja Squad program as part of its Freestyle Academy. The program caters to all ages, and...
Ann Marie McQueen Ann Marie McQueenJanuary 25, 202113 min
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OCR Park funImage courtesy OCR Park

A pandemic won’t stop the UAE from producing new obstacle courses, parkour coaching, silent yoga, or delicious vegan and gluten-free treats. With social distancing, safe delivery and all the precautionary measures taken, here are a range of new things to try. 

Trampoline tricks

Bounce trampolining
The Bounce Freestyle Academy is led by five-time Spanish national trampolining and tumbling champion and coach of the Belgian gymnastics team Cris Manero

Bounce is giving everyone the chance to learn parkour and trampoline tricks via a new 10-week Ninja Squad program as part of its Freestyle Academy. The program caters to all ages, and if you are up for it, beginner sessions focus on learning to jump in a safe and controlled way, while intermediate and advanced classes focus on conditioning to strengthen the core and abs as well as venturing into wall running, flips and combinations. Coaching is done by five-time Spanish national trampolining and tumbling champion Cris Manero. Prices start from Dh1,000. 

Silent yoga

sound off yoga
Silent yoga in Bali/Shutterstock

Inspire Yoga is heading outside with new Sound Off Yoga classes every Wednesday in Dubai Hills. The classes are relaxing, meditative and slow, with each participant given a set of wireless, noise-cancelling headphones at the start for an immersive experience. This is an all-levels class offered for Dh60. 

Race to the finish

Tough Mudder obstacle race
Image courtesy Tough Mudder

There are three Jeep Tough Mudder obstacle course races to get involved in over the coming months.  Kicking off the season on Friday, February 26 is a first-time Fujairah race at Fujairah Adventures Park. On Friday, March 19, Jeep Tough Mudder returns to Ras Al Khaimah’s Mina Al Arab and then returns to Dubai’s Tilal Al Ghaf location on Friday, April 9. All three events offer a classic route with more than 20 obstacles and a 5-kilometer version with 10. 

Sourdough sessions

Rise & Dawn sourdough kit
Image courtesy Rise & Dawn

Jealous of all those people showing off their sourdough on Instagram, but don’t know where to get the elusive “starter” they are all talking about? Order the rustic sourdough kit from Rise & Dawn, with all the ingredients and instructions to make your own. For Dh85 you’ll get everything you need, including water, flours, starter and sea salt flakes, to make two 750-gram loaves. 

Overcoming obstacles 

OCR Park
Image courtesy OCR Park

Curious about the UAE’s largest permanent obstacle course site, OCR Park? The Hudayriyat Island facility has launched boot camp fitness classes for adults, ladies-only and children – and booking the first Dh120 class is free. The 60-minute classes have been designed to cover the 94,843sqm OCR park’s various obstacles to help people improve key skills that OCR requires, such as grip strength, cardiovascular and muscular endurance and muscular and core strength. There’s also a dedicated timetable that has been specially designed for people of determination that is led by specialist staff on site. 

Gluten-free treats

Magnolia Bakery gluten-free Banana Pudding Image
Image courtesy Magnolia Bakery

Love having Magnolia Bakery’s famous banana pudding for your cheat day but can’t take the gluten? After years of customer requests, the New York institution has launched a gluten-free version and it’s now available in Dubai from Dh18. You can order up the creamy mixture of gluten-free vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding and bananas via Deliveroo, too. 

Barre Effect launches

Barre Effect fun
Barre Effect/Image Heather Bonker

New year, new workout for Jumeirah. Barre Effect is a high-energy ladies-only workout and wellbeing community founded by Dubai resident Nora Hameidani. It’s a contemporary version of traditional barre workouts, designed to sculpt the body and boost the metabolism, as well as challenge the mind. Each 50-minute class is driven by individually curated playlists, with a focus on full-body movements and sequencing to keep the body guessing. Due to open by the end of January, stay tuned to the Al Wasl Road studio’s website for pricing and to purchase packages. 

The Livehealthy Festival continues

LH Festival 2021 schedule

Missed our second annual, live and virtual event that was all about boosting our immunity? Well, keep an eye on our online magazine, English podcast and social media channels to catch up on sessions. We’ll give you a chance to watch, read and listen to what some of the UAE’s top experts in mental health, relationships, functional medicine, nutrition, fitness, dentistry and more had to say about keeping healthy and well no matter what is happening in the world around you. 

New vegan ice cream

Granny Gothards vegan ice cream
Image courtesy Granny Gothards

We are having a hard time keeping up with all the vegan ice cream available now in the UAE, but the latest to hit the market is Granny Gothards. These artisan vegan tubs – originally created for a top chef’s restaurant in London – are handmade in small batches in an ice cream parlour in Devon, in the west of England, and are free from artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives, palm oils and glucose syrups, too. Dh30, available through Kibsons

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is a journalist with 20 years of experience working in North America and the UAE, much of it as a writer, editor and columnist focusing on the areas of physical and mental wellness...

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