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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...

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Carlos Mendez Esquivel understands what it is to be a yoga skeptic. When his brother came back from college at age 18 expounding the virtues of the practice, he laughed off it off as just a way to meet girls.  Fast forward two decades and Mendez is very much a convert. After going through a period of significant stress and anxiety in his life, his doctor in Mexico recommended he try yoga. That was 11...

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Looking for a new fitness challenge? Thank the Spartan Race trend for the new range of obstacle courses that can really push your limits, test your stamina and boost your confidence. From slippery pipes and dark tunnels to clambering up walls and swinging from ropes, obstacles are becoming the next big skill to master. X Park at Bounce Bounce has locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is primarily known as a trampoline park, but...

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A few years ago, the Hudayriyat bridge in Abu Dhabi famously lead to nothing but a big pile of sand. Now this island has grown into a fitness and adventure haven for lovers of the great outdoors, with activities for the whole family. It all started back in 2018, when 15km of cycling and running track was added to the island. A Yas Cycles bike shop and food trucks quickly followed, but the big changes...

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The recent Dubai Ride provided a special moment for cycling in the UAE, as Sheikh Zayed Road was closed down for several hours to host those on two wheels. With more than 20,000 participants, it was the latest example of a sport that is booming in the country.  Omar Nour knows that better than most. His always-beaming figure has become a familiar fixture at triathlon and cycling events in the UAE. The former professional triathlete...

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If you aren’t quite ready to hit the roads outdoors or just want to stay in the comfort of your own home, or do a bit of both, indoor cycling is a great option. What you need: an indoor trainer There are a variety of indoor machines you can buy that attach to your outdoor bicycle so you can use it in the comfort of your home. Some of them are cheap and cheerful, while...