If you are anything like me, finding an exercise routine that sticks is a bit of a nightmare. Going to a gym continuously bores me. CrossFit is a big no-no (I like my joints and would prefer it if they stayed working), and Les Mills classes lose my attention a week or two into a new release. Also, I’m an Air Stewardess, so anything that requires me to be there on a daily basis is out the window.
Thankfully, I found F45 Training.
What is F45 Training?
Originating in Australia, F45 is essentially a HIIT workout. You go hard for X amount of seconds and then rest for Y. You exercise like this, in a circuit, for around 45 minutes, never repeating the same routine twice. There are so many combinations that the same workout won’t be repeated for at least ten years. And of course, as time and technology develop, some dufus will come up with a new kind of burpee, only adding to the list of options.
As for the workouts themselves, they are either cardio or resistance based and come with some unusual names: All-Star, Athletica, Bear, Firestorm, Romans, Foxtrot. There are around 27 different ones altogether, and each focuses on the various aspects of training.
The website has a guide to all their workouts, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Hollywood is the gym’s favourite and runs every Friday. However, I wouldn’t make that my first workout there. Try a couple of other ones first and work your way up to that one.
From Australia to Dubai
Owners KC Finnegan and Travis Krug officially opened F45 in September 2016. When designing the gym, they made a conscious decision not to include mirrors. They want people to focus purely on the workout, not on how they look. From the moment you enter the gym, you get the sense that this is a place where you can workout and feel comfortable. There is no intimidating equipment; no gym rats checking everyone out; no one posing by the weights. The coaches are friendly and approachable and actually take the time to correct your form.
F45 Training is based on the 1st floor of the Trident Grand Residences in the Marina and is open Sunday to Friday.
Classes run every 45 minutes from 06:15 until 09:45 and again at 17:30 until 19:00 with each day dedicated to one workout.
They offer a two-week free trial, and from there, packages vary depending on your goals.
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For those outside of Dubai looking to try F45 Training, they are currently in the midst of world domination. The website has a list of all franchises around the world.