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Hot new workout: Beginner calisthenics classes in Al Quoz

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What’s On has details and video of new calisthenics class, StreetFiit, located at Gravity Calisthenics Gym. Find out prices and class times.


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Gravity Calisthenics Gym, the region’s first dedicated calisthenics and parkour studio, looks like an urban playground with monkey bars, climbing frames and squishy floors.

British trainer – and Instagram sensation – Megan Joy (@shadesofjoy.co) leads the beginner StreetFiit classes through a variety of level one workouts. If you watch the pros, calisthenics combines elements of gymnastics, parkour and yoga into a seriously hardcore workout – but for safety, you need to learn the basics first.

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Sessions begin with press-ups but quickly become much trickier. After 20 minutes, we were hanging from a high bar doing knee-ups, trying to do a pull-up, and attempting to ‘skin the cat’. Less morbid than it sounds, this movement involves hanging from a bar and rotating your legs over your head and behind your back.

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Although the moves – and physics – might feel intimidating, the atmosphere is anything but. After watching Megan’s demonstrations, and with encouragement from the class, you’ll find strength you never knew existed. “Calisthenics is more intimate than lifting weights,” says devotee Nesa Rassouli. “The group is supportive and you get addicted quickly. It’s fun to learn new things and watch your body transform.” Monthly membership starts at Dhs699 for unlimited classes.

Al Quoz 3, Dubai, Mon 6pm, Tue to Thur 7pm, Fri 8am and 10am, Dhs130. Tel: (04) 3216006. Taxi: Road 318 between Al Marabea Road and Umm Suqeim Road. facebook.com/GravityCalisthenicsGym