And you can sign up for all of them right now…

We know first hand that sticking to the gym is hard. Motivating yourself to exercise regularly, especially in this heat, can be enough to leave you working up a sweat.

Which is why it always helps to have a fitness-friend, someone to complete fitness challenges with. You’re able to motivate, encourage and help each other to achieve your goals, and neither of you wants to be the let-down who cancels on the Monday morning session.

And while there are a ton of summer fitness deals you can do in Dubai over summer with your mates, there are also some pretty big fitness challenges in Dubai coming up later this year that you can register for right now.

Here are three fitness challenges you’ll find us signing up for with our friends…

1. The Spartan Race

Spartan Race, the world’s premier obstacle course race, is returning to the Middle East this November. There are three levels; Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super and Spartan Beast. For young spartans, there’s also Spartan Junior. The races push participants to tackle challenging terrain – obstacles typically include 7ft walls, barbed wire and rope ladders. There are various levels of distance and difficulty depending on your experience level, and there will be races open to the public, as well as the first ever Spartan Race Middle East Championship happening too.

Hatta Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Hatta, Dubai, Fri November 10, tickets from Dhs290. More info on website

2. The Colour Run

Considered the largest running series in the world, the Colour Run also returns to the UAE in November.  Dubbed the “happiest 5km on the planet”, colour runners can look forward to even more fun this year with a new foam zone, where foam clouds will cover all those who take part. Runners will of course still be covered from head to toe in an array of colours in the colour zones along the 5km, untimed route. Along the course, participants can show their aspirations on the dream wall, snap selfies with giant unicorns, and enjoy the ultimate colour party with family and friends at the finish festival.

Dubai Autodrome, Sat November 11, tickets from Dhs140. Tel: (04) 367 8700. More info on website

3. du Tough Mudder

World-renowned obstacle course challenge Tough Mudder will be holding its second Middle East event this December. Taking place on the grounds of the Hamdan Sports Complex, du Tough Mudder is an untimed and team-orientated challenge with larger than life mud-drenched obstacles designed around the values of courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun. Described as “probably the toughest event on the planet” with its multi-distance courses, du Tough Mudder is a true test of stamina and mental grit, that will no doubt leave you with more friends than you started with.

Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai Sports City, Fri December 8 to Sat 9, tickets from Dhs295. Tel: (04) 367 8700. More info on website

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