I am still skipping and running in the mornings, and weight training in the evening 4 times a week. Lately I have felt quite stiff and also a little tired, leading me to think I may be over training. I don’t want to stop working out, but wish to swap one of my heavier sessions for a lower intensity workout.
I decide to look for an up tempo stretching and posture focused class. I’ve always wanted to try a ballet inspired barre workout and after a quick internet search, find Physique 57 Dubai Studio. The advertised workout offering is a blend of barre based cardio and core exercises and I’m excited to sign up for a free taster session.
Physique 57 is in a temporary location, in DUCTAC Mall of the Emirates. On arrival I proceed to register, which to be honest is a bit of a chaotic affair. I am also informed at this point I have to purchase a pair of physique 57 branded socks @75AED to try out the class. I’m not ashamed to admit that I workout on a budget and think this is a slightly excessive requirement. Eventually its agreed I can try the session in ‘normal’ socks. There are no dedicated changing rooms in DUCTAC, so I make do with the toilet. I have no idea where I am going but after asking around, eventually find the studio. With all the fuss I feel a little fed up and upset. Having got this far, I proceed to the class.
Upon walking in, I am given a warm, enthusiastic welcome by the instructor. The session begins with some upper body exercises with weights, and then moves through to lower body work using the barre, a ball and resistance band. The class is up tempo, with some rapid stretching moves. Despite having a full class, the instructor takes some time out to give me pointers on form.
Despite the friendly and personable instructor, the format of the class is not to my liking. It’s less focused on dynamic stretching and therefore a little too far removed from barre fitness for me. I do think that the Physique 57 classes would be better suited for those starting out who wish to focus on improving their overall core strength. To do these classes safely, you do need to be quite aware of your own body and its limitations and NOT push through if you don’t feel up to it. I’m pretty fit and considered a couple of the moves pretty advanced for a beginners class.
I’ve taken a week to think and reflect on my experiences before writing this blog entry as I wanted to provide a balanced point of view. I feel that there are some fantastic fitness offerings in Dubai and sadly for me this wasn’t one of them. I wouldn’t go back, nor would I recommend the classes to others. Overall the experience did not befit the 115AED a session price tag.