Are These The Coolest Water Exercises in the Middle East?

Ever tried working out underwater? Since we’ve got almost 9 months of summer in the region, there’s no surprise that water exercises are so popular here. But besides the heat factor, one of the major benefits of water-based workouts are that most of them are low-impact exercises that let you work hard without stressing your joints. From water aerobics to working out on floats, here are 5 awesome water exercises trending in the Middle East…

1. Aqua Zumba

Love dancing? Wait till you try dancing underwater… Yep, Aqua Zumba is one of the coolest new water exercises in Riyadh, and because of the water resistance – your body will be working a lot harder than in a regular Zumba class. Ready to shake your calories away?


  • Fitness First Bahrain
  • Fitness First Riyadh, KSA
  • Dubai Ladies Club, UAE

2. Float Fit

Not only is it super fun, but Float Fit is also a great water exercise – and a lot more challenging than it looks! This high-intensity workout is done while balancing on a float – inside a pool. With exercises like burpees, planks and mountain climbers – you can definitely expect to fall in… more than once!

Where: Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE

3. Aqua Spin

Ever tried biking underwater? Aqua Spin is a low-impact exercise that’s fun, effective and an awesome way to stay cool during the hot summer months. Our favourite part? It hardly feels like an intense water exrecise, but you can definitely expect to burn a lot of calories from it.


  • Fairmont the Palm, UAE
  • Aquaspin, Dubai Marina, UAE

4. Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Looking for an awesome core exercise? Stand-up paddle boarding is a super trendy water workout in the UAE & Oman right now, and is quickly spreading  And if you fancy taking your workout to the next level, there are also classes like SUP Yoga and SUP Fit to challenge your balance and core strength.


  • Ignite Surface, UAE
  • Abu Dhabi SUP, UAE
  • Watersport Oman, Oman

5. Water Aerobics

This underwater cardio workout combines a variety of exercises, aiming to improve all aspects of physical fitness including flexibility, strength and cardio. Like most water exercises, this is a low-impact exercise that works your body even harder due to the water resistance.


  • Fitness First, UAE
  • Fitness First, Bahrain

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