Get Your Fitness Fix Without Having To Go To The Gym

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Get Your Fitness Fix Without Having To Go To The Gym

You don’t have to be Kayla Itsines to get to the gym and live your best life. Three totally normal girls tell us how they keep active, what keeps them going and why they’re totally hooked to getting their fitness fix. If they can do it, you can too!

Ausra Osipaviciute (@aography)

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Age: 35

A little bit about yourself:
“I’m a photographer, videographer and video editor from Lithuania and have been in Dubai for several years now. I absolutely love my food and love to dance and live life to
the fullest!”

When did you get into boxing?
“Nearly three years ago.”

Why did you get into it?
“The usual weight lifting routine bored me and I’ve always been keen to learn some form of fight technique. Boxing was the most fun of the ones I tried!”

What’s the toughest/easiest thing about it?
“Boxing in general is the toughest sport I’ve ever done. It tests both your power and endurance and you need to have an incredible stamina to last for even as little as three minutes. It may sound like nothing, but when you try punching with power and speed, even 30 seconds seems like forever. I would say there’s nothing easy about boxing.”

What are some of the things people need to know before they start boxing?
“Be mentally ready and don’t get discouraged. At first, it might be super hard but with time it will get better and you’ll see your strength and stamina improve.”

Has it transformed your body?
“Absolutely. I look fitter and feel much stronger. I’ve seen people go through massive transformations when they take boxing up
full-time.”

How often do you box?
“I train around three times a week. Sometimes four, when I have more time and energy (smiles).”

What areas does it specifically target?
“It works out almost all of your muscles. From your calves, legs, and shoulders to your hips, core, and arms. Your lungs and heart also become very efficient.”

Do you need to be really fit when you start boxing?
“No, you just need to start. Being fit makes it a bit easier of course, but it’s more about not giving up and being mentally strong.”

“Boxing in general is the toughest sport I’ve done. It tests your power and endurance... being fit makes it easier, of course, but it’s more about not giving up and being mentally strong.

Where do you recommend people go to box?
“It depends what kind of training they prefer; different gyms do it differently. Some are tougher than others, some spare you pain. But if you want to get serious and train for a fight, go to Round 10 Boxing. They’re super tough and combine circuits and power punching on the boxing bags.”

Do you eat healthy along with a regular workout?
“I don’t eat meat or chicken and junk food (well, except pizza) and try to cut down on dairy. However, I eat carbs without hesitation. Thanks to my fast metabolism, I have more difficulty gaining weight than losing it.”

Katy Wilson aka Barry’s Babe (@thekkwilson)

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Age: 31

A little bit about yourself:
“I’m from Kent in the UK and I’ve lived in Dubai for two years, working for the most loved pizza restaurant – Pizza Hut. My friends would say I’m kind, bubbly and apparently charismatic. I like travelling and finding new things to do in the UAE. I recently did the hike at Shawka Dam and the world’s longest zip line, both of which were challenging and quite scary but fun. The thing I dislike the most is how much waste is produced and not recycled, across the world. We can do so much more by making small changes.”

When did you get into Barry’s?
“Since July this year.”

Why did you get into it?

“After living the party lifestyle in Dubai for maybe a little bit too long, I decided I needed to get back into exercise. I’ve tried numerous classes and gyms around but couldn’t find anything I enjoyed enough that gave me fast enough results. So, after a friend referred the new Barry’s in Dubai Marina to me, I tried the intro class and was instantly hooked.”

What is the toughest and easiest thing about Barry’s?
“The toughest part was actually signing up for that first class. I kept thinking it would be too tough and that I needed to be in better shape. But once I arrived I felt completely welcome and safe in the studio, aka the RED ROOM.”

What are some of the things people need to know before they start Barry’s?
“Don’t be afraid to take it at your own pace and be ready to have fun. Oh, and most importantly take
your own water as they don’t have a water dispenser!”

Has it transformed your body?
“Yes, Victoria’s Secret is knocking down my door, LOL. But in all seriousness, I saw a difference within two weeks of going five times a week.”

What areas does it target?
“Every single muscle, even the ones I never knew I had! Each day is dedicated to a specific body part or group. If I go everyday, I’ve got my entire body covered.”

Do you need to be fit when you start Barry’s?
“Absolutely not. I’ve taken friends who haven’t worked out in years and they got through it and really enjoyed it. In Taylor’s (my trainer) words “fake it till you make it”, which I still do regularly!”

Where do you recommend people go to Barry’s?
“Dubai Marina. It’s the newest Barry’s in Dubai and, all the staff are super friendly. I’m greeted by the lovely Mona at the reception, then enter the Red room with either Taylor or Charlotte, who are my favourite trainers. When I’m ready to give up and jump off the treadmill, they say something that makes me push myself a little bit harder.  Also, most major cities across the globe have at least one studio – a big plus if you travel.”

“The toughest part was actually signing up for that first class. I kept thinking it would be too tough and that I needed to be in better shape. but once I arrived, I felt completely welcome.”

Do you eat healthy along with a regular workout?
“I try to eat healthy 80 per cent of the time and rarely order take out, but even with going out and indulging during the weekends, I saw results.”

MONIKA PetrauskaitÉ (@seen_living)

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Age: 32

A little bit about yourself:
“I’m Lithuanian, an international hairstylist and love nature, yoga, running, plant-based food, traveling and learning. I don’t like gyms or any kind of hair or nail extensions, diets, sugary drinks and shopping malls. As you can tell, I love visiting different parts of the world and practising yoga.”

When did you get into yoga?
“Around four years ago.”

How often do you practise it?
“At least five times a week.”

How has it changed you?
“Without yoga, I would be a completely different human being. It has given me so much and has made me feel so much better,
both emotionally and physically. ”

What are some of parts of the world you have practiced yoga?
“My favourite place was Purple Valley in Goa, India, followed by New York City, London
and, Berlin.”

Where do you practice yoga in Dubai?
“I go to Ashtanga Yoga.”

What is the most difficult part about practicing yoga?
“Each time can feel different. Sometimes, your body is too tired to actually practise... there are many obstacles, most of which are related to the physical body. Also, I’m not naturally flexible so, it takes me a long time to open up certain areas. You just have to listen to your body and go slowly. But once you push yourself, you’re rewarded for the rest of the day. ”

“Without yoga I would be a completely different human being. It has given me so much and has made me feel better emotionally and physically... If you’re not flexible like me, listen to your body and go slowly...”

Which part of the world would you like to travel to next?
“I’d love to travel to California, Cape Town and New Zealand. My next sto, though, is definitely Bali.”

What is the strangest place you’ve practiced yoga?
“There’s no place too strange for me to practise yoga. I always find myself stretching in the middle of the day, whether it’s queuing at the grocery store, at work, or on a long plane ride. The more yoga I do, the more love, peace and kindness I feel. Breathe in. Breathe out.”

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