To qualify as one of the 36 finalists in the Dubai Fitness Championships, athletes must complete these six exercises in the best time:
Exercise regimen for Dubai Fitness Championship hopefuls
Exercise 1: Complete 500 metres (men) or 400m (women) on a Nordic skiing machine, which is not unlike a vertical rowing machine. This involves standing and pulling down two weighted cords while bending at the knees.
Exercise 2: Jump down from a box, landing with your feet on either side and lower into a squat before hopping back up. Repeat 20 times.
Exercise 3: Spring from a push-up position into a crouching position, then jump into the air before returning to push-up position, an exercise known as a burpee. This is followed by a jump on to a 23-inch high box, before jumping down to the other side to complete another burpee. Repeat 15 times.
Exercise 4: Walk 40 metres carrying a 46-kilogram dumbbell in each hand (30kg for women).
Exercise 5: Lift two 20kg dumbbells overhead five times (14kg for women).
Exercise 6: Complete 10 10-metre shuttle runs.
Exercises two to six must be completed three times.
* Eugene Harnan