Hydraulic exercise machines are different to those found in a regular gym in that they offer ‘double-positive resistance’
Melissa Van Maasdyk
What is it? Hydraulic exercise machines are different to those found in a regular gym in that they offer ‘double-positive resistance’. Instead of working just one group of muscles, they are designed so that you push with one set, but return the machine to its original position using another (so you can work chest and back in the same exercise, for example).
Where? The Dreambody Centres in Hamala and Seef.
How it promises to transform your body The aim here is not to develop huge muscles, but to slim down and tone up. Dreambody Centre owner Suhail Algosaibi promises that if you complete the circuit at least three times a week, and follow dietary guidelines, you can see a difference in a few months – or he’ll give you your money back. Before and after pictures of clients adorn the reception walls.
So what happens? After filling out a questionnaire asking about yourself and your goals, a trainer takes you through the circuit, demonstrating how it works. A buzzer sounds and your 30-second set begins, the aim being to perform as many repetitions as possible before moving on. Another interesting aspect of these machines is that the resistance increases the harder you push, so the machine adapts to your fitness level and will always feel challenging.
The verdict It’s hard to vouch for the slimming and toning effects after just a couple of sessions, but the machines are easy and enjoyable to use, and the time factor is a big plus: exercising two muscle groups at once, you can cut down a work-out session to just 23 minutes. Handy if you have a busy work schedule. The Dreambody Centre, Seef (17 582 982) and Hamala (17 613 352). Open Sat-Thu 7am-10pm. The centre offers a free seven-day trial, then you sign up for a year, but you can get a full refund if you’re not convinced after a month. Price on consultation.