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Boot Camp Turf Wars Escalate Across Dubai

Boot camp memberships generally swell after Christmas as people look to shed the weight they've gained since arriving in Dubai

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Boot Camp Turf Wars Escalate Across Dubai

Swelling membership numbers see fitness groups clash over territory

Violent territorial disputes between rival fitness classes across Dubai have hit record levels, according to newly released statistics.

A surge in membership numbers following the post-Christmas exercise drive has seen several so-called ‘boot camps’ forced to expand beyond their usual borders, resulting in 62 reported incidents since the start of the year, a 32 per cent rise on 2017’s figures.

Last weekend saw 16 scuffles in the Dubai Marina district alone, including one involving an estimated 93 exercisers as fights broke out between groups from the BodyForm and Kebabs2Abs fitness factions. Eyewitnesses have claimed trouble was sparked when a Kebabs2Abs member unknowingly strayed into BodyForm territory while performing a series of star jumps.

“The lines need to be completely redrawn,” said Kebabs2Abs’ leader Bruce Sturgeon after the incident. “Our numbers are three times what they was last year… we simply need more space to undertake mass squats in safety.”

Elsewhere, two previous rival groups, Fat-B-Gone and Team Chubby shocked the local fitness world last week by signing a historic treaty, forging an alliance with a territory now spanning the length of the Jumeirah Beach Residences. According to sources, the two are planning to “aggressively expand” their influence on the surrounding area.

Experts are hoping that the situation will calm by March, when boot camp membership numbers traditionally drop as people reallocate their spare time from exercising to eating.



  1. Paul Ransted

    February 17, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Soon they will arm their members and then take them over the commando obstacle course
    all under enemy fire

  2. Petra

    February 20, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Kebabs2Abs – I love it!

  3. Peter Purvis

    November 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hi Petra, are you from Jordan? Did you hear about Katie Price………

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