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Saudi women's fitness boom defies norms, treading softly

Awareness is spreading, with more Saudi women paying attention to weight loss and fitness, says a young woman who joined a gym just last month.


WITH blacked-out windows and a tiny sign, NuYu fitness centre in Riyadh looks abandoned from the road. But inside it's bustling, with Saudi women stripping off black abayas to reveal colourful athletic gear and pedalling furiously in a burlesque-themed spinning studio.