Mark Lomas

Mark Lomas, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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Shaikha Al Qassemi has been a champion of both CrossFit and women’s fitness for several years, working with brands like Red Bull and Lululemon to encourage Emiratis and other UAE residents to exercise more.  Having become one of the UAE fitness industry’s most familiar faces, her announcement in September that she was moving to Spain came as a great surprise to friends, family and followers alike.   Leaving behind the popular ladies-only Platform Fitness Gym in...

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Standing almost 900 feet or 300 meters high and visible from miles around, the FIVE Jumeirah Village hotel is one of Dubai’s most striking new buildings. But beyond bringing a touch of chic to Jumeirah Village Circle (infinity pools on most of the rooms’ balconies will do that), it has also provided a much-needed boost to the community’s health and fitness options, including short workouts. The new InstaBody gym is a sprawling facility with four...

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UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi gave fans in the UAE a chance to see a live UFC event for the first time in five years, with popular MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov producing a memorable victory.  The end product on any given fight night often belies the weeks and months of preparation that go into being a professional MMA fighter. For all the blood, sweat and tears seen at UFC events, it’s true to say a...

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The concept of cryogenics is one that still feels a little sci-fi, reminiscent of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey or the more questionable Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise. For fans of the futuristic, a visit to a °CRYO Health location in the UAE may be slightly disappointing. These facilities are not about suspended animation, but rehabilitation. Japanese doctor Toshima Yamauchi was the pioneer of cryotherapy, first using it as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in the...

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For a multi-billion dollar global company, UFC has managed to make its eponymous chain of gyms surprisingly community-focused. The glitz and glamour of big-name fighters like Conor McGregor and Jon Jones is a world away from the daily rigour of training at UFC Gym.  In Dubai UFC Gym has branches in Business Bay and JBR. The instantly recognizable UFC logo adorns a central octagon in both locations, while the walls are covered with UFC paraphernalia,...

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Since its first facility opened in the UK more than 25 years ago, Fitness First has grown into a global behemoth, with more than one million members and 10,000 employees worldwide. It may be an industry leader, but Fitness First is certainly not immune to changes in the fitness landscape. Chains and large-scale facilities are increasingly falling out of favor these days. Just as in the tourism sector, where people are turning to boutique hotels,...

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Former Emirates cabin crew Shane Seery transformed his body and became a fitness coach after realizing his high-flying lifestyle had left him drained. Now he’s passing on his top tips for eating well on the go for livehealthy.ae readers. Hint: you don’t have to eat the airplane food. 1) Eat intuitively Don’t eat because you’re bored or because food is presented to you. Eat when you are actually hungry! I know this is easier said...

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As one of the world’s global business and tourism hubs, the UAE sees huge numbers of travelers entering and exiting the country via hundreds of daily flights. It is also home to thousands of employees for homegrown airlines Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai and Air Arabia. The role of cabin crew has long been regarded as one of the world’s most glamorous professions — enabling people to travel to exotic corners of the globe and explore new...