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As the doors slammed on Liliosa Mercader‘s plans to run a Spartan race as part of Covid-19 isolation measures, the 39-year-old housemaid made a new plan. “I felt so sorry,” she says. “So I decided that on the same date I would do my own race.”  There is a 400m running track and a playground with monkey bars in her neighborhood, which would have been perfect for training. But then the playground closed.  So the mother-of-two from the...

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Home confinement forced on us by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left the fitness industry in the UAE and the world over in a state of flux. Trainers and facilities have been responding by offering at-home workouts over social media and on new or existing platforms. The current situation, with most people staying in their homes, has required innovation and creativity in order to help people maintain their fitness, and businesses stay afloat.  Digital delivery...

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Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of home workouts coming at you from every social media platform and gym? We are too, which is why we liked this list of five exercises from Abhinav Malhotra, Fitness First elite master trainer, that anyone can do at home, any time. With these simple body weight exercises, you can build muscle and enhance your strength while improving balance and flexibility. Warmup  Warming up is the most important part of any workout...

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Lee Ryan is no stranger to long distances and tough challenges: after all, he’s a five-time Guinness World Record holder who has run 38 marathons.  The race he ran in Dubai on Thursday, however, was a little different. For a start, it took him 5.5 hours, almost double his personal best time. Then he had to stop in the middle to help his daughters, Lily, 5 and Sophia, 3. And through it all, the comforts of...

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Staying physically strong and mentally agile are a big part of getting through isolation measures needed to flatten the Covid-19 curve. That’s why for the foreseeable future, we will keep updating our list of gyms, fitness studios, yoga centers and trainers posting workouts on a variety of platforms, including free or donation-based sessions available through social media. There are a variety of options available to keep your mind strong too, from online group gatherings to...

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With gyms closing in Dubai and residents opting for self-isolation across the UAE, there’s never been a better time to dive into some great at-home workouts. Here are some of the best from pros across the region and beyond.  Lilly Sabri – YouTube This physiotherapist-turned-fitness influencer has hundreds of free YouTube videos ready to make your core burn and your heart rate soar. Most of her workouts are equipment free, although there is the option...

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Thanks to the rise of wellness apps, trainers on social media and nutritiously diverse restaurants in the UAE, being fit and healthy is the new normal. The problem with this lifestyle is that it’s not always easily adaptable, even with all the platforms at our disposal.  One that has piqued my interest in the past couple of years is home workouts. Do they really work? Why doesn’t everyone do it? And what are the pros...

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StudioRepublik is one of those spaces that’s easy to fall in love with and hard to leave. Sprawling across 6,000 square meters, this brand new structure off Sheikh Zayed Road offers rooms for everything from drama to music to pilates to HIIT –  and does it all seamlessly.  “It’s not just a gym,” said Adriana de Caires, head of arena at StudioRepublik. “It’s a hub centered on community building, where people feel welcome to hone...