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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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No more being jealous of Dubai. These days, there are so many homegrown Abu Dhabi gyms that residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to where to work out. Whether you like boxing, RPM or CrossFit, if you want something for both men and women, the capital is exploding with made-in-the-UAE options. Here are some of our favorites.  Volt Fitness This brand-new gym at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has beach access, a beautiful...

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Volt Fitness is second in line for a trend first spotted in Dubai and now moving to the capital: state-of-the-art gyms that also offer boutique-style training, service and amenities, with a full range of fitness classes, all in a five-star hotel.  It started earlier this year across Abu Dhabi, with Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort’s British import Bodyism. However, Volt’s offering is an entirely different concept. Volt Fitness was launched by a group of well-travelled fitness...

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Dubai Fitness Challenge – aka the Dubai 30 x 30, which aims to get everyone in the city exercising for 30 minutes a day all month long – keeps growing. The 2018 event recorded an impressive 34 percent increase on 2017, with more than one million people registering to participate. This year is no different in terms of scale. Running from October 18 to November 16 across the city, organizers have planned more than 40 events...

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There’s nothing like a race or fitness challenge to keep you working out and motivated and here are six UAE races that will challenge you as the weather cools and people get outside.  Ignite Pink is Punk Paddle  Known for its swims and runs, this will be the first IGNITE Pink is Punk Paddle and it is being held around Riva Beach on the calm waters of Palm Jumeirah. This standup paddleboarding (SUP) event is...

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You know the drill: You wanted to hit the ground running after a summer spent traveling, eating and just generally chilling out. But here you are more than a month into the busy season and your social calendar has taken over your diet and exercise plan. And you are starting to wonder if it might just be easier to make some New Year’s resolutions about getting back to the gym.  Well, don’t. That’s three months...

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As the temperatures (slowly) start to drop and the the city’s buzz heats back up, new fitness-inspired and workout styles are popping up daily. From big shoes to tight biker shorts, we’ve picked our favorite fashion from what’s trendy and hot right now – and tell you where you can get them in the UAE. Hot trend: Neon Local UAE brand Squat Wolf sells gym wear at affordable prices for both men and women. Gents...

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From the outside, Olivia McCubbin does not look like someone who would be having problems with binge eating. Tall, glowing and fit, the 30-year-old Australian exudes health. It’s also her business, as co-founder and head coach at The Best Body Co, the fitness company she runs with her husband Adam.  But that is the thing with appearances — and the point McCubbin is now trying to make. “Many women and many clients look up to...

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Many parents are on the lookout to identify any particular talents their child may have from an early age — hoping they may have an elite athlete in the making. If you feel your student is physically gifted, or has a tendency to excel at particular sports, there are several aspects you can focus on that will give your child every chance to succeed. Nothing can guarantee success, however, and you want to keep a...

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Infinite Ski is the new indoor ski slope in Dubai and it’s going to change the way you think about skiing and snowboarding. Infinite Ski offers the first Maxxtracks ski slope in the Middle East, taking snow and cold out of the equation to help you master skiing in real life.   How Infinite Ski was born Owner Ziad Tabbara, an engineer by profession and an avid skier, grew up in Lebanon where snowy mountains and...