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TikTok is booming in the UAE and if you haven’t already taken a deep dive into it, there are a few things to know before you get started. • There has also been a major growth in fitness, sports and wellness content. In the first half of 2020, there was a 270 percent increase in related content under #fitness hashtag, surpassing 1 billion local views.  • The demographic is getting older, particularly after all those...

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If 2020 hasn’t brought you enough obstacles to deal with already, a new gym in Abu Dhabi is promising to throw even more your way. But this time you’ll be pushing yourself to new levels of fitness by swinging on rings and climbing Z-walls sideways. Desert Shield Fitness isn’t your average gym. Its USP comes from its strong focus on Obstacle Course Race (OCR) training. Inspired by the Spartan style of race training, the original...

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The day that so many have been waiting for is here: gyms in Abu Dhabi are reopening. Abu Dhabi Sports Council on Sunday announced that all indoor sports centers were allowed to resume activities across the emirate from July 1.  They are allowed to operate around the clock, seven days a week but at no more than 40 percent capacity. They must also continue to stick to strict safety measures to prevent the spread of...

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It is a sad fact that as we age, we grow stiffer in the joints, flabbier in the muscles and thicker around the waist. Keeping fit gets harder over 50 — or does it? Captain Jean-Marc de Montrichard and Kimberley Dittrich would beg to differ. Jean-Marc, a pilot, trainer and examiner for Etihad, was in his late 40s when he became an instructor for Body Combat, Body Pump and RPM and 50 when he opened...

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Going back to the gym for the first time after two months felt like going to a foreign place. Something that was so ingrained in my everyday life stopped immediately with the Covid-19 related closures. It forced me to get creative with what I had at home and while that kept me active, losing eight kilograms of muscle was almost inevitable with the limited workout equipment I had. So, with many gyms reopening in Dubai...

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Gyms and yoga studios in Dubai have been given the go-ahead to reopen after more than two months of enforced closure, but with a long list of strict guidelines in place, some are moving faster than others to welcome back their clients. Among the instructions released by Dubai Sports Council on Tuesday, May 26 for opening the following day, sports and fitness establishments must:   keep to 50 percent capacity  ensure staff and customers wear masks...

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It’s fair to say that Dubai is a very image-conscious city, where people are willing to spend a lot of money on looking good. In normal times, the city is awash with gyms, boutique fitness studios, spas and personal trainers.  At The Park has expert coaches offering workouts in cross-training, running, kickboxing, yoga and circuit-training, too, but with one big difference: it’s all free. The organization was founded in 2014 by ex-footballer Fredy Martins, who...

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Leila Kouri, who opened the first F45 franchise in Abu Dhabi 18 months ago, doesn’t think it will be easy getting members back to the gym when the UAE begins to open up post Covid-19.  “Even with a 50 percent cap on numbers, will people be willing to risk it? I doubt it,” she says, adding that it will be challenging to do a HIIT session wearing a mask and gloves.  The once-thriving fitness industry...

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Tired of squeezing fresh orange juice and swallowing countless dietary supplements? There’s another way to help your body heal and boost its immune system: full-body cryotherapy.  Strictly speaking, cryotherapy is any treatment that uses freezing temperatures to treat the body. Think cold showers, plunge pools and ice packs used to treat bumps and bruises on the sports field. Or ice baths, a core principle of the Wim Hof Method and a favourite method used by...

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Exercise and fasting can go together without causing any harm to the body. During the fasting period, exercise can help elevate energy levels, improve physical fitness, build muscle and joint strength and boost body composition. It also helps control weight and keeps the body healthy.  As well as various physical and health benefits, exercise also has many neurological advantages, including improved neurogenesis (increased brain cell production) and enhanced mental strength and toughness. More people around...

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Observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community, Ramadan is known to offer many spiritual rewards – and some physical benefits, too. The concept of fasting has been around for centuries, adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual act designed to purify and heal the mind, body and soul. In recent times various fasting diets have become a popular mechanism for weight loss. There are some key differences between...