Going Out: Nike+ Run Club back with a bang in Dubai

Jay Asser 23/04/2017
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Push your limits: A friendly atmosphere plus expert guidance is available.

It’s time to lace up your trainers once more and hit the pavement one step at a time with Nike+ Run Club sessions.

Held throughout Dubai, from Sunset Beach to Zabeel Park to Burj Park and Dubai Marina, the popular sessions are back to get runners moving together in the right direction.

Whether you’re an experienced runner who is used to taking to the open roads daily, or someone who wants to turn running into a hobby, Nike+ Run Club is the perfect way to join like-minded people and receive proper guidance, with Nike coaches helping aspiring percipients get the most out of their ability.

Three different training sessions will run on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays until the first week of May. Choose from Just Do It Sunday, NRC Speed Run and NRC Ready Set Go, which also has a ladies-only session for dedicated women runners as well.

If you’re in the mood for a long-distance run, Just Do It Sunday has you covered. Learn how to run not just longer, but more efficiently to increase the kilometres on your distance. Set and achieve your goals with the help of coaches and pacers to prepare you for any upcoming races. The 6-9km session takes place at Dubai Marina at 20:04 on Sundays.

How to get involved

  • WHAT: Nike+ Run Club sessions
  • WHERE: Sunset Beach, Zabeel Park, Burj Park and Dubai Marina
  • WHEN: Held on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • CONTACT: www.nike.com/ae/en_gb/c/running/nike-run-club

In the NRC Ready Set Go, sessions will show runners how to start racking up your first kilometres. Coaches will check and improve runners’ strides, while gearing them up with everything they need to become a regular in this social experience.

The 3-4km session for women only is held at Sunset Beach at 20:04 on Mondays, while the 4-5km session for everyone is at 08:04 on Fridays at Burj Park.

Finally, the NRC Speed Run is for the sprinters and the quickest of the quick out there. Learn how to pick up the pace by getting stronger and faster with the help of coaches and pacers. The 4-5km session is held at Zabeel Park at 20:04 on Tuesdays.

Sign up for the free community runs through www.nike.com and check out the Nike+ Run Club app to keep track of your progress and chart your results.

Don’t wait to make running your new obsession.

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Sport in the UAE - Going Out: UAE's first women's only gym will make you roar for more

Jay Asser 16/04/2017
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Feeling fresh: There are new and innovative workouts on offer.

The UAE’s first women’s only collaborative ‘workout and work-in’ pop-up is here in ROAR by #PUMAWomen, giving ladies their own space to celebrate fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Located on the ground floor of Building 6 in Dubai Design District, ROAR by #PUMAWomen is a physical activation of the #PUMAWomen campaign in the Middle East, led by global ambassadors like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Kylie Jenner.

It may sound like simply a gym, but ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre, offering a programme of workouts, drink and dining options, as well as lunchtime beauty services. There’s something for every women to enjoy in this comfortable setting.

Every Monday and Wednesday evening, in addition to weekends, ROAR will host workouts and through GuavaPass, visitors will be able to experience everything from hip hop yoga to rave aerobics.

The new and innovative workouts will give ladies the opportunity to get their hearts racing and pulse rising, whether individually or with a group of friends, co-workers or family.

Begin your routine with ‘Kick Start Your Week’ on Mondays, featuring workouts at 17:30 and 19:00. Follow that up with ‘Sweatworking’ on Wednesdays with 17:30 and 19:00 workouts, along with post-workout sweatworking sessions.

Dream team: ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre.

ROAR is designed to be an all-encompassing community centre.

Don’t let the weekends keep you from maintaining your fitness, with ROAR offering ‘The PUMA Breakfast Club’ at 09:00 on Friday, which will be followed by workshops and food to refuel. The post-workout brunch, which you can show up to in sweats, brings a relaxed and social vibe to make it a worthwhile morning of fun. The workshops, meanwhile, will have the latest creative brands from across the region and offer experiences like ‘Raw Cooking’ on April 14 and ‘Moss & Myrtle’ on April 21.

Cap it all off with ‘Wash the Weekend Away’ on Saturdays at 16:00 with a workout that will both end the week in strong fashion, while resetting you for another week of workouts.

Whether before or after your workout, grab a bite to eat with fresh food that will have women looking and feeling good throughout the day.

Speaking of looking good, you can also check out the pop-up beauty offerings, including braiding, express manicure, nail art and a head, neck and shoulder massage, through appointment between 10:00 and 19:00 on Thursdays.

Whatever your preference, ROAR has you covered with a women-only centre like no other.

WHAT: ROAR by #PUMAWomen
WHERE: Ground floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District
WHEN: Workouts held Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
CONTACT: Visit www.roarbypumawomen.com for more information

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Sport in the UAE: Zayed Sports City Kids Weekend Club

Denzil Pinto 16/04/2017
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Ice cool: Ice skating and bowling will be included on the ZSC programme.

Having started on March 31, numbers have already been encouraging so far and with it running until April 29, there’s still time for parents to enroll their children and see why it’s highly rated.

Held from 11:00 to 17:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, kids between five-years and 12 will not be left of options with plenty of sporting activities to keep them occupied.

ZSC are no strangers to hosting holiday camps with their Spring and Summer editions vastly popular, paving the way for management to make it a more regular thing.

“We’re constantly looking for new and unique ways to activate Zayed Sports City, and our kids activities have been very popular,” said Barry Bremner, general manager at Zayed Sports City.

“We have taken the best parts of our existing kids programmes and put them together into the ZSC Kids Weekend Club which gives the opportunity for kids to be active while parents can enjoy activities on offer at ZSC or to do other things they are unable to do during the week.

“Kids on our programmes always talk about how much they love ice skating and bowling, so we will be including that for sure. There are also group games and arts and crafts planned. We may do fitness sessions, picnic races, football, billiards or any number of other activities on any given day.”

Prices for the two days costs Dh300 while the daily rate is Dh200 per person. With two more weekends to go, Bremner insists there’s plenty of positives for parents to enroll their children.

Keeping active: The club allows children to enjoy activities to give parents some free time.

Keeping active: The club allows children to enjoy activities to give parents some free time.

“There are many reasons why a family would choose to enroll,” he said. “The main one being that we’re offering a high-quality, active child-care opportunity that kids are sure to enjoy.

“Being a father myself, there were certainly weekends when we had obligations that the kids would have rather skipped.

“That is certainly one reason why parents may choose to register by giving their children something productive to do while they do the errands.

“Other parents will choose to register in order to keep their kids active because we are planning lots of sports and activities throughout the day. All in all, the ZSC Kids Weekend Club meets all of these needs.”

WHAT: ZSC Kids Weekend Club

WHERE: Zayed Sports City

WHEN: April 21-22 and April 28-29

CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit www.zsc.ae.

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