Kids can become Little Gladiators at fitness centre for youngsters in Palm Jumeirah

Jay Asser 20/08/2017
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Make a splash: At Little Gladiators.

Becoming a warrior in the gym shouldn’t be limited to adults, which is why Little Gladiators have opened their doors to promote a healthy lifestyle for UAE kids.

Self-proclaimed as Dubai’s first kid’s fitness centre, Little Gladiators is inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has prioritised reducing child obesity in the nation.

Located at the Golden Mile Galleria Mall on Palm Jumeirah, Little Gladiators covers 7,400 square feet and has everything kids aged three to 14 could want to run, jump and climb.

The facility includes a swimming pool with highly-qualified instructors leading lessons, a kids’ spa, kids’a hammam, kids’ yoga, kids’ cardio, kickboxing, tree climbing, interactive wall climbing, gymnastics and virtual sports gaming.

In addition, Little Gladiators hosts pool parties for birthdays and other special occasions, while offering private family swimming lessons and aerobics for mothers, taught by strictly female instructors.

Little Gladiators co-founder Javed Gani said: “When we moved to Dubai a year ago we were looking for a business idea to launch in the emirate. We looked at many options but it was Sheikh Mohammed’s work to improve the health of the nation that really captured our attention.

“We used this as a springboard to create a place for affordable family fun that is also another first for the emirate of Dubai, while also tackling one of the decade’s most pressing health problems.” Javed added: “Sheikh Mohammed is always reminding people about the importance of health but nobody had taken this advice and created a business to support these goals. Once we identified this gap in the market we couldn’t wait to get started on this original and unique idea. This is the first time a facility dedicated to children’s fitness has opened in the UAE with this range of activities and sports.”

Two others fitness centres are planned for the emirate in the coming months, but for now the Palm Jumeirah location has an annual membership costing Dh999 per child, which includes unlimited visits.

What: Little Gladiators
Where: Golden Mile Galleria Mall, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
When: Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00
Contact: Visit www.littlegladiators.ae for more information

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Show off your Pedal Power at City Centre Sharjah's cycling revolution

Jay Asser 16/08/2017
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On track: Join the Pedal Power challenge.

Shoppers now have even more reason to head to City Centre Sharjah, with the mall hosting a new interactive game this month that will have visitors putting pedal to the metal.

Get active and win prizes in Pedal Power, a game created exclusively for City Centre Sharjah visitors that is modelled after slot car racing.

Instead of using remote controls, however, participants will have to peddle away on a stationary bike to race the miniature cars on the specially designed track and see who is the fastest to take the chequered flag.

Six racers will compete in each round, with the winners being crowned champion and receiving a medal and vouchers, along with bragging rights.

The clever concept is part of City Centre Sharjah’s aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and combines entertainment with physical activity. Rather than offering a typical standstill game, Pedal Power puts the user literally in the seat of the action and motivates them to be active.

“Physical activity often takes a backseat in summer because of the heat, but at City Centre Sharjah you can enjoy a fun exercise indoors with a chance to win mall vouchers in our new exclusive game Pedal Power this month,” said Mohammed Al Rais, senior mall manager of City Centre Sharjah.

“Shoppers can not only take advantage of our diverse retail, leisure and F&B offerings, but we take it one step further by providing another dimension of entertainment that can be enjoyed by the entire family to create great moments.”

By spending Dh299 at City Centre Sharjah until August 31, shoppers can earn the opportunity to take on the Pedal Power challenge to win gift cards and vouchers, while also redeeming their receipts for a coupon to enter the grand draw to win a 2017 Toyota Fortuner.

Aside from Pedal Power, City Centre Sharjah has all their usual offerings of entertainment and shopping spread out among 38,000 square metres. The mall is set for bigger things as well after announcing a Dh260 million redevelopment to expand what’s on offer. including a 12-screen VOX Cinemas.

In the meantime, take a break from the usual mall trip and test your ability in Pedal Power to race to victory.

What: Pedal Power challenge
Where: City Centre Sharjah
When: Running until the end of August
Contact: Visit www.citycentresharjah.com or www.facebook.com/citycentresharjah for more information

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Tough Mudder returns to Dubai in December

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Teamwork makes the dream work: Tough Mudder is both a collective and individual effort.

The du Tough Mudder returns this December and while it may seem a long way off, you can begin your preparations for the world-renowned obstacle course challenge with registration still open.

Taking place on December 8 and 9 at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, those who sign up early can look forward to an adrenaline pumping challenge and experience a life-changing adventure.

Since launching in 2010, it has gone from strength to strength with more than 130 editions held worldwide and one that has already seen more than 2.5 million people participate.

Described as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, it is an untimed and team-orientated activity with larger than life mud-drenched obstacles designed around the values of courage, personal accomplishment, teamwork and fun.

New for the second Dubai edition is the Reach Around obstacle. Much like the name implies, this obstacle will challenge Mudders to reach up and grab hold of something they cannot see.

After scaling the face of this structure, at a backwards 45 degree angle, you will then be forced to reach up and around the overhang and pull yourself up and over the top.

Tough Mudder is the latest obstacle course craze to take the UAE by storm.

Tough Mudder is the latest obstacle course craze to take the UAE by storm.

Other signature obstacles that Mudders will face include Arctic Enema 2.0 (a head-first plunge into ice cold water),  Electroshock Therapy (the infamous final obstacle on the du Tough Mudder course which requires a muddy sprint through dangling electric wires charged with over 10,000 volts of electricity) and The Block Ness Monster. This is where Mudders will have to work together to push, pull and roll their way through 60 feet of slick, rotating barriers in a waist-deep water pit, putting the team to the ultimate test.

More obstacles are set to be announced and while full and half distances are available to choose from, with entry ranging from Dh295 to Dh490, kids can also compete in the du Mini Mudder for Dh50. The 1.5km obstacle course is open for children aged between seven-13.

And even if you’re not competing, you can still show support to your friends and family by buying a spectator ticket for Dh40.

WHAT: du Tough Mudder
WHERE: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai
WHEN: December 8-9
CONTACT: For more information or to register visit www.toughmudder.ae

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