Learn the art of artistic swimming at SporteX

Alex Broun 6/08/2018
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A SporteX Artistic Swimming class in action

Some people might dismiss synchronised swimming as a bit of fun and not a serious sport – but the opposite is in fact the case.

Synchronised swimming is actually one of the most demanding sports around and well deserving of its Olympic status.

As SporteX Artistic Swimming proudly state: “Synchronised swimming is swimming, dance and gymnastics, all rolled into one!”

“It is best defined as a series of dance steps performed over and under the surface of water.

“The choreography may look a little cheesy, but it’s loads of fun and one tough workout.

Ready to dive at SporteX

Ready to dive at SporteX

“While it may appear to be nothing but a glamorous sport, with the swimmers all decked up in elaborate makeup, the reality is far from it.

“In fact, synchronized swimming is one of the few sports that require the swimmers to possess a host of skills and different levels of physical fitness.”

SporteX is the best place to learn synchronized swimming in the UAE.

The Artistic Swimming experts have been running now for over six years under the guidance of an Olympic level coach.

The academy has grown steadily to now operate in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi with almost 120 swimmers involved.

Young winners at SporteX

Young winners at SporteX

“All girls from five years and above, who are water safe, are welcomed to join our academy,” explained co-founder Ahmed Hossam.

“Our aim is to focus on mental and physical preparation for our athletes.”

Although a relatively new sport in the UAE, SporteX have more than 10 different nationalities among their synchronized swimmers, including four Emiratis between 5-13 years old.

SporteX have also managed to register the sport as the 4th UAE swimming federation activity beside swimming, diving and water-polo.

Recently their annual event was held with great success, under the patronage and presence of the UAE Swimming Federation

You can see more about Sportex on Facebook (Sportex Artistic Swimming) or Instagram (sportex_artistic_swimming).

Plenty of fun

Plenty of fun

What: Synchronised Swimming classes

Where: SporteX Artistic Swimming

When: Throughout the year

Contact: Ahmed 050 667 2146

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At Zayed Sports City's camp this summer, kids can learn to skate and be as cool as ice

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As cool as ice: The camp has attracted big numbers so far

The Zayed Sports City Academy Ice Skating Camp is coming to a close but there’s still time for children to sign up and see for themselves why it’s so highly rated.

The camp runs until August 16 and since it opened at the beginning of July, there has been no shortage of numbers.

With the camp promoting rapid improvement with ZSC’s certified coaches, skaters of all levels aged between five and 12 can learn the importance of co-ordination, balance, endurance and enhance their skating ability through multiple on-ice sessions.

“Our ice camp is more than a decade old and it has undergone some significant improvements since it first started,” said Sigi Meeuws, director of ZSC Academy.

“Since 2016, the camp has operated as ZSC Academy Sports Camp, which has resulted in an even more fun, safe and growth-oriented programme. We maintain the important principles of a low student-to-coach ratio and the Ice Skating Institute of Asia-based curriculum. We have been adding more instruction while refining the complementary off-ice programming. So far this summer we’ve had a full house.”

The camp runs from 09:00 to 14:00 with early drop-off available at 08:00. Price costs Dh840 per week per child, while it’s Dh756 for siblings.

With two more weeks remaining, Meeuws believes there are many reasons on why parents should enroll their children.

“We start free play at 8:00 am to accommodate working families, then move into warm-ups before the first coaching session,” he said. “The children go on the ice three times each day, where they are given formal instruction as well as the opportunity for self-directed practice under the watch of our coaches.

“We’ll also be playing games off of the ice, which are intended to develop a well-rounded skater.”

He added: “Kids need to be active year-round, and with summer holidays and heat, it can be more difficult to find ways to engage the kids with sport. Our ice skating programme with ZSC Academy Sports Camp has the perfect balance of fun and exercise, and every camper gains not only skills on the ice, but also makes new friends and gains confidence that make them want to come back again.”

What: Zayed Sports City Academy Ice Skating Camp

Where: Zayed Sports City

When: Until August 16

Contact: For more information, visit www.zsc.ae

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Reform Athletica prides itself on holding best fitness classes in Dubai

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Finding a great gym or workout class in Dubai can be quite overwhelming with the countless options that are available.

With the plethora of offerings to try, it’s important to opt for a fitness studio that makes you feel comfortable, motivated and has you wanting to go back for more.  Reform Athletica, the fitness boutique studio located in Jumeirah 1, has you covered and prides themselves in offering the best fitness classes in town.

The one-of-a kind fitness studio differentiates itself from other workout options in the market with a brand philosophy of offering ‘accessible fitness for all’ and focuses on the maintenance of fitness at all stages of life as an enjoyable part of a regular workout routine. Their signature classes are designed to effectively combine strength, endurance, cardio and flexibility training, resulting in a full body workout in every session.

Each signature class is structured to provide maximum results in minimum time with a holistic approach and are taught by some of the most inspiring fitness coaches from around the world. Challenging the conventional modes of exercising with their unique theories of movement and the combination of different fitness disciplines, customers will leave the Reform Athletica fitness studio feeling their very best.

Reform Athletica’s signature Pilates-inspired low impact class is called the ‘Reform Method’. This class takes you through 50 minutes of strength and conditioning exercises performed on the latest Lagree Megaformer machine – originating from Los Angeles.

Reform Athletica’s signature high intensity class is the ‘TRX Athletica’. This class is based on the TRX suspension trainer, providing a challenging and fun, full-body workout.

Regardless of your fitness level, the professional trainers at Reform provide quality coaching and an overall wellness approach to the developing Dubai fitness scene. Book an awesome class today with our incredible trainers.

Classes start from Dh130. Packages are available, including a 40-class package for Dh4,200 that is valid for 12 months.

To find out more visit www.reformathletica.com or follow on Instagram at @reformathletica to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

What: Reform Athletica

Where: Villa 40, 165a Jumeirah Street Jumeirah 1, Next to Mercato Mall, Dubai

When: Open every day

Contact: Call 04 323 3670 or email [email protected]

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