#360fit: Dubai's coolest outdoor gym at Skydive Dubai gets a makeover!

FitnessLink 14/03/2016
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Luckily for us (and you and everyone!), Dubai’s awesome Skydive Dubai outdoor gym has had a pretty cool makeover to offer a workout playground like no other. New equipment has been added to the gym, which is now spread across a bigger area, as well as new flooring and a new sprint track and, best of all, shading over the entire area! There’s also a new kids play area.

If you prefer to train at night, outdoor lighting currently switches on at 6pm lasts for around two hours. There is no charge to use the gym area.

The outdoor gym is located at Dubai Marina, Al Seyahi Street – around 100 meters into the same road that leads to Skydive Dubai. Think climbing ropes, boxes, sprint track, monkey bars, and plenty of grass area for you to utilize for whatever workout you can dream up. Plus, if you have your own workout equipment – like a TRX, for example – there are specific bars you can use as an anchor point. We’ve even seen people come set up their silks there and do some silks training.

On most days the gym is frequented by individuals or groups doing various types of training and the area has also been known to be used by some of the city’s calisthenics enthusiasts, but there’s no need to be intimidated – the site is available for anyone to use and people of all levels can be spotted, including residents casually walking their dog who decide to stop for a run around.

There isn’t much surrounding the gym, so bring your water, towel and whatever else you need to keep you going.

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#360fit: Can't burn fat? Emirates Palace will smash and freeze it

Kara Martin 10/03/2016
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Both 3-MAX and CoolShaping are proven non-invasive methods of losing fat.

Being fit doesn’t always mean you look the full package, unfortunately. Sometimes trouble areas, such as the mid-section or lower body, require a bit more effort outside of the gym and kitchen. That said, treatments need not be invasive either.

If this is something, like us, that has been poking you in the belly flesh for some time, then it’s worth experimenting with Emirates Palace Spa’s two new innovative weight loss solutions.

For those wanting to remove stubborn fatty deposits, reduce cellulite, or just trim the edges with a little toning and sculpting, the spa has introduced both the revolutionary 3-MAX machinery – which utilises ultrasonic cavitation, radio frequency and vacuum technology for sound non-invasive fat and cellulite reduction, as well as CoolShaping – cooling technology, using sub-zero temperatures, that results in localised fat reduction.

While it takes a few sessions over a period of time to see significant results – and this will be monitored with consultations and measurements before, during and after procedures – this week Sport360 tested both of these out to let you know what you’re up against, and if it’s worth the investment.

3-MAX

How it works: No matter how much you diet and exercise, some stubborn fat deposits just never seem to disappear, right? Well, 3-MAX launches a three-tiered attack on them, no scalpels, tubes, or bed rest required.

It was discovered in Europe that ultrasonic sound waves can actually destroy fat cells without causing damage to any other tissues or organs, and in this treatment, fat cell membranes succumb to the pressure of repeated concentrated levels of ultrasonic energy. They are then reduced to liquid, and later expelled through the body’s normal metabolic method.

The chosen affected area – common places requested by men and women are the lower belly, love handles, backs of thighs, under arms, inner knees, male chest area and buttocks – is combed over with an on-the-surface machine for about 20 minutes, and Ultrasonic Cavitation destroys fat cells at such a rate and in such a quantity that fat storage is significantly reduced or eliminated in that time.

3-MAX also uses Tri-polar Radio Frequency (RF) and Lipolysis to metabolise and help remove these exploded fat cell membranes from the body, replacing them with new collagen and lifted, tighter, evenly textured skin, and a decrease in deep wrinkles in the long run.

Opulent setting: Lose your fat in the magnificent Emirates Palace spa.

Opulent setting: Lose your fat in the magnificent Emirates Palace spa.

What it feels like: We zoned in on the lower belly for this one, so it appeared as if we were getting an ultrasound similar to a pregnant woman – the treatment involves layering on the very same thick, gooey ultrasound paste before the therapist mows over the area with the machine “nozzle”.

You’ll feel a bit of warmth on the area, but more alarmingly, will experience noise frequency rattling around in your brain (you will still be able to hear, don’t worry). This is kind of weird and otherworldly at first, but ultimately there ís no pain.

The results: Most clients see an immediate change in their appearance after the first session, with optimum results after 2-5 sessions. Some cardio, and alkaline foods like leafy greens and fruit, were recommended that day or after to help the body in quicker removal of these fat cell membranes. Without expecting to, we did notice slightly more evenness in our little lower hump. A trick of the eye or not, it boosted our confidence enough to feel good in wearing something slightly more form-fitting the following day.

CoolShaping

How it works: CoolShaping makes use of the technology behind Cryolipolysis, designed and developed by dermatologists at Harvard Medical School, who discovered that fat cells are more responsive to the effects of cold in contrast to the surrounding tissue.

Fat cells crystallize at different temperatures than other cells, and in this procedure (likened to non-surgical liposuction), the affected area is exposed to temperatures near 4ºC and they are completely destroyed whilst sparing all the other tissue like the skin, muscle mass, and nerve fibers.

There are numerous clinical trials, celebrity reviews, and before-and-after photos which support the effectiveness of Cryolipoysis, now widely regarded as one of the most effective non-invasive fat loss solutions. Picture water freezing to ice and then shattering. Gone. Yep, this is “fat freezing”, and it only takes an hour of your time.

What it feels like: A gel sheet is first applied to protect the skin, followed by a suction cup. You will feel intense suction or pulling onto the skin as the machine grabs hold and exposes that fatty area – it kind of hurts, but you get used to it over the course of the session.

The machine will vibrate as it gently pinches at skin at various speeds and rhythms, and while doing so, it is freezing fat slowly. You may notice coldness at first but this quickly settles too.

We were so curious about the machinery and the derivatives of fat in general that we got quite chatty with our well-informed therapist, but you might want to bring an iPod or book for the session – it lasts 60 minutes and you might need a distraction from the awkward feeling.

After the suction cup is released, the targeted area will appear plumped a bit with a little redness, and you may feel a frozen section of fat under the skin.

The therapist must immediately massage the area to return blood and warmth there, and that is admittedly going to feel very weird too… Then you’re free to go!

The results: Days after treatment, we are still lightly sore (but able to do all activity), and it took a little longer than expected for that plumpness to go away (so no fitted outfits have been worn since). But there is certainly a bit of a leaner feel now in our midriffs as we write this, although not significant.

When you’ll see results depends on the individual, the fat thickness, and the area treated. Changes will be visible for most people within weeks of their first treatment, say therapists, while some people will notice a visible difference of the area after two to four weeks, others after eight to 12 sessions (the recommended course).

Anyway, we’re already warmed by the fact that frozen fat can never return, and are interested to continue these treatments.

Important Notes: We know you don’t want to hear it but it must be said that this, and 3-MAX, are not all-out replacements for healthy eating and exercise, both of which, if maintained, will enhance results. The regimen doesn’t have to be incredibly rigorous, but the frozen fat cells will be eliminated through the metabolism much faster if the person has a somewhat active lifestyle, and limits intake of toxins such as caffeine and alcohol. You’re wasting your time, and money, if you don’t do this!

We kind of welcome that challenge because the treatments aren’t especially cheap and it will force you to be more mindful of your unhealthy habits in the long run.

The Investment: One 3-MAX session is priced at Dh595, while CoolShaping costs Dh695, though various tailored packages are available to knock back the prices, and include both of these done together alongside add-ons such as personal training sessions at Emirates Palace’s awesome health club, or special slimming wraps using Pressotherapy, as well as slimming products to take home. In-depth skin analysis for your body and its concerns are included also.

Information: 02 690 7978 or email [email protected]

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Dubai's top running tracks and routes

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Running is a great release after a hard days work with lots of routes to choose from.

Running is the easiest and simplest way to get fitter and is incredibly effective at making you healthier in a number of ways.

If you’re thinking of signing up for your first running event, or even if you just want to do some casual exercise, check out these 10 running tracks in Dubai.

SAFA PARK

Distance: 3.4km

Safa Park is a very popular running route as it has a purpose laid running track on the outer perimeter. One lap is 3.4 km with accurate marked distances. However, as the Dubai Canal construction is underway, parts of the track have been re-designed to accommodate this, although it is still open for joggers.

THE GREENS
Distance: Approximately 3.5km

For those residing in the Greens and neighbouring communities the Greens provides a great place to go for a casual run. We say ‘casual’ because this is not really a ‘track’ as such, it is a narrow walkway which runs around the Greens lakes.

Although often populated by walkers and residents walking their dogs, it still provides a great place for a leisurely run. The route provides a nice dose of greenery and nature. For those driving to the route, there is parking along the streets of the Greens or near the Choitrams in the Greens Village shopping centre.

AL BARSHA POND PARK
Distnce: 1.4km

Al Barsha’s Pond Park features a soft running track that encircles a pond and is marked every 100m, so it’s great for doing sprints too! There is only one entrance to the park (near Emirates NBD Bank on 316 Street, the main road running from TECOM to Al Quoz through Barsha) and plenty of parking in front of the park entrance. The park is open until 10pm every day with no entry fee.

AL ITTIHAD PARK, PALM JUMEIRAH
Distance: 2.7km

The Palm Jumeirah Park features a great running track. The track runs alongside the monorail around the Trump Tower station, and is easily accessible from in front of the Fairmont Hotel, where you will find parking too.

Better yet, here’s a location map. There are also playground areas for kids in the park as well as workout stations/equipment positioned along the track, including pull-up bars, so you can break up your run with other exercises along the way too.

THE BEACH, JBR

The Beach in JBR has it all these days, including a soft running track which runs alongside the beach. Accompanying the track are some (average) training machines along the way if you feel the need to break up your run.

A word of advice would be to avoid trying to go for a run in the evening when the track is overtaken by beach goers and strolling families – stick to the early morning runs at this track!

JUMEIRAH BEACH
Distance: 14km 

The new Jumeirah Corniche – the longest in Dubai – is the city’s latest leisurely beachfront addition.

It starts from the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and continues on to the Burj Al Arab Hotel, 14 km of beautiful beach front goodness for running enthusiasts.

In addition to the 14km track, which includes a 4m wide jogging track and 5m wide walkway, the corniche is sprinkled with rest areas and retail kiosks and is a welcome addition to the area offering ample opportunities and space for practicing jogging, walking, swimming, rowing, and other activities.

MUSHRIF PARK MIRDIF
Distance: 4.5km

On the inside perimeter of Mushrif Park there is a cycle track which stretches 4.5km. It is used more by runners than cyclists and also has some hills. The park entry fee is AED 5 per person or AED 30 per car, and the park is open from 8:00 to 23:00.

CREEKSIDE PARK / DUBAI CREEK PARK
Distance: approximately 4km

If you live in the Dubai Creek area, you can enjoy your run in one of the oldest parks in Dubai. The park has a running track which is approximately 4km long. The park is open from 8:00 to 23:00 daily, and Wednesday’s are for ladies and children only. Or, you can explore a bit of the city by a scenic run along Dubai Creek itself!

ZABEEL PARK
Distance: 2km

With plenty of parking, Zabeel Park offers a nice running track laid on the outer perimeter which is approximately 2km in distance. The entrance fee is AED 5 and the park is open from 8:00 to 23:00

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