#360fit: Why you should mix up your workouts

Thais Kelly 30/08/2016
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Would you go to brunch, see various delicious dishes laid out in front of you, and only choose to eat one thing? Of course not! So why would you do that with your workout routine?

We are creatures of habit, but few know the benefits that mixing up your workout can actually have on your body.

Since the beginning of time, the human body has been able to adapt to whatever it is forced to endure, and that isn’t different when you exercise. If you do the same workout repeatedly, you’ll soon stop seeing results. This means that weight loss can become more difficult when you don’t switch up your gym routine.

Additionally, one of the main issues with repeated exercise is exhausting the same muscles and joints over and over again, leading to possible injury. Recovering from exercise is crucial for building muscle and avoiding serious issues.

For instance, by alternating a high-intensity class like CrossFit with a soothing Yin Yoga session, you give your body a chance to recover from the intense pressure forced upon it due to the tough exercise and allow your sore muscles to heal. Even better, by varying your workout routine, you’ll work out new parts of your body, discover muscles you didn’t even know you had, and see results faster since your body won’t plateau.

Perhaps the most relevant reason why you should introduce new and exciting workouts to your routine is for the fun factor. Many people become easily bored when exercising, but trying different workouts and learning new skills can keep you motivated and focused as there’s always a new challenge ahead – especially if your body plateaus and you stop seeing the results that you were hoping for.

By varying, you’re sure to always have fun and take advantage of the best of what each workout has to offer. From the calorie-burning effects of cycling to the muscle-toning benefits of barre, the high intensity cardio workout of boxing, and the wow-factor of aerial silks – including these different disciplines into your fitness routine means you’ll have an exciting new workout every day of the week.

Our favorite reason for keeping a varied fitness routine is that doing so means we always get to meet new and interesting people. If you have ever hung out with a group of yogis, Muay Thai boxers, or hard core runners, you’ll realize that you have a lot to learn from them and will surely make some great friends along the way.

How can you leave the same old routine behind and start mixing things up? Here are three tips:

1) GO LEFT-FIELD 

If you only practice one type of exercise, for instance running, try something completely different. Take one day of the week and try swimming or dance. Just look for something that completely escapes your comfort zone.

2) DIG DEEPER

If you’re a regular gym goer, look for classes at your gym that you haven’t considered before. For example, f you attend a martial arts studio and only practice boxing, why not give Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Capoeira a try? You might discover that you like something new without having to venture very far from the usual.

3) GET GUAVA PASS

If you just really want to shake things up, try a fitness app that gives you variety and flexibility. GuavaPass offers a variety of classes from circuit training to pole dancing and everything in between. The app allows you to search, discover and book new classes and fitness studios, allowing you to have a blast while improving your fitness.

There’s a world of new and exciting challenges out there to be undertaken, so why go to brunch and only taste the Caesar Salad? Try a little bit of everything and your body and mind will thank you for it.

GuavaPass is the first and largest fitness community of its kind in Dubai, offering an unlimited membership to group fitness classes at over 70 top studios across the city. Find out more at guavapass.com/sport360/dubai.

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Reebok & Vogue Fitness launch CrossFit Gym

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CF Yas trainers demonstrate their skills

Global fitness brand – Reebok helped showcase its commitment to ensuring all fitness enthusiasts, whether male or female, have the gear and drive to take their workout to the next level.

Reebok also showcased its women’s collection. Reebok apparel is geared towards expert performance, be it through training, running or even dance and yoga.

The community atmosphere offered by Yas Ladies encourages collaboration and motivation from not only fellow enthusiasts, but also professional coaches themselves.

The opening of this unique fitness facility allows women to shift their focus from their level of comfort when considering joining community workout programs, to prioritizing their actual workout.

On Saturday, CrossFit Yas hosted the exclusive opening event, with classes taught by CrossFit Yas team members Jamie Greene and Tammi Robinson, ranked 1st and 24th respectively at this year’s international CrossFit Open Games.

Reebok-sponsored athlete and CF Yas trainer Jamie Greene

Reebok-sponsored athlete and CF Yas trainer Jamie Greene

A panel discussion was also held on female fitness and bespoke exercise activity, with the panel consisting of Emirati fitness experts – Abeer Al Amiri and Shaikha Al Qassemi. Helping to further illustrate Vogue Fitness’ dedication to taking the conversation on women’s fitness further.

Reebok Marketing Director, Woody Chang commented on the successful event:

“We’re thrilled to be here today to celebrate an exceptional outlet for Abu Dhabi’s fitness community, with the launch of Yas Ladies fitness facility at Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina. Reebok have a historical story with women both on and off the training field and our main focus this year is to encourage women across the globe to embrace being #perfectnever and share their own stories – as championed by our global ambassador Ronda Rousey.

“It’s about accepting your flaws, being human and allowing yourself to make mistakes – for the greater goal of learning from them. It’s okay to not be perfect, it doesn’t make you any less respectable and that’s really the essence of what we want to convey through our campaign. Be proud, but be human above all.”

Sophie Knight, from Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina, added:

“Here at Vogue Fitness, we are proud to consistently be at the forefront of lifestyle innovation and today we hope we have shown our dedication to both Abu Dhabi and the wider Emirates. Recognizing the importance for women to feel confident in their fitness environment, we aim to offer an unrivalled service, from some of the best instructors in the entire region.

“Vogue Fitness is committed to our goal of enabling all members of society to partake in physical activity and we hope that today’s launch encourages more women to embrace their potential for greater levels of fitness.”

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#360fit: CPT Marathon withdrawal

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Sport360's Stuart Appleby is returning to full fitness with Talise.

I am just over four weeks into my recovery period after fracturing a metatarsal bone in my left foot and although I have been training well (no running yet) the race I’d set my sights on unfortunately just comes too soon.

It may well have been blind optimism on my part or simply the fact that I enjoy my training so much in Dubai that I still harboured ambitions of running on September 18.

Though, approaching this injury with a positive mindframe has sped up my recovery and up until now it has been relatively quick (*touches wood*).

The estimated full recovery time for an injury of this nature tends to be between six to eight weeks and it is not one to rush back from – ask Manchester United star Wayne Rooney or how fit David Beckham felt when he captained England at the 2002 World Cup.

Both stars paid the price after a premature return to action and that’s even with the pampered and intensive treatment footballers receive at the very highest level of the game.

Nevertheless, hopefully I will have the chance to run a race in South Africa in the near future as it’s definitely not a country short of historic running pedigree or great events to take part in.

Now, I’ll be able to start running again soon and reset new goals and targets for the rest of the year – with of course the UAE sporting season in mind.

And with that, I’m grateful for the opportunity to train at Talise Fitness, one of the best health and fitness gyms in Dubai, over the course of the next few months.

The facility is outstanding and the perfect partner to work on cardio health, core stability and all-round body strengthening as I look to get back to feeling 100 per cent.

Since last week I’ve been undertaking lots of endurance work on the exercise bike and cross-trainer as well as keeping my discipline with heavy stretching, foam roller exercises and set upper-body routines – working shoulders, triceps, biceps and deltoid muscles especially, in addition to swimming in Talise’s state-of-the-art indoor amenity.

The chance to receive workout advice and tips from on-duty personal trainers at the gym is a nice confidence booster, too.

I’m also really looking forward to the opportunity to try out Talise’s brand-new High Altitude Suite in the coming weeks when I’m in a better position to give it my all.

The High Altitude Suite/low oxygen chamber is the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East and can offer people a big overall health boost within a shorter timeframe.

I’ll be updating this blog entry next Sunday as I try out more of Talise’s facilities and range of classes.

Thanks for reading!

Click here to find out more information about membership with Talise Fitness. For queries on class timetables and for bookings please visit www.TaliseFitness.com or call +971 4 3666821.

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