Five benefits of circuit training

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Circuit training is a form of body conditioning using high-intensity aerobics.

A circuit session works each section of the body, allowing you to complete a full body work-out over a quicker period of time.

In addition, you have the chance to build muscle strength and endurance, while also enhancing cardiovascular fitness.

Here’s a look at five benefits to circuit training.

TEAM WORK

Circuit training caters for people of all fitness levels. You can train with three or four friends and do exercises at different speeds. No matter your fitness level, circuit training makes you work together in a friendly and fun environment. It’s an excellent way to improve your health alongside a friend.

TONE UP

If you’re not interested in bulking up, then circuits are crucial to add to your programme. Training more than one muscle group during these sessions allows you to see quicker results. Lowering the weight with more repetitions will also help you to lean up.

EXCELLENT OFF SEASON WORK OUT

If you do the same training all the time, you’ll get bored. It is difficult to stay motivated when you’re constantly going through the rigours of the same, intense workout. Circuit training is a great way to maintain your fitness levels and overall health – and can also keep you in tip top shape when your sports season is over.

SESSIONS ARE FAST

High intensity circuit sessions are short and sharp, meaning you could complete a gruelling session in 40 minutes. Rest periods are short too, which helps you to push yourself and get the most out of your training. What you put in, you get out so make sure you give 100 per cent for the short window of time that you train.

REDUCE INJURY

Most training injuries come from overuse and circuits are a great way to prevent overuse without putting too much stress on the muscles. Making a comprehensive programme that uses all the muscles will help you to prevent injuries as your focusing on all muscle areas rather than neglecting certain groups.

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UAE Teen Sports & Fitness Awards celebrate youngsters

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The Awards showcased the excellent achievements of youth athletes and fit teens in the UAE.

The ceremony and gala dinner featured entertainment from talented students including the award winning DESC Chamber Choir and 4D Circus.

The Awards featured new categories for athletes with disabilities as well awarding coaches and clubs.

It highlighted the inclusiveness of the UAE for athletes of all abilities and the opportunities they have to excel.
The Awards for athletes with disabilities were sponsored by Costa Coffee and presented by Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the KHDA and Patron of the Awards.



“These Awards demonstrated the high level of participation in youth sports and fitness activities across the UAE and the world class quality of the athletes, coaches and facilities,” said Event Director, Ruth Dickinson. “It also reflects the important support from sports councils, federations and education authorities who have created an environment where excellence in youth sports and fitness is possible and clearly achieved.

“Youth sports also needs sponsors and in the UAE, we are fortunate to have organisations who are keen to support youth sports and we would like to thank the Awards partners, in particular, gold sponsors Skechers Middle East who have a real commitment to youth sports and fitness year-round.”

Entries were submitted from schools, clubs and academies across the UAE, as well as federations, associations, facilities, major blue chip organisations supporting youth sport and individual athletes and coaches.


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Fitness & Health: HAPI yoga times in Dubai

Kara Martin 26/04/2017
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Try out a new venue in town.

From hosting yoga classes in inspired spaces such as art galleries, to inviting some of the trendiest teachers the world over to run incredible and creative workshops, and even throwing pop-up glow-in-the-dark classes, Urban Yoga in Dubai is always on a mission to make yoga an even cooler experience for the greater public.

It’s no wonder they’ve opened up their second studio in the up-and-coming arts hub Alserkal Avenue, teaming up with hipster holistic lifestyle brand HAPI.

We were very eager to pay them a visit. The two homegrown brands will be working together at Alserkal to inspire the community to live happier lives through good food and mindful exercise under one roof, and this is the Al Quoz destination’s first purpose-built yoga studio running regular classes.

Kimerberly Stokes, co-founder of Urban Yoga said: “We are delighted that we are now able to reach more people in the yoga community through this central location.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than HAPI for this expansion as we are now able to work together to reach more people and inspire the community to live happier and healthy lives”.

Much like the Urban Yoga’s original studio in Business Bay, HAPI has a large open-plan, loft-style setting that would fit right in in the trendiest neighbourhoods of New York or London.

The small and intimate yoga studio is quiet with a large window wall overlooking the cafe below that serves up everything from cold brew coffee to organic burgers and a healthy bone broth that’s hard to pass up after a tough practice.

Urban Yoga, as a brand, prides itself on yoga instruction for the urban and modern mindset. This makes their new set-up in the ultra-hip Alserkal is pretty perfect, really.

In the chaotic fast-paced world we live in here in the Emirates, they know exactly what you need at the end of the day and their classes are highly popular.

Instruction is very anatomy-focused, with much emphasis placed on your body and how to move it in way that will benefit you both physically and mentally, and we’ve never not left their studio feeling practically reborn.

They teach various styles and difficulty levels, allowing students to select the class that suits exactly what your body is craving – from gentle candlelit flows and restorative Yin Yoga, to more strengthening and re-energizing styles such as Strala Strong (an imaginative and invigorating signature class of famous modern yogi Tara Stiles).

Urban Yoga Dubai

  • What: Urban Yoga
  • Where: HAPI, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
  • Verdict: This is an inspiring and energising class. We’d be very “HAPI” to hang out there once again.

After a heavy night, we braved a morning Flexibility Flow class led by “Urban Yogi” Liberty that was just what the doctor ordered.

It’s a very smooth flow peppered with plenty of Vinyasas that was clearly designed to coax greater mobility out of all of the body’s major joints and muscles groups.

As you’re asked to hold some of the poses just a bit longer, the sequence also creates more elasticity in the tissues.

We admit to feeling a bit poorly when we entered the class, but this is where Urban Yoga’s cool, curated music playlists also come in handy; as does Liberty’s calm and collected guidance. We powered through and sweated away all of last night’s toxins.

It was a very well-balanced class that inspired both ease and energy, and reminded us just how powerful and healing yoga can be.

For schedule information and to book a class, visit www.urbanyoga.ae or search for Urban Yoga on the Mindbody App.

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