The much-awaited Dubai Fitness Challenge kicks off at Safa Park this weekend with an incredible two days of celebrity appearances, fun activities, team and individual sports, stage acts and a host of events to keep the adults, kids and entire families energised.
Former England football captain and Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand, will be in attendance to lead the festivities and encourage both children and adults to embrace an active lifestyle.
The opening weekend carnival kicks off the 30-day, first of its kind challenge aiming to make Dubai one of the most active cities in the world. Commencing at 1 pm until 9pm Friday October 20, join Dubai’s residents as they get their #Dubai30X30 goals off to a flying start.
With all the action starting this week, make sure the Opening Weekend event is in your diary. Playing host to an amazing line-up of celebrity training sessions, live shows and the opportunity to try over 40 exciting sports and activities, all ages and fitness levels will find exciting new activities to experience and get active.
Committing to a healthy lifestyle has never been easier, especially with the host of community engagement and family friendly programmes.
Rio Ferdinand, who played 81 times for England and is the winner of six Premier League titles and one Champions League medal with Man United, said: “I am massively into my fitness and it has always been a big part of my life.
“The Dubai Fitness Challenge is really exciting for me and I’m happy to be involved. I train regularly not just for myself physically, but also for my mind, for 30 minutes it can be the most chilled out time of your day mentally.
“I believe that regardless of whatever age we are, we need to be more active, more motivated and influenced by people to understand that being active, being fit and generally just moving should be part of our lifestyle. I look forward to being in the great city of Dubai soon and getting involved; see you there.”
Celebrity Virgin Radio RJ’s, Kris Fade, Big Rossi and James Everton will be on stage and working the crowds, taking part in their own fitness challenges and giving out a host of sporting prizes to lucky participants.
One of the weekend highlights will be the free Global Mala – or “mala around the earth” – hosted by YogaFest Dubai and expected to draw a massive crowd. This event is part of a worldwide effort to unite people through positivity, intention and mindfulness.
Inspired by traditional mala beads – or a 108-bead strand used by yogis to aid in meditation, salutations and more – the Global Mala Project’s “mala around the earth” is a gathering aimed at yoga, service and collective action. At Dubai’s Global Mala, five qualified instructors will lead the two-hour yogathon, which will comprise 108 sun salutations of classical hatha yoga.
Build a healthier you and experience the meaning of true community spirit at the Global Mala, welcoming all levels of yoga practitioners who are 16 years and above.
Highlights on the Main Stage at the Safa Park Weekend Fitness Carnival include:
Just some of the sports at the Come and Try Fitness Zone include American Football, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Plyo Box Vertical Jump, Strength Training, Suspension Training, Touch Rugby and Volleyball.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Fun and Fitness Zone includes bubble soccer, a climbing wall, trampolines, an inflatable assault course, Horse Hoppers in addition to football skills, drills, training and games on small pitches. Budding footballers can come and tackle a ball control parkour challenge plus try their luck at penalty shootout competitions, a dribbling slalom, freekicks and even the best goal celebration. Also inspiring kids to get more active will be Les Mills Born to Move classes, designed to set young people up with a lifelong love of physical activity.
Extreme and action sports specialists XDubai will perform a signature stunt with the X-factor to mark the official opening of Dubai Fitness Challenge, expect the unexpected from the team who aim to make Dubai the adrenaline capital of the world. Additionally, performers from the spectacular La Perle, Dubai’s very first state-of-the-art resident show, will descend on the Opening Weekend Carnival to demonstrate how they keep fit for their thrilling action-packed performances
As the city takes the Dubai Fitness Challenge of 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days from 20 October – 18 November, everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity to make a fitness a lifestyle choice not just for themselves but also for their family and friends. Make sure you are registered and ready to take the Dubai Fitness Challenge, so come along on 20 and 21 October and make a real change to your lifestyle.
Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days. Running from October 20 to November 18, 2017, the challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling, football to paddle-boarding, team sports, walking and yoga and everything in between.
All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate on their own or with friends, family and colleagues and enjoy new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels. Participants should simply track their performance on the Dubai Fitness Challenge app once the challenge starts.
For more information see www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.
Located along The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club offers more than just a regular gym membership.
Members of Bodylines get the chance to work out and maintain their fitness in a gym with state-of-the-art equipment alongside fitness instructors who can ensure their goals are reached.
The club features a fully-equipped gymnasium with Technogym’s cardiovascular and weight training equipment as well as a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Apart from the gym, fitness enthusiasts can also benefit from discounts in the hotel’s numerous restaurants offering Japanese, Italian, British and International cuisine.
To ease tired muscles, members can also receive discounts on the club’s spa menu consisting of treatments such as Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Balinese and Thai Massages as well as reflexology and facials.
There are various membership packages, some of which also include complimentary sessions of personal training and massages.
WHAT: Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club
WHERE: Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence
CONTACT: For more information call +971 (0)4 428 2000 or email [email protected]
The latest spectacular to hit Dubai is La Perle by Franco Dragone at the Habtoor Grand. The show utilises 65 highly trained artists from 23 different countries in a vast array of extraordinary physical feats, many while flying through the air.
The man tasked with keeping these high performance athletes at the top of their game, and spinning through the air ten shows a week, is Pierric Morel, La Perle’s Head of Performer’s Wellness and Development.
The Dubai based osteopath’s responsibility is to look after each individual’s care plan including their dietary requirements and along with his team, provide the necessary wellness coaching to reduce or eliminate high-risk behaviours.
Morel graduated from six years of Ostepathy D.O, specialising in Posturology and Sports, Structural Technics, Modern Acupuncture and Acupressure and then started his own Osteopathy clinic in Lyon.
He began working in the circus industry in 2005 with a famous French company called Les Arts Sauts, which led him to legendary impresario Dragone and in 2008 he began working on The House of Dancing Water in Macau.
Morel moved to Dubai in 2015 where Dragone reached out to him again and brought him on board for La Perle.
Like all elite athletes La Perle’s performers have a rigorous schedule to keep them fit for their dangerous stunts.
“The artists have been conditioning their bodies and mind for the shows for almost a year now,” said Morel. “The process began late last year, when we began Training and Formation, which is where the artists learnt the skills necessary.
“They trained from 9am – 6pm every day, six days a week, ensuring they were in peak condition.
“Now that we have begun the show schedule, we have to ensure the artists are getting enough rest, especially during their two days off, but we have to keep them training every muscle and motivated so they remain in shape.
“It can be a shock to the body to go from rigorous training to only moving once curtain is called and we can’t let this happen – we have to make sure they remain just as fit and healthy.”
Morel’s own philosophy for health and fitness is to “keep the fun” but “sometimes to keep the fun can be hard, which is why you have to be passionate.
“In competitions, you have to go into survival mode, where you train hard, but you know there’s an end.
“In this industry, fun and happiness is vital because once you lose that joy, your mind slips and you won’t train properly, resulting in injuries.
“If you’re not eating properly or getting enough sleep, your body is going to start to become weak and therefore you lose your spirit. It’s my job, when I see that positivity and happiness slipping, I focus on the person as I know the problems will begin.
“You can do all the physio you want, but if that person isn’t there mentally, it’s all for nothing – you lose them.”
In terms of his own wellness regime Morel tries fit in cardio and exercise at least twice a week, around his working hours: “I drink lots of water and attempt and get outside and connect with nature, something that is so important for your health and wellbeing.”
His tips on staying fit are “eat well, train well and sleep well. This is the base that everyone must follow.
“It’s all about mind and body, from the moment you have a good balance you will be successful.
“I don’t believe in ‘no pain, no gain’, you have to listen to your body and respect it – if you put your body through years of pain then it will break, that pain is your body speaking to you.
“If you want a long career, you have to work with your body, be realistic and manage your body is a positive way, negative emotions will lead to your body to react in the same way.”
What: La Perle
Where: Al Habtoor Grand
Verdict: High performance artists in extraordinary physical feats.