Fitness is a beautiful thing. Anyone can get involved, anyone can set a target and anyone can change their lives through it.
However, sometimes the path to the objective you’ve set may not be so tangible. But one straightforward solution will help bring your goal to reality by making you accountable every step of the way.
Indeed, writing down simple, definable and achievable aims can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance.
And with du Tough Mudder – one of the world’s most challenging mud runs – returning to the UAE in December it’s time you grab your notepad and pen and begin conquering your checklist.
With just six weeks to go we’ve teamed up with the very best to help get you started.
Volvic Middle East want to ensure you’re in the best shape possible to tackle the obstacles on December 8th and 9th and that’s where brand ambassador Marcus Smith comes into the frame.
As the founder of Inner Fight GYM, the extreme athlete knows a thing or two about setting a plan and carrying it out so check out the clip above to hear his advice. He’s also got task number one for you.
For your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing your 5k run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano
Whether you’re a serious runner, a keen cyclist or simply want to take a stroll with the family, then Yas Marina Circuit has you covered for the season ahead.
Their StartYAS, GoYAS and TrainYAS activities are back again, giving you the opportunity of working out on the iconic Formula One track without even parting with a single dirham.
Sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife, the fitness events have proved to be a huge success with hundreds flocking to the venue every week. At StartYas, held every Sunday between 18:00-22:00, you can begin the week by cycling, walking or running and embrace the healthy lifestyle. On Tuesdays, you can have another chance to work out by attending TrainYas during the same timings.
On top of that, GoYas on Wednesdays is open to ladies only with cycling and group classes open to those aged 14 and above. It’s held under the patronage of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, allowing females to engage in fun and healthy fitness activities in complete privacy.
“Since the inception of our community programmes Start, Train and GoYAS, we have seen it grow dramatically and now have more than 5,000 health and fitness enthusiasts get active each week, for free,” said Abdulla Al Shammari, Yas community manager.
“Participants can walk, run or cycle around the world famous Formula One track in a traffic-free, safe and friendly environment.” Whatever your level, the events are open to everyone with each night a “celebration of fitness”.
“We have three weekly community fitness events sponsored by Daman’s ActiveLife which aim to get the whole community together, whatever their fitness level,” said Al Shammari.
“Each night is a celebration of fitness; StartYAS encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get active and takes place every Sunday. Weekly TrainYAS sessions take place every Tuesday, where families and friends are encouraged to train together, whatever their level of fitness and at whatever speed suits them.
“Under the patronage of Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, GoYAS is a female-only initiative for women to engage in fun, healthy fitness activities in complete privacy. Ladies can walk, cycle or run around Yas Marina Circuit or take part in a variety of group training sessions.
“The unique thing about GoYAS is that it is a women friendly environment – even all our security and staff are female.”
Advanced registration is strongly recommended and Al Shammari insists it’s a chance not to be turned down. “It is a great opportunity for the community to get together, get active, whatever their fitness level, and have fun in a traffic-free, safe and friendly environment in a unique venue,” he said.
“We truly have something for everyone – and best of all it’s free.”
What do you get when you combine two trampolines, a trainer, a fitness enthusiast, a Dubai beach backdrop and a catchy Arabic tune? The best workout video you will find on the internet today.
Personal trainer Jennifer Chalouhi (@jennifercfit on Instagram) shared this brilliant workout on Thursday from a JumpFit demo she recorded with a client on the beach of Palm Jumeirah, with the Arabic mega-hit 'Boshret Kheir' providing an unexpected soundtrack.
Check her Instagram profile for more information on this trampoline workout.