Dubai Fitness Challenge ups the ante with adrenaline-packed carnival at Skydive Dubai

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Thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered for the sunrise yoga.

Dubai Fitness Challenge upped the ante this weekend with an adrenaline-packed fitness carnival at Skydive Dubai. One of the many highlights was Dubai’s first ever Superhero Walkathon, which saw Dubai Marina transformed into a scene straight out of comic book wonderland.

Participants young and old dressed up as their favourite caped crusader as they made their way along a 3.2km walking route. In addition, thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered on the runway of the famed skydiving centre for a sunrise yoga session, with the Marina skyline serving as a spectacular backdrop.

The third weekend fitness carnival featured a host of extreme, adventure and determination sports, plus fun team and individual activities and entertaining stage acts.

Friends and families were seen having the time of their life trying their hands at the activations on offer including BMX and parkour courses, a skate park, climbing wall, kayaking, canoeing and paragliding.

Determination sports were also a key feature, with all participants being offered the opportunity to try wheelchair rugby and basketball, boccia, and sitting volleyball.

Multiple Guinness World Record activations took place, with UAE residents Osama Fawzy and Marwan Aly equalling the world record for most number of jumping jacks and aerobic step-ups done in 30 seconds, with a stellar 53 and 51.

Dubai's first ever Superhero Walkathon was a huge hit.

Dubai’s first ever Superhero Walkathon was a huge hit.

Star of the popular UK TV series ‘The Biggest Loser’, Rob ‘The Killer’ Edmond made his second carnival appearance and worked the crowd into a sweat. Also seen on the main stage was Celebrity fitness guru, Coach Marco, who demonstrated targeted exercises from his famous 6-pack Abs Workout for the huge crowd of fitness enthusiasts.

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 until November 18, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling, football to paddle-boarding, team sports, walking and yoga and everything in between.  Participants can track their performance and their contribution to the city on the DFC app.

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The key benefits of stretching as you prepare your body for the rigours of this year's du Tough Mudder

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Stretch your ambitions: Inner Fight founder and Volvic brand ambassador Marcus Smith

Stretching to uninitiated may seem like a pointless and let’s face it boring thing to do but routinely incorporating stretches into your daily workouts is not just a necessity but actually negligible if avoided.

Indeed, for developing flexibility, range of motion and injury prevention, stretching is absolutely vital as it’s a mechanism to relax your muscles and increase blood flow to your cartilage and tissue.

And it doesn’t have to be boring exercises either. The range and breadth of stretches are virtually endless and the variety means mixing up the program you incorporate ensures not just your body but your mind is in top condition.

A key stretch for your lower and upper body

A key stretch for your lower and upper body

Need more proof of it’s benefits? Well, here’s just a few as stretching fortifies posture, enables flexibility, increases stamina, decreases risk of injury and improves athletic performance.

That last benefit will be of most interest to those who are planning on to take on one of the world’s most challenging mud runs – du Tough Mudder.

The popular event returns to the UAE December 8th and 9th and with just a month to go it’s time you started preparing your body for the obstacles which lay ahead.

To help you along the way, Volvic Middle East are on board and brand ambassador Marcus Smith has been providing top tips over the past couple of weeks to assist.

Check out the previous two HERE and HERE but also take a look at the clip below to see what top three exercises he suggests you should be using ahead of December’s event.

Don’t forget, 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 performing one of the exercises and hashtag #FindYourVolcano

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Fuelling your body right and eliminating the wrong foods and drink will help you smash du Tough Mudder Challenge

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Inner Fight founder and Volvic brand ambassador Marcus Smith delivers the do's and don'ts for nutrition

We can all agree nutrition and hydration are key elements for not just training but to leading a healthy and fulfilling life.

Now, there are of course various different methods to the science of what works and what doesn’t.

A lot of it is hot air, much of it is confusing as well but while it can be difficult to pin down what is right for you, there are some simple facts harmonised across all quarters of the fitness world which give you a cornerstone heading into events like the upcoming du Tough Mudder.

Drink smart and eat smart: The cleanest food and drink around

Drink smart and eat smart: The cleanest food and drink around

As one of the world’s most challenging mud runs – the event is returning to the UAE December 8 and 9 – it’s crucial you get your body in the best condition possible.

After all, your body is no different to a car. You’re going on a trip and you need to fill it with the appropriate gas to get you there – not too much and not too little.

Better quality fuel and crisp nourishment put into your system will result in better output and performance. Ultimately, clean nutrition and hydration are the foundation to any success and the manipulation of what you put in will make a tremendous difference.

That’s where Volvic Middle East and brand ambassador Marcus Smith comes on board.

As the founder of Inner Fight GYM, the extreme athlete knows exactly what’s required to provide the right sustenance and after last week’s tip to write down you goals, he’s back with another handy bit of advice.

Check out the clip above to see what he has to say and after completing week one’s task, he’s got challenge number two prepared.

Remember, for your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture on social media of your favourite and healthiest meal with the hashtag #FindYourVolcano

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