Now is the testing time for those of us trying to keep up that New Year’s resolution of going to the gym more, getting fitter and eating healthier.
It’s midway through January and the temptation to have that cheeseburger, skip that gym session and slip back into your old ways, is creeping in.
To keep the mind and body active for the next eight weeks is The Body Challenge, designed to transform your body and mind is the online eight-week plan to get you stronger and fitter, using meal plans and exercises. All you need to do is commit and dedicate yourself for the duration of the challenge.
What’s the plan?
The Body Challenge is suitable for anyone, of any shape and size, with a goal of losing weight or gaining muscle. The point of the challenge is to change your body and mind, and with weeks of dedication that’s achievable, no matter what your starting point is.
How do I get involved?
The first step is to register yourself via the website – thebodychallenge.me to select your preferred meal plan and exercise options. These range from home workouts, personal trainer contacts and gym locations near you. There’s a one-off fee of 250 AED to join, which includes the The Body Challenge online kit, participant support during the entire 8 weeks and access to the participant forum.
What is required from me?
Upload a current ‘before’ photo holding a newspaper dated within the registration dates.
Men should preferably be shirtless, facing the camera or standing sideways in front of a wall holding the newspaper. Women should be in attire that shows the shape of their body, facing the camera or standing sideways in front of a wall while holding the newspaper.
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If you’re not comfortable being shirtless or wearing gym attire, it’s okay to wear something form-fitting so your transformation in the ‘after’ photo will be visible to judges (for your chance to win the Dh10,000).
To maximise your chances of taking home the prize money, ideally your ‘after’ photo should be taken in the same location, using the same angle as your ‘before’ photo. If you’re not comfortable showing your face, it’s acceptable to crop it and send us the one from your neck down to your feet (make sure to keep the original with your face in however, should you win the prize money as it’ll be required for validation purposes). Do not suck in your stomach or act unnatural, just stand relaxed and enjoy the fact that this is the last photo of the old you.
If you are not comfortable at all uploading a photo and are doing The Body Challenge, that’s fine but you will only be eligible to win an iPad just for registering. The grand prize will only be awarded to those who uploaded their ‘before’ photo and within the registration dates – between January 17 and ends March 13 2018.
Those who register within this time with a full body ‘before’ photo will be eligible for the Dh10,000 cash prize. Uninvolved trainers will pick the top 10 transformations, before an online vote will narrow it down to the final 10. We will then hold a final vote to choose our 3 winners. The winners will consist of the overall grand prize money winner as well as the most inspirational man and woman.
Register now thebodychallenge.me and transform your life.
Kicking the New Year off with a bang is Dubai’s Palm Run 2018 as athletes get set to take part in races around Palm Jumeirah.
Powered by Runderwear, participants have the choice of taking part in either the 1km, 3km, 5km or 10km distance challenges. Those looking to complete must register prior to the event in the Palm monorail station between January 16 and 18. It’s here competitors will receive their race pack, which includes the all-important race number and T-shirt.
Each race takes part along the East side of the Palm Jumeirah crescent with various turnarounds, signalled by the designated distance markers. Race numbers must be worn at all times during the race, to help record competitor’s times when crossing the finish line.
Participants must not carry electronic devices such as iPods, headphones and smartphones during the race. Prior to the race, athletes must attend one of the race briefings, which take place every 15 minutes in the Athlete’s Village between 6am-7:15am.
Competitors will have access to the Race Village, which opens from 6am and will remain open for one hour after the last competitor has completed their race. The area has various food and beverage stalls, retail outlets and race giveaways, along with medical support. Runs are largely open to all however athletes must be over the age of 18 to compete in the 10km. Every runner gets an Aquaventure wristband, which entitles them to admission on the day of the run for 150 AED per person. Race prices start at 94.50 AED for the 1km kids entry up to 210 AED for those running in the 10km.
On the day of the race itself, Friday January 19, runners must arrive 15 minutes prior to the official start time. It should be noted that athletes are advised not to drive along Palm Jumeirah themselves, instead the Palm monorail will carry runners to the crescent to begin the race. However, only 300 people can take the trip every fifteen minutes, so it’s wise to book tickets in advance.
Medals are given to all those taking part and everyone will have the chance to relax in the Race Village following their event.
PALM RUN ADULTS & SENIORS 10K 7:30am
PALM RUN ADULTS, SENIORS & TEENS 5K 7:35am
PALM RUN TINY TEENS, TEENS & SENIORS 3K 7:40am
PALM RUN TEENY TINY 1K 7:50am
For more info visit www.race-me-events.com
Are you competing in any fitness events in January and February?
Here’s our top six to get involved in!
URBAN-ULTRA BIG STINKER
Friday, January 19
If you are ready for a serious challenge then this may well be the event for you.
Described as one of the toughest solo footraces in the UAE, the Urban-Ultra Big Stinker has three distances available for competitors – 15km, 30km and 45km.
Wanting to test your fitness after the New Year – then this is a must.
START TIME: 7AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Big Stinker
STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON
Friday, January 26
Over 30,000 runners are expected to take part across Marathon, 10km and 4km Fun Race distances on January 26 – the most ever to participate in the Dubai event.
Registration is still open if you wish to participate or you can still go down and watch some of the best athletes in the world in action.
In the last edition of the race, Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia clinched men’s and women’s titles.
START TIME: 6.30AM
WADI BIH RUN
Friday, February 2 – Saturday, February 3
The profile of the Wadi Bih has increased rapidly since its inception in 1993, and this year’s 50km and 72km routes will be as tough as it gets, as tarmac roads and graded grave tracks will be part of the challenges that take you through the picturesque Hajar Mountains.
The run starts and finishes in Dibba, with the beautiful mountain surroundings of Oman serving as an ideal setting to a gruelling race. It will be an unforgettable experience!
START TIME: From 4.30am (depending on the distance)
MORE INFO: Wadi Bih Run
RAK HALF MARATHON
Friday, February 9
UAE’s premier road race returns for its 12th edition.
Since being launched in 2007, the event, which has become one of the most popular sporting competitions in Ras Al Khaimah, has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of competitive and community runners.
And with this year’s fast track, you can look forward to witnessing an exciting race!
START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Rak Half Marathon