How to get bigger and stronger shoulders

David Cooper 25/03/2018
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It won’t happen overnight so don’t get too excited.

You’ll need to train three times a week for 6-8 weeks before you see any noticeable gains but stay patient with it… and before you know it you’ll be strutting around Dubai Marina with shoulders on you like Anthony Joshua.

Here are the exercises you can choose from to include in your programme:

Shoulder press

Sit on a bench that has back support and hold the dumbells in each hand.

Place the dumbbells on top of your legs.

Raise the dumbbells to shoulder height one at a time.

Aim to do 10 repetitions and take a break. Repeat this three times.

Push-ups

Lie on the floor face down and place your hands apart and hold your body up.

Lower yourself downward until your chest touches the floor.

Press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest.

Hold at the top contracted position and then begin to lower yourself downward again.

Aim to do 10-20 repetitions and take a break. Repeat this three times.

Seated dumbbell side laterals

Sit at the end of a bench with your feet on the floor.

Hold the dumbbells with your arms down by your sides.

Lift the dumbbells to your side with a slight bend on the elbow and the hands facing forward.

Continue to go up until you arms are parallel to the floor.

Lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position.

Aim to do 10 repetitions and take a break. Repeat this three times.

Lying rear deltoid raises

Lie with your chest down on a flat bench.

Keep the arms extended with the elbows slightly bent.

Raise the arms to the side until your elbows are at shoulder height and your arms are parallel to the floor.

Slowly lower the dumbbells to the starting position.

Aim to do 10 repetitions and take a break. Repeat this three times.

Barbell military press

Start by placing a barbell that is about chest high on a squat rack.

Lift the barbell up keeping it lying on your chest.

Position your feet shoulder width apart from each other.

Once you pick up the barbell with the correct grip length, lift the bar up over your head.

Aim to do 10 repetitions and take a break. Repeat this three times.

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Asics release the special-edition GEL-Nimbus 20 Platinum

Dan Owen 20/03/2018
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The Asics GEL-Nimbus 20 Platinum.

One of the world’s leading running shoes is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special Platinum Edition.

Asics’ GEL-Nimbus reaches the milestone this year and has commemorated the occasion with a special release of the shoe that has been a mainstay in the running market for the last two decades.

The shoe boasts a range of state-of-the-art features that are the brainchild of Asics experts at their very own Institute of Sport Science in Japan.

This edition of the GEL-Nimbus features electro-plated hits and revolutionary lightweight FlyteFoam cushioning.

The Nimbus caters to neutral runners of all levels. Its seamless, FluidFit upper stretches and adapts to your foot to give you a customized fit perfect for maintaining comfort on those long runs.

The Platinum has a distinctive colour plate on the back of the shoe giving it a special edition premium feel, but it is the build features of the shoe that provide the ultimate support for runners.

With a special heel-clutching system, and gel cushioning in the front and rear of the shoe, it’s clear comfort is paramount in the minds of designers.

Added to this gender specific cushioning in the midsole, with the female version of the shoe enjoying a lower-density top layer in the midsole, allowing female athletes to better enjoy the benefits of midsole compression.

The Asics GEL-Nimbus 20 Platinum is now available in the UAE with the rest of the GEL-Nimbus range.

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XYoga Dubai by Dubai Holding attracts huge numbers for a full weekend of seaside yoga at Kite Beach

Hiba Khan 17/03/2018
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It was a weekend well-spent for Yoga enthusiasts in Dubai, as yogis from all walks of life, levels, and nationalities flocked in large numbers to Kite Beach for what was hailed as the most holistic yoga festival, XYoga Dubai presented by Dubai Holding.

The two-day festival kicked off on Friday, 16th March until Saturday, 17th, and offered complimentary classes and workshops by eminent local and international yogis.

The number of attendees surpassed the expectations of the organisers by ten-folds, as more than 2000 yogis attended the mass morning session led by runway model-turned international yoga guru, Yogi Cameron and Bollywood actress and Reebok ambassador, Malaika Arora.

“Dubai brings together people from such diverse backgrounds and nationalities, which is what truly makes the yoga community here so special and all the more unique. I am really amazed by the turnout today and I am just so happy to be able to do a session with such a fantastic group of people,” Cameron told sport360.

1 Malaika Arora and Yogi Cameron open XYoga Dubai

Cameron is a practitioner and specialises in Ayurvedic yoga, which brought the balance and peace in his life that he had been always seeking.

The festival featured diverse styles of yoga and brought together a unique band of yogis, who not only had studied this ancient practice extensively, but had their own understanding and take on it.

The pioneer of chocolate yoga, Sjha’ra Taylor also conducted two-hour sessions, where people got a full-on experience of two of the most universally enjoyed things in the world.

“I am glad that I was able to introduce chocolate yoga to everyone at the festival. The cacao that I used in my session is handpicked by me and is of the highest vibration that has really strong medicinal properties. Having the cacao with the Kundalini yoga is absolutely wonderful for the body,” she said.

Daniel Morgan, UK-based yogi and modern wellness advocate imparted the wisdom and joy of yoga to the attendees at the two-day festival.

Having battled anxiety in the past, Morgan found comfort in the practice of yoga and realised that the teachings of yoga go beyond the postures or asanas, but yoga is a lifestyle.

Over 2000 people at XYoga Dubai

“The practice of yoga doesn’t start and stop on the mat. Yoga literally means union and the whole practice is about internalising the teachings of this practice and finding the right balance in your life,” said Morgan.

With an anatomical breakdown of postures, Morgan understands that every body is different and his classes incorporate traditional teachings of yoga with a modern twist that includes a balance of strength and mobility.

“Yoga has had such a powerful and beautiful impact on my life and it has taken me all over the world. I have had a chance to establish meaningful connections with people that I otherwise would not have had a chance to meet,” he added.

Mohammed Javad, General Manager of XDubai, plans on doing the event on an annual basis and having activations all throughout the year to promote Yoga and to strengthen the community by providing a platform for them to come together more often like this.

He said: “We are definitely looking into doing XYoga Dubai annually and we will have smaller events throughout the year to keep the community alive. The numbers that we have seen is a testament to the growth of yoga in the country and we just want to contribute a little to its growth.”

XYoga Dubai is just a small part of the efforts made by XDubai and Dubai Holding to promote the practice of yoga. For more information or updates, log on to www.xyogadubai.com

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