Three UAE fitness events to look forward to in April and May

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Are you competing in any fitness events in April and May?

Here’s our top three to get involved in!

WADI ADVENTURE RACE 

Saturday, April 21

The popular Wadi Adventure Race returns this month where athletes will be pushed to the limits in a gruelling obstacle course.

Since its debut in 2012, the race has gone from strength to strength, and organisers are expecting another strong turnout this month for what will be the seventh edition overall.

Competitors will have to overcome a 5k, 10k and 15k obstacle course where they will crawl, run, carry, swim, swing and climb their way to the finish line.

TIME: From 8am
MORE INFO: Wadi Adventure Race

AL WATHBA DUATHLON 
Saturday, April 28

The last race of the series will be held at the Al Wathba Cycle Park, bringing athletes of different disciplines onto the same playing field.

Whether you’re a cyclist, duathlete or triathlete, the race is suited to your abilities with a run/bike/run format.

Competitors can take part in either teams of two or solo and you can be in as many of the events as you want.

TIME: From 7.10am
MORE INFO: Al Wathba Duathlon

URBAN-ULTRA KALBA HILLS CYCLE CHALLENGE
Friday, May 4

Challenge yourself on the beautiful lagoons of Kalba, Sharjah and through the surrounding Kalba Hills with a spectacular coastal descent – 70km elite or 37km along smooth tarmac roads.

It is a tough challenge and requires training, with riders asked to reach the finish no later than 9am for 70k and 7.30am for 37km.

Riders who are competing in the 70k must finish first loop no later than 7.15am.

TIME: From 6am
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Kalba Hills Cycle Challenge

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Females to challenge inner athlete in the ultimate workout at Talise Fitness

Nick Watkins 11/04/2018
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Tough test: Females ready for Talise Fitness challenge

Ladies get ready for a morning of yoga, sandstorm circuits and Zumba.

Going to the gym is as much a mental exercise as it is physical for those lacking motivation, so to make things more exciting, Washington Apples and Talise fitness has sent out a challenge to the women of the UAE. Females are preparing for a trio of workout activities like no other which will put both the body and mind to the test.

Open to ladies of all ages and abilities, the event will consist of three different activities starting with a sunrise beach yoga session, followed by a sandstorm circuit and a Zumba class, in what will be the ultimate morning of health and fitness.

The day begins with a yoga class to unify the mind, while also improving flexibility and balance, and ends with Zumba, arguably the toughest of the three workouts. The tough fitness class combines dance and exercises and is inspired by Latin moves and music. The session also uses a variety of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue, salsa, reggae, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and hip-hop and burns between 350 to 800 calories per class too.

Talise FItness: Morning yoga workouts by the beach

Talise FItness: Morning yoga workouts by the beach

Those of all levels of fitness are encouraged to take part in the challenge, with free entry and energizing smoothies made from Washington Apples to refresh you while you get your inner athlete out. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers great fitness facilities with indoor and outdoor training zones, six tennis courts, four swimming pools, five km running trails and access to a 900-metre private beach.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early as registration begins at 7:30am at Talise Fitness, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. As if feeling good about yourself post-workout wasn’t enough, there will also be prizes given away to lucky ladies who will walk away with a full day spa experience at Talise SPA.

The event is brought to you by Washington Apples, which are each packed with complex carbohydrates that gradually break down and release energy over a long period of time, giving you the extra boost needed after a workout. To register email [email protected]

What: Washington Apples and Talise fitness challenge
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
When: Friday 13th April
Contact: [email protected]

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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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