Have you got what it takes to be a Ninja Warrior in the UAE?

Dan Owen 17/05/2018
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Individuals and teams can take part in the Ninja Nationals

We have all seen the TV show, now people across Dubai will be able to find out if they are a true Ninja Warrior.

A worldwide phenomenon, these fiendishly tricky assault courses have mesmerised millions on television and sparked something of a craze within the fitness industry.

Now Dubai will have its own course, and a league system for individuals and teams to take part in.

The Ninja National Summer Series is the brainchild of JustPlay and will feature the biggest ninja course in the region at more than 50m, with ten taxing obstacles along the way. With two courses running alongside each other – competitors will be able to take part in head-to-head racing.

The Ninja Nationals Ramadan league will kick-off on May 21, with the Ninja National Summer League starting the following week on May 29.

Registration will be needed ahead of the events, with early bird packages still available.

Entrance fees will include: Nine timed runs on the Ninja competition course, head to head against a competitor, up to five hours of practice time on the course, (to be booked in advance), officially recorded times for submission to the Ninja Championship, running September 2018.

The all-new course will be at Dubai Sports World at Dubai Trade Centre, with beginners and children, able to take on the Dojo Training course, located alongside the competition course.

Competitors will get the chance to take on some of the obstacles that have been made famous on TV including; angled steps, jungle swings, floating doors, sea of swings, floating bridges, the warped wall, and spider wall.

For those wanting to have some fun on the course, but have the pressure of competing, there will be a ninja academy – for people to sharpen their skills.

Here, students will work through a 10-week programme, building core competencies in agility, strength, speed and stamina. The courses are led by qualified personal trainers, delivering fundamentals of movement and fitness, combined with technical instruction on overcoming ninja obstacles.

Academy students train and practice based initially on age, and then progress based on ability.

What: Ninja Warriror

Where: Dubai Sports World at the World Trade Centre, and JustPlay in Al Quoz

When: Ramadan league from May 21

Contact: http://justplay.ae/nationals/  or

http://justplay.ae/ninja-academy/

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GymNation in Dubai gives first glimpse to the public and signs deal with Kcal

Dan Owen 15/05/2018
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GymNation will have more than 500 pieces of top-level equipment

One of Dubai’s newest fitness experiences has opened its doors to the public for the first time.

GymNation on Sheikh Zayed Road held an open day at the weekend giving members, and the rest of the public, a first glipse at their state-of-the art facility.

The highly anticipated full opening will take place later this month.

The gym originally hit the headlines when they offered memberships at just Dh99 – this was just an introductory offer for a set number of people, but even now the price point is around Dh179 per month.

Questions were initially raised whether a budget price would equate to budget quality equipment, but all those fears have been laid to rest.

The facility in Al Quoz, is a 45,000 square-foot floor space, equipped with over 500 pieces of latest generation equipment by Matrix and offers over 200 Les Mills fitness classes, all accessible as part of the monthly membership.

Add to this a high-tech spinning studio, dedicated combat sports area, and huge studio space and the variety of attributes the facility has is clear – you can even take part in classes when there are no instructors there – through virtual technology.

The facility has areas for all types of  gym-goer

The facility has areas for all types of gym-goer

The gym is equipped to cater for all fitness needs – with huge interest shown from first-time gym users right the way thought to top level athletes from a range of sports.

Female gym goers are extremely well catered for also, with a special women’s only area that is directly connected to reception and changing area for maximum privacy.

The company has also announced a partnership with Kcal for their on-site nutrition offering.

Fuel Up by Kcal, a concept dedicated to promoting wellness through good healthy food, is now the official nutrition partner of GymNation. The concept is all about taking charge of your health and wellness, without compromising on choice, ease, speed, and convenience – an ethos that fits with GymNation’s ‘fitness for everyone’ ideology.

With Fuel Up by Kcal on board, GymNation say their offering becomes even more comprehensive.

Frank Afeaki and Loren Holland, Founders  of GymNation

Frank Afeaki and Loren Holland, Founders
of GymNation

“Health and fitness is a blend of exercise, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. As part of our holistic offering to our members, GymNation is pleased and proud to partner with UAE’s favorite health food company,” said GymNation Founder Loren Holland.

“We are delighted to have opened a world-class fitness facility which offers gym memberships at an affordable and flexible rate to the people of Dubai. Our partnership with Fuel Up by Kcal further enhances our offering to GymNation members allowing them to access the best nutritional advice, services and healthy food offering across the UAE,” he added.

“We are excited about our new partnership with GymNation which will bridge the gap between food and fitness, giving us the opportunity to provide our clients with access to personalised nutrition and physical wellbeing,” said Mark Carroll, Founder & Co-CEO of Kcal.

GymNation is due to open in May following the launch event last week; for more information or to claim your membership, for more information visit: gymnation.ae

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Sjha'ra Taylor spreads the joy of Chocolate Yoga

Hiba Khan 14/05/2018
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Sjha’ra Taylor is an avid practitioner of Kundalini yoga, who has studies and apprenticed under notable yogis, priests, and shamans from all around the world.

She has dabbled in many different styles before settling for Kundalini yoga and went on to create her own style by combining it with one of the most universally loved things, chocolate.

During one of her trips to Guatemala, Sjha’ra was taught how to conduct ancient Mayan cacao ceremonies by a chocolate shaman and was inspired to combine it with Kundalini yoga at his behest.

Watch as she recounts her completely accidental discovery of Chocolate Yoga and it’s wonderful benefits that she wishes to share with the rest of the world.


For more information on chocolate yoga and Sjha’ra Taylor’s workshops, click here.










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