Fitness fanatic Luke Morris talks us through a simple workout to strengthen the core

Nick Watkins 22/06/2018
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Fitness fanatic: Luke Morris

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During exercise, it’s vital to stay hydrated and ice cool Melt Water is a favourite of fitness lover Luke Morris who has teamed up with Melt Water to talk us through four key core exercises, that’ll keep you on top of your core strength, which is vitally important.

KEY CORE EXERCISES

In the second of a series of exclusive clips, Morris demonstrates simple moves you can do, at home or in the gym, to get the core in great shape.

HOLLOW HOLD INTO TOE TOUCHES

Lying flat on your back, extend your whole body, with your arms together above your head, then crunch your arms and legs together to work the abs.

RUSSIAN TWISTS WITH A WEIGHT

Keeping your feet on the floor, sit in an upright position and hold a weight in front of your torso, then twist and touch it down either side of you.

MOTION PLANK

This is a variation of the regular plank but with a bit of motion added in to make it a bit harder. Remain in the plank position and move up and down on your hands and elbows.

SCISSOR KICKS

On your back again, hold some weights in the air, keeping them still, and move your legs in a scissor motion to engage your core.

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Fitball founder Kameron Jaff combines footballing skills with endurance exercises

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On the ball: Kameron Jaff's fitball session

Fitball Factory is a workout concept providing group-training classes that combine football drills with strength and cardio interval training. These workouts are designed to improve technical aspects of your game and get you in to shape, whether your goals are football or fitness related. In the second of a series of articles founder Kameron Jaff explains how fitball benefits endurance.

The whole idea about fitball is to bring a football into the workouts to make them as engaging and as fun as possible. So rather than telling someone to run five kilometres we’re getting people exercising with a ball at their feet. In terms of the endurance work with the ball, we have a number of exercises we’ll do in a session.

Suicides

We do these both with and without the ball. It’s where you have a line of cones and you run back and forth to different ones. When you get to each cone you do a trick with the ball to challenge yourself and also to improve your footballing skills. We want to try and replicate what a game situation is actually like in the workouts, which you don’t get with just doing a long distance run, for instance. Football is a mixture of sprinting, jogging, turning and so on, not just running in a straight line.

Full body exercise


After suicides we’ll do a move that works most muscles, such as burpees. The idea with endurance exercises is to get creative with periods of high intensity, low intensity and rest, all with the ball involved as much as possible. A burpee is a whole body movement targeting big muscle groups, like the glutes, hamstrings and pectoral muscles. It works the core and acts as a cardio workout with high repetitions. We use the ball to do kick-ups between reps or something similar.

Diet

What you eat and drink has a big impact on your endurance. You don’t want to be going too heavy on the carbs, but you need the right amount before a workout. You also don’t want to be going in to exercise full of junk food, sugars and chocolate. Sweet potato and whole-grain pasta are good energy sources to have a few hours before you do exercise. Also include some protein – chicken, turkey, beans and lentils to give you what your body needs to keep high energy levels. Drinking Red Bull a few hours before a work out is also beneficial for keeping you going throughout the session. If you want to become lean, or stronger, your diet will be different to that of a footballer. Carbs, although a great source of energy, if they’re not ultilised go into your fat store, so you want to make sure if you’re eating carbs you’re working out afterwards.

You can find out more about FitBall at www.fitballfactory.me and on Instagram @fitballfactory

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UAE fitness events taking place in June and July

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Are you competing in any fitness events in June and July?

Here’s our top three to get involved in!

SUMMER SOLSTICE CRAZY BONKERS – ABU DHABI RIDE

Thursday, June 21

Now in its fifth year, the Last Exit Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride challenges participants to cycle 180km, 161km, 100km, 38km or 52km.

The event takes place one day after the ‘actual’ date of the Summer Solstice. It’s not a race but an opportunity to clock up kilometres in the middle of the summer, on what is close to the longest day/shortest night of the year.

TIME: From 9pm
MORE INFO: Summer Solstice

IRONSTAR INDOOR TRIATHLON – RACE 2 and 3
Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21

Endurance sports lovers can get back in the groove with Ironstar Indoor Triathlon Series’ second race of the season.

With five races across five summer months, the series aims to keep triathletes active during a time of the year when the heat takes away the option for outdoor activities.

By holding their triathlons indoors, Ironstar are giving athletes plenty of reason to keep swimming, running and biking during the summer.

The third race takes place on July 21.

TIME: From 1pm
MORE INFO: Ironstar Indoor Triathlon

GARDEN CITY THROWDOWN
Friday, June 29

The Garden City Throwdown is a two day regional event organised in Al AIn.

Taking place on the weekend of 29-30 June at Bawadi Mall, the event is open to male and female participants over the age of 16 in elite and scaled categories.

TIME: From 7am
MORE INFO: Garden City Throwdown

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