#UAEFitAwards: Winners and interviews

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One of the many winners: The sameness project won the Initiative of the Year award.

The Fit Awards was a huge success as it recognised excellence and achieve­ments of the health and fitness industry in the UAE for the first time. The fitness industry in the UAE comprises more than 2,500 registered professionals across more than 160 venues so it seemed the perfect time to acknowledge this industry and its growth.

The guests and nominees were entertained throughout the night at the Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeriah Emirates Towers as fourteen different awards were given out.

Here are the winners:

Fitness Event of the Year: Sharjah Ladies Run

Health and Fitness Initiative of the Year – Train Yas

Fitness Manager of the Year – Andy Meech

Emirati of the Year – Hania Kuleib

Coach of the Year – Omar Al Duri

Group Fitness Trainer of the Year – (Freestyle) – Meline Margaryan

Group Fitness Trainer of the Year – (Pre-Choreographed) – Glen Stolley

Facility of the Year (Studio) – Exhale Fitness Studio

Initiative of the Year – Sameness Project

Personal Trainer of the Year – Malin Lenner

Facility of the Year – Ladies – Exhale Fitness

Health Specialist of the Year – Dr Anna Zickerman

Program of the Year – SEHA Corporate Wellness

Facility of the Year – Under 1000 – Smart Fitness

Facility of the Year – 1000 + members – Fitness First Mirdiff City Centre

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MEFIT 2014 arrives to Dubai with world class fitness education

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Be there: Various seminars will help you improve your fitness knowledge.

The latest training techniques, expert health and fitness advice and a focus on nutrition will all be on the agenda when MEFIT 2014 convenes in Dubai this weekend. 

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Sponsored by Reebok, the summit brings world class fitness education and health awareness with an overall aim to help the drive to make the UAE a fitter and healthier country. 

Taking place from December at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the event features an exhilarating and rich programme of instructive presentations, live group fitness classes and health lectures for industry professionals as well as people of all fitness abilities, children and adults, families and friends.

Registration is still open if you want to attend, with pass options starting at DH150 including single day, two-day, business summit and all-inclusive summit passes.

The 2014 edition offers a three-day programme of group fitness classes, personal training seminars, nutrition and business lectures as well as the Battle of the Bars and the Gulf Fitness Championships organised by the Dubai Fitness Championship.

The event kicks off today (Thursday) with the MEFIT business summit. Attracting the industry’s who’s who of club managers and gym owners from across the region, the summit will address key business challenges as well as provide ideas and methodologies on how to run and grow successful fitness clubs. 

Hosted in conjunction with Multi Works and supported by IHRSA (International Health Racket Sport Association), the event features international speakers including Christophe Andanson, chairman of Planet Fitness, the French Health Racket Sport Association and Les Mills Euromed (covering 18 countries).

Also today (Thursday) there is a ladies only morning sponsored by TIMA Love Life at the Burj Al Arab. With a schedule of group fitness classes including Les Mills, TRX & Trigger Point, ladies will be able to enjoy taster sessions in the luxurious surroundings of the TALISE Ladies Club.

MEFIT really gets going on Friday and Saturday with the PT & GX Summit as well as Les Mills Quarterly Workshop. 

Trainers, instructors and fitness enthusiasts can participate in an action-packed schedule of health seminars and fitness classes hosted by leaders, including Dr Charles Jones (California Chiropractic Clinic), Douglas Heel (Be Activated System), Bernadette Abraham (Nutritionist), Dan McDonogh (TRX & Les Mills) and Bas Hollander (Les Mills).

Explorer and world record breaker Adrian Hayes will give the keynote address focusing on the mental side of goal setting and preparation.

Fitness comes first: Participants at the event can get to know the latest trends in the health and fitness industry.

Classes at the summit are diverse and range from group fitness with TRX, Les Mills and ZUMBA to personal and functional training, strength and sports performance (SKLZ, ELEIKO, Beaverfit, SHP) as well as lectures on managing nutrition, health and business.

The Battle of the Bars sponsored by Gravity Calisthenics Gym will take place on Friday afternoon and run into the evening. This free to attend event will showcase the best of the best in calisthenics – the latest fitness discipline to grip the world. Kicking off at 15:00, the Battle of the Bars will feature 10 of the world’s best calisthenics practitioners competing against each other in a battle format during 10 three-minute rounds until a champion is crowned. 

Thereafter, the Gulf Fitness Championships take place in the new outdoor TALISE Fitness area from 17:00 to 22:00 and will feature the cream of the region’s Crossfit community competing across 18 workouts to see who will be crowned ‘Fittest in the Gulf’.

A wide range of healthy eating, fitness, leisure, nutritional and wellbeing companies will also be exhibiting over the weekend including B+, Jax COCO, Atkins, OM Life & Specialized Beauty, to showcase the latest in equipment, apparel and products for visitors.

“We want to spark a passion for a healthier lifestyle among attendees at MEFIT by delivering an exciting, dynamic, fun programme that covers activities suitable for all age groups, genders and fitness levels,” said Rania Boucher, managing director of MEFITPRO and Founder of MEFIT.

The event will run from 09:00 to 18:00 today (Thursday) and 07:30 to 21:00 on Friday and Saturday.

MEFIT is powered by Reebok and supported by the Dubai Sports Council and fitness brands Technogym, Les Mills, Jax Coco, TALISE Fitness, Raymond Sport, TIMA, REPs UAE, OM Life, Trigger Point, TRX, ELEIKO and SKLZ. 

What: MEFIT 2014
When: 09:00 to 18:00 Thursday; 07:30 to 21:00 on Friday and Saturday
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Contact: For more information or to register visit www.mefitsummit.com

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Nike Run registration deadline extended till December 12

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Dawn Runners: Get race ready.

Nike and Dubai Sports Council have extended the registration for the We Run Dubai race to midnight of December 12.

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The run, which is part of the global Nike We Run Series hosted by 14 cities across Europe, Latin America, and Asia and ranging in distances from 7km to a full mara­thon, takes place on Friday, Decem­ber 19 at 07:30 in Downtown Dubai.

Those wishing to train for race day can do so by joining Nike’s off and online running communities.

Everyone will receive a person­alised training plan for the run through the ‘Coach’ feature on the Nike+ app.

Meant for runners across begin­ner, intermediate and advanced levels, the app allows members to receive a customised training plan with pre-planned running work­outs, cross-training and recovery days. Nike+ can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play.

Nike is holding a series for Dawn Runners in areas across Dubai to help the community get race ready. The Dawn Runners last run will kick off on December 12 from the Montgomerie at 05:00.

The final Dawn Runners will lead runners through Emirates Hills before sunrise, followed by a unique surprise and delight expe­rience hosted by Nike. Individuals wishing to participate in the Dawn Runners series can register on the Dawn Runners registration page.

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