Third annual Yasalam fitness campaign offers 7 weeks of free fitness at TrainYAS

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Abu Dhabi Embarks on 7 weeks of free fitness.

Yas Marina Circuit was alive with the pulse of the capital’s fitness last night as residents registered for the 3rd annual Get Driver Fit program which got underway at TrainYAS by Daman’s Activelife and organized by FLASH Entertainment, Get Driver Fit is the 7-week free fitness program for residents across Abu Dhabi.

GDF is part of Yasalam 2015, the largest festival of entertainment and activities run by any race host city aiming to highlight the importance of healthy living within the Abu Dhabi community.

Working with local fitness supporters, GDF offers young and old the opportunity to try something new during the exciting build-up to the race.

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The third instalment of the campaign will motivate residents to get fit across a variety of fitness regimes including functional fitness, yoga, boxing and beach circuit training, as well as group family fitness sessions for the whole family to enjoy together.

With locations across Abu Dhabi including Mushrif Park, Haddins Gym at Zayed Sports City Bodytree Studio, St. Regis Saadiyat and Yas Marina Circuit, the program will be easily accessible for residents of the entire city.

Following the fantastic challenge introduced in the GDF 2014, GDF will once again culminate with a life-changing run on the purpose built Obstacle Course on Lagoon Beach at the Abu Dhabi Corniche from 19 – 22 November.

The course will be open to the public for all to enjoy, but the GDF Finale will take place on 20 November where the top male and female entrants registered as part of the GDF program will win a luxurious getaway to the Seychelles.

Emirati trainer and GDF ambassador Abeer Amiri commented on the launch of Get Driver Fit brought to you by Daman’s Activelife: “Abu Dhabi is once again beginning a program that will literally activate the capital, and I am thrilled to be taking part.

Signing Up for GDF 2015.

"Our bodies are made to move and the open-access format of the Get Driver Fit program is a fantastic way to get the community healthier, excited and revved up for the Yasalam festivities.

"I hope the whole of Abu Dhabi is as thrilled as I am and are willing to take a step towards what it means to get ‘driver fit’.”

Week by week the free program will push participants to their limits on disciplines as well as work to set the building blocks of fitness within the Abu Dhabi community. As part of this, Get Driver Fit 2015 will reach out to the classrooms of Abu Dhabi for the GDF Lab program, running 11 October– 19 November.

The 6 week program will be specially designed to prepare students for the ultimate challenge at the Obstacle Course where 5 Abu Dhabi schools will compete to win the GDF School Challenge.

Those who wish to enjoy their workout along the picturesque Abu Dhabi Corniche will be able to head down to the new Muscle Beach in the GDF Fitness Zone from 19 November throughout Yasalam’s Live on the Corniche.

Assessment underway.

The GDF Fitness Zone will run daily drop-in beach fitness classes as well as allow fitness enthusiasts to try their own workout at the open air Muscle Beach gym with a custom-built functional training rig and equipment.

Classes for Get Driver Fit brought to you by Daman’s Activelife are now live across the capital until 19 November. To learn more about GDF check out the official community page atwww.facebook.com/GetDriverFit and share your fitness inspiration #GDF2015.

Yasalam festival details can be found at www.yasalam.ae #Yasalam2015

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A personal trainer could kick-start your healthy routine.

Sticking with an exercise plan and getting in shape needn’t be so challenging. Hiring a personal trainer may be a great way to put you on the road to fitness success.

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SIGNS A PERSONAL TRAINER COULD BE RIGHT FOR YOU

Personal trainers are suitable for beginners and experts.

You might be considering hiring a personal trainer, but how do you know you really need one? After all, a trainer may not be the best way to go for everyone. The following signs could be a good indication that a personal trainer may be your best bet towards achieving your fitness goals. 

1. You have a million excuses why you don’t exercise

Not everyone enjoys working out. You may even have a few excuses for not exercising that seem legitimate. The right trainer can help you get motivated and develop a specific program that you can stick with and may even enjoy.

2. You want to fit into your wedding dress or look hot in your bikini

Let’s face it, not everyone starts an exercise program to improve their overall well-being. Sometimes you have a specific goal in mind, and that’s fine. A trainer can help you define your goals and reach them. 

3. Bicep curls and a tricep dips aren’t even in your vocabulary

If you’re a rookie when it comes to exercise, a trainer can be invaluable. Don’t worry if you don’t know your bench press from your chest fly, a trainer can be a great source of education for all things fitness.

BENEFITS FOR ALL FITNESS LEVELS

Trainers should have professional qualifications.

Whether you’re new to exercise, trying to get back in shape, or want to take your fitness to the next level, a trainer can be very beneficial. Consider some of these additional benefits of hiring a personal trainer

1. You’ll learn proper technique and reduce your risk of injury

2. A trainer will hold you accountable and help you stick with a program

3. You will get individualized workouts

4. A good trainer can provide motivation and encouragement

5. Personal trainers can provide sport-specific workout plans to help you prepare for competition

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TRAINER

Be trained on your own or as part of a group.

There is more to being a trainer than looking buff. Keep in mind, not all personal trainers are equally qualified. If you’re planning to hire a personal trainer, there are certain things to consider. 

1. Consider certification

Look for a trainer who is a member of the Register Of Exercise Professionals (REPS) and a minimum of a level 3 certified personal trainer. Although certification does not tell the entire story, it at least shows that the trainer meets the minimum requirement for their profession and that REPS has certified their qualification as legitimate.

2. Look for additional qualifications

Additional qualifications to look for in a trainer include a degree in exercise science or nutrition. Also, ask if the trainer is qualified in activity first aid and CPR. Although you don’t plan to collapse while you workout, most gyms require trainers to be CPR certified. If your trainer is not, it raises a red flag on how much they care about client safety.

3. Experience

Although a trainer does not have to have years of experience, look for one that has done at least a little bit of training. A brand new trainer may still be good if they have personal experience with exercise and fitness.

FINDING THE RIGHT MATCH

Personal trainers are equally effective for young and old.

There are lots of great trainers out there, but not every trainers style and personality is a good match for every client. Before you take the plunge and hire a personal trainer, it’s a good idea to find one that you’ll enjoy working with. Consider the following:

1. Cost

Costs may vary based on several factors, such as qualifications and experience. Consider your budget and look for a trainer you can afford. If you get in over your head financially, you will not stick it out.

2. Services

What do you prefer, private in-home training, group training or working with a personal trainer at the gym? Not all trainers offer all types of services. Make sure the trainer you hire offers the services you want.

3. Personality

A personal trainer doesn’t have to be your best buddy, but he/she should have a personality you are comfortable with. If you need to be pushed, find a trainer who practices tough love and will give you the nudge you need to get moving and get in shape!

4. Specialism

Not all personal trainers are made equal. Match yourself with a trainer who specialises in the fitness goals you want to achieve. This way your trainer will have heaps of experience and history in helping others achieve similar goals, thus maximising your chances of success. 

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Fruit contains nutrients that are positively good for your health.

As a Lifestyle and Fitness adviser, there are a few questions that come up time and again regarding diet, nutrition and weight control.  Here are the top five:

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1.  Will I gain weight if I eat after 6pm?

The short answer to this is no, the time of day most people eat won’t cause weight gain so long as they are following a healthy diet.  The food will be processed and stored as energy for when it is required.  In fact, if you work out in the evening, it is important to refuel with a normal, balanced meal within a couple of hours.  “Nutrient timing” is important for “physique” type athletes like bodybuilders or for athletes at the highest level of sport, but for the rest of us it just adds unnecessary complication.

2.  How often should I do a detox?

The juice detox/cleanse thing has gone out of control in the last few years.  There are serious health issues associated with such a restrictive regimen: serious nutrient deficiency, fatigue, GI tract dysfunction, blood sugar imbalances to name but a few which will lead to ill health.  For a short time, they can be useful to kick start a healthy eating lifestyle change or a day or two after a holiday to get back on track, but your body is brilliantly made to detox itself so long as you aren’t overloading it with toxins all day long.  If you choose to do this, you need to be resting.

Swapping bad food for good is the best way to improve nutrition.

3.  What sort of diet should I go on?

“Going on a diet” is not a particularly useful way to manage your weight long term.  The best way to get started is to improve your nutrition intake.  Identify areas of deficiency and work on those first.  Most people simply need to get a better balance of foods into their diet and swapping bad for good is the best way to improve nutrition.  Start by increasing the amount of vegetables you eat and reducing carbs such as fries, move on to eating more high quality protein and fewer takeaways, try snacking on fruit each afternoon rather than biscuits, drink more water and fewer sodas and coffees.  Don’t do it all at once: gradually improve your eating habits.  Go for lots of variety in all food groups. This will have a very beneficial effect on your health overall.

4.  Should I count calories

It’s almost impossible to count calories easily.  The best way to work out portion sizes for a main meal is to use your hand: Precision Nutrition came up with this handy way of measuring

  • Your palm determines your protein portions.
  • Your fist determines your veggie portions.
  • Your cupped hand determines your carb portions. (See Q.5)
  • Your thumb determines your fat portions.

5.  Should I avoid carbs?

There is no doubt that if you cut all carbs, you will lose weight, but most people will stick to a healthy eating plan if they include a moderate amount and variety of good quality carbs, for example, rice, quinoa, grains, root vegetables (definitely do not avoid all other vegetables) and pulses/lentils/legumes.  Adequate carbs help most clients exercise harder and recover better, which is all part of weight control and health.

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