Going Out: Take on the Rush-A-Way adventure race in Dubai

Jay Asser 16/11/2015
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TruEagle’s Rush-A-Way is back for another edition with even more challenges to test those up who are up for it in the UAE.

Inspired by ‘The Amazing Race’, a popular reality television game show, Rush-A-Way will bring its own version of an adventure race to Dubai on Friday, December 11.

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Contesting teams – made up of two members – will take on 10 unique and exciting challenges around the city, meant to be both fun and competitive.

April’s event included challenges in which participants had to learn lines of Mandarin and German, perform a Salsa dance, make sushi rolls, solve brain teasers, eat four flavours of donuts and finish a bootcamp activity.

The challenges are designed to hone in on different skill sets, such as speed, logic, fitness, memory, teamwork and more. Being an athlete or in good shape isn’t required, which is why anyone can take part and do well, as long as they work together and coordinate with their team.

To win Rush-A-Way’s grand prize, teams have to finish the race first by travelling from location to location, reading clues and completing challenges successfully.

The clues provided at each task will bring teams to their next location or require them to perform a task, which can be done either solo or with both members of the team. If teams do not complete a task within the time limit allotted, they can suffer a time penalty before they receive their next clue.

Push yourself: One of the many fitness challenges.

The first team to complete all challenges and cross the finish line will win the grand prize of Dh12,000 in cash and kind. All other teams that finish will earn a Dh250 voucher to a shop at TruEagle and a goody bag worth Dh750. 

To take part, competitors need to be above the age of 16 with one member of the team holding a driving license. Teams will need to have their own car so they can drive between task locations and are free to use GPS or the internet to navigate.

Teams can choose which session they want to race in on the day, with a morning session starting at 07:30 and an afternoon sessions beginning at 13:30.

Registration for the event costs Dh350 until November 28 and is then Dh420 until December 6, as long as spots are still available. Included in the fees are snacks, refreshments and a goody bag at the finish line. Visit www.rushawayuae.com to sign up and for more information.

Grab your best friend, a family member, colleague or significant other and work together as you make your way around Dubai to conquer Rush-A-Way. 

What: Rush-A-Way adventure race
Where: Dubai, with the starting location revealed prior to the race day
When: Friday, December 11 with the morning sessions starting at 07:30 and the afternoon session beginning at 13:30
Contact: Visit www.rushawayuae.com to register and for more information

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#360fit: Coffee - is it good or bad for our health?

FitnessLink 16/11/2015
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Is coffee good for us? Does it help with fat loss or does it make us gain fat?

So of course I had to buy a nice creamy coffee before I could delve into the good, the bad and the ugly about coffee.

Some swear they can’t start the day without it, many models live off it as do many stressed out big-bellied bankers. So what’s going on? Is coffee good for us? Does it help with fat loss or does it make us gain fat?

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I find myself talking to clients often on this topic and that’s because it’s a very confusing topic when it comes to health and fat loss. It’s also one that’s of great interest to me being a coffee lover that sees great benefits in avoiding it also.

Much can be said on this topic, but for the purpose of this blog, I will present key facts that have come about from studies and try to help you as a coffee drinker make a more informed choice.

Lets Start With The ‘Good’ In Coffee:

There are several studies out there that link regular coffee consumption to life longevity and lowered risk of a variety of cancers, heart attack and heart disease due to its high antioxidant content. It can improve vascular and cholesterol health. Research shows that coffee can improve fat burning and potentially influence the body composition as greater intake is associated with lower triglyceride levels and better glucose tolerance. It furthermore increases your metabolic rate so you burn more calories, and can help shift body fat rather than glucose for energy.

Coffee also controls blood sugar and can improve insulin sensitivity. Caffeine also increases power and strength performance, so a pre-workout coffee can certainly help your performance in the gym and improve your results; and speed up recovery and reduce muscle soreness according to researchers. They suggest that caffeine may improve muscle glycogen re-synthesis post work-out while mobilising fatty acids to be burned for fuel during exercise.

Sounds too good to be true. But before you go order your next cup let’s take a look at the darker side of coffee.

Research shows that coffee can improve fat burning.

Coffee As We Generally Consume It (The Bad):

“Associative addictions trend with coffee – who doesn’t immediately think of warm, frothy sweet cream and sugar when they picture coffee? Surely the business of coffee has inspired a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal then a drink!” – Dr Hyman

The darker side of coffee reveals a less encouraging picture: inflammation, hormonal imbalance, compromised nutrition, over-worked, stressed out, fatigued, depressed and toxic bodies. This is where the coffee gets pushed aside and we ask the waiter for that green juice we were going to order originally.

According to Dr Hyman, Director of the Ultra Wellness Centre, the caffeine in coffee increases catecholamine, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation and this makes you feel lousy. Adaptation to caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease. Which is the exact opposite to what I’ve just been writing about. Confusing.

He also states: “Unfiltered coffee has the highest amount of beneficial antioxidants yet also leaks the most diterpenes into your system. These diterpenes have been linked to higher levels of triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels. The helpful chlorogenic acids which may delay glucose absorption in the intestine have also been shown to increase homocysteine levels- an indicator for increased risk of cardiovascular disease which tends to be elevated in diabesity. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora). Addiction is often an issue with coffee drinkers and makes it really difficult to rely on the body’s natural source of energy”.

You can read the full article here. 

When I cut coffee out, my energy feels natural & the glow comes back to my skin.

The Ugly Truth: What I Know….

The few things I do know for sure is that coffee is loved by billions around the world and after crude oil, coffee is the most sought after commodity in the world. It is worth over $100 billion worldwide! The world is addicted to coffee.

Now as we all know, to make things cheap in the consumer world, more needs to be produced in shorter time periods, and to meet demand farmers cannot risk a bad crop. For this reason coffee is one of the most chemically treated crops in the world. According to the CS Monitor, up to 250 pounds of chemical fertilisers are sprayed per acre of non-organic coffee. When you sip your conventional coffee, you are ingesting the pesticide residues, which contribute to many health problems including cancer and miscarriages in pregnant women.

Not only this, but how many of us actually drink our coffee black, organic, fresh pressed without the addition of milk and sugar? The sugar and milk alone cause enough health problems and could be an explanation for a lot of the bad press related to coffee studies, but unless your coffee is organic you are definitely ingesting a lot of rubbish for your body to deal with.

To conclude from my own experience: I love coffee, especially with almond milk. The true reality of it is that when I cut it out, even black organic coffee, I personally look and feel a lot better. My energy feels natural and the glow comes back to my skin. This to me is enough evidence that my insides are happier without it.

If you currently drink coffee, feel great and full of energy, sleep well and have good skin – chances are your body is dealing with it just fine. But if not, I suggest you try cutting it out and see how you feel. After all we are all individual. ‘One man’s poison is another man’s medicine.’

Author: Jenna Lincoln is a Personal Trainer at SHP Dubai. Check out more informative fitness and nutrition articles on the SHP Blog.

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Pushing yourself in Burn Room's challenging surroundings

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Women can train among those of similar strength and fitness, which reduces the stress.

Women can feel intimidated and isolated in gymnasiums that are overloaded with men lifting heavy weights and training. This doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Burn Room in Al Quoz, Dubai allows ladies to be at ease when training as they can push themselves without any concerns.  

Burn Room – a ladies-only gym – is far from a stereotypical place to workout.  You’ll find punch bags, ropes, boxes and medicine balls for the type of people that like to train without going on machines. The classes involve functional and innovative exercises so the girls can feel the ‘burn’ without having to do tedious workouts that involve things like biking and running. 

 Melissa Trent, who was trying the Burn Room out for the first time after having heard about it on social media, was really impressed with the intensity of the workouts and the design of the gym: “It’s not pink and purple like you’d expect from a ladies only gym,” said Melissa. 

“I like that it’s not girly. The military style makes you feel energised compared to the other gyms I have been to that are just for females. My first experience of this gym has been a sweaty good time.” 

 Ayyam, who trains regularly at the Burn Room, feels the gym has a unique feel about it that makes you want to keep coming back for more compared to a conventional facility. 

“The Burn Room isn’t like any gym you have been to before,” claimed Ayyam. 

Something extra: Members can test their limits using various equipment at Burn Room.

“You don’t have to waste your time on cardio machines like treadmills and bikes that are boring. Here you get to kill time by testing your own body’s ability. This makes it way more fun, especially when you are doing the classes or testing and pushing yourself against other girls.” 

Burn Room relaunched recently after being a mixed gym before. Their membership levels are already starting to soar due to the affordable packages and appealing classes on offer. 

Mona has only recently moved to Dubai but has become a member of the Burn Room after it was recommended to her by a friend. She said: “I’ve never been to a ladies gym before so I was intrigued to see what it was like. 

 “I think you can work out better when with just other girls because you are fearless rather than when you are training with men. So you can push yourself to the max. Everybody’s at a similar level of fitness and strength in the Burn Room, which feels nice as you don’t have to be embarrassed doing any of the exercises.”

 So give Burn Room a try yourself to find out why ladies keep coming back for more. 
 
What: Burn Room
Where: Al Quoz, Industrial Area 3, Dubai, UAE.
When: Sunday to Thursday 07:00-22:00. Friday-Saturday 10:00-22:00.
Contact: 04 3806969

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