Reviews: This week's sporting essentials

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Do you have these in your collection?

Do you dislike your water bottle when you run? If so, Nathan has found the answer. Keep hydrated in style during the sizzling UAE summer heat with their fully adjustable two-flask belt.

Each flask weighs just 10 ounces and stores 600ml of fluid between the two, ensuring it’s the perfect booster to keep you hydrated throughout your run.

The flasks even keep water or energy drinks cooler for longer.

How to get the belt...

  • PRICE: Dh310
  • WHERE TO BUY: Available from Adventure HQ and Beyond Fitness in City Centre Me’aisem Mall near Sports City, Dubai

The belt boosts multi-directional stretch that eliminates it bouncing around your midriff and it doesn’t chafe either.

There’s also a large storage pouch at the front, offering plenty of room for your smartphone.

Its SpeedFitTM holsters also provide easy access to hydration and nutritional snacks.

The hydration belt provides a welcome alternative to a typical running armband and frees up the arms to focus on your stride.

BOOKS

WHEN PRIDE STILL MATTERED
Price: Dh81
Where to buy: desertcart.ae

In this groundbreaking biography, David Maraniss captures all of football great Vince Lombardi – the myth, the man, his game, and his God – who led the Green Bay Packers to five Super Bowl wins in nine seasons.

MY FIGHT/YOUR FIGHT
Price: Dh69
Where to buy: Amazon

Co-written with her sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, this vivid account of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will cause the reader to worry about the psychological effect last year’s loss to Holly Holm will have on the California native.

FILMS

JERRY MAGUIRE
Price: Dh27
Where to buy: desertcart.ae

Cameron Crowe’s 1996 effort provides a fascinating insight into the shady world of the sports agent. Tom Cruise is brilliant as the slick marketing man who has a morale epiphony and ends up with one client – enigmatic Cuba Gooding Jr.

THE FAN
Price: Dh66
Where to buy: Amazon

Robert De Niro plays a demented babseball fan in a film that evokes the sinister side of sport. Snipes is Bobby Rayburn of the San Francisco Giants, a star player having a shocking season. Knife salesman De Niro tries to help him, but goes too far.

GAMES

MARIO AND SONIC AT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES
Price: Dh249
Where to buy: pricena.com

Get into the samba spirit with two of the most iconic characters in video gaming history. Compete in 17 different events including three ‘duel’ events. With Rio around the corner it’s fun for all the family.

APPS

PREMIER LEAGUE
Price: Free
Where to buy: App Store

The perfect app for football fans with the new season just weeks away. This is the definitive companion to the world’s most watched league, offering a new way to manage your fantasy team and watch some of the EPL’s iconic moments.

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Reviews: Pumas Speed 500 Ignite

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Puma.

Following the reintroduction of their Speed technical running footwear range last spring, Puma are showing no signs of slowing down as they release the latest addition to the roster with the Speed 500 Ignite.

The right energy is essential when running and this shoe is packed from launch to landing. The Speed 500 Ignite propels the runner to the desired momentum.

The full-length Ignite Foam’s energy-returning properties reduce ground contact time for faster cadence.

The outsole’s propulsion band stretches over the flex grooves to create a stronger, snappier toe-off.

Lightweight materials and layers keep the weight down to give you a speedy edge when running or racing.

PRICE: Dh575-Dh625
WHERE TO BUY: Puma stores

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Reviews: Nike+ Training Club app

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Mutaz Barshim.

It’s no secret that the Nike+ Training Club (NTC) app has taken the world by storm with thousands across the globe treating it as their ultimate personal trainer.

Nike revamped the app this year adding more than 100 new workouts, which are intelligent training routines designed by Nike Trainers, rooted in science and inspired by the world’s best athletes.

The app was redesigned for both men and women, and adjusts to you varying needs and goals.

With a new emphasis on personalisation, the app offers personalised NTC plans which deliver the ideal mix of workouts, balancing intensity and recovery based on fitness level and goals.

The app hacks excuses. It has adaptive Training features that adjust to individual progress and busy, ever-changing schedules. Input is both automated and added by the user. NTC asks how hard a session was and adjusts the next workout accordingly.

Users are guided through every drill to highlight form and mitigate mistakes and they also get credit for out-of-app activities, like hikes, hoops or NRC runs to inform the adaptive plans.

How to get the app...

  • WHERE TO BUY: App Store and Google Play
  • PRICE: Free

There are weekly “featured athlete” workouts as well, inspired by elite athletes like decathlete Ashton Eaton and tennis world No1 Serena Williams.

The latest star athlete to feature his workout on the NTC app is Qatari high jumper Mutaz Barshim, who is an Olympic bronze medallist and World Championship silver medallist, gunning for gold at the Rio Games this month.

Barshim is one of the fittest athletes on the planet and can clear a height of 2.43m. Want to know how a person can jump that high? His workout on the NTC app, titles “The Jump” can shed some light on that mystery. The workout is a 46-minute moderate intensity session and comes under the ‘Advanced’ group of workouts on the app.

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