Leading figures in health and fitness community honoured at 2017 FIT Awards

Sport360 staff 13/12/2017

The 2017 FIT Awards Gala Dinner was hosted on Wednesday December 6, 2017 at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah.

The night was a sold out event which attracted more than 300 guests from the Health & Fitness community.

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Vexatec's new wearable technology t-shirt fits the bill to give athletes extra edge

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Vexatec's new t-shirt will be released in Europe in January, with plans for a Middle East launch later.

As a competitive long-distance runner, I’m always on the lookout for ways in which to gain that extra edge.

These days, there are no shortage of smartphone apps, fitness tracker devices, cardio monitors and watches which record data but often, it can be difficult to apply the vast amounts of information to your chosen sport or discipline.

In running, for instance, very few people mull over stats aside from distance completed and the time in which it took to complete the run. But, actually, your heart rate and breathing patterns are equally as important, especially when you are looking to increase your speed.

The fact that the market is awash with many data-driven sports products, perhaps, makes Vexatec’s wearable technology agility t-shirt that little bit more remarkable. In fact, the Swiss company market their work as the world’s first tracking and agility top.

Vexatec records your full range of body motion and the mechanics behind your performance, and in essence, makes it easier to complete multiple testing experiences.

Before its arrival, there was little evidence of any other product combining high-end microchips and state-of-the-art recording technology onto and within a single piece of clothing, with high-level data then syncing up seamlessly with your phone and other devices.

Vexatec's new wearable technology is a great fit for amateur and competitive runners.

Vexatec’s new wearable technology is a great fit for amateur and competitive runners.

Having tested out the product during a 5km run on a treadmill at the Bab Al Qasr Hotel in Abu Dhabi as part of the product’s testing event, the Vexatec top and device was very comfortable to wear. The tracking tool clips right onto the front of a compression shirt, and importantly, there’s no strap so you don’t feel it whatsoever.

Although it records detailed information, it’s a relatively simple product in that the device has a 24-hour rechargeable battery life. It comes with several compression tees – with separate designs for both men and women – that you just alternate after wash.

Personally, I found it useful to see my heart rate level in graph form and where I was peaking in terms of beats per minute. Training at close to your highest threshold point (peak heart rate) helps pump more oxygen around the body and for runners, it’s very important to train at high intensity in order to improve pace.

While the specific pricing of the product will be revealed next year, you would expect budding athletes to be willing to give it a go.

Vexatec’s main goal is to optimise performance, with a great focus on the training aspect – helping to get people ready for competition. With highly efficient, real-time electrocardiography (ECG) signals, its 360-degree monitoring fully tracks your movement and posture. Indeed, it can tell whether you’re doing a plank or press-up – two very similar movements.

While the technology will launch officially in Europe in January 2018, a string of top sportsmen have already tried and tested it, including tennis star Tommy Haas and Formula One driver Pascal Wehrlein as well as German football legends Lothar Matthaus and Torsten Frings.

Ice hockey player Leon Draisatl with Vexatec's new t-shirt.

Ice hockey player Leon Draisatl with Vexatec’s new t-shirt.

Plans are also afoot, though not yet finalised, to see the technology sold in the UAE and throughout the Middle East.

While the product can be used as a weight-loss tracker device, it is naturally tailored to high-level amateur and elite performers across a smattering of sports, as well as sports medicine departments.

There is still plenty of room though for Vexatec to develop its supplementary products and apps to help users digest information. The company also revealed their plans to bring the product and newer adaptations to the mass market in the near future.

Still, for a high-tech concept that was still in development 18 months ago, founder Salvatore Gandolfo and his team’s journey has already surpassed expectations.

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Mr. Olympia legends Greene and Cutler pose in front of the Burj Al Arab ahead of Dubai Muscle Show

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Jay Cutler and Kai Greene train in front of the Burj Al Arab

The Dubai Muscle Show is in town this weekend with some of the fitness industry’s most celebrated names descending on the UAE.

Leading up to the event, two of the biggest – in name and stature – hit the picturesque sandy seafront of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel as three-time Mr. Olympia runner-up Kai Greene and four-time Mr. Olympia winner Jay Cutler created Dubai’s very-own ‘Muscle Beach’.

The pair will be making highly-anticipated appearances at this weekend’s Dubai Muscle Show on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

But despite a packed schedule ahead of the weekend, Greene and Cutler managed to squeeze in a session with the iron, overlooking the iconic Burj Al Arab.

“I’ve worked out on some of the best beaches in the world, but this one has some serious muscle,” said Greene, who won the Arnold Classic in 2016.

“Bodybuilders love a suntan, so there’s nothing quite like doing some weight sets on the beach – especially when you have a view of one of the world’s most iconic buildings.”

With more than 16.5 million social media followers between them, Greene has emerged as a breakout TV star thanks to his role as Funshine in season 2 of Netflix hit, Stranger Things.

The American was also involved in the filming of upcoming martial arts movie, Crazy Fist, due for release in 2018.

The winner of four Mr. Olympia titles, Cutler is a legendary IFBB professional bodybuilder who has built a lasting legacy on sacrifice, dedication and hard work – not to mention a reported net worth of $81million.

“We’re already super pumped about seeing our fans at the Dubai Muscle Show, so it’s been great having one last beach workout with Kai before the show,” added Cutler. “I mean, come on, how often do you get to pump iron in front of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah?”

The second annual Dubai Muscle Show takes place from 8-9 December at DWTC in Zabeel Halls 5 and 6.

A single-day Adult price is currently available for Dh75 online on the event website. Other packages include: Weekend Adult Pass at Dh100 online; VIP tickets for both days cost Dh500; general admission for the Reebok Les Mills Live event costs Dh299 with VIP tickets available for Dh479.

Tickets are available at: Virgin Megastore.

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