There are gyms, and then there are gyms.
Talise Fitness at Jumeirah Beach Hotel very much falls into the latter category due to it's combination of stunning panoramic views, unique interior decorations and first-class equipment.
Every base is covered at this health club with its extensive range of tennis and squash courts, swimming pools, indoor and outdoor fitness equipment and its plethora of classes to suit every need.
"It's a club for families and it's a lifestyle club," Talise Fitness General Manager Tim Dorrington told Sport360. "As you look around the club you will see lots of different images of New York and Dubai... we are trying to create a cool, trendy and industrial place to work out."
"All our members get access to all the facilities in the hotel which can be anything from water sports, kid's club activities and rock climbing.
The Big Bubble fun run is the UAE’s first ever foam race, where participants will get to walk, jog or run their way through a 5K course filled with, you guessed it, loads of bubbles. Being held on the 8th April at Dubai Autodrome, the Big Bubble event is set to put the foamy fun back into running with an action-packed program for all the family!
Along the 5km course, there will be four “foam shower zones” and two “foam bath zones”, each producing loads of bubbles and creating a foamy zone for participants to make their way through, whether in it for the race or just a leisurely stroll. At each zone, cannons will shoot foam across the crowds, using 100 per cent toxic free, non-slippery foam solution that is safe on the body, skin and the environment.
It’s been billed as the solution that could potentially re-invent and revolutionise not only the way we all train but also that of professional athletes, too.
As the official supplier to six Olympic and Paralympic Games, from Sydney 2000 to Rio 2016, the Italian company has established itself at the very forefront of the latest training methods and systems of many champions in over 100 different disciplines.
It’s more than fair to say, they know their stuff when it comes to improving sports performance.
We gave the SkillMill a test run at an unveiling earlier this week and we were blown away.
This is the first non-motorised product on the market and at first glance, even for a regular trainer like myself, it was a little bit daunting how to approach this beast – all be it stunningly designed one given the company is Italian.
To be honest, falling off was a distinct possibility but once you get to grips with it, the variety of different exercises you can train is quite amazing. It’s the first product capable of training all the body’s energy systems in a single solution, from sprinting to power develop-ment, for efficient metabolic conditioning. It’s functionality at its best.
One of the key facets of the SkillMill is the MultiDrive component. By using the duel handles you can go from all-out sled push to high speed sprinting and the reactive resistance from the MultiDrive system allows you to unlock your body’s true athletic potential.
In other words, the more you put in the more you get out. So what was the inspiration behind this piece of kit?
“We work closely with Olympic athletes and what was clear from their feedback is that they wanted something that included a lot of variables, encompassing all their training programmes in one solution,” said Warren Connolly, a senior master trainer at TechnoGym.
“With the SkillMill, they don’t need a sled to push and a track to sprint on and because a lot of athletes don’t actually like training, giving them everything they need in one machine, makes such a huge difference. One of the big benefits of the SkillMill is that there is reduced impact on the joints when compared to, let’s say, a treadmill.
“Because of the curved nature of it, your stride is much more natural and it keeps your legs quite controlled. There’s no jarring in the hips and for the ordinary individual, because this is aimed at everyone, this is a massive benefit.
“For the athletes it’s ideal for their recovery and rehabilitation.
“We’re seeing a wide variety of athletes using the SkillMill, from rugby players to NFL stars.”
The SkillMill is a unique machine and is sure to be one that stands out in any gym. But will it change the way we train for good?
“It’s tough to say how revolutionary it can be because I’ve worked with some pretty revolutionary pieces of equipment,” Connolly adds. “In the market here it could be a bit slower in the uptake because other parts of the world are a little bit more advanced but from a global perspective it could be huge.
“This will be there in the athlete’s village in Rio and it’s sure to be a big favourite.”
The SkillMill comes in three different versions: the “Go”, “Console” and “Connect”. The latter two use a console that allows for performance monitoring but the mid-range “Console” version won’t be available until May onwards.
Regardless, you’ll be seeing the SkillMill in your gym soon so give it a go and unleash the athlete in you.