Home Fitness For Ladies co-founder Kate Broadbridge on providing women with a safe space to exercise with a touch of Arabic hospitality

Hiba Khan 29/08/2017
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Home Fitness co-founder, Kate Broadbridge started an exclusive fitness club for women in Abu Dhabi with the single objective of providing a safe and comfortable space that caters to all their fitness needs.

The fitness club - which is just two years ago - is equipped with all the latest facilities to help clients reach their personal and fitness goals, while also being respectful to the Muslim culture.

The club's popularity has risen significantly and has paved the way for a healthier society in the capital.

For more information, log on to www.homefitness.ae or follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

هؤلاء بعض مدربات الهوم فيتنس للسيدات للتدريب الشخصي وللكلاسات ، جميعهن محترفات وعلى أرقى مستوى لأننا غير الجميع ولأننا لا نرضى لكم الى بالمستوى الأول . مع تمنياتنا لكم بالتوفيق في تحقيق جميع أهدافكم من التمارين في نادي الهوم فيتنس للسيدات . Here at Home Fitness @homefitness.ae we have only qualified and certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors on our team because we want only the BEST for you. 🎥: Our PT Aishah training TRX Suspension Training mashallah. #homefitnessforladiesllc #homefitnessforladies #lesmills #bodypump #bodycombat #bodybalance #circuit #fitness #uae #unitedarabemirates #uaefitnessmovement #personaltraining #pt #lesmills #lesmillsclass #lesmillsclasses #ladiesgym #ladiesclub #abudhabiladiesgym #abudhabiladiesclub #abudhabiwomensgym #abudhabipt #abudhabipersonaltrainer #personaltrainerabudhabi #abudhabipersonaltraining #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #womensfitness #womenshealth #mashallah

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Health and Fitness: Start your day at the Mall of the Emirates for an active workout

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There’s even more reason to visit the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai considering they will be hosting a series of free fitness classes before the shops even open.

As part of its commitment to engage the community in a healthy and active lifestyle. Mall of the Emirates’ MOE ACTIVE will host complimentary fitness classes throughout the week offering a variety exercise options to suit varied fitness levels.

The classes will be held before store opening hours at 08:30, from Sunday to Thursday, allowing participants to partake in an invigorating workout then enjoy the mall’s dining, shopping, entertainment and leisure options.

Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or want to start living a healthier lifestyle, the exclusive daily classes have been carefully curated with fitness professionals at FlyWheel Dubai and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an exercise routine in a stunning location to beat the summer heat.

There are various classes to choose from that will focus on different work-outs.

FLYWHEEL

An experience crafted by Ruth Zukerman, the legendary instructor and driving force behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon. Lasting a total of 45 minutes, the class, which is held every Tuesday at 08:30 at Ski Dubai’s foyer, includes climbs and descents, while you can also work your arms with weighted bars. It will be an experience, that will challenge your body and relaxes your mind.

To get you in the beat is the music which is an integral part.

Playlists are created by instructors who choreograph their own classes, syncing their rides to the beat, assuring a fresh ride every time, and showing a little glimpse of their unique personalities. In this session, the instructor will lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels to strive for.

Not only do you set your Flywheel bike to the positions that fit your body and comfort levels, but you control your “tech-pack”. Each bike has a tech-pack that displays your resistance, your speed and your power output, which will help you know how you’re performing.

FLYBARRE

Held every Wednesday at 08:30 at Ski Dubai’s foyer, the total-body sculpting class blends light weight training with core strengthening exercises to create the ultimate toning experience. Led by a motivating instructor, FlyBarre is a fun, high-energy workout that quickly tones and strengthens muscles.

Routines are switched up frequently, so even though you are always concentrating on arms, core, thighs, and glutes, you will not be guaranteed to get bored. As the perfect complement to Flywheel, FlyBarre completes your full body workout and the perfect cardio and strength training.

MALL WALKERS AND MALL CIRCUITS 

Focusing on the stretching, the Mall Walkers and Mall Circuits programmes will see you walk in circuits throughout the malls, with an instructor demonstrating stretching routines as well as interval training stops throughout the course. The Mall Walkers takes place every Sunday at 08:30, while the Mall Walkers Circuit is every Monday at the same time.

Speaking of the programme, Hussain Moosa, director for Mall of the Emirates, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim we strive to deliver great moments for everyone, every day that go above and beyond simply a shopping experience and MOE ACTIVE is a perfect example of how we deliver on our commitment to engage the wider community and encourage well-being.”

To reserve your spot, mat or bike, visit www.malloftheemirates.com/moe-active.

WHAT: Free MOE Active fitness sessions
WHERE: Mall of the Emirates
WHEN: On-going

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Your guide to planning the perfect meal and what to eat before, during and after your workout

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Mix it up: A balanced meal plan can really help.

Ask almost anyone struggling with their fitness, health, weight loss or sports performance goals what the hardest part to perfect is and they’d probably say it’s the nutrition. But it’s one thing to hear the advice and another to heed it.

That’s why it was with such gratitude that we sat down to a proper hands-on workshop on food planning for performance held by ActiveLife by Daman this week.

The health insurance company has paired up with arts space Warehouse421 and healthy catering company and cooking school, Lana’s Partiperfect to host a couple of interactive kitchen talks and tutorials over the summer.

At the last one, not only did we have heaps of helpful notes and handouts to take away with us for effective meal planning, but we also got to learn to make and taste a few inspired recipes in the pop-up kitchen, and take our healthy treats home.

Here is some of what we learned that can also help you on your way to a better workout and to achieving sustainable peak performance levels. It comes down to meal planning; thinking ahead about what you’re going to eat and when you’re going to eat it each day.

Picking the right options can make a difference.

At the end of the day, if you don’t have a game plan then achieving your health and fitness goals is just going to seem that much more impossible. Without a plan, food choices are typically guided by feelings of extreme hunger or stress, which may cause you to eat more than your body needs.

If you already know what healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and pre- and post-workout snacks you’re in for ahead of the day or week, it gives you more breathing room to really focus your energy on other important areas of your life.

And Daman nutritionist Areen AbuHejleh believes that showing your kitchen and pantry just a tad more love on the weekends can be quite creative and fun, too.

BEFORE WORKING OUT

AbuHejleh says that what you eat before your workout is crucial for fuelling the workout itself and maximising your performance throughout, and that this meal should be had at least three-four hours prior (or 30-60mins before if it is a snack).

During the workshop you will learn to make some incredibly delicious, filling and energy-packed power snacks that will do the job really well for you. “If you work out for around 60 minutes or more and really want to build muscle and perform well for longer periods, you’ve got to make sure you eat well beforehand,” she says.

“It’s got to be something slow burning and low in fat and fibre because those foods take a longer time to get digested. “Easily-digested carbs and proteins can be found in snacks such as oatmeal with fresh fruit, apples with almond butter, Greek yoghurt or a piece of whole wheat toast with bananas and peanut butter.”

“Drink at least three glasses of water 1-2 hours before exercise (spaced out, that is); the last one can be as soon as 15 minutes prior.”

DURING YOUR WORKOUT

It’s of course important to hydrate throughout exercise, too, says AbuHejleh, maintaining gulps of water every 15-20 minutes or so.

“A gulp of water is less than a sip, really, just to hydrate your mouth. You don’t want to be chugging too much or you might get a stitch.”

And she is against the market’s popular sports drinks as many are extremely high in sugar.

She says: “Make your own sports drink at home – combine a cup of water, the juice of half a lemon, 1tsp of honey, and a pinch of salt, and you’re good to go.”

AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

Consumed 30-60 minutes post-exercise, the goal of any post-workout meal is to reduce muscle soreness and any muscle protein breakdown caused by exercise and basically enhance your overall recovery.

“You just burned a ton of calories – what should you eat? Something with complex carbs and protein,” says AbuHejleh.

“Try grilled chicken with veg and potatoes, or salmon and sweet potatoes, a veggie omelette with toast or whole wheat tuna fish sandwich. “If your goal is to lose weight, however, you could skip this particular meal. All in all just make sure you re-hydrate, whether that’s with your home-made sports drink or plain water.”

Most studies say you should get in about 8oz of water within 30 minutes post-workout, but if you tend to sweat a lot you might want to get in more.

Warehouse421 will also be hosting a workshop called Diet Myth Busters ON Sunday, August 6, from 15:00 to 17:00 at Port Zayed, Abu Dhabi.

It will touch on why most diets don’t work, what healthy eating really means and how to achieve a healthy mindset. It costs Dh50. For more information, visit their website – www.warehouse421.ae.

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