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.
Hundreds of runners will flock to the Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday as the annual charity Zayed Marathon returns, where your participation will make a huge difference.
More than 1,000 will take to the track in an event held in honour of the UAE’s founding president – H.H Sheikh Zayed.
However, you can still join them with registration open until the start of events from 15:00.
There are various categories to choose from whether you’re an exp-erienced runner or not.
Adults can compete in the 5km and 10km distances, while there are three categories (1, 3 and 5km) for children. Additionally, there is also a 5km “Hand Cycle” race for wheelchair competitors.
Every single dhiram of the Dh100 registration fee will be donated to SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services Company), an organisation that prevents health diseases – something that Sheikh Zayed was an avid supporter of.
While the emphasis is on participation, there’s attractive cash prizes, worth Dh88,000 for the top-three finishers in the adults categories.
If you’re not competing, there’s plenty to look forward to with a kids play zone and plenty of entertainment on the agenda.
“Of all the fantastic sporting events in the UAE throughout the year, the Zayed Marathon stand out as the run for the people,” said Lt General Mohammad Al Kaabi, chairman of the board of directors of the Armed Forces Officers Club, one of the marathon’s organisers.
“It’s an opportunity for friends and families to enjoy a fun day out, to get fit and healthy and to honour the legacy of H.H Sheikh Zayed by supporting a cause that was so dear to him.”
Among the runners, who will hit the track is Emirati Khalid Alfoulathi, who gave up smoking two years ago.
And the 29-year-old is urging those who’ve not signed up to join.
“The Zayed Marathon is important in giving people a target to aim for and a great sense of personal satisfaction,” he said.
“Anyone taking part for the first time we feel the beneifts of excercise and will get hooked on running just like I did.”
For information on registration, and schedule of events, visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.