Any excuse to prevent a workout from feeling like work, we’ve got to give kudos to InnerFight for last month launching a series of “club nights” at their funky fitness facility.
Thursday Therapy invites you to kick off the Dubai weekend with a DJ-led, buttkicking WOD in a party atmosphere. Come with an open mind and a willingness to sweat because you’ll be partying with the club’s craziest fitness fanatics.
“I have never been to anything like it, it doesn’t exist,” said InnerFight founder Marcus Smith, following the inaugural party. “I had a think about the idea, after it was suggested by a friend, and literally ten minutes later started planning it.”
For the first event, InnerFight went all out teaming up with Red Bull, decking the place out with strobe lights and loud music provided by a host of live DJs – all playing their part in pumping up the crowd of eager exercisers, who themselves came dressed in their flashiest fitness gear.
“It was unreal,” says Smith. “Red Bull put up some amazing lights and we had their truck DJ booth in the gym so the sound was pumping. We kicked off with an hour of display workouts by our coaches against some member teams, and then in the second hour all the members did a huge workout.
“We made a workout that was super inclusive so we had all abilities work out together in a nightclub feel. The energy was awesome.”
A big fan with CrossFit purists, InnerFight was once, to the outside eye, regarded as the no-nonsense go-to gym for those trying to make it to the Games or eyeing a PB in an endurance race; but over the years the brand has increasingly catered to the Average Joe and Jane hoping for a lifestyle overhaul through a variety of comprehensive programmes.
It’s become a real community initiative – a safe space for everyone from kids to obese adults to explore the outer limits of health and fitness.
Needless to say, in order to keep things fun, fresh and all-inclusive, they regularly host one-off events, challenges and activities. These include a ‘Climb the Burj Khalifa’ rope climbing challenge and last year’s Million Metres in May, which challenged running enthusiasts to clock 1,000,000m by the end of the month.
Like those, Thursday Therapy nights were designed to keep members coming back for more once they see how fun and inventive fitness can really be. Who needs nightclubs? There’s just as much energy, movement and adrenaline to be found right on the gym floor.
“We just want to offer people a different Thursday night out,” says Smith. “We wanted to create the feeling of a night club but combine it with fitness opposed to the notso-good things that people often put into their body in night clubs. “It was meant to be fun but we also know that when people work out the endorphins are a massive, natural high so we wanted to create that and we did.”
“We are planning one later on that we are going to open up to a wider audience and have a few more special display workouts, but also a bit more the guests themselves working out for longer. It was a great atmosphere and everyone just wanted to keep working out.”
What: InnerFight’s Thursday Therapy
Where: 4th Street, Al Quoz, behind Audi Dubai
Contact: Call 04 321 2899 or write to [email protected] for more details
Verdict: The endorphins will be flowing as you kick-off the weekend with this high-energy workout
It won’t happen overnight so don’t get too excited.
You’ll need to train three times a week for 6-8 weeks before you see any noticeable gains but stay patient with it… and before you know it you’ll be strutting around Dubai Marina with shoulders on you like Anthony Joshua.
Our top tips to help you achieve this:
1. If you are doing your upper body workout, then include at least three of these exercises
2. Do three sets of 10 repetitions
3. Take a break of 1 minute to 90 seconds.
Here are the exercises you can choose from to include in your programme:
1. Dumbbell shoulder press
3. Seated dumbbell side laterals
4. Lying rear deltoid raises
5. Barbell military press
Nike have introduced a groundbreaking new Pro Hijab that will forever change the landscape for Muslim athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
The Nike Pro Hijab may have been more than a year in the making, but its impetus can be traced much further back, to an ongoing cultural shift that has seen more women than ever embracing sport.
This movement first permeated international consciousness in 2012, when a hijabi runner, Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Al Attar, took the global stage in London.
Its origins can also be seen in Nike’s founding mission to serve athletes, with the signature addendum: If you have a body, you are an athlete.
The brand has underscored this commitment to athletes across the GCC Region with the introduction of the recent “What Will They Say About You” campaign, Nike+ Run Clubs and the Nike+ Training Club App in Arabic.
Over the years, meetings at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon with top-flight athletes have illuminated performance problems associated with wearing a traditional hijab during competition.
For example, UAE weightlifter Amna Al Haddad recounted how the garment’s weight, the potential for it to shift during action and its lack of breathability disrupted her focus.
She also detailed her extreme difficulty finding performance hijabs; Amna had only one competition-worthy covering, so she had to hand wash it every night during competitions. And, as this hijab had been an impulse purchase at a random market, she was unable to procure more or replace it if it fell apart.
Nike’s NXT design team combined this information with existing Nike innovations to create three initial sample hijabs in early 2016, which they seeded to Amna and a variety of hijabi athletes for wear testing. The women came back with a range of feedback, which laddered up to the desire for an even lighter, softer garment.
Equipped with this collected insight, the Nike Pro team (which is responsible for creating athletes’ base layer product) examined how to make a performance hijab similar to Nike Pro’s other products: inconspicuous, almost like a second skin. Three more prototypes were crafted with this goal in mind.
These new garments were again wear tested by elite Nike athletes, like groundbreaking Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari
“I was really hesitant when I first saw it,” said Lari. “I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab, but I’ve tried so many different hijabs for performance, and with how fast I spin on the ice and in training, so few of them actually work for me. But once I put it on and took it for a spin on the ice, I was blown away by the fit and the light weight.”