Get fit at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

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What's stopping you?

The hotel is offering two fitness promotions during March and April!

So, are you going to get involved?

Check out these promotions at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City (click here for the location of the hotel – just off Sheikh Zayed Road) – where each of the promotional activities will take place.


Feel Well at WestinWORKOUT

Every day is a fitness day and on Saturday March 18, The Westin Dubai invites you to join them for a feel fitter together day.

The day will be filled with fitness activities as access is offered to the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio all day long, coupled with complimentary stretching and fitness consultation by on-site experts.

With healthy bites and drinks, stay motivated to keep moving! Make the most of the facilities which include steam, sauna and hot tubs post fitness sessions to relax and stretch it out.

Date: Saturday March 18 at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City
Time: 10am to 4pm
To confirm your spot, please RSVP [email protected] and mention the line: I WANT TO FEEL WELL AT WESTINWORKOUT ON 18TH MARCH
#HeavenlySpaAHC #WestinDubaiAHC @HeavenlySpaAHC


Get Fit for Real!

Following the success of the Westin’s grand opening with #1004forREA, they are back with a new promotion for the recently opened WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. For AED 1004, guests can take up a 3-month membership and start fresh.

Sign up now and get Fit for Real!

The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City – Call +971 4.437.3300 or email [email protected].

The offer is valid until April 30
#HeavenlySpaAHC #WestinDubaiAHC @HeavenlySpaAHC

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PURE Pilates' 6 top tips to combat back pain and stiffness

Sport360 staff 14/03/2017
Have you visited the studio yet?

Are you fed up of suffering from pain or injury?

PURE Pilates is here to help.

Targeting predominantly deep core muscles and similar to physical therapy, Pilates can help find a solution to long-term back pain.

Regular Pilates will eventually lead to a higher level of health and fitness and here are Susanna’s top six reasons why Pilates can solve back pain issues.

1) By using Pilates as a form of corrective exercise, the body can strengthen and repair itself through movement. People who suffer from pain often get relief as discomfort generally stems from imbalances and stress.

2) Pilates creates core strength.

3) What makes Pilates so effective is that it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain.

4) Pilates promotes flexibility.

5) We usually think of our alignment as our posture, but good posture is a dynamic process, dependent on the body’s ability to align its parts, responding to varying demands effectively. When alignment is off, uneven stresses on the skeleton, especially the spine, are the result. Pilates exercise, done with attention to alignment, create uniform muscle use and development, allowing movement to flow through the body in a natural way.

6) Pilates increases body awareness.


Founded by Susanna Foustok, PURE Pilates was born from a strong love and dedication to the original work of Joseph Pilates.

Each class at PURE Pilates is focused on the uniform development of your body in order to create, stretch, strength and control, resulting in visible changes in your posture and movement.

The studio is one of few studios in the region fully equipped with Gratz equipment which is manufactured in New York according to the original specifications of Joseph Pilates.

The Pilates method, originally called Contrology, is considered to be one of the most innovative and complete fitness approaches ever developed.

Based on spring resistance, Pilates is a strong core workout to stretch and strengthen the body simultaneously. It is a unique system of specified exercises on mat and equipment that when done correctly yield incredible results.

Joseph Pilates perfected this method over several decades and invented numerous pieces of
apparatus to help people understand the work and to target specific weaknesses in the body.

Susanna has been teaching Pilates since 2003, originally studying with Stott Pilates in Oxford before completing full certification in 2007. In 2013 she was accepted to study at Vintage Pilates in Los Angeles under Jay Grimes, a First Generation Master teacher and one of the few people in the world who worked with Joseph and Clara Pilates in their studio.

She completed their intensive Masters Programme – ‘The Work’ in 2014 and was one of the small group of people that Jay selected personally to continue the apprenticeship in 2015-2016.

There are only 22 people in the world who have completed the two-year mentorship and Susanna is the only person in the UAE with this training.

Susanna says: “PURE Pilates is my contribution to the work. At PURE everything from the classes to the equipment function is as it would be in Joseph’s studio. People come and do their own individualized workouts. The workouts at PURE are tailor-made to each individual’s needs and once they understand the benefits they can move independently. This leaves the teacher free to give individual corrections and the bodies start to change.

“It’s fascinating how this old method can be so magical. Every day I get to witness my student’s bodies change and how empowering it is when they start to take control of their muscles. As a result, they feel so amazing.”

Located in Barsha Heights, PURE Pilates offers a welcoming place for everyone from beginners to experienced clients and teachers. Staying true to the classical method, the studio offers only private and small group classes.

Check out the images above to see the PURE Pilates studio in Dubai.

Even our reporter Stuart Appleby tried out PURE Pilates!

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Three simple ways to lose weight

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Sport360 has come up with a simple three-step plan that you can follow and help improve your fitness goals.

We’ve tried to keep things as basic as possible so you can incorporate the following key points into your daily lives.

Share with us your thoughts by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

Here’s our three top tips:


This is by far and away the most important food group to try and reduce.

Sugar is obviously high in calories and increases sugar in your blood.

Therefore, cutting out chocolates, sweets and sugary energy drinks can make a huge difference to your overall weight.

Making a food chart is a good way to keep on top of what you’re eating and a good rule of thumb is, if you cut down on snacking in-between meals, your sugar levels will tend to decrease as a result.

In place of sugar, try to stem the flow of hunger with fresh fruit like a banana or apple.


You don’t need to turn into a fitness addict overnight but it’s no secret that regular exercise, whatever the activity, will help you burn up a sweat, increase your heart rate and start feeling more trim.

Exercising, particularly cardio activity, boosts both your cardiovascular and muscle strength.

It will also help lower your blood pressure, and combined with a more balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein and fibre, can quickly make you feel stronger.


Sometimes, with a busy working week and lots going on, your routine and eating pattern may suffer as a result.

But, if possible, try and avoid eating late.

Consuming food well into the evening, especially after 9pm, gives your body little time to digest it and as a result keeps your body on ‘high alert’ when it should be winding down to sleep.

Eating late sometimes means blood pressure can rise when you are sleep because food releases more hormones.

Typically, if you don’t eat before bed, blood pressure can dip by up to 10 per cent – which is of course a good thing.

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