Boxing often gets a bad rap for being a violent sport, but reducing the sport to just jabs and punches is barely even scratching the surface of the wealth of technique involved in it, which is what GymNation’s BOXiQ class focuses on.
Mastering the technique of the sport and helping amateur and professional boxers fight smart is the main ethos behind it.
Founder and head coach of BOXiQ, Joe Ackery, used his 14 years of experience in working with beginner, amateur and professional fighters alike to develop the training regime that focuses on enhancing both the brawn and brain of the fighter.
Besides the numerous boxing films I had seen as a child, I had no practical experience with boxing, so just the idea of a boxing session was enough to overwhelm me. But in my honest opinion, I couldn’t have had a better way of easing myself into this grueling sport.
The class was an hour long and started off with a warm-up by jumping a rope at a slow and brisk pace followed by some shadow boxing to get comfortable with and master the technique associated with the sport.
Following the warm-up, Ackery covered basic boxing combos and footwork drills to create angles and enhance agility. Once you learned the rhythm of it, you get to see a very different side of boxing which is more or less like dancing with someone, minus the romantic element.
The session is open for all levels and even if you are aspiring to break out in to the world of professional boxing, Ackery guarantees that the session will help you learn the rudiments of the sport and get you fight-ready in no time.
Don Chenuka and Kawtar Ahfid have been taking BOXiQ lessons with Ackery for a few months and had nothing but positive things to say about their experience.
“I have been coming to BOXiQ for about three months now and I really like this class because of Joe’s teaching style,” said Chenuka. “He is very patient with all of us and really takes time to help us learn the technique.”
On the other hand, Ahfid thinks the class stands out because of how beginner-friendly it is.
She said: “I love that the class focuses more on technique and body movements, which is why it is amazing for beginners and it really helps familiarise themselves and get their basics of boxing right.”
You can book yourself in for a BOXiQ session at GymNation, Al Quoz. An individual session is priced at Dh75, whereas you can also avail an unlimited class pass for Dh399 per month.
For more information on BOXiQ click here.
Are you competing in any fitness events in May?
Here’s our top three to get involved in!
RAMADAN DUATHLON CHALLENGE
Thursday, May 9
Held at Dubai Autodrome on May 9, the race will be conducted in a run/bike/run format on a closed-off course to ensure safety and no traffic.
Athletes of all ages and abilities can take part. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced athlete who has been competing all season or simply a beginner, the event is sure to match your level.
You can compete either as an individual or in teams of two or three.
Kids aged 12-17 can run 2.5km, bike 10km and run 2.5km.
The full distance of a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run will be for ages 18 and above, as well as all team categories for ages 12 and above.
Teams can consist of all-male, all-female participants or be mixed.
The event will take place at 21:00, with race pack collection from 19:00.
MORE INFO: www.hopasports.com
RUN THE TRACK RAMADAN NIGHT RUN
Friday, May 10
Now in its third year, the Run The Track Ramadan Night Run has become a fixture of Dubai’s annual running events.
Taking place on the floodlit club circuit at Dubai Autodrome, participants have the opportunity to be part of a unique event racing each other over three varying distances – 3km, 5km, and 10km on a real racetrack.
With the finish line under the official chequered flag, and the running circuit following the actual lines of cars on the track, runners enjoy a unique spectacle.
The Ramadan Night Run is suitable for runners of all abilities, and sees a diverse mix of ages, nationalities and abilities – from novice and first-time runners, to some of the best athletes in the UAE.
This year’s Run The Track Ramadan Night Run is on May 10 with an official start time is 19:45 for the 5km/10km, with the 3km starting five minutes later at 19:50.
Fees for participation are 3km Dh105; 5km Dh126; 10km Dh147
MORE INFO: www.premieronline.com
ULTIMATE ATHLETICS RACE NIGHT
Thursday, May 23
The season finale of Ultimate Athletics Racenight is upon us as athletes prepare to take to the track one last time.
The league points, taken from the first five Racenights, have been tallied and the season’s top performers will battle it out at the grand finale on May 23 in Dubai.
League winner Yannick Kraus (U13) cemented his spot with a narrow win over Angus Bharucha to secure his fourth Racenight League success since the series began in 2016. Jayson Castillo also secured his third Racenight League win since the Masters category began in 2017.
One to watch out for is current 100m senior record-holder Omari Barton-Ellington, who will be looking to protect his impressive 10.34 seconds record.
Also in action is 100m and 200m champion Kimbely Baptiste. Baptiste’s records of 11.77 seconds in 100m and 23.66 seconds in 200m are expected to remain intact.
MORE INFO: www.ultimateathletics-uae.com
Ramadan comes every year with a range of activities, whether its Iftar, late night shopping or sleepless nights with family and friends, this usually results in the consumption of more food and a break in your fitness routine.
Studies actually show that fasting, when done correctly, improves insulin sensitivity, reduces disease risk and supports weight loss. Hence the importance of staying healthy & active.
Maintaining an active lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym daily, but rather be aware of the small activities throughout the day that can make a difference. You don’t have to be an athlete to move and get motivated. You can use Apple Watch Series 4 to be your ultimate fitness companion to keep track of all your efforts and movements. Whether you are getting your groceries or participating in a marathon, your Apple Watch knows your movements and will inform you accordingly.
We have put together a guide with few tips to keep you energized, fit and encourage you to achieve new milestones while not missing anything out there.
For those who want to track their daily activities
During Ramadan, you will need all your energy to maintain focus.
At work or at home, do quick gentle stretching to avoid extreme fatigue during the day. Apple Watch series 4 is aimed to be your active partner and offer features that will remind you to take a breath, walk or simply stand up if you been inactive for too long. If you want to make it more fun, try to download Wakeout from the App Store, for a chance to access 600+ fun exercises to be done exactly where you are right now.
While enjoying the Ramadan night markets or just shopping in-malls, the activity app in your Apple Watch will count your total steps , distance and calories. Make it a regular practice during the week and track your progress. It can only motivate you to score more everyday, you’d be surprise by the results.
Spend that extra time you have until Iftar to refocus on yourself and relieve accumulated stress with meditation. We all know how difficult it can be to concentrate on an empty stomach but as your body needs to remain active so needs your brain. Choose the yoga workout in the Apple Watch to trace all types of yoga sessions from restorative to power vinyasa flow. You might also want to download Calm from the App Store your go-to solution for meditation and conscientiousness. Listen to stories, music or instructions to relax from the convenience of your AirPods and free yourself for mindful movements.
For those who want to monitor their workouts
In addition to keeping track of your daily activities, your Apple Watch will help monitor your workouts.
Fasting is not an excuse to become couch potato or give-up your training; instead adapt your workout routine accordingly. Exercise one hour before Iftar rather than morning sessions to avoid dehydration and lack of energy during the day. It’s also a good way to distract your mind until you break your fast, as the last hours are known to be the most difficult.
Given the weather in Dubai at this period, you might consider to train indoors. Your Apple Watch will automatically detect most popular sports while you move; like running, cycling, swimming and many more, alerting you to start the dedicated workout app to screen your efforts, if you haven’t done so.
Always listen to your body! Avoid long periods of cardio if you feel dehydrated. Set up clear target and map your run thanks to the Pace alert on your wrist that will notify you if you are behind or ahead of your objective. Don’t overdo it as your recovery time may suffer, alternatively use the Cadence feature on your Apple Watch; it will keep you safe from injuries by sending you information about your steps per minute, allowing you to adjust your running technique.
Use GymKit workout equipment with your Apple Watch to experience a complete digital fitness solution. GymKit offers two-way synchronization between Apple Watch and gym equipment for more accurate distance, pace and energy burn metrics such as speed, calories and heart rate.