Fitness First introduces XFit concept to Dubai

David Cooper 25/06/2019
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The new XFit concept offers variety, fun, and results.

A dynamic XFit 3-in-1 studio has opened in Dubai bringing together three concepts including lifting, boxing and high intensity conditioning.

With HIIT classes now seemingly based in most gyms, and focused studios popping up across the city it can be hard to stand out from the crowd in the fight for members.

In an age where boredom can hit hard, each tries to offer their own blend of result-based training with a variety to keep both body and mind stimulated.

The XFit concept, brought to you by Fitness First in Town Centre, incorporates three studios in one place; known as ‘The Box’, each studio covers three zones: LIFT, BOX and HIIT, all of which guarantee a unique variety of fun, high intensity and dynamic workouts, designed to achieve maximum results in a short space of time.

XFit members can choose from over 10 specialist classes including X60, BOXX, Smash and Lift, that are proven to improve your cardio and overall agility to ensure you get fit, fast and lean. Each class is designed to create physical change, improve movement skills and build confidence and offers a unique approach to working out.

Throughout group classes one-on-one coaching is offered to help improve performance and understanding of individual physical abilities.

At the new XFit studio members also have the added benefit of managing their own programmes during the week to help improve their strength and areas of development.

Located in Town Centre, the new XFit studio caters to everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes and fitness fanatics whilst providing a supportive community environment.

With limited spaces in classes, there can be a race to ensure you are booked in – but with classes offered at various times of the day, XFit members can sweat it out before or after work, during lunch or even over the weekend; either way, there is a slot guaranteed to fit around any busy schedule.

For more information see https://uae.fitnessfirstme.com/train-with-us/xfit

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Review: The Bang & Olufsen E6 Motion earphones

Dan Owen 19/06/2019
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When you think Bang & Olufsen, you think of beautiful design and spectacular sound quality.

While this may be true of speakers and traditional headphones, there is always a question mark over when these principles can truly carry over to a product that has to face the rigours of a more active user.

The runner, gym-goer and even walker have high demands these days. Comfort and quality of sound will always be high on the list, but more than ever the look of what they are wearing has to be on point.

With the E6 Motion earphone, Bang & Olufsen promise all this and a little bit more. They guarantee ‘consistent high sound performance in challenging environments’ with that signature style that gives a look that rivals just fail to offer.

Within the features, they boast materials that a made to last, authentic Bang & Olufsen sound, easy to manage controls, and five hours of playtime – with easy recharging on the go.

So how does this all stack up?

The look….

In the world of active earphones, there a few that can stack up. A sleek white exterior is embellished with classy control panels that exude style. The earphone, on first inspection, looks a little chunky compared to others, but again are beautifully styled. Whether being used in the gym, out running or more casual use, this is an earphone which is going to stand out.

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The feel….

When you put the E6 Motion in your ear, you realise that initial bulky conception gives way to a sumptuous fit. Recognising that not all ears come in the same shapes and sizes, the E6 comes with an excellent array of additional ear fins for the preferred fit. Oddly, my best fit was with two different fins but that highlights the benefits of flexibility when it comes to getting the right feel.

Under pressure….

Manufacturers should all be able to deliver a good fit on a static person – but when movement is thrown in, that’s when we generally start to encounter problems. Putting them through their paces, I went through a variety of weightlifting exercises, and a range of cardio – from running and cycling to ski-erg and rower. Lots of movement, lots of opportunity for the annoyance of an ill fit. Initially there was some movement in the left ear, but with a fin replaced this was quickly abated. I did think there was going to be an issue with the placement of the left hand side control panel possibly leading to a pulling feeling, but the security of the fit meant this was unfounded.

The sound….

There is a fine balance when using earphones between a level of volume that allows you to cut out distraction, and one that can potentially open you up to ear damage. The litmus test for me in this situation is how easily you can drown out background noise – especially the often dreadful tones of the gym’s playlist. This is when the E6 comes into its own. Even at relatively low volume, the noise cancelling is incredible, placing you inside a bubble filled with supreme sound quality. Even when listening to a podcast, my preferred listening during longer forms of cardio, the result is the same – a crystal-clear delivery of sound with zero background interference. Beautiful.

As for the battery life, it’s difficult to measure minute-by-minute but it felt as though there was even a little more than the billed five-hours of playtime. The innovative charging pack that simply clips on to the unit makes topping up quick and easy.

The Bang & Olufsen E6 Motion is available now, priced AED1300.

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Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride and other fitness events to look forward to in June

David Cooper 28/05/2019
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Are you competing in any fitness events in June?

Here’s our top three to get involved in!

DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN

Friday, June 7

One of the most popular races in the UAE’s running calendar is back to offer athletes another chance to take part in the Dubai Desert Road Run.

The event will take place on June 7, marking the third time this year it has been held, following previous editions in February and April.

Since its first run back in February 2012, the Dubai Desert Road Run has steadily grown to hold races several times throughout the year, bringing together some of the best in the region’s running community.

From complete beginners and social runners to hardcore competitors, the community run appeals to everyone with a race that can be both challenging and fun.

Three distances are on offer, 10 kilometre, 5km and 3km races that will be run on private roads on a safe, traffic-free course. The race, held at The Sevens, will kick-off at the village area between Pitch 1 and Pitch 8 before concluding between the village area and Pitch 5.

MORE INFORMATION: Dubai Desert Road Run

JABAL AL AKHDAR TRAIL RUN
Friday, June 14

One of the toughest and most enjoyable races in the region, the Jabal Al Akhdar Trail Run, is set to return for another year and will take place in the stunning mountains of Oman on June 14.

The fully supported single-stage race, which features a 3km and 10km distance to entrants, will see you navigate through rocky terrain – with an elevation profile of approximately 2,200 metres in total – and over the spectacular mount passes of Jebel Al Akhdar.

This is a race not to be missed and based on the positive response from last year is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.

MORE INFORMATION: Jabal Al Akhdar Trail Run

SUMMER SOLSTICE CRAZY BONKERS RIDE
Friday, June 21

Cyclists looking to keep up their training during the soaring summer months can ride up to 180 kilometres in one night on June 21.

Taking place at Al Qudra, the Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride is an endurance event but not a race. It is an opportunity to clock up kilometres in the middle of the summer, on what is close to the longest day/shortest night of the year.

The 86 kilometre track, consisting primarily of a 50 km loop, is a pedal power paradise located east out of Dubai, near Studio City and Arabian Ranches.

It starts from 9pm, meaning you’ll be cycling into the early hours of the morning and, whether you’re a first-time or experienced athlete, there are different distances to choose from.

Five categories will be offer from 180km, 160km, 100km, 52km or 38km distances.

MORE INFORMATION: Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride

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