A new CrossFit gym officially opened its doors last week and joined the ranks of Dubai’s CrossFit “boxes”!
Founded by Dubai trainers Reyhana Sallie and Andy Harper, the aptly named CrossFit Duo is located in The Waves Tower B in Dubai Marina, running CrossFit classes for all levels.
In addition to regular CrossFit group classes, the gym offers ladies-only classes, 30 minute ab blasts, endurance classes and, soon, CrossFit fundamentals for those new to CrossFit needing to be shown the proverbial ropes and build up the proper skills necessary to take on the WODs (workouts of the day) effectively.
The head coach, American Jonathan Medina, has a weightlifting background (he just scored a first place finish at the Kuwait Weightlifting Competition held this past weekend!) so those looking for expert tips on this front will have a good source of knowledge to perfect their olympic lifting technique.
CrossFit Duo is run by Iconic Fitness, a Dubai-based fitness company which also offers Personal Training, body transformation programs, nutrition programs and corporate training.
CrossFit membership rates are 1,200Dhs for a one month membership, 1000Dhs per month for a three month membership, and 950Dhs per month for a six month membership.
Find out more about Iconic Fitness here and drop them a line!
BounceBack Physiotherapy, Yas Island’s first physiotherapy clinic, has opened its doors to patients, offering a fully comprehensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation service.
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With qualified male and female staff from the UK and Australia, the clinic’s physiotherapists have extensive experience working both in the UAE and internationally with individuals, teams and elite athletes.
BounceBack Physiotherapy’s therapists are trained to use a variety of treatment principles such as the McKenzie method, clinical Pilates and acupuncture, that treat neck pain, sport injuries, and pre and post natal pains, to name a few.
Onsite qualified “Titleist Performance Institute” trained physiotherapists are able to treat all golf related injuries and help improve swing mechanics.
The clinic has been opened by partners, British-born physiotherapist Simon Case and Australian-born physiotherapist Tim Fletcher, who have a combined 10 years of UAE experience, in addition to international experience.
Speaking about the opening milestone, Fletcher, who has more than 10 years’ experience, a love of sports, and also holds the first Captaincy of the UAE’s rugby sevens squad, said “Having called the UAE ‘home’ for many years, we think there is a real opportunity in the market for services like ours, particularly off the Abu Dhabi Island.
"We are excited to join the suite of health-related businesses opening in Yas Marina in such a convenient and obviously stunning location for our clients.”
Case, who has a real interest in orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients and sports injuries but has also represented the UAE’s rugby squads in the capacity as a team physiotherapist said, “BounceBack Physiotherapy aims to provide every patient with an excellent, fully comprehensive physiotherapy service.
"We don’t want to treat your symptoms we want to treat the cause.”
Open 8-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 8 – 7pm on Sunday and Wednesday, treatments are 400 AED for 40 minutes and the clinic offers medical reimbursement compatible with most health insurance companies.
To book an appointment phone 02 565 1212 or visit their web site: www.bounceback.ae
The incidence of autoimmune diseases has risen sharply over the past few decades.
You will almost certainly know someone with Celiacs, Hashimotos, lupus, psoriasis, asthma, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes I or any of the many health issues that are housed under this umbrella term.
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They are very difficult to pin-point as the symptoms often, certainly at the beginning, are fairly mild and don’t prevent you from continuing with your usual routine.
They tend to come and go and it’s difficult to really explain to a doctor what exactly they are, so we tend to put up with them for far too long.
The danger of this is that they can cause serious damage to your body in the long term.
Gluten intolerance has had a lot of publicity recently and if you have any of the following symptoms, you would be wise to cut it out of your diet for a couple of months to see whether your symptoms improve.
There are many symptoms associated with gluten intolerance, but the following are a good place to start:
► Fatigue even after a good night’s sleep
► Abdominal bloating, pain, cramping, constipation/diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion
► Swelling, aches and pains throughout the body. If left unchecked, the lining of the intestines becomes damaged making it difficult for your body to absorb vital nutrients. This can lead to:
► Teeth and gum problems
► Brittle nails and dry hair
► Weight loss
Again, there are many other health issues associated with nutrient deficiencies, but these are some of the common ones you are likely to recognize.
Foods to avoid
It is always wise to read the label of anything you buy. Ingredients that are likely to cause an allergic reaction are generally listed. Here are a few foods that contain gluten and should therefore not be eaten:
► Wheat in any form – bread, biscuits, cakes, pastry, pasta and many breakfast cereals. There are some alternatives and if you do your own baking you can use soya/quinoa/buckwheat flour to name but a few.
► Avoid spelt, semolina, bran and couscous. Do some research as there are other grains you may not associate with wheat.
► Barley, bulgar, oats, rye and seitan should also be avoided.
► Check condiments and sauces to ensure they are gluten free.
There is more and more evidence that autoimmune diseases are caused by diet.
I have also read that the balance of bacteria in the gut may also be a factor, so the digestive system is a good place to start.
You may need a much more strict elimination diet as wheat and gluten are not the only foods that can cause symptoms (eggs, dairy and some vegetables, for example), but this is best done under the supervision of a dietician as it is very strict.
Looking at your diet is definitely a good place to start because the usual medical route treats the symptoms and not the cause.