#360reviews: Zpump Fusion 2.0 trainers by Reebok

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Zpump Fusion 2.0 trainers by Reebok.

Whether you’re a CrossFit fanatic, yoga guru or urban runner, these trainers will fit the bill. And with the price dropped from Dh495 to Dh300 for men and Dh445 to Dh270 for women, there has never been a better time to make the purchase.

The iconic pump on the side of the trainers ensures a customized fit is guaranteed. Gas-fueled carbonated foam and a padded sockliner cushion mean you will also have consistency underfoot.

The reflective eyelets and heel pulls are a necessity for joggers looking to escape the UAE’s punishing summer heat by running at night, helping you to stay safe at all times.

With so much to offer from the trainer, plus the undeniably cool pump feature, you cannot go wrong at this price.

Price: Dh300 for the men’s version and Dh270 for the women’s version

Where to Buy: Available at Reebok outlets across the UAE

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#360reviews: ClassDive suits the needs of all Dubai residents

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ClassDive caters for every taste in fitness.

Ever since leaving school I have tried to maintain fitness levels by going to the gym around two or three times a week.

It became a very comfortable routine that, while not thrilling in any way, seemed to do the job adequately. However not once did I question whether there was a type of training I may really enjoy doing, or even benefit more from.

After moving to Dubai I decided it was time to find a new fitness activity, but had no idea where to start. I wanted something constant that would take me out of my comfort zone, but also a fitness timetable that could be molded around my irregular work patterns as a sports journalist.

A friend recommended ClassDive, which is a subscription service that allows you to sign up for a wide variety of fitness classes. The AED209/month Basic package lets participants choose up to four classes a month, while the AED399/month Flexi Fit gives users unlimited access.

I excitedly signed up and, one month on, am happy to report that I feel entirely rejuvenated for doing it.

The variety was remarkable and there was something to fit every taste. I signed up to four new classes, which would ensure that I was able to experience the wide variety on offer. My chosen activities were located in very close proximity to my marina base and I was never left disappointed by a lack of space for my preferred timings.

FITLIFE DXB BOOTCAMP

As soon as I saw the bootcamp’s SkyDive Dubai location, I signed up straight away. Despite the rapidly-rising May temperatures, exercising outdoors is one of my favourite things to do and this option was a superb combination of core strength exercises intertwined with some light cardio work. One hour was enough to ensure I had the best night’s sleep in a long time!

INSPIRE YIN YOGA

To say flexibility is not my forte would be a huge understatement, and subsequently I have always steered clear of yoga. However with ClassDive I was able to try out a session and see if I enjoyed it – which I thoroughly did. Participants are allowed to use props to support the more difficult positions and it proved the perfect, relaxing way to end a hard week.

RYDING REAL SPINNING

I usually work an evening shift on Saturday and what better way to blow out any tiredness resulting from Friday night than with a spinning session. The instructors cycle with you and the music helps motivate the group to get a good sweat on. After about 40 minutes my T-shirt was drenched but surprisingly I was not feeling at all tired.

FIT BOYS KICKBOXING

A few years ago I did a couple of weeks kickboxing training in Thailand and this was the perfect opportunity to get back in the groove. The group featured participants of all abilities and the Fit Boys instructors made sure the whole group were fully involved and had a lot of fun despite being totally exhausted at the end.

The ClassDive software is simple, easy and clean to use. It actually became a highlight of the day to surf the website and find my next activity. In this way I was able to plan my exercise around work and never experienced the monotony of plodding along to the same four walls.

Perhaps one of the key features of a ClassDive membership is the social element incorporated in class exercise. It was fun to meet like-minded, new people in the area and getting a sweat on is certainly a lot easier when everyone is in it together. Who knew that spinning would become my new favourite pasttime?

ClassDive is a must for any Dubai resident looking to diversify their fitness routine and meet some excellent people along the way. With just one payment to make it’s definitely the best gym I’ve ever been a member of!

To see all other fitness classes available and to start your fitness adventure, visit the ClassDive website here.

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#360reviews: Under Armour SpeedForms and Arsenal's new home kit

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This week's gear.

Making sure you have the right footwear as a long-distance runner is as important as the physical preparation that goes into running an event like a marathon in itself.

Runners are meticulous over their choice of trainers and it has to be just right for treading 42.195 kms during a race, plus dozens more in training.

Comfort and durability are often cited as the two key components in this decision-making process, and with so many products out there to choose from, it’s a highly-competitive market.

But Under Armour have certainly cracked it with their new SpeedForm Slingshot. The shoe fits as snug as a sock or slipper and even if you have reservations about its barefoot type feel at first and whether or not it will last the pace, those concerns are quickly cast aside.

The combination of its lightweight design, flexibility and the perfect amount of cushioning makes you road-ready from the outset – softening the heavy blows to joints on hard-wearing ground.

UA’s shoe provides enough of a shield to protect you but not at the expense of feeling like you’re actually having to exert more energy into every stride – or think about doing anything differently to normal.

In fact, the shoe’s technological dynamism provides the foot with the padding needed to help a runner enjoy subtle and soft movements. It actually feels like your foot is wrapped-up securely but with the ability to move.

Price: Dh514
Where to Buy: Under Armour Stores at Dubai Festival City, Mirdif City Center Mall Dubai and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.

WRAP UP COOL AS SUMMER KICKS IN

Don’t let the UAE heat deter you from enjoying your running this summer.

Keeping as cool as possible and comfortable while exercising isn’t easy, but Under Armour’s running clothing range sure can help.

Their singlet vest combines microthread technology in its fabric to help dry sweat and ensure the next-to-skin top won’t cling to you. It absorbs moisture and uses an anti-odor system so you will feel fresher than normal after your run.

And if you’re out after sunset, the Under Armour logo features a reflector, increasing visibility on low-light runs.

The top is lightweight at just 3.9 ounces and through its easy-wearing polyester fabric, running could not be easier. Ideal for warming-up in or cooling down, Under Armour’s streaker run quarter zip top is a nice option to wear around the track.

Its material stretches easily and compliments UA’s range through its rather simple but distinctive design, which derives in eleven different colours.

And finally, their Launch 9” shorts could help you enjoy a smooth and comfortable run as they boast mesh side panels for strategic ventilation, have ultra-lightweight fabric durability and important hand pockets for storage, such as a music device or phone.

Rating: 9 out of 10
Price: Vest – Dh103, Top – Dh201, Shorts – Dh140.
Where to Buy: Under Armour Stores at Dubai Festival City, Mirdif City Center Mall Dubai and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.

MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER SHIRT

Unveiled this week, Arsenal’s kit for next season, merges innovative technology with design features that give a nod to Arsenal’s past.

Designed in the classic Arsenal home red, Puma’s iconic T7 Form Stripe runs along each sleeve and Arsenal home kit for 2016/17 by Puma a dropped tail and longer sleeves with cuffs give this shirt a refined look.

The front graphic provides a modern approach and the gothic ‘A’ on the back neck area is inspired by the font that featured on the club’s crest in the past. The new shirt features ACTV Thermo-R technology, which helps players maintain an optimum body temperature.

The inner athletic tape allows microcapsules to absorb excess heat and release it back to the body, while he taping in the shirts provides an extra snug fit, micro-massaging the skin to enable a more effective energy supply.

Price: Shirt –Dh300, Shorts – Dh150, Socks – Dh65
Where to Buy: Available to preorder at www.puma.com/arsenal and www.ArsenalDirect.com

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