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As someone who loves nothing more than a super sweaty gym class, it’s almost shameful to say that, before this week, I had never experienced the fitness phenomenon that is Barry’s Bootcamp. Calling it a phenomenon is by no means an exaggeration. Founded in Hollywood in 1998, Barry’s boasts over 77 branches across 15 different countries, including seven in just London alone. Abu Dhabi’s fitness enthusiasts have looked on enviously since Barry’s made its UAE debut at DIFC, Dubai...

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One of the UAE’s most popular children’s programs – Pirates Surf Rescue – has expanded to Abu Dhabi. The weekly watersports and lifestyle sessions, which have 900 children signed up and another 8,000 on the waiting list, teach active skills such as paddle boarding, surfing and rescue. They’re building a community of young warriors, having fun and learning how to look after the planet and each other. So, what exactly makes Pirates Surf Rescue such a draw?...

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Known for its luscious green oasis and towering Jebel Hafeet mountain, the garden city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has long been a tantalizing natural playground for runners, cyclists and outdoor fitness enthusiasts. Not only that, but it’s recently welcomed an influx of flashy gyms and boutique studios, and offers an increasing selection of healthy eateries. Quiet and peaceful compared to the bustling cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, residents and visitors are invited...

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For almost a decade, boutique gyms have reigned supreme as the fitness industry moved away from multinational, traditional facilities towards a more bespoke approach. Customers have since been spoiled for choice in terms of exercise options, with classes becoming increasingly creative. Trampoline HIIT on Monday? Sure. Puppy Pilates on Wednesday? Why not.  Flexibility and diversity have become central principles of the industry and apps like ClassPass have flourished, offering people a multitude of experiences and...

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It’s been labelled a “revolution” and a “controversial threat” to golf, while some of its players have even received death threats for their involvement. The Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf tour has certainly shaken up one of the world’s oldest and most traditional sports. So what is all the fuss is about? The background Professional golf is split into two flagship competitions. The first and oldest is the PGA Tour, which was founded in 1929 and...

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The idea of sinking down to the depths of the ocean with no access to oxygen tanks and a single rope for company probably sounds like the stuff of nightmares to many people. But for freedivers, this type of descent represents an intoxicating blend of physical endurance and mental tranquillity.  Also known by its scientific name ‘apnea’, freediving has been a pastime of humans for as long as there has been an interest in what...

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There are a growing number of homegrown UAE fitness-wear brands to turn to these days, each featuring trendy, ethical and performance-focused pieces perfectly suited to the balmy local climate and its thriving fitness scene. Indeed, choosing regional labels is an easy way of shopping more sustainably, supporting the nation’s small businesses, and gaining a sizzling, comfy and versatile new exercise wardrobe in the process.  Check out Livehealthy’s favorite UAE-founded fitness brands to work up a...

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Khawla Al Balooshi made history last year when she became the first Emirati woman to compete in an official camel race alongside men, only months after she started riding.  The 28-year-old is an avid surfer, diver, climber and hiker. She worked as a senior analyst in the Strategy Department in the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai and began training in camel racing in August 2021 through the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center. She...

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Miranda Parchoma, a physical education teacher in Abu Dhabi, is a major advocate for balancing academics with individual and team sports for optimal student life. “When it comes to team sports, there are so many invaluable skills learned that are very difficult to learn in any other scenario,” she explains. Team sports give children a physical outlet as well as the chance to develop socially, mentally and emotionally. Student athletes who participate in team sports are proven...

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With the pandemic closing gyms across the world for months on end, the way that we like to work out has shifted considerably.    Many of us have clocked on to the fact that exercising at home involves less traveling and expense, not to mention staying cool inside with the air conditioning, and this has prompted a whole new wave of cutting-edge digital home gym equipment.   Forget unsightly treadmills and bulky spinning bikes, these days it’s...

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Unless you fly away for the entire summer, chances are you are looking for compelling indoor activities to beat the UAE heat. Whether you’re searching for the perfect family day outing, fancy getting artsy with some friends or seeking an alternative to getting those steps in, we’ve got you covered.  Teible culinary workshops (Dubai) What’s cooking? This farm-to-table restaurant is hosting a series of culinary workshops during the summer for budding chefs and eager home cooks...