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The UAE’s national jiu-jitsu team’s physiotherapist, Hiten Maisuria, knows all about getting athletes ready for competition, injury-free. Maisuria, 32, who previously worked with the English soccer team, Queens Park Rangers, as an academy physiotherapist, took on his role with the UAE jiu-jitsu team’s technical staff in May. “Yes, we are excited to get back on the mats and the mood within the community is one of excitement and encouragement,” he says. “However, it is important...

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Iconic car-free tracks, challenging mountain climbs and breathtaking scenery are just a few of the reasons why cycling is becoming one of the fastest-growing sports in the UAE. Here’s where to go: Cycling tracks Yas Marina Circuit When it comes to cycling, the UAE is known for its many car-free (and therefore safe) tracks, the most famous being Abu Dhabi’s iconic Formula One circuit. The facility on Yas Island hosts the likes of racing superstar...

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It’s been a weird six months for fitness, with Covid-19 restrictions piling on top of the usual summer heat slump. For many people, exercise has fallen to the bottom of the priority list. And as we all know, the longer we go without a visit to the gym, the harder it is to work up the motivation to get back there. But worry not, help is at hand in the form of Simon Niazi, health...

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One day, while out for a walk with the kids, I felt the urge to jog behind my Britax B-Agile double stroller. After about 30 seconds I brought us all to a rolling stop as it was clear my body wasn’t up to the challenge. In no time, I was winded and wobbly, proving that the stroller was indeed the only agile part of this equation.  It was the wakeup call that I needed, though,...

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TikTok is booming in the UAE and if you haven’t already taken a deep dive into it, there are a few things to know before you get started. • There has also been a major growth in fitness, sports and wellness content. In the first half of 2020, there was a 270 percent increase in related content under #fitness hashtag, surpassing 1 billion local views.  • The demographic is getting older, particularly after all those...

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If 2020 hasn’t brought you enough obstacles to deal with already, a new gym in Abu Dhabi is promising to throw even more your way. But this time you’ll be pushing yourself to new levels of fitness by swinging on rings and climbing Z-walls sideways. Desert Shield Fitness isn’t your average gym. Its USP comes from its strong focus on Obstacle Course Race (OCR) training. Inspired by the Spartan style of race training, the original...

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The day that so many have been waiting for is here: gyms in Abu Dhabi are reopening. Abu Dhabi Sports Council on Sunday announced that all indoor sports centers were allowed to resume activities across the emirate from July 1.  They are allowed to operate around the clock, seven days a week but at no more than 40 percent capacity. They must also continue to stick to strict safety measures to prevent the spread of...

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It is a sad fact that as we age, we grow stiffer in the joints, flabbier in the muscles and thicker around the waist. Keeping fit gets harder over 50 — or does it? Captain Jean-Marc de Montrichard and Kimberley Dittrich would beg to differ. Jean-Marc, a pilot, trainer and examiner for Etihad, was in his late 40s when he became an instructor for Body Combat, Body Pump and RPM and 50 when he opened...

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Going back to the gym for the first time after two months felt like going to a foreign place. Something that was so ingrained in my everyday life stopped immediately with the Covid-19 related closures. It forced me to get creative with what I had at home and while that kept me active, losing eight kilograms of muscle was almost inevitable with the limited workout equipment I had. So, with many gyms reopening in Dubai...

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Gyms and yoga studios in Dubai have been given the go-ahead to reopen after more than two months of enforced closure, but with a long list of strict guidelines in place, some are moving faster than others to welcome back their clients. Among the instructions released by Dubai Sports Council on Tuesday, May 26 for opening the following day, sports and fitness establishments must:   keep to 50 percent capacity  ensure staff and customers wear masks...