Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Fitness in Dubai – Time for a name change

I’ve decided to rebrand this blog as “Fitness in Dubai”. Recently while giving this site a little redesign, I started asking myself what this blog is really all about, and does it benefit anyone other than me? Here are some questions I was asked for an upcoming feature in Shape Magazine:

Q: Why did you start your blog?
A: Every runner suffers from injuries. I thought I'd stumbled across a way to reduce the chances of getting injured, and I wanted to share this information. When I talked about barefoot running and my Vibram five fingers (VFFs) everyone asked the same questions, so it seemed logical to log my answers and experiences in blog format.

Q: What made you choose to write about barefoot running?
A: It seemed like a revelation to me. I desperately wanted barefoot running to change me into the runner I've always wanted to be. In the end I'm delighted I started the blog so that it can act as a cautionary tale for anyone who wants to try running barefoot and they can (hopefully!) learn from the stupid mistake I made of doing too much too soon.

These are the reasons I started the blog 18 months ago, but it has evolved since then. I must send huge thanks to Jason, Andrew and my wife for pointing this out to me. The title ‘Barefoot in Dubai’ is out of date, since I’ve largely stopped using my Vibrams. The aim of this blog today is to provide my perspective on various fitness activities in Dubai.

So, welcome to Fitness in Dubai. I hope you like this site and please continue to let me know if you have any suggestions or questions. There’s lots of content coming in the next few weeks, including feedback from the Men’s Fitness and Shape Magazine Middle East Fitness Challenge 2011, and the results of both my Biomechanical Analysis and VO2 Max testing both conducted at UPANDRUNNING (http://www.upandrunningdubai.com/).

Wishing you all good health!

Fitness in Dubai features reviews of all the latest fitness programmes and local gyms, such as The Circuit Factory, 24 Fitness and CrossFit LifeSpark, as well as reviews of fitness fads, fitness tests and fitness equipment, from Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes to VO2 Max testing. Ultimately, this fitness blog - as featured in Good Taste, Men's Fitness, Time Out and Shape magazines - contains everything you need to know about fitness in Dubai, UAE, in the Middle East. Bookmark it now.


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