Saturday, 26 November 2011

Fitness in Dubai tackles Ice Warrior II in Ski Dubai

Ice Warrior II was awesome! Such good fun! I’m really chuffed I finished 7th and maybe would have done better if I’d been braver from the start.

Everyone started in groups of five. One instructed where to go and kitted up with helmets and chipped timers we were off. First a run though the Mall, the car park and then up what seemed like hundreds of flights of stairs. The five of us were all still together and I decided to stick in the middle of the group so that I could see what was coming. Big mistake. Huge! After the stairs, we were sent down a slide in rubber rings. Since only one person could go down the slide at once, this gave those at the front a huge time advantage over those at the back.

My memory of all of the obstacles starts to blur after that, but it certainly included; crawling up a toboggan slide, jumping over ice walls, getting sprayed with cold water, pulling a rubber ring up a hill with rope, crawling between huge rubber balls, running up the steepest section of Ski Dubai, a balance beam, shovelling snow into a bin, running down stairs and then back up (millions of them) and sledging down the slope. I’m knackered just thinking about it all!

It flew past and so quickly and I was back in the warmth after 21m 56s. The atmosphere was fantastic, everyone laughing and joking, sharing their stories and encouraging each other on. It’s certainly an event that I’d recommend and I’m already looking forward to taking part in Ice Warrior III.

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Fitness in Dubai powered by Body Control

I first come across Body Control ( after the Fitness Challenge in June. There was a band included in my prize and I was very keen to find out more.
Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine and works through the manipulation of energy channels known as meridians. The needles used in acupuncture address imbalances in your energy flow. Body Control bands are made from silicone, and have two holograms on the inside. These holograms from 8ight ( store a frequency which when in contact with a meridian point do the same thing.

OK, I know what you’re thinking. But stick with me, the proof is in the pudding. There’s a whole range test that sow the impact of these bands, on your strength, balance, flexibility and susceptibility to radiation from mobile phones. These tests are difficult to explain, so thankfully there’s a video here for you to watch.

If you’re still sceptical, try out the tests for yourself in any stockist of Body Control bands, which in Dubai include Stadium, Sun and Sand Active Sports and Studio R. The bands cost AED 175.

As for me, I’ve never taken mine off since June and on days when I’m really pushing myself in the gym I’ll wear two bands. Every little helps, right.