Farid #EmpowerME

I am Farid and I #EmpowerME

posted by FitnessFirst Team August 16, 2017 0 comments

Son inspired the father who now inspires the son!

By profession, I am a Property Manager and a DJ at the Spartan Race. But the most pivotal role I play is that of a father. As a father to a young son, I hate being the one to tell him that I am ‘Too Tired’ to play with him. Then Fitness First approached me to join and represent the Couch-to-Sprint movement. After training for one month for the Spartan race, I have already lost 16 Kgs. Now I am never too tired to play with my son.  I am an example of how the Son inspired the father who now inspires the son!

With that in mind, the Spartan Race team approached Fitness First Middle East with the idea. As a catalyst and an integral part of healthy living within the community, Fitness First took it on board.

Couch to Sprint became a reality.

They chose a candidate. And with the support of Spartan Race Arabia and Fitness First Middle East, it was time to put it to the test.

The aim is to move from the living room couch to the Spartan Race Arabia

The Candidate (and the blog author)

Weight: 130 kg

Height: 176 cm

Classified: Obese

My name is Farid, I have been the DJ for Spartan Race Middle East from the outset.

As you can see from my stats, I am unhealthy. I always found it funny that the only person not exerting any sort of physical activity at the races is the big fat DJ. But the truth is, it was depressing. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every moment of being able to DJ and in some way contribute to the success of the event. But many times I’d feel left out. I was not part of the “game”.

I’d watch these amazing people head towards the start line. They all had the exact same expression on their faces. They all looked like they were about to enter into a battle convinced they are going to overcome. They were all challenging one person, themselves. It was personal and it was about to go down!!

And they all looked happy, I never sensed an ounce of fear or hesitation.

But that wasn’t even the best part, you should see their faces crossing the finish line! They have conquered something deep within themselves, it is hard to touch upon. It’s like they have crushed all the self doubt they were carrying.

Mud faced, sweat and blood. Soaked, bruised and dehydrated. They had been through a long, demanding and vigorous test. Yet no one seemed like they were walking, everyone was floating.

They started happy and finished defiant, ecstatic and overjoyedContent with who they are.

That is what I am looking for by taking on this challenge. Of course that mental state comes with the physical and that is what this blog is about. My physical journey to reach that mental state.

I’d love for you to join me on that ride.

Today I was tired and did not want to go. I just wanted the couch and youtube. I convinced myself to go and take it easy. Walking into @fitnessfirstme Uptown Mirdif I got a wave of energy but was still thinking i'll tell @dinis_fitness_crossfit_coach if we can slow it down a notch today. Boy was I wrong. It was the most grueling session I had with him. He kept pushing my buttons. I froze at one point. My legs stopped functioning and I could hear Dinis in my ear – "TWO MORE!!" At that moment it felt like this is my limit, I can't push no more. But it felt soooo good afterwards. I don't want that to be my limit. It is not my limit, I will push harder!! @spartanarabia – but did you die though? 😂 . . . . . . . #spartanrace #spartanarabia #spartanracehatta #spartanraceproteam #fitnessfirstme #fitnessfirstdubai #fitnessfirstuptownmirdif #legendswillrise #couchtosprint #tunnelvision #pushpushpush #ihatesquats #buckfurpees #mirdif #uptownmirdif

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The Blog

There will be a lot of health and fitness inspired posts. There will also be a lot hellos and goodbyes. Hello to apples, goodbye to pizza. Nice to meet you grilled salmon to ciao big juicy cheese dripping burger.

With the support and guidance of Spartan Race and Fitness First. I will offer all the useful information and tools handed out to me.

There will be a lot of blood, sweat and tears along the way which I would also like to share with you. But it will all be fun and entertaining.

I want you to join in, this is a call to action. I want you to share whatever success story you feel needs telling. Whether in the comments section or even if you have your own blog, share this with us. Or send in a write up of something you recently achieved and we can include it in a section of the blog,

Being the DJ and training for Spartan Race Arabia, I have decided to put together 30 minute mix. I'll do this on a regular basis, once a week or so. The inspiration for it will come from within the gym. Whether group classes at @fitnessfirstme or a specific workout I tried. Or by watching someone grinding at the gym. Each mix will have different tempos and energy levels based on whatever inspiration I picked up during the week. They will range from high intensity for cardio to reggaeton based for Zumba to deep house for your warm up. I'll throw in a couple of down tempo sounds for yoga and recovery. So here is the first one. Inspired by the dreaded BURPEE!!! @spartanarabia https://www.mixcloud.com/SpartanMusic/ . . . . . . . . #spartanrace #spartanhatta #spartantraining #spartanarabia #spartanbahrain #couchtosprint #fitnessfirstme #fitnessfirstdubai #fitnessfirstuptownmirdif #legendswillrise #workoutmix #spartandj #burpees #buckfurpees #workoutplaylist #couchtosprint #spartanproteam #dubaifitness #dubaifitnesstrainer

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I’ll see you all at the finish line! 

Farid Abou Rjeily
Property Manager
Source: Couch To Sprint Blog
Follow Farid’s Journey on his blog and @couchtosprint

1 Month! It's time for a before after post. Timeframe: Day 1 ➖Month 1 Weight: 129.4 kg➖117.6 kg Fat Mass: 54.6 kg ➖44.2 kg BMI: 40.8 ➖37.2 So down 12 kg. Everything seems to be going as planned. Numbers look good. I'm very happy about that. Extremely happy!! Still over though, but who's counting anyway? I AM! Lol. Big up to @spartanarabia @fitnessfirstme for all the support. Can't forget the man with the master plan @dinis_fitness_crossfit_coach. Thanks buddy! Still a long way to go but we'll get there. Everyone around me has been extremely supportive. Love and kisses to my backbone @pixi2000 who has given me all the time and space to go ahead with this. I'm talking like i've just crossed the Spartan Race finish line!! 🏁 Enough. Back to work. Oh, if you swipe left, I tried to flex on you 💪🏻. Just practicing. AROO! . . . . . . . . #spartanrace #spartanarabia #spartanhatta #spartantraining #fitnessfirstme #fitnessfirstdubai #fitnessfirstuptownmirdif #empowerme #couchtosprint #legendswillrise #dontquitstayfit #mirdif #dubai #beforeandafter #progress #noquittingnow #longroadahead

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Fitness & Training

التدريب أو عدم التدريب؟

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 1, 2017 0 comments

ذلك هو السؤال – وما من إجابة صحيحة أو خاطئة! مع اقتراب شهر رمضان المبارك في كل عام، دائمًا ما يثار نقاش حول ما إذا كان من الأفضل صحيًا التدرب خلال هذا الوقت – أو حتى التدرُّب أثناء الصيام. وثمّة شواغل أخرى كالإفراط في تناول الطعام أو الإقلال منه كثيرًا يمكن أن تؤثر أيضًا في قرارك بشأن التدريب

الجواب بسيط: حسب الحالة

يرجع السبب في اختلاف الجواب حسب الحالة لاعتماد الأمر كليًا على طبيعة جسمك. من المهم أن تعرف وتفهم القيود التي يفرضها عليك جسمك وما يمكن لجسمك التعامل معه. فإذا كان التدريب جزءًا منتظمًا من روتينك اليومي أو الأسبوعي، فعندئذٍ لا يمثل التدريب خلال شهر رمضان أي مشكلة – وحينها قد تتمثل القيود في فهم الكثافة المناسبة لتدريباتك. وإذا كان التدريب جديدًا عليك نسبيًا، سيكون من الأفضل الابتعاد عن التدريب خلال هذا الشهر الكريم. مرة أخرى، هذا الأمر يتعلق بفهمك لقدراتك

 متى ينبغي التمرين خلال شهر رمضان؟

ثمّة سؤال آخر كثيرًا ما يُطرَح، وهو متى ينبغي أن تتدرب. ولأن شرب الماء يمثل أحد أهم الأشياء أثناء ممارسة الرياضة، فمن الأفضل التدريب مباشرة بعد تناول وجبة إفطار خفيفة. ومع ذلك، إذا كان البقاء إبقاء جسمك رطبًا بين وجبتي الإفطار والسحور مهمة سهلة، عندئذٍ سيكون التدريب أثناء الصيام مفيدًا لجسمك. اعرف قدراتك

إذا كنت قد قررت التدرُّب، فإليك بعض النقاط لتأخذها بعين الاعتبار عند وضع برنامجك للتدريب

حاول ألا تقسو على جسمك؛ وأبقِ التدريبات لمُدد قصيرة وبكثافة أقل من المُعتاد

إذا كان التدريب جديدًا عليك، حاول ممارسة بعض تمارين الكارديو والحركات الخفيفة لإبقاء جسمك في حالة حركة

احرص على شرب الكثير من الماء بين الإفطار والسحور لتحتفظ بجسمك رطبًا تمامًا

حاول أن تؤجِّل التدريبات عالية الكثافة إلى ما بعد وجبة الإفطار. بهذه الطريقة يمكنك أن تمنح جسمك الغذاء اللازم ليمنحك الطاقة للتدريب

حاول ألا تُكثر من تناول الأطعمة المقلية أو الدهنية بحيث لا تؤثر سلبًا على عملك الشاق وما حققته من لياقة بدنية

إذا بدأت تشعر بالدوار أو الإعياء، أوقف التدريب وقلّل كثافته تذكر أن القيام بأي حركة خير لك من ألا تتحرك على الإطلاق

أيًا كان قرارك – سواء بممارسة التدريب أو عدمه – احرص على أن تفهم جسمك وقدراته. هذا ليس وقت تجرُبة أشياء جديدة، ولكنه وقت الحفاظ على لياقتك. أنت تعرف جسمك أفضل من أي شخص آخر

أندريه فوكس-مارتينز
مدير اللياقة البدنية
فيتنس فيرست بلاتينيوم بلس | تاون سنتر | دبي

Fitness & Training

خطط بذكاء واحصل على نتائج في رمضان

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 1, 2017 2 Comments

إن فكرت بوضع خطة لفقد الوزن في رمضان؛ بإنهاك نفسك في تمارين الكارديو الطويلة والتدرُّب أثناء الصيام ومحاولة التفوق على ذاتك يوميًا، فأنت مخطئ ينبغي تصميم المُعادلة المثالية بتوازُن مثالي لتحقيق نتائج رائعة على مستوى الرياضة والعافية واللياقة البدنية. وشهر رمضان هو أفضل وقت لوضع خطة ذكية والحصول على نتائج رائعة. لقد اخترنا ثلاثة نصائح لمساعدتك في رحلتك لتحقيق اللياقة البدنية خلال شهر رمضان 2017

أولًا: التنظيم الذكي لروتين التمرين

أعدّ خُطة جيدة لبرنامج التمارين؛ تحترم تغذيتك الفعلية ومبنية على ما ترغب في تحقيقه. رمضان هو وقت يمكننا تسميته “بموسم التعافي”. تخيل نفسك رياضي من أصحاب الأداء القوي وتلتزم ببرنامج التمارين التزام صفوة اللاعبين المحترفين. لذا يجب عليك ألا تتوقف عن التمارين خلال رمضان ومع ذلك، ننصحك بأن تكون مرات التمارين أقل عددًا وكثافة في هذا الشهر

يحتاج جسدك فعليًا لأوقات للتعافي والراحة، ورمضان هو أفضل وقت يُمكنك فيه التدريب بكثافة أقل دون التخلّي عن النتائج الرائعة

ملاحظة: حزام ماي زوون يلعب دورًا هامًا في إدارة جلسات التمرين ويُساعدك في معرفة حدودك القصوى في التمارين

ثانيًا: رمضان هو الوقت الأمثل للاختلاط ولكن لا تتمادى حتى لا تندم

إنه موسم الطعام التقليدي الشهي، حلو المذاق، الثقيل، المليء بالدهون والسكر المكرر، حيث تكون فيه محاطًا بالعائلة والأصدقاء. قد لا نفقد السيطرة بسهولة ونندم عقب عيد الفطر مباشرة. إن فهمك لكيفية الموازنة بين اختياراتك سيساعدك على البقاء على المسار الصحيح واختيار الكميات المناسبة بحيث تسمح لنفسك بالاستمتاع بهذا الموسم. إن من أفضل النصائح تبديل الأيام التي ستلتزم فيها بالوجبات الصحية وتلك الأيام التي سيسمح لك فيها بالخروج عن البرنامج والاستمتاع. من الهام تذكر نوعية ما تأكله ومعرفة ما الذي سيكون ذا تأثير كبير على أدائك في صالة الألعاب الرياضية وكذلك على نتائجك على المديين القصير والطويل. اصنع توازنًا بين اختياراتك وستنهي هذا الشهر بشعور ومظهر رائعين

ثالثًا: نل قسطًا كافيًا من النوم

حين يتعلق الأمر برمضان فإن النوم ذا أهمية بالغة ويمكن أن يؤثر مباشرة على نتائجك

إن ليلة رائعة تقضيها في فراشك تعني ثلاث خطوات نحو تحقيق أهدافك للياقة البدنية. خذ الأمر على محمل الجد وستنبهر بالتغيرات التي ستحدث لجسدك؛ ستحظى بطاقة أكبر وتتحكم في شهيتك المفتوحة للطعام وستنخفض مستويات الكورتيزول، فالنوم يرتبط كُليًا بالتحكم في الإجهاد، حيث تعد مستويات الكورتيزول المرتفعة بمثابة آفة المجتمع الحديث، فقد تسبب أمراض القلب والسكر وارتفاع ضغط الدم وهشاشة العظام، والقائمة لا تزال طويلة

كما يعد الكورتيزول مسؤول أيضًا عن دهون البطن؛ تلك الذي تبذل قصارى جهدك لحرقها. ولعل الطريقة المثلى لخفض مستويات الكورتيزول هي أن تحظى بنوم جيد ليلًا

أطفئ جميع الأنوار وانستغرام وسناب شات والهاتف النقال والتلفاز وامنح نفسك ساعتين أو ثلاث من النوم الإضافي ليلًا. خطط لنوم عميق من 7-8 ساعات. أعلم أن ذلك صعبًا ولكن صدقني ستتذكر هذه النصيحة طوال حياتك إذا منحت نفسك الفرصة للمحاولة

لكل هدف استراتيجية مختلفة ومن المُهم معرفة ما هي احتياجاتك. لدى فيتنس فرست فريق من المحترفين يمكنهم مساعدتك في رحلتك لتنظيم روتين التمرين المثالي وإدارة برنامجك الغذائي وفهم أهمية الحصول على فترة للتعافي

برونا دينيز
مديرة اللياقة البدنية
أب تاون مردف للسيدات

Fitness & Training

Plan Smart Get Results during Ramadan

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 30, 2017 0 comments

If you`re thinking to have a Ramadan fat loss plan, killing yourself in long cardio sessions, training when you`re fasting, pushing your limits over 100% everyday, you are wrong.

The perfect formula for great results in sports, wellness and fitness should be designed in a perfect balance.

Ramadan is a perfect time to have a smart plan and get great results. We have selected 3 important keys to help you in your fitness journey during Ramadan 2017.

1st – Smart workout routine periodization

Your workout plan should be well prepared respecting your actual nutrition and based on what you wish to achieve. Ramadan is a time when we could name as a “recovery season”.  Imagine yourself being a high performance athlete and take your workout plan with a commitment of a professional elite player. During Ramadan you should not stop exercising, however we advise your training sessions to be on lower intensity and volume at this month.

Your body actually requires times to recover and to slow down, Ramadan is the perfect time you can manage to train in lower intensity and still get great results.

Note: MYZONE belt plays an important role to manage your workout session and help you to know limits.

2nd – Ramadan is time to socialize, but don` t go to far and avoid regrets.

The season of delicious, taste, heavy, full of fat and refined sugar traditional food. Surrounded from family and friends. We can easily get lost and regret right after Eid El Fitr. Understanding how to balance your choices will help you to keep on track and select the right portions you can allow yourself to enjoy this season. A great advise is to alternate the days you will stick with healthy meals and those days you can be allowed to cross the line to enjoy yourself. It`s important to remember the quality of what you eat and to know what will strongly affect your performance at the gym as well as your results in short and long term. Balance your choices and you will finish this season feeling and looking great.

3rd – Sleep well!!!

When it comes to Ramadan, sleep is very important and can have a direct affect on your results.

A great night in bed means 3 steps ahead to achieve your fitness goals. Take it serious and you will be wow impressed with changes that may occur to your body. Energy high up, control food cravings and reduce cortisol levels. Sleep is completely connected with stress control. High levels of cortisol is the poison of modern society.  It can cause heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and the list can go further.

Cortisol is also responsible for your belly fat, the one you’ve been working so hard to burn it. The best way to reduce cortisol levels is having a quality night sleep.

Switch off all lights, Instagram, Snapchat, mobile phone, TV and give yourself an extra 2 to 3 hours night sleep. Plan for 7-8 hours deep sleep. I know it’s hard but believe me! You will remember this advice for a life-time if you allow yourself to try!

Each goal comes with a different strategy and it`s important to understand what are your need are. Fitness First has a team of professionals that can help in your journey to organize the perfect workout routine, manage your nutrition and understand the importance of recovery.

Bruna Diniz
Fitness Manager
Uptown Mirdif Ladies 

Fitness & Training

To Train or Not to Train?

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 30, 2017 0 comments

That is the question – and there is no right or wrong answer! Every year as the Holy Month of Ramadan gets closer, there is always a debate as to whether it is healthy to train during this time – or even train while fasting. Other concerns such as eating too much or too little can also have an effect on peoples’ decision to train.

The answer is simple: it depends!

The reason why it depends is because it depends entirely on your body. It is important to know and understand your body’s limitations and knowing what your body can handle. If training is a regular part of your daily or weekly routine, then training during Ramadan shouldn’t be an issue – the limitation might then be to understand how intense your training should be. If training is fairly new to you, then taking this Holy Month off might be the better choice. Again, this comes down to understanding your limitations.

When to train during Ramadan?

Another question that is asked quite frequently is when to train. Because hydration is one of the most important things during exercise, it is recommended to train right after a light Iftar meal. However, if staying hydrated between Iftar and Suhoor is an easy task, then training while fasting might be alright for your body. Know your limitations!

If you do decide to train, here are some points to keep in mind when designing your training:

  • Try not to push your body too far; keep workouts short and at low intensity
  • If training is new to you, try some light cardiovascular exercises and mobility work to keep the body moving
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water between Iftar and Suhoor to keep the body fully hydrated
  • Try to keep high intensity workouts until after Iftar meals. This way you can give the body fuel for energy
  • Try not to eat too many fried or fatty foods so that it doesn’t counteract your hard work and fitness achievements thus far
  • If you start to feel dizzy or sick, stop training and lower the intensity. Remember, any movement is better than no movement at all

Whatever you decide – whether to train or not to train – make sure you understand your body and your body’s limitations. This is not the time to try new things, but to maintain your fitness. You know your body better than anyone else!

Andre Fox-Martins
Fitness Manager
Fitness First Platinum Plus l Town Center l Dubai

Health & Nutrition

Nutrition and Healthy Eating in Ramadan

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 21, 2017 0 comments

The person’s life style changes in Ramadan. He has a precious opportunity to follow a healthy diet that contributes to losing weight and adjusts the blood sugar level.

Ramadan is a great opportunity for overweight people to lose weight by eating moderately and exercising before or after Iftar.

The healthy and complete diet that contains different types of food must be adhered to, so that the fasting person can have all food components needed by the body. One of the most important things to be considered is to eat slowly with no rush.

What are the person’s nutritional needs every day?


They act as the body’s fuel, as they provide it with the energy it needs to carry out its functions normally. They also play a critical role in maintaining the blood sugar level.


Proteins are essential to build and renew the body’s cells and tissues. Eating sufficient amount of proteins in your all meals during Ramadan makes you feel full till next meal, so you do not eat an excessive amount of desserts.


They also are an important energy source and play an important role in the function of the body’s cells. Some of them (i.e. healthy fats) are useful for the health of the heart, skin and hair too. Avoid using saturated fats of butter and gee in Ramadan meals, as they raise the cholesterol level in blood and increase the risk of heart diseases.

Vitamins and Minerals:

They play an important role in maintaining the functions of the body’s cells naturally. They also strengthen the body’s immunity and give it liveliness. In addition, some of them play the role of antioxidants that protect the body from diseases.

Drink sufficient amount of water between Iftar and Suhoor to provide the body with fluids during day.

Avoid drinking fizzy drinks at Iftar and Suhoor, as they adversely affect the digestion process and fill stomach with sugar. Further, these kind of drinks lacks nutritional value and adds weight.

Iftar (breakfast)

It is advised to eat Iftar in two phases:

First, eat dates, and then drink a glass of water or milk. Start Iftar with a hot plate of soup and salad.

After a while ranging from half an hour to an hour, it is advised to eat the main meal. Moderation in eating food is undoubtedly the main factor of good health!

The balanced main dish at Iftar must contain types of good carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes brown rice, oats or bulgur and type of lean meat such as red meat, chicken, or fish, as well as vegetables.

  • Iftar only does not provide you with all your nutritional needs. It is preferred and advised to eat a snack before sleep, which consists of, for example, a glass of low fat milk, a sandwich made of brown bread, low fat cheese, and a handful amount of dried fruit and nuts.
  • If you want to drink coffee or tea, it is advised to drink an hour or two after eating Iftar.
  • The change in eating routine may lead to having constipation. To avoid it, it is advised to eat an ample amount of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes; drink sufficient amount of water; and do some form of light exercise right before iftar, after iftar or before suhoor.
  • Eating a piece of dessert immediately after Iftar causes increase in the stomach’s size, as it delays the digestion process. In addition, an imbalance occurs in the blood sugar level, leading to increase the desire to eat more dessert. It is preferred to eat it two or three hours after eating Iftar.


Suhoor is a main meal in Ramadan. It helps endure the fatigue of fasting.

One of the common mistakes in Ramadan is that many people tend not to eat Suhoor, thinking that it is not important and that eating Iftar and the following different food is enough to provide them with the sugar and energy they need for the next day, that is on one hand. On the other hand, some people eat this meal early before Suhoor time.

Suhoor is considered as an alternative to the breakfast you eat in the normal day. Therefore, it must contain the same main ingredients we find in breakfast, including bread, low fat dairy products such as milk, labneh, egg, vegetables, or rice with milk and dried fruits. As for fast food such as falafel, shawerma, or dishes rich in fats, they do not fit the requirements of Suhoor.

It is desirable to eat Suhoor as late as possible to reduce the period during which the body is deprived from food and drink. 

  • Avoid eating salted food such as canned food, processed food, salted nuts and pickles at Suhoor as they may heighten your feeling of thirst during fasting period.
  • You should drink an ample amount of water during the post-Iftar period, i.e. at least 2-3 liters of water. Drink little amounts of them intermittently to avoid any discomfort or distention.

Fitness First Team

Fitness & Training

How and when to exercise in Ramadan

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 15, 2017 0 comments

Exercising should be continued during the holy month of Ramadan, as it is one of the healthy habits that are recommended to be followed for its many benefits that positively affect the human health.

However, the right time and kind of exercise should be chosen.


Why should you work out in Ramadan ?

If exercising is important to the body’s well being and health throughout the year, it is even more important in Ramadan than in any other month, due to many reasons including:

1. It helps people who follow an exercise program to easily resume it after Ramadan and does not give a chance to idleness to seep into their bodies.

2. During fast time, the muscular system gets energy by using the glucose in liver. If the physical exertion and required energy increase; and the amount of glucose in liver is inadequate to provide muscles with energy, the muscular system will use another source, which is the adipose tissue dissolution and fatty acid oxidation. If the fatty acids decrease, the muscular system will oxidize the fats in liver. Thus, fast and exercising are a good chance to burn the stored fats.

3. It improves the digestive system efficiency and protects from indigestion problems.

4. The weight lost during fast will definitely be gained after Iftar, especially if the fasting person overeats throughout Ramadan without exercising.

5. If the body suffers from deprivation and lacks energy resources, weight will be lost, but from the non-fatty tissues, which adversely affects health. However, in Ramadan, exercising and deprivation of food lead to weight loss from the adipose tissues, affecting health positively.

6. Not eating or drinking for long hours up to 15 hours, as well as staying up for long hours at night, cause body fatigue and stress. Therefore, exercising is a key factor in fasting to increase the body’s efficiency, fitness and health; add vitality to it; protect it from diseases; and eliminate idleness and laziness.

What time of the day should I exercise?

Preferable Times for Exercising in Ramadan and the benefits of each:

1. Two or three hours before Iftar to compensate the body for the missing fluids and minerals as soon as possible to avoid the health symptoms that may be caused for it as a result of exercising

2. Approximately two and half to three hours after Iftar, as during this period, food is efficiently digested to recover energy and recharge it to the vital organs of the body

The period of time allocated to an exercising class during fast does not exceed 60 minutes for a maximum of 5 days a week.

The physical activities that are preferred to be practiced in Ramadan are of low or medium intensity kind and do not require considerable exertion and high resistance that may exhaust the body.

Fitness First Team

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Guide to Reach your Health and Wellness Goals

posted by FitnessFirst Team April 10, 2017 4 Comments
How many times did you say it to yourself..

“this is it, this time I’m really gonna do it!”?

For many times we keep saying to ourselves and to our friends and family that this is the time that we are actually going to achieve or start doing something for our health and fitness, start working out, gain this amount of muscle, drop this amount of fat, run every day in the morning, etc, etc, etc..

but in reality we only do it for a couple of weeks, if we actually even start it, and then it starts fading out.


I’m pretty sure that most of us have heard about goals and the importance to set them, but do we actually do it? We can easily say we want to run a marathon in 6 months, but what is the breakdown and the actions that will take us there? Where do I have to be in 3 months in order to achieve that? What about in a month? What about next week? What do I have to start doing tomorrow? There’re many ways to set your goals but the one that has been more effective for me over the past years is the SMART structure, that each letter represents a specific word that will help you set your goal. Let’s see below how it works:

On the acronym A some people use the Attainable, I preferably like to use Action plan instead, because it gives you the idea of what you need to do in order to achieve that. So now that we know what SMART goals are, let’s use the marathon example to see how it works:

It’s very common that you first select the time based and then you go to the realistic one, it can get confusing if you think that your goal is realistic but then the timeline that you put into it might not be enough, so I always recommend to get the deadline first and then realize if it is realistic or not. But this is just the beginning, this is the part where everybody can get but then the motivational side starts breaking down, “well, in reality it’s only in 6 months down the line, why do I have to start now? I can only start next week, actually I’m pretty busy with work at this point”, or even worse, “a Marathon is too much for me, what was I thinking?”

This is when you need an action plan and baby steps to get there..

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You know you’ll be training 5 times a week, but where do you have to be in 1 month? Nothing better than breaking down your big goal into small goals that will help you, and for that you can always use a timeline draw, from a point “A” to “B”, starting from the future until today, let’s see below how it works.

Point A (Today) _________________________________________________Point B (Marathon)

Being “A” today and “B” the Marathon day in 6 months, you start on the Marathon point and go backwards to understand which steps you’ll need to get there. You can start by selecting where do you have to be half way there:


Point A (Today) ___________________________|_____________________Point B (Marathon)

3 Months – Run 21KM

By setting up this structure it will start giving you the idea what the steps are, so now its time to break that one into smaller ones:

Point A (Today) _1______2_______3__________4_________5______6____Point B (Marathon)

Now you have your big goal, in SMART goals, with an action plan and a breakdown of smaller goals that you can track your progress and keep you motivated throughout the process, as I mentioned before, if the goal is too big or too far away from today, it’ easy to get demotivated, but more important than that, you have to celebrate and reward yourself by the time you achieve those accomplishments, after all, they are great accomplishments that are taking you to the big picture. We apply the same in real life, we just don’t think about it, take babies as example, we know that eventually they will run, but we also know that before that they will walk, and before they will try to stand up, but never before they crawl, so we know the “baby steps” are there, and how much do they practice? Daily, we just don’t realize that but we’re always keen to celebrate, take pictures and videos and share with our families and friends. Do the same with your small baby steps for your wellness goals.


Regardless of what is your wellness goal at this point, either exercising, start eating healthier, having a more active lifestyle, always ensure you know exactly what you’re chasing, have an action plan for it and you know where you have to be in short period of time, if necessary print out a piece of paper or even write it down on a sticker, put it on your desk, on your fridge or even or your mobile phone wallpaper, but make sure you see it everyday.

Andre Fox-Martins
Fitness Manager

Fitness & Training

Relationship Goals: 5 Ways of Sharing Fitness

posted by FitnessFirst Team February 17, 2017 1 Comment

We all know the fact that relationships are hard. Cohabitating, being patient and kind, and putting someone else’s needs ahead of your own aren’t always easy to do and can come with their share of stress.

Fitness has countless health benefits, but one thing you may not realize is its ability to bring you closer as a couple and make life together better.

Relationship Goals

My wife and I started our joint fitness journey after we started dating. We have fun running, training, sweating together, engaging in our mutual #fitfam community, and watching our bodies enjoy the rewards of hard work and commitment.

Here are a few rules and ways that sharing fitness with your partner can improve your relationship:

1. Join a Fitness First Club – you’ll surely spend more quality time together

You really need a place to train, the key is to join a gym that is convenient to where you live or work (so lucky that I work in Fitness First Platinum Club in Golden Mile and it’s near to my wife’s work too) so that you never have an excuse to miss any of your sessions and it has the all the amenities you need. For my wife and I, our favorite moments together are spent in sneakers, whether sweating it out at the gym or running on the road. Good thing that downstairs from Fitness First Platinum in Golden Mile there’s an awesome running track!

2. Get a training partner – you’ll be a happier partner

This is when you’re expecting that I will recommend you getting a personal trainer, for my wife she’s lucky she has me! If you’re not as lucky as my wife, then I would recommend that you partner up with a personal trainer, especially here in Fitness First we have highly qualified trainers, it would really be ideal if you have one alongside on achieving your fitness goals. Learn from the experts and do your due diligence.When you’re working out, the body triggers cells to release endorphins or happy hormones, the magic little hormones that block the transmission of pain signals and produce a euphoric feeling. That gives you that post-workout glow? You’re not imagining it. Right? Plus, people who stick to a fitness plan feel the pride that comes with accomplishing goals. This confidence can boost your relationship by contributing to of course a greater sense of mutual well-being, not just keeping you stronger but also keeping the relationship on fire.
train together

3. Join group classes – you’ll make like-minded friends and share a sense of community

Lots of couples, especially those who work in different careers, have two sets of friends that don’t have a ton in common. Yet couples who build fitness into their lives often find that they build a shared friend base, which can be really fun and rewarding. Try joining some group classes at Fitness First, hitting the same after-work boot camp, circuit classes, Body Pump, 6D or FIT 4:15 class a few days per week as a duo. For sure you’ll have fun!

4. Follow a clean diet- you’ll appreciate each other’s bodies more

A fit body is awesome, but there’s actually nothing more attractive than knowing your partner has dedicated themselves diligently to a fitness routine all week. It makes you feel proud of each other and reminds you of all the great attributes that made you fall in love in the first place. To ensure that you’ll benefit from all of your couple training, your diet needs to be on point, clean and balanced. You should also ensure that you consume enough water so that your body is hydrated especially during your workouts.

5. Get some rest – you’re chemistry will improve 

Be sure to get enough rest so that your body could recuperate from all the awesome training that you did during the week. Because if you don’t, it may result to not-so-enjoyable consequences, like diminished strength, irritability or what not. But you know what? There will be no doubt that the fruits of your labor will be evident. Not only will you both feel better about yourselves (which is half the battle) but your chemistry will surely be turned up a notch as your bodies continue to change. Plus, your shared increase in happy hormones or endorphins will help in keeping you happier as a couple!

Couples that SWEAT and TRAIN together, stay SWEET and FIT forever!

Red Bantilo, RN, CPT
Platinum Personal Trainer

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حقق أهدافك باتباع خمس خطوات بسيطة

posted by FitnessFirst Team February 6, 2017 0 comments

حدد أهداف قابلة للتحقيق

أهداف شخصية تخصك وتتعلق بوضعك الحالي. فالكثير من الأشخاص يحاولون الركض قبل أن يتسنى لهم المشي، الأمر الذي يوهن من عزيمتهم اجعل لك رؤية وجدولاً زمنياً لتقسيم هدفك إلى أهداف يمكنك تحقيقها

ركز على أهدافك واسعى وراءها

على الرغم من أي مصاعب قد تواجهها، مثل الصفوف التي قد تفوتك أو الإصابة التي تتعرض إليها أو أوقات العمل المتأخرة، إلا أن انضباطك ورغبتك في تحقيق أهدافك سيحددان النتائج التي ستحققها، ولذلك فإن الإيمان بأهدافك مهم للغاية

راقب مستوى تطورك

لتتأكد من أنك تسير في الاتجاه الصحيح. أحصل على جهاز قياس معدل ضربات القلب ماي زون لمتابعة سعراتك الحرارية والاحتفاظ بمفكرة للتدريب لتسجيل التمارين التي تمارسها وقارن بين ما تسجله من نتائج حتى يتسنى لك الاطلاع على إنجازاتك. فإذا كنت تحصل على النقاط باتجاه تحقيق هدفك، فاعلم أنك تبلي بلاء حسناً، وإذا لم تحقق هذه النقاط، فعليك أن تعيد تقييم خطة تمرينك والتأكد من دقتها وصحتها

اعمل بجد

لا يمكنك تحقيق أي أمر ذي قيمة بسهولة، لذا اعمل بجد وابذل قصارى جهدك، وستحقق النتائج التي تتمناها. فحضورك للصفوف الصباحية قبل بدء يوم عملك أو الصفوف المسائية بعد انتهاء العمل سيصب في اتجاه تحقيق هدفك

كافئ نفسك وابدأ من جديد

كافئ نفسك عند إحراز أي تقدم، فهذه المكافآت ستكون بمثابة حافز لك وبوسعك عندئذٍ أن تحدد لنفسك أهدافاً أكبر، وبهذه الطريقة سيكون لديك دائماً هدفاً تسعى لتحقيقه وستحصل على التقدير الذي تستحقه عند تحقيق الهدف الذي تسعى إليه

نيكي هولاند
مدير لياقة

لمزيد من النصائح حول تحديد الأهداف قم بتحميل كتابنا الإلكتروني القابل للتنزيل مجاناً مع نصائح حول كيفية الوصول إلى أهدافك، والتغذية، وتقديم المشورة للعناية بالصحة واللياقة البدنية ومعلومات عن التدريب، ونصائح حول تتبع التقدم المحرز و برنامج تدريب مجانا حول فقدان الوزن و بناء العضلات

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Reach Your Goals in 5 Easy Steps

posted by FitnessFirst Team January 30, 2017 0 comments

1) Set Achievable targets

Set targets that are personal to you and your current situation. Many people try to run before they can walk, which causes de-motivation. Have a vision and a timeline to break down what you want to achieve.

2) Be focused and stay on track

Despite any barriers you face, such as missing a session, picking up an injury, work finishing late. Your discipline and desire will determine your results, so mindset and belief is important.

3) Monitor progress

You need to make sure you are heading in the right direction. Get a MYZONE heart rate monitor to track your calories and keep a training diary with your workout and weigh ins to give you feedback. If you are making steps towards your goal, then great. If not then re-evaluate your training and make sure it is specific.

4) Work Hard

Nothing worth having comes easy so put the hard work and effort in. The results will come. Early morning sessions before you start the day or late evening sessions after work…they all count!

5) Reward and re-set

Be sure to give yourself credit and reward yourself when you make progress. This will motivate you and you can set greater goals. That way you always have something to aim for and you know you will get recognition when you achieve what you set out to do.

Nicky Holland
Fitness Manager

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نصائح للحفاظ على اللياقة البدنية خلال العُطلات

posted by FitnessFirst Team December 20, 2016 0 comments

 يُمارس الأشخاص الذين يُخططون لقضاء عُطلاتهم محلياً أو في وطنهم التمارين الرياضية بجِدّ لمظهر وصحّة جيدين من ثلاثة أو أربعة أو خمسة أو ستة أشهر أو حتى قبل عام كامل. ولكن خلال العُطلات، كيف يُمكننا الحفاظ على اللياقة خلال الموسم؟

:هنا بعض النصائح للحفاظ على اللياقة خلال العُطلات

تحديد الأهداف

من المُهمّ أن نُحدد أهدافنا قبل الذهاب في العُطلات. مثل كمية السُعرات الحرارية التي نتناولها، وما نستهلكه من طاقة، وخطة التمارين الرياضية التي سنُمارسها، أي اليوم والوقت، وصالة الألعاب الرياضية، والنزهات الخارجية، والمُعدات، وحدنا ،مع أفراد الأسرة، وما إلى ذلك. أعدّ قائمة بالأنشطة وضعها في مكان ظاهر تماماً، مثل على الثلاجة أو على المرآة التي تستخدمها دائماً. يُطلِق الكثيرون على هذه العملية أو يُسمّونها عكس الأهداف

كمية السُعرات الحرارية التي نحصُل عليها

دائماً ما تكون كمية السُعرات التي نتناولها خلال العطلات هي المُتّهم الأول في اكتساب الأشخاص الوزن خلال الموسم. اضبط كمية السعرات الحرارية التي تتناولها وفقاً للكمية المسموح بها يومياً. وأعد تنظيم كمية السُعرات الحرارية التي تتناولها إذا احتجت لذلك، لا سيما إذا كان هناك حفل ستذهب إليه في نهاية اليوم. قلل من السُعرات الحرارية التي تتناولها في الصباح وفي وجبة الغداء وفي الوجبات الخفيفة في مُنتصف اليوم إذا كنت تنوي أن تُطلِق لنفسك العنان في الحفل

(استهلاك الطاقة (السُعرات الحرارية

راقب استهلاكك من الطاقة. لدينا في فيتنس فيرست “جهاز ماي زون” ليُساعدك في حساب ما تحرقه من سُعرات حرارية في الوقت الحقيقي، إلى جانب نقاط المجهود التي يحسبها جهاز “ماي زون”، وقياس مُعدَّل ضربات القلب والوقت الإجمالي المُستغرَق في التمارين الرياضية. وسواء كنت تُمارس تمارينك الرياضية المُفضَّلة داخل النادي أو تُمارس أي أنشطة خارجية، يُمكن لجهاز “ماي زون” أن يُساعدك في رصد تلك الإحصاءات

خطط لليوم و وقت ممارسة التمارين الرياضية

مع وجود حفلات ستُقام، نحتاج لتخطيط الأنشطة التي سنُمارسها على مدار الموسم والالتزام بها. وعليك بإدارة أيام وتوقيتات ممارستك للأنشطة البدنية. وإذا كان الصباح هو الخيار الوحيد المُتاح أمامك لممارسة التمارين الرياضية لانشغال يومك، إذا عليك بممارستها في الصباح. ويجب أن نتأكد من أننا سنُمارس التمارين الرياضية التي خططنا لها مهما كلَّف الأمر ومهما كانت الظروف

المكان والمُعدّات

نعلم أين سنقضي عُطلاتنا. وإذا كُنت لا تنوي الذهاب خارج البلاد فأبواب نوادينا مفتوحة دائماً لنُحافِظ على نشاطنا. ولكن إذا قررنا أن نُسافر، يُهمنا كثيراً أن نعلم نوع الأنشطة التي يُمكننا مُمارستها في المكان المُعيَّن الذي سنُسافر إليه. هل هناك نادي لياقة محلّي في المنطقة، وإن لم يكن، فأي نوع من الأنشطة الخارجية يُمكننا مُمارستها وما المُعدات التي نحتاجها. نحن نحتاج لارتجال المُعدّات ونوع النشاط أو التمرين. لا تنس إحضار جهاز “ماي زون” معك. في الإمارات يكون الجو بارداً بالخارج وكذلك معظم البُلدان في نصف الكُرة الشمالي. انتهز هذه الفرصة لتحسين حالة قلبك الصحية واذهب للركض خارجاً. سيمنحك الطقس البارد بعضاً من السُعرات الحرارية الإضافية لتحرقها بينما تستمتع بالمشهد الجميل

 “HIIT” – التدريبات المتقطعة عالية الكثَّافة

استهلاك مزيد من الطاقة في وقت أقل

  يُحسِّن من “HIIT” هو نشاط إضافي يُمكننا إضافته لتماريننا الروتينية مرة أسبوعياً في جدولنا المُزدحم. وتُشير الدراسات إلى أن تدريب
من لياقتنا الهوائية واللاهوائية، ويُقلل من الدهون والوزن في منطقة البطن مع المحافظة على الكُتلة العضلية وصحة القلب والأوعية الدموية وفقاً للُكليّة الأمريكية للطب الرياضي. وقد تستغرق الجلسة الواحدة 16 دقيقة من ممارسة التمارين مع وقت إجمالي يبلغ 25 إلى 30 دقيقة شاملة فترات الإحماء، والتمارين، والراحة، والهدنة، والإطالة

التسوق والحفلات

دائماً ما يكون التسوق في العُطلات جزءاً من الموسم. ونوصي بصف السيارة في مكان بعيد عن مراكز التسوق لحرق مزيد من السُعرات الحرارية إلى جانب التنقُّل في أرجاء مركز التسوق. وفي الحفلات ادع مزيداً من أقاربك أو أصدقاءك بدلاً من فقط الانزواء في ركن واحد مع القليل منهم

المأكولات في الحفلات

لن يأكل الكثير من الأشخاص طوال اليوم ليأكلوا في الحفل. وجميعُنا نعلم أنه إذا وصلنا بأنفُسنا إلى مرحلة الجوع الشديد فعلى الأرجح سنأكُل بنهم أكبر، ما سينتهي بنا إلى تناول مزيد من السُعرات الحرارية. ويُستحسن أن نأكُل قبل الذهاب إلى الحفل لكبح شهيتنا. وإذا كنت تنوي أن تشرَب الكحوليات فعليك بتناول بعضاً من الطعام الغني بالبروتين، حيث تقول الأبحاث أن هذا من شأنه أن يُساعد في ضبط مستويات الكحول في الدم.



شُرب الماء لا يُساعد فقط على هضم الطعام بصورة سليمة، بل إنه يُساعد الجسم في أداء وظائفه بشكل صحيح. وشُرب الماء قبل الذهاب إلى الحفل هو أيضاً حيلة جيدة من شأنها أن تكبح شهيتك وتُساعدك في الالتزام بخُطة السُعرات الحرارية خاصّتك

بون بيكونسيلو
مُدير أوَّل اللياقة البدنية
فيتنس فيرست مُجمَّع السهول السكني، دُبيّ

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9 Tips to Stay Fit during the Holidays

posted by FitnessFirst Team December 15, 2016 0 comments

As early as three, four five, six months or even almost the whole year people who are planning to spend their Holidays whether locally or in their homeland are working out hard to look good besides being healthy. But during the holiday how can we stay fit during the season?

Here are some tips to stay fit during the holiday:

1. Goal Setting

It is important to set our goal before going on holiday.  Like the caloric intake, energy expenditure, workout plan i.e. day, time, gym, outdoor, equipment, alone, with members of the family etc.  List down the activities and post it to highly visible place like refrigerator or on the mirror that you always use. Many says or call it “mirroring your goal”.


2. Carloric intake

During the holidays it is the caloric intake that is always big culprit why people gain during the season.  Manage the caloric intake as per recommended daily allowance. Reorganize your caloric intake if you need to, especially if there is a party that is going to happen at the end of the day. Take less if possible in the morning, lunch and the mid snacks if you are planning to indulge in the party.



3. Energy (Caloric) expenditure

Monitor the energy expenditure. In Fitness First we have the MyZone to help you track calories you are burning in real in real time, besides the myzone effort points (MEPS), average heart rate and the total time of the workout. Whether you are doing your favorite workout inside the club or any outdoor activities MZ can help you monitor.



4. Plan day and time of the workout

With parties that is happening, we need to plan our activities throughout the season and stick to it.  Manage the day and time of your physical activities.  If morning time is the only option for you to workout as you have a busy day ahead then do.  We have to see to it that the planed workout has to happen whatever condition it will take.


5. Place and equipment

We know on where we are spend our holidays. If you are not going out of UAE, our health clubs are always here to keep us active. But if we are going to travel, it is vital for us to know what kind of activities we can do in the particular place we are going.  Is there a local fitness club in the area, if not what kind of outdoor activities we can do and the equipment needed.  We need to improvise the equipment and kind of activity or workout. Don’t forget to bring your MyZone with you.  In UAE its cold outside and most of the countries in the northern hemisphere.  Take this chance to enhance more of your cardio and go for a run outside.  Cold temperature will give you some extra calorie burn while enjoying the scenery.


High Intensity Interval Training – More energy expenditures in less time

HIIT is and additional activity that we can add on in our routine once a week in our busy schedule.  Studies shows that HIIT improves our aerobic and anaerobic fitness, reduce abdominal fat and weight while maintaining muscle mass, cardiovascular health to new a few (ACSM).  A session may only involve 16 minutes of total work time with a total time of 25 to 30 mins including warm up, workout and rest period, cool-down and stretching.


Shopping and parties

Holiday shopping is always a part of the season.  Would recommend to park in a farther area of the shopping centers for an additional caloric burn besides moving around inside the shopping mall.  In parties engage more to as many relatives or friends you have instead of just sitting in one corner with a few


Food in parties

A lot of people will not eat the whole day saving for the food in the party.  We all know that if we starve ourselves the more likely that we will binge more, ending up having more calories intake. It is being encourage that to eat before going to the party to curb your appetite. If you plan to drink have some protein-rich food, as research says it will help control blood alcohol levels.




Drinking water not just help out proper digestion but will help out the body function properly. Also drinking plenty of water before going to the party, is a good a trick not to binge out and help sticking in your caloric intake plan. To those who plan to drink alcohol, drinking water will help to prevent people to get a hangover.

Bon Peconcillo
Senior Fitness Manager
Fitness First – The Meadows Dubai



Salman’s Inspiring Story

posted by FitnessFirst Team December 12, 2016 0 comments

A huge congratulations to Salman, he’s shed an incredible 25 KG in four months since becoming a Fitness First member and never felt better!


Here’s his inspiring story:

Salman: I began getting big after moving to Sharjah at the age of 11. I became unhealthy and was held back by my excess weight towards the end of high school. I was unable to do certain things other kids could do such as run a mile or fit comfortably under a desk. A couple of months after graduating, I decided to try and get into shape.

I joined Fitness First and haven’t looked back since. My personal trainer Muhammed Kashif was wonderful in helping me reach my goals as I lost a total of 25 KG in four months through HIIT training, cardio, and a big alteration in my diet to help me lead a healthier lifestyle. I found that the most challenging thing to deal with is temptation when trying to lose weight.

Being in a household where people didn’t care too much about being healthy took a lot of will-power to stay on track and choose healthier options, but I began seeing results after a month which was pleasing. I feel so better about myself now and I’m able to do lots of things I couldn’t do before. I look different, sound different and walk different. I feel great every single day and feel like I can offer so much more to life.

I’d like to thank Fitness First because it’s not just a gym; it becomes a part of your life. The ambience, friendly staff, service and the motivation that my trainer Muhammad gave me are all major factors that helped me achieve my goal.

Well done Salman!

Start your incredible journey today: www.fitnessfirstme.com


قصة نجاح المفتش بدر اسماعيل

posted by FitnessFirst Team December 12, 2016 0 comments

المفتش بدر اسماعيل

 قد نجح المفتش بدر اسماعيل من المراكز الجمركية الجوية في تحدي محاربة السمنة بتفوق حيث قام بإنقاص 42 كيلو من وزنه خلال 7 أشهر من شهر أبريل لغاية شهر نوفمبر حيث كان وزنه 140 كيلو غرام ليصبح وزنه 98 كيلو وقد تم تكريمه من فتنس فيرست وجمارك دبي


:المعاناة السابقة

صعوبة التنفس

الشعور بعدم الراحة والخمول وعدم النشاط

عدم الشعور بالرضى والسعادة

عدم انتظام في النوم

عدم ملائمة الزي الرياضي وزي التفتيش

:القرار بتغير الحياة

 التحق من قبل مركز التدريب الجمركي ببرنامج لياقتي صحتي بفتنس فيرست

تم وضع برنامج غذائي ورياضي

المتابعة الدورية والتحفيز

تشجيع المدرب وزملاء العمل والاهل

الاصرار والتشجيع من قبل الزملاء 

:رحلة تحقيق الاهداف

الالتزام بالبرنامج

التوكل على الله

النظر الى المستقبل ، والاحتفال بالمكاسب الصغيرة

التحسن الكبير في الصحة ، مما ادى الى متابعة العمل الدؤوب


التحدي في تقييم اللياقة البدنية بفتنس فيرست ابتاون مردف

تغيير نمط الحياة

  الانتقال إلى مستويات أعلى في اللياقة البدنية

 !أحسنت يا بدر! إبدأ رحلتك مع فيتنس فيرست اليوم لتحقق قصة نجاح جديدة

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Coach Alaa Unleashing herself with Fitness First

posted by FitnessFirst Team November 21, 2016 0 comments

While I am still recovering, both mentally and physically, from the 15 km desert hike so thought I’d share my experience.

First off all, please note that I decided to join the Caracal Challenge less than 4 weeks prior, hence was not well prepared for it.

The team did a great job organizing the event and briefing us. We had checkpoints every 2.5 km to recharge. The first half of the hike, 7.5 km, was great. All factors were in our favor; energy levels, sand depth, hills height, sunlight and wind.

The challenge kicked off right after. I was battling sand filled wind while trying to hike a sand dune. I felt that I was not making progress where I was actually putting all my effort to trek that hill. My shoes were filled with sand and did not help, I had to continue barefoot.coachalaa

My tiredness started to get to me and thought of giving up – but how could I in the middle of nowhere and after all the hard work. I thought I’ll just push myself to the next checkpoint at least.

Once I reached that checkpoint, it was a surprise to find out that it was actually the finish line 😩! Feelings of relief, gratitude, and achievement filled me. I was happy to be informed that I was amongst the first 5 to finish the challenge (Al Hamdulilah)

Bottom line and lessons learned:

Be sure to be well prepared both mentally and physically for any challenge you decide to take.

Success comes right after the point where you feel like giving up. Always give that one last push and you’ll make it.

I have to mention that training at Fitness First Midriff certainly helped me prepare as I decided to join last minute. Especially since they’re only a few minutes away from home, and helped me train given my busy schedule.

I love the fact that they have a big variety of equipment for different training types and levels. Both the XFit and regular gym. And always appreciate the positive and energetic staff!

Oh and let’s not forget the awesome healthy options offered at the core juice bar 😍

#UnleashYourself with your chance to WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO AN AFRICAN SAFARI


Finally, I’d like to thank the Husaak Adventures and the Emirates Wildlife Society for all their efforts in pulling this great charitable event together.

Coach Alaa
Fitness First Brand Ambassadorcoachalaa3

Fitness & Training

The Huge Shift for Women to Lift!

posted by Adam McCubbin October 21, 2016 3 Comments

In the last 5 years, there has been a huge shift in women’s health and an embracement of resistance training for health benefits and aesthetics. A common misconception, women believed that by lifting weights, they would automatically develop huge, thick, unsightly muscles and thought that they would be better served spending their time on the treadmill to melt away fat! Finally, we have come to realise that this is simply not true and the very thing that we once feared has become the answer to unlocking true health and the body that women have always wanted!


It’s hard not to scroll through social media to see countless articles, Instagram selfies and videos of women, sharing and teaching other women to not fear weights, but to become strong and healthy. Hence the rise in popularity of the trending hashtag #strongisthenewskinny. Pop culture has started to move away from promoting waif thin and delicate body types to celebrating stronger, curvier women with toned muscles and a healthier, more attainable body image. (Billion-dollar industry (24 billion – 2014))

Like everything, there are extremes that can be unhealthy with resistance training, but with adequate education and the right mental approach, there are few women that wouldn’t benefit from a structured weight training program.

Putting to rest the misconceptions of weight training for women

If I want to lose weight, I should prioritise cardio over weights.

Switch it around and you’ll have it right! It’s true, doing cardio can help with the weight loss process, but it’s not nearly as effective as weight training. Classic steady state cardio can burn the calories just like weights can during the session. However the recovery from steady state cardio will be less demanding on the body and won’t keep your metabolic rate elevated like weights will. Running on the treadmill without direction and a planned resistance program is the fastest way to nowhere!

High reps and light weights are ideal for women to tone up.

Somewhere along the line, light weights and high repetitions were marketed to women as an effective way to target and tone certain parts of the body. Perhaps it was some sort of infomercial selling a thigh squeezer or butt clencher, either way, they were feeding you snake oil! To create a change in the body, there needs to be significant disruption to produce results. For example, if you lift 10 kg for 10 reps compared with 30 kg for 10 reps. Which weight makes you work harder? The higher weight causes a bigger disruption metabolically, thus has a cascading effect on how many calories you burn for your system to recover. If the calories you consume are the same or lower than what you exert on average, then there is little to no chance that you will put on weight and chances are you will drop unwanted body fat and replace it with firm muscle a.k.a. “toning”.


Weight training will make me bulky.

Despite what you may have heard, building significant muscle is actually hard to do for most people. Men spend countless amounts of money in the quest of building bigger muscles and they have 10x more testosterone (which is a crucial hormone for muscle grow) than women do. Muscle is a denser tissue compared with fat, meaning that it takes up less space than fat. For example, two people may be the same height and weight, however the person with the higher body fat percentage will wear the larger clothes. The fast food diet is going to be the main reason why your jeans don’t fit anymore, not the weight training.

Embrace weight training, keep educating yourself and learn from the growing epidemic of women that have successfully become fit, strong and healthy.

Fitness First has been committed to Breast Cancer Awareness for many years and now with the annual adrenaline pumping session of Zumbathon. This year’s ‘Party in Pink’ is happening on the 23rd October at Fitness First Meadows.

Come join the party and spread the message to raise awareness for Breast Cancer by registering for the event! SMS your “name” & “ZumbaMoves” to 4900.

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What Women Should Do to Lower Breast Cancer Risks

posted by FitnessFirst Team October 17, 2016 0 comments

Thousands of breast cancer cases could be avoided, if we simply embrace an active lifestyle. The pain of chemotherapy, the uncertainty of its recurrence and its many psychological effects make it a dreaded disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the region’s leading fitness experts at Fitness First are sharing some insights on what you can do to reduce your risks.

Be the first line of defense when it comes to breast cancer. Make way for lifestyle changes such as going alcohol and smoke-free, eating a balanced and nutritious diet and conducting self-examination tests. But controlling your weight through a fit and active lifestyle is most important because it can reduce breast cancer risks substantially. Your optimum weight could differ vastly from someone else’s, which is why it is essential you talk to your doctor, a nutritionist or a fitness-trainer to understand how best to keep your weight in check.

Fitness First experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This can be broken down into 30 minutes of exercise 5 times per week. To set the ball rolling, you could start off with these simple activities:

1. Brisk Walking

Walking and brisk walking can do wonders to your weekly fitness routine. Try and increase the number of times and amount of time you walk daily. For 30 minutes, try a combination of walking, brisk walking and jogging, adjusting your pace depending on energy levels.


2. Cycling

Dedicated cycling tracks and community parks allow us ample opportunities to jump on the bike. With minimal equipment and little planning, cycling is the best way to help you deal with your energy-spend and calorie-burn. Combine it with a fitness app or your very own MYZONE belt to track your progress and keep the momentum going.

3. Zumba/Aerobics

Dance to the beat and let the moves do more good to your body than just lifting your spirits. 30 minutes of Zumba or Aerobics three times a week will do wonders for your immunity, strength and overall fitness. That’s not all, a Zumba and Aerobics group class provides extra motivation and lets you enjoy the competitive feeling with like-minded people.


4. Water Aerobics/Swimming

Dive into fitness with swimming. If you need more action, then an expert led water aerobics session is where you’ve got to be. With no pressure on your joints and a full body workout, swimming and water aerobics are one of the best fitness routines to take up.

5. Body Weight Training

A variety of push-ups, squats, lunges and jumps are waiting to be explored. Speak to a Fitness First expert and discover which body weight exercises you can include in your fitness routine.


Fitness First has been committed to Breast Cancer Awareness for many years and now with the annual adrenalin pumping session of Zumbathon. This year’s ‘Party in Pink’ is happening on the 23rd October at Fitness First Meadows.

Come join the party and spread awareness!

Fittest Female Trainer Unleashes her inner Wolf
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Fittest Female Trainer Unleashes her inner Wolf

posted by FitnessFirst Team October 16, 2016 0 comments

She is the WOLF leading the pack, she reflects positively on the group with her energy, power and strength with no compromise whereby the group benefits, moreover she gains just as much from the group as the group benefits from her: the group as a whole makes her stronger!

This is what happens with Fiona MacDonald, the she-wolf, in her group exercise classes. She leads with her energy and will, motivating the class to work harder and with them she becomes stronger and the class benefits as a whole! There is no stopping, no giving in, the whole group works together to reach their goals just like the wolf pack.

quotes-unleashFitness First Fiona MacDonald is one of our highly energetic group exercise instructors who conducts numerous high intensity group exercise classes like Cycling, Circuit Training and our well renowned signature program, TUFF which is the toughest and most challenging class of them all.

TUFF facts that most members would not know

Fiona MacDonlad was crowned the “Fittest Female Trainer in the UAE” last month, competing against 100 top fitness professionals showing immense endurance, strength and stamina and surviving till the end!

This brings up the question, where did Fiona get all her strength and will power to endure such grueling exercises and not stop or give in?

How did Fiona “Unleash” herself and win the fittest female trainer?

We believe the answer lies in group exercise and team based training which give her the strength and power to keep going till the end and not give up! The power of being part of a group makes her stronger and hence come the benefits attending group exercise classes on a regular basis and team/buddy based workouts.

Working Out in a Group Is More Fun

According to Fiona she enjoys her TUFF classes and goes on to say, “the challenge itself was not easy but it was the kind of thing I enjoy, if enjoy is the right word. I do a lot of functional training and also enjoy attending TUFF classes which involves a mixture of 3 dimensional body weight and bar bell moves.

She also gets her endurance and determination to keep going from her participation in triathlons and from her background in long distance running.

She goes on to say, “I also enjoy participating in triathlons. The training for this is quite time consuming so when I’m not participating in or teaching TUFF you can usually find me in one of the pools, out on my bike or running the roads. Even in the Dubai heat.”

“My background is in long distance running which I think came to my advantage in this challenge as the final determination round was about not stopping and not giving in.”

It is our mission at Fitness First through our fitness experts and group exercise to provide sound training and mindset advice to motivate and enable YOU to Unleash Yourself too!


UNLEASH YOURSELF encourages you to take a walk on the wild side and reveal the animal in you when you are working out! No matter what your level of fitness or what your preferred training style is, we want you to #UnleashYourself to become the best version of YOU to reach your full potential in fitness, and in life!

Click here to download a FREE Group Exercise Training Plan, join our group exercise classes or train with a buddy and Unleash the WOLF in YOU!


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6 High Intensity Interval Training Exercises for Heart Health

posted by FitnessFirst Team September 29, 2016 0 comments

Cardio exercises are necessary for any effective training program, not only for fat burning, but also for overall good health. Your heart is a muscle, and we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them.

The best thing about cardio workout is that we can do them anywhere and anytime. What we need is a little imagination and functionality of our own body so that we can run an infinite number of different movements, different intensity and contribute to our cardiovascular health. It is important to keep our body moving and choose a lifestyle that will help us avoid injuries.

Benefits of the Cardio workout:

♦ Faster metabolic system

♦ Decrease in cholesterol levels

♦ Increased secretion of growth

♦ Hormone increase blood flow to the brain,

♦ Improving concentration

♦ Improve digestion

♦ Stress reduction

♦ Strengthening the immune system

♦ Relief from depression and anxiety.

♦ Better sleep

♦ More confidence about how you feel and look

A side of the all advantages, there are people who love cardio exercise as much as “tooth extraction” and sometimes they find it boring to run, ride a bike, row or walk.

Today I choose a different type of cardio, High Intensity Interval Training that will help you to lose body fat, shape and feel great:

1. Lunge single Leg ( 15 second each leg )

2. Jumping Jacks X 30 second

3. Squat MB ball hold X 30 second

4. Shuttle run side 5mX30

5. Row machine Pike X 30 second

6. Burpee X 1 min

Repeat 3X/Max Repetitions/Monitor your progress

1. Lunge Single Leg:

  • Stand with feet shoulder width apart
  • Step forward with one foot and lower yourself by bending your knees
  • Your back should be straight throughout the whole movement
  • Stop when your front thigh is parallel with the ground


2. Jumping Jack

  • Stand tall with your back straight
  • Jump outward with feet wider
  • At the same time raise your arms overhead


3. Squat MB ball hold

  • Stand straight with feet shoulder width apart.
  • Adjust feet to face slightly outward
  • Lower yourself by bending knees and pushing your hips back
  • Keep back straight
  • Stop when your thighs are parallel with the ground
  • When you return press the ball and keep back straight


4. Shuttle run

  • Place 2 cons on a distance of 5m
  • Start from right or left side
  • Explode laterally
  • Run either to the right or left and touch the line with your hand


5. Row machine – pike

  • Your body should be in a straight line from head to toe
  • Pressing down through your palms, lift your hips up towards the ceiling by drawing your legs towards your chest until you look like an upside-down V, or as high as you can go
  • Slowly lower your legs and return to the starting position 


6. Burpee

  • Start with standing position
  • Lower yourself by bending knees to squat position with hands on the floor
  • Drop your feet back into plank position and keep your shoulders extended
  • Return back to the squat position by jumping forward


Your Hearth Rate Zone should be between 75-90%.

myzone-zonesDon’t forget to monitor your workout. Set and write down the goal and track your achievement. Be proud of every movement you do, this is a gift you are giving to your hearth and your health.

Don’t forget that “The Body achieves what the mind believes”.

Ivana Sargic
Assistant Fitness Manager
Fitness First Ladies Only, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi