Noor Nasser

I am Noor and I #EmpowerME

posted by FitnessFirst Team October 5, 2017 0 comments

I joined Fitness First in 2014, thinking “who am I kidding?  I will join this gym just like I did with every gym I joined before, attend one month and then leave!”

I am Noor and I #EmpowerME – Fitness First Testimonials

Yes that is what I used to do, join a gym, leave it and look for something else.

I was overweight, frustrated and demotivated believing that this is how I am and will be for the rest of my life. But then I tried a class, had to pull up a lot of courage to force myself into the studio. I saw how beautiful and graceful the instructor was and told myself “I want to be as graceful as she is” and that was what inspired me. In fact, I was inspired by the Club General Manager herself, Ana, managing the gym, interacting with the members and attending to their needs as well as being the Group Exercise Instructor at the same time! That’s power and strength of personality!

Fitness First changed my beliefs about myself, I fell in love with fitness so much it became a lifestyle for me and I wanted to become a Group Exercise Instructor myself so I can inspire others and push my limits and become powerful.

Believe in yourself, unleash the power within and become an inspiration!

Noor Nasser
Fitness First Member and Zumba Instructor

Noor Nasser


Health & Nutrition

Tenderloin with Salsa Verde

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 12, 2017 0 comments


  • Tenderloin beef
  • 1kg parsley, chopped
  • 500g basil, chopped
  • 500g coriander, chopped
  • 500g onion, finely diced
  • 200g Dijon mustard
  • 30g garlic
  • pinch apple vinegar
  • salt
  • 200ml olive oil


  • Seal the tenderloin and cook in the oven to desired doneness
  • Place chopped herbs, olive oil, garlic and mustard in robo coupe and blend to a paste
  • Remove and add the onions and correct the seasoning with the vinegar

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Health & Nutrition

How to make Shakshuka

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 12, 2017 0 comments


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium brown or white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cups ripe diced tomatoes, or 2 cans (14 oz. each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder (mild)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste– spicy!)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Poached eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)


  • Heat a deep, large skillet or sauté pan on medium. Slowly warm olive oil in the pan. Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
  • Add the bell pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium until softened.
  • Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pan, stir till blended. Add spices and sugar, stir well, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes till it starts to reduce. At this point, you can taste the mixture and spice it according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste, more sugar for a sweeter sauce, or more cayenne pepper for a spicier shakshuka (be careful with the cayenne… it is extremely spicy!).
  • Serve tomato sauce and style poached eggs on top of the tomato sauce. Garnish with the chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Shakshuka can be eaten for Iftar or Suhoor. For Iftar, serve with warm crusty bread or pita that can be dipped into the sauce. For Suhoor, serve with a green side salad for a light, easy meal.

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Turkey Meatloaf
Health & Nutrition

Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 6, 2017 0 comments


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 500g turkey mince
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 50ml BBQ sauce (homemade)
  • 1-2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley

Cook the onion for 8-10 mins until softened. Add the garlic, mustard and tomato purée, and stir until combined. Set aside to cool.

Put the turkey mince, egg and cooled onion mix in a large bowl and season well. Mix everything to combine, then pour into a rectangular lined roasting tin. Bake until cooked

Spread tomato sauce over the meatloaf end enjoy.

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Health & Nutrition

How to Make Perfect Guacamole Recipe

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 6, 2017 0 comments


  • Guacamole
  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • 1 tomato, de-seeded and diced
  • ¼ small hot chili
  • 30g coriander chopped
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • sea salt

Put the avocado in a bowl and crush into large chunks

Fold in the remaining ingredients with a fork

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae


Health & Nutrition

Protein Overnight Oats

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 31, 2017 0 comments


  • 50g Oats
  • 50g vanilla Protein powder
  • 30g Almond milk
  • 30g Water
  • 30g Berries

Mix the oats, vanilla protein powder, almond milk and water.

Chill over night. Pour on top of the berries. Enjoy!

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Health & Nutrition

Healthy Chocolate Fudge

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 31, 2017 0 comments


  • 1 ½ cups almond butter
  • ½ cup chocolate
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Sea salt, to top
  • Roasted almonds, to top 


Line a 12 count muffin tin with six-muffin liners and set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your chocolate almond butter with coconut oil. Stir through your pure maple syrup and mix until fully incorporated.

Divide mixture evenly amongst the lined muffin cups. Top each cup with an almond, if desired. Refrigerate or freeze. Once firm, sprinkle with sea salt, if desired.

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Health & Nutrition

Roasted Strawberry Protein Shake

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 24, 2017 0 comments

Try this healthy treat for the taste buds as a post workout snack.

Roasted Strawberry, thyme and cottage cheese protein shake

  • Thyme roasted strawberries
  • Cottage cheese
  • Strawberry protein powder
  • Water
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup Ice

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Health & Nutrition

Yellow Lentil Soup

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 24, 2017 0 comments

Try this healthy and hearty lentil soup for Iftar.

Yellow lentil soup

  • 200g of split red lentils, soaked
  • 50g chopped onion
  • 50g chopped celery
  • 50g chopped carrot
  • ¼ tsp green chili
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2ltr chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2.5 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley



  • Rinse and soak the split red lentils for 15-20 minutes, then drain
  • Heat the oil up in a large pot over medium heat
  • Cook the onions, celery, and carrots for 7-10 minutes until they have become slightly translucent
  • Add in the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds
  • Add in the bay leaf, cumin powder, turmeric, drained lentils, chicken stock, and water
  • cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils have softened
  • Remove the bay leaf
  • Blend the soup to the consistency that you like
  • Season with the lemon juice, salt, and pepper
  • Top with chopped parsley

Recipe provided by Pura pura.ae

Fitness & Training

This Ramadan Aim to Maintain with MYZONE

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 13, 2016 0 comments

The aim of Ramadan is to maintain your fitness and MYZONE can help you do just that. Nicky Holland, Fitness Manager shows how to utilise your MYZONE belt to get the most from your workout during the Holy Month.

For more information on MYZONE please visit our website.

Health & Nutrition

Green Vanilla Shake

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 12, 2016 0 comments


  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

This recipe is great as a a full post-workout meal.

Nutrition Facts: Provides  around 480 kcal with 19 g of healthy fats, 60 g of carbs, and 47 g of protein.

Almond Butter

Provides a great health benefits for the heart because of the healthy fats and fiber content, it has more 18 g of unsaturated fats with a low carbs content.


is an excellent source of vitamin A, Vitamin K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B12, potassium, protein and vitamin C.

Coconut water

it is a natural sport drink, it is a natural isotonic drink, that provides the body electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.

Health & Nutrition

Banana Date Smoothie

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 8, 2016 0 comments


  • 1 medium banana ripe
  • ¼ cup of pitted dates
  • 1 ¼  cup of almond milk
  • Dash of cinnamon and sea salt
  • 2 table spoons of chia seeds soaked in water (for 1 hour)

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

Great breakfast or pre-workout meal.

Nutrition Facts: 325 calories, 50 g of carbs, 9 g of healthy fats, and 7 grams of protein.

Chai seeds

Like flax seeds chia seeds are very high in omega 3, in fact it contains omega 3 more than salmon do compared one gram to one gram, omega 3 is very beneficial, for your concentration, memory, skin, vision, and heart health.


cinnamon can treat muscles spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, and common cold, loss of appetite, and can help maintain blood sugar in the body.

Fitness & Training

Get XFit this Ramadan

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 7, 2016 0 comments

Dinis Timoteo, Assistant Fitness Manager at Fitness First Motor City explains how XFit workouts can really help you improve your technique during this time.


Health & Nutrition

Qamar Al-Din Smoothie

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 2, 2016 0 comments


  • ¼ cup Qamar al-din
  • 1 cup of frozen yogurt
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup of water

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

Great as a post-workout meal.

Nutrition Facts: around 260 kcal, 27 g of carbohydrates, 30 g of protein, and 5 g of fat.

Qamar al-din

is dried apricot, very traditional in Ramadan, it comes in a jelly like form. A simple way do make Qamar al-din at home is to boil dried apricot to a thick paste and pour it on a surface which forms into a sheet. Let it set and dry to be later used.


has a lot of benefits for the body mainly the fiber content with this very good for chronic constipation.