Corporate Fitness In Abu Dhabi & Dubai – UAE Personal Trainers

Corporate Fitness In Abu Dhabi & Dubai – UAE Personal Trainers
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The Benefits of Health and Fitness for Sedentary Employees in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE

One of the biggest risks to health in the UAE is sedentary living and now, more and more companies are realising the benefits of movement and on-site exercise for their employees. The risks of being sedentary go far and beyond health and fitness and extend into productivity and worker costs. If someone’s in pain or unhappy, then they’re not going to be able to perform at their highest ability, and that can really start to affect their output and results.

 

Today, we’re going to explore some of the benefits that health and fitness programs can have for both the workers and their employers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. Programs can include some workplace personal training in the UAE or simply just education so workers are more informed about the impact of their health as well as what to do about it.

Exercise & Fitness Motivation In The UAE

Motivation is needed in physical training to keep you going and inspire your spirit. If you can’t imagine it then you can’t do it, it’s as simple as that. The benefit of using home based (mobile) Personal trainers in the UAE is that they have just you to attend to, at a given time. Their job is to make sure you succeed, which also tells in their CV. They drive you to complete your exercise rounds and make sure you exceed your limits. Gym training has its benefits of course but might not be right for you if you’re just starting out in physical training.

There is less motivation to go to the gym, which is why most of the people that choose this option are those who have been in physical training for some time or those that are highly motivated.

 

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Why Health and Fitness is Important in the Corporate World of the UAE

Both employers and employees can benefit from health and fitness improvements.

Firstly, workplace personal training in Dubai or Abu Dhabi can provide a social opportunity for your team through engaging in a challenging workout together. This can help with their ability to work together as a group, increasing both their output and productivity as a unit. A positive environment for employees is vital for success in the corporate world.

Secondly, UAE workers will be under less stress, thus allowing them to handle more and work at a higher rate. Fitness regimes provide a welcome release for many of the stressors that come from day to day life. It can also help improve their sleep which has a dramatic impact on the mood and is frequently skipped out on by those with a stressful job.

 

Next, health and fitness also boosts the immune system, another factor that contributes to a cloudy or tired mind. Health and fitness goes above and beyond that of weight loss and looking good, it’s the mental benefits that really count.

Alongside all of these, other benefits to corporate exercise plans in the UAE include:

  • Reduced workplace injuries
  • Reduced presentism i.e. employees working whilst sick which can reduce productivity and cause further problems for other workers
  • Improved overall staff wellbeing
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Increased retention rates

In turn, all of these reduce the time that employees aren’t working and increase the productivity of the times that they are working.

Emirates LNG – Corporate Wellness Client Of Advantage Sports UAE

EmiratesLNG would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you to you and your team’ for supporting the Health Week. The Workshops and PT sessions were very useful and informative to all staff. Looking forward to working with Advantage Sports UAE for EmiratesLNG Health Week 2016 and continued partnership.

Examples of Workplace Personal Training in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

There are a variety of ways to incorporate personal training into your business in the UAE. As the workplace health and fitness regimes can take place on site, it also limits the cost as well as the time spent away from working.

Some examples of workplace personal training include:

  • Fitness challenges
  • Walking programs
  • Group jogging
  • On site personal training (individual or groups)
  • On site exercise classes
  • Group information classes
  • Group Yoga for posture and stress relief
  • Group weight loss

Due to the fluidity of health and fitness, there’s always a way to fit a structured program, fitness classes, training or teaching sessions into your workplace to provide a better lifestyle for your workers.

Some Important Statistics

If you’re not yet convinced by the benefits, then maybe some shocking statistics will be enough to get through.

A comparative study. In 2005-2006, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council found the direct and indirect cost of work-related injuries and illnesses on employers, workers and the community to total $57.5 billion (5.9% of GDP) with the cost to employers equated to around $10.2 billion. Alongside this, a report by Future Work at the same time found the effect of productivity loss due to ill health came out to $34.8 billion per year. Stress-related absenteeism came out to cost $14.8 billion per year alone. A study by Medibank Private found that generally unhealthy employees take 9 times more days off than healthy employees.

Just to show how much of an impact various unhealthy activities can have upon work-place productivity, this is how much productivity falls in relation:

  • Lack of sleep – 30%
  • Neck and back pain – 20%
  • Stress – 13%
  • Smoking – 10%
  • Inactivity – 7%

Interestingly, companies who managed to effectively run corporate wellness programs experienced a 2.5x increase on employee performance, 8 x increases for employee engagement, and 3.5 x increases on creativity and innovation. Although these figures are not for the UAE direct they are used as a comparison to give you an idea of how corporate fitness improvement can help your business and its employees in the UAE.

ArcelorMittal – Corporate Wellness Client Of Advantage Sports UAE

Thank you to Advantage Sports UAE, all participants were happy & enjoyed the sessions.

We will do some more sessions next year. Once again, thanks for your cooperation and arrangements.

Final Thoughts

It’s clear to see that the benefits really do outweigh the costs in this discussion, not only in terms of overall profit from your business, but in terms of individual worker satisfaction and wellbeing, too. At the end of the day, time is money and that’s what this boils down to. Improving the health of workers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah is a sure fire way to expand your business with a long-term gain from a short-term cost. If you’re not incorporating some form of health and fitness into your business, then you can be missing out from sick days and unproductive work, wasting both time and resources.

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Should Children Lift Weights in the UAE?
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It’s a controversial topic but who’s right when it comes to the argument about children’s weight lifting?

There are different views when it comes to children lifting weights in the UAE. Some people say it’s bad while others maintain it helps with development.

Fitness professional and personal trainer in Abu Dhabi Jonny Parr provides his view on this hot topic.

So who’s right when it comes to kids lifting weights?

Exercise and physical activity are important components of any child’s healthy development in the UAE.

But when it comes to training programs in Abu Dhabi, there’s been some controversy as to how early is too early for kids to start weight-lifting.
Having worked with children both as a PE teacher and personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, here’s my take on the matter – but fair warning, I may come across as a tad biased!

He repeatedly highlights that there are no valid reasons to single-out properly administered resistance-training as being potentially dangerous. I’ve often heard people citing exercises such as barbell squats as bad as they tend to comprise of heavy loads that compress the spine. The common belief here is that children won’t be able to get any taller.

This is completely untrue.

An interesting fact to back up this view are activities such as running and jumping which actually impose higher loading and force production on the body than that of squats. In fact, when children jump to win that header during a typical football based PE lesson, they’re actually imposing loads of around six times their body-weight!

A lot of debate has raged over the years in relation to whether children should or shouldn’t lift weights. A common viewpoint is that in doing so, children can potentially inhibit or stunt their physical growth and development.

Regarding the research I’ll start this off with a simple – yet what you might find extraordinary – fact. Whether laboratory or science-based, there is no evidence whatsoever to back up the notion that weights stunt growth or hinder a child’s physical capabilities. Nothing.

Strength-training in Abu Dhabi in actual fact is supported by the National Strength and Conditioning Association which recommends that children can benefit from a properly prescribed and supervised strength-training program.

This is further reinforced by the late and renowned sports scientist Mel Siff who suggests in his celebrated book Supertraining (2003) that carefully controlled progressive resistance training is in actual fact advantageous for children as it improves their muscle and bone strength significantly.

He repeatedly highlights that there are no valid reasons to single-out properly administered resistance-training as being potentially dangerous. I’ve often heard people citing exercises such as barbell squats as bad as they tend to comprise of heavy loads that compress the spine. The common belief here is that children won’t be able to get any taller.

This is completely untrue.

An interesting fact to back up this view are activities such as running and jumping which actually impose higher loading and force production on the body than that of squats. In fact, when children jump to win that header during a typical football based PE lesson, they’re actually imposing loads of around six times their body-weight!

Should kids in the UAE play sport?

Therefore the next question you should probably ask yourself now is this – should children play sport? I think the majority of us can agree on a resounding yes to that hypothetical scenario.

 

Teenager Weight Loss & Exercise In Dubai & Abu Dhabi

 

Recommendations for Children General recommendations set by organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association tend to highlight relative strength (strength to body-weight) as more important than absolute strength (maximum strength efforts).

I agree with this statement as children are at an important learning and developmental stage both physically and mentally, so the focus should be primarily on enhancing technique and developing skills and traits such as coordination, proprioception, and kinesthetic awareness.

What’s more, we want them to progress gradually. One of the main reasons for this is that muscles tend to develop quicker than ligaments and tendons and absolute strength efforts may be too stressful for those new to strength-training.

Children’s weight lifting in the UAE – Key points to consider

  • Relative strength is preferred to absolute strength
  • Choose fundamental and functional exercises in Abu Dhabi which require greater muscle recruitment and coordination such as pull-ups, push-ups, squats, and lunges. The leg press machine just won’t cut it.
  • Progressively add extra resistance (i.e. weights), but only after the child can perform selected exercises with excellent form for around 15-20 reps.
  • Make sessions as fun as possible – kids get bored easily so be sure to make sessions enjoyable and mix it up where possible. Importantly however, stick with the fundamental movements mentioned above.
  • Compound exercises such as the deadlift and the military press are fine to be performed but be aware they are difficult technically. Make sure you start with light loads to begin with until technique is solid and keep this weight to no more than 75%. In other words, pitch exercises so the child can perform 10 reps without breaking form. It goes without saying that for best results you should seek a qualified and experienced personal trainer in Abu Dhabi who has experience with kids exercise and fitness.
  • Smash that fear of weights!

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Better Practices While Using The Treadmill In Abu Dhabi
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For most of us, putting in time on the treadmill can feel like….well…doing time.

Here’s a few ways you can spice things up to make every step count…

These treadmill exercises from Abu Dhabi Personal Trainer Jonny Parr can help.

The treadmill is a bit like Marmite!

There’s long been a huge opinion split between fitness-goers in the UAE and fitness coaches alike, with regards to the infamous treadmill.

For some, it’s a cult following – they love it and abide by it; whereas others can’t think of anything more monotonous than running in the same spot for minutes or sometimes hours on end.

For me, I fall somewhere in the middle.

One of the most common reasons people say they hate the treadmill in Abu Dhabi is the fact that running on a more natural terrain is more beneficial in terms of your mechanics, calorie burn, and overall conditioning. They also highlight the fact that it’s far more beneficial for competitive runners – regardless of whether they compete over short or long distances – to stay off the treadmill and train in more natural conditions.

While all of the above may hold true, I think those people who are quick to ‘trash’ the treadmill entirely are forgetting the fact that not everyone wants to run a marathon or run outdoors in the blistering UAE heat!

Every person is unique and has different goals and circumstances. As such, as a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi I believe the treadmill can hold an important place in assisting people to reach their individual goals.

The majority of personal training clients I see week-in week-out in Abu Dhabi are looking for improvements in fat loss, conditioning, lean muscle and generally just want to look and feel great.

With this being the case, here are three great uses of the treadmill to help you reach those particular goals.

Treadmill Workouts in Abu Dhabi

1. Flat Tread Intervals

 

uae personal trainers women on treadmill

 

This method of training is very popular and simply involves running at a challenging pace for a set period of time before resting and repeating the process.

Confusion ranges with regards to interval training. ‘Real’ intervals involve an intense effort followed by complete or near rest. People make the mistake of not getting adequate recovery between each interval meaning that often they end up participating in some form of Fartlek Training.

The length of your rest period will be dictated by your level of fitness and conditioning. Generally however, tread intervals tend to be set up as follows.

• Run hard at around 85-95% of effort for 30 seconds
• Incline set to 0 or 1
• Come completely off the treadmill after this time using the side arms (be careful when doing this)
• Look for adequate and near complete recovery. For most of my clients, they require a ratio of 1:2, therefore 60 seconds rest.
• Repeat this sequence for a total of 5-10 rounds

 

2. Deadmill Sprints

 

uae personal trainers man on treadmill

 

Deadmill sprints are a form of conditioning not for the faint of heart. It involves you running on the treadmill as hard as you can while holding the treadmill arms in front of your body. What makes this particularly challenging is that you will be doing this without the treadmill being switched on!

You are therefore dragging the tread with your legs. This is extremely demanding on the body. I structure this form of training as follows:

  • Run as hard as you can (100%) for 20 seconds
  • Rest for anywhere between 60-90 seconds
  • Repeat this process for a total of 5-10 sprints
  • Grab a sick bag 😉
  • This is very challenging so don’t be surprised if you’re humbled at your early attempts.

 

3. Incline Tread Sprints

 

uae personal trainers incline tread sprints treadmill

 

Running on a treadmill set on a high incline is another excellent method of training. The set-up involves initially setting the incline to a challenging gradient. For most of my clients, I set this at around 10-12 although many do so at 15. You will then need to gauge a challenging speed. This will be appointed based on your level of conditioning and the structure of the run itself.

 

Check out a good example I use below.

 

  • Set the incline to a gradient of 10-12
  • Run at a speed of 8-12
  • Run for 30 seconds
  • Rest for 30 seconds by using the side arms and placing your feet off the tread
  • Repeat for a total of 5 rounds
  • Only 5 minutes but incredibly effective

 

To summarise:

Love it or hate it, the treadmill is a staple in the fitness industry. Used for specific purposes it can be an extremely effective tool in conquering your fitness goals. Flat Tread Intervals, Deadmill Sprints, and Tread Incline Sprints are just three routines you can try in Abu Dhabi to maximise its usage.

 

Now let’s get to work!!

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