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Kick boxing For Women In Abu Dhabi – A Great All Over Body Workout Which Can Help With Weight Loss Too
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Kickboxing is not just a ‘contact sport’ but it is the perfect workout to find the psychophysical balance.

Article Category: Boxing, Kickboxing & Martial Arts

Personal Trainer Q & A Contributor: Fabiola

Kickboxing in Abu Dhabi is more popular than ever as a all-round fitness method for women.

While many people might be confused and think that kick boxing is just a contact sport the truth is that exercise routines are normally non-contact.

As a female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi who has experience in training clients in kickboxing what are your top 10 reasons why you think more women should do kickboxing as part of their health and fitness regime.

 

 

Total Muscle Training

 

The main reason to practice Kickboxing is that all muscles are trained, there is no muscle area that is not engaged.

 

Burn Calories

 

Another important reason is that many toxins are eliminated during the kickboxing session in Abu Dhabi and a huge number of calories are burned during the class.

 

Reduce Cellulite

 

For ladies in Abu Dhabi kickboxing as a training method is very useful as a sport that improves circulation and fights cellulite.

 

kickboxing cardio workout in Abu Dhabi

 

Self-Defense

 

Ladies have fun and they learn some basic defense technique.

 

Body Toning

 

Because you are using all your muscles during a workout in Abu Dhabi the body tones and strengthens.

 

Reduce Anxiety & Stress

 

Kickboxing can really help to reduce stress. Kickboxing also helps to reduce anxiety and nervous reaction.

A workout effectively releases daily tension and gives you positive energy to face everyday life in a better way.

 

Improve Your Core

 

You need a strong core in order to perform any exercise well. Working the core muscles also means you reduce the risk of injuring yourself during any other training workout.

 

Warming Up

 

Before doing a kickboxing workout you warm all the muscles – this can effectively help reduce injury in other training sessions.

 

Improved Self-Esteem

 

Kickboxing for women in Abu Dhabi will significantly increaseself-esteem and self-confidence since tenancy and determination are constantly tested.

These are very important from a psychological point of view.

 

Improved Agility

 

Kickboxing will improve agility, speed in reaction in times and joint mobility. This can help you stay more mobile as you age.

 

 

In Summary, kickboxing for women in Abu Dhabi has many health and fitness benefits.

 

  • Total Muscle Training

  • Burn Calories

  • Reduce Cellulite

  • Self-Defense

  • Body Toning & Sculpting

  • Reduce Stress & Anxiety

  • Improve Your Core Muscles

  • Warm Up Muscles For Training

  • Improved Self-Esteem

  • Improved Mobility & Agility

Abu Dhabi At Home Personal Training – Fabiola

Fabiola is an expert when it comes to female fitness in Abu Dhabi. With her knowledge of personal training and general fitness she can create a tailor made fitness plan just for you. Fabiola can work with Adults, Kids and Seniors.

You can view Fabiola’s full Abu Dhabi personal trainer profile by clicking the link below.

Male & Female Personal Trainers In Abu Dhabi With Kick Boxing Experience
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Dumbbell Training For The Arms – UAE Personal Trainers
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There are so many ways to exercise the arms and build bigger muscles in the UAE. Is dumbbell training a good option?

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Veronika - Abu Dhabi Female PT & Fitness Coach
Get some great tips and advice. Building the arms with dumbbell training at home or in the gym.

Article Category: Muscle Building

Personal Trainer Q & A Contributor: Veronika

1. Dumbbell training at home in Abu Dhabi is often seen as a good choice for building muscle . Dumbbells are smaller than other items of exercise equipment.

Being a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi who with experience in muscle building. Do you think dumbbell training is good for building the arms?

 

It always depends on how you use them.

Using dumbbells can be a great way to gain muscle in the whole upper body, not just in the arms. However, it’s very important to do the exercises correctly to get the results you want.

You can do a large number of exercises with dumbbells. Additionally, your workout won’t be boring and you can hit different muscle groups in the arms. Starting from the biceps and triceps to all the shoulder muscles, back and chest muscles.

Personally, I would use various intensity enhancing techniques. Doing so will bring amazing results – like supersets, super-slow technique, etc.

 

2. How do dumbbell workouts compare to other training techniques? For example, can you get bigger arms with dumbbells alone? Or does a combination of dumbbell training and gym equipment work best?

 

If you have gym equipment to go with the dumbbells you can do more of course. In addition to alternating the exercises, the workout becomes more varied.
Having more equipment is always better. But you can build strength and muscle with dumbbells and bodyweight exercises alone.

Your workout will be much more functional using dumbbells than if you used machines. You will also enhance the brain-muscle connection doing dumbbell exercises. This doesn’t happen when using machines designed for one specific exercise.

A machine puts you in the right position and makes you execute the exercise. However, with dumbbells you need to learn the exercise first.

 

3. How many times per week do you recommend your clients in Abu Dhabi spend on working out with dumbbells?

 

As a personal fitness coach, I recommend working out 4 or 5 times a week (with dumbbells or other equipment). This works great for beginners and advanced clients too.

This way you are able to hit all the major muscles while mixing in some cardio exercises too. You will still get enough time for recovery, as you will train different muscle groups each day.

I’d recommend staying active outside the workout days too. This helps the muscles get some stimulation but they don’t get too sore.

If you do your workouts this way, you will get much quicker results. Whether your goal is building muscles or loosing weight.

 

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4. As a personal trainer you create custom workout plans for your clients in Abu Dhabi. What are your top 5 dumbbell workouts for the arms and can you explain each routine.

 

I use super-sets in these workouts. They are a challenge and you can get great results. Especially if you incorporate them into your training routine.

I like to combine an exercise with dumbbells + a body-weight exercise into a super-set.

 

4 sets of:

  • Upright row & overhead press with dumbbells 10x
  • Spider man push-ups 10x

 

4 sets of:

 

  • High incline lateral raises with dumbbells 10x
  • Walking lunges 10x

 

4 sets of:

 

  • Incline prone dumbbell shoulder press 10x
  • Air squats 10x

 

4 sets of:

 

  • Holding dumbbells chest height & squat 10x
  • Plank for 50 sec

 

4 sets of:

 

  • Dumbbell seated triceps press 10x
  • Lying down leg lifts 10x

 

Do every exercise to your maximum, take 1-minute rest between the super-sets.

 

In Summary. Dumbbells can add great variety to your arm muscle building workouts in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi At Home Personal Training – Veronika

Veronika is a female personal trainer and group fitness expert based in Abu Dhabi.

She can create customised workout plans that are designed to ensure you reach all your fitness goals.

You can view Veronika’s full Abu Dhabi personal trainer profile by clicking the link below.

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Body Toning In The UAE – Example Personal Training Plan
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Looking For The Best Body Toning Personal Trainers In The UAE?

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What is included in a body toning personal training plan in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah?

Article Category: Body Toning In The UAE

If you are looking for the best male or female body toning personal trainer the UAE Personal Trainers website can help.

Whether you want to train at home in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah or feel a gym environment is better suited to you a professional fitness coach will help you achieve all your fitness goals in less time.

It’s also useful to find out what your body toning personal training plan in the UAE might include.

Body Toning – What To Expect

 

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to start sculpting your body so you get it chiseled and ready for the beach.

In fact many individuals have a goal of getting their dream/beach body even before the summer starts.

What most people are looking for is a body with a low fat percentage, outlined abdominals and sharper muscle bellies.

That’s all plausible and attainable if you use a personal trainer in your local area!

It’s easy to do a quick web search and find millions of articles showing how to achieve a ripped and muscular physique.

However, there are so many articles, that it can get quite overwhelming for beginners to even start.

 

Qualified, Experienced Personal Trainers

 

Luckily, there are people, trained and specialised for this, commonly known as personal trainers.

Personal trainers are one of the best “investments” you can make in order to successfully achieve their dream body.

Personal trainers in your local area of the UAE offer all sort of services including meal plans, training plans for beginners, intermediates and advanced athletes.

Some trainers even offer competition prepping plans.

This article aims to explain more about the process of hiring a personal trainer for body toning as well as provide some insight of what sort of help you’ll be getting if you hired one.

First, How Is A Body Toning Personal Training Plan Assessed?

 

How does a body toning male or female fitness coach will access your needs and goals?

Once you decide to hire a personal trainer and you reach out to them a short questionnaire is provided that you need to answer.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to inform the trainer of your basic goal and your previous attempts to achieve that goal.

Also on the questionnaire you’ll need to mention any physical conditions that you might potentially have.

In other words, the questionnaire is there to provide your coach with a basic assessment of you.

Once you get to know the personal trainer a bit more (through an initial meeting) you can find out about their background etc., the trainer provides a thorough assessment and this will later dictate your training/nutrition plan in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah.

 

– More about the PT/Client assessment

 

Assessments do vary from trainer to trainer. Remember, this is just a guide as to what a trainer might include in a body toning personal trainer package in the UAE.

 

  • Basic Body Measurements

    The trainer takes your weight, height, waist circumference and body fat percentage measurements. Also your training coach might even measure your shoulder, chest, arm, hip, thigh, neck circumference, just to track the progress later on.

  • Cardio Fitness Test

    Second, a very important measure is your cardiovascular ability/fitness.

    This test is especially important for older trainees or trainees who have some kind of cardio vascular anomaly.

    For example, your cardio fitness might include a “step test” or a “one mile walk” (differs from trainer to trainer)

    The information from this test will serve as a guide for building a cardio program.

    If you’re looking body toning, doing cardio work is a great way to shed down those pounds.

  • Flexibility Test

    The next assessment is the flexibility test.
     
    Using different movements and ranges of motion your PT can baseline your current flexibility.
     
    Don’t worry if you don’t do well in these tests, they are only for guidance and the trainer will correct you if needed.
  • Strength Assessment

    Strength is another variable that your trainer will be tracking throughout the journey, and it is important to get a baseline of it.

    A strength test can be done in various ways. Some coaches use a five-rep max or a 10-rep max, whilst others just make the client perform as many push-ups as they can.

    This is also goal dependent, so if you’re looking to get toned up for the summer you might need to do weight lifting exercises, in which case your initial strength will be measured by performing those exercises.

What Types Of Exercise Might You Be Doing As Part Of A Body Toning Personal Training Plan In The UAE?

 

Now to the training program itself. There’s a common misconception between training and different goals in terms of body composition.

Basically, people tend to believe that lifting heavy weights with low reps and lots of sets will guarantee muscle building, while on the other hand lifting light weights with very high reps and fewer sets will result in a more toned up type of physique.

As stated, this is a complete misconception.

The training program does not vary among mass building phases and fat loss/body toning phases.

In other words, the type of training and the exercises does not change.

However, this is very different from a comparison between muscle building/fat loss and strength building. In this case the training program will be completely different.

 

Don’t Forget About Diet!

 

One of the main things that will determine whether you build muscle or lose fat is your diet in the UAE.

However, if you already have muscles and want to preserve them aka just lose the fat (get a toned physique), training those muscles is a way to prevent them from shrinking (because of the caloric deficit).

In terms of what types of exercises you should do for body toning in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah.

Basically, do all the basic compound exercises such as the bench press (for chest), barbell row(for back), barbell squat(for legs).

Alongside those, consider adding some accessory work such as: DB curls, Triceps extensions, leg curls, lat pull-downs, some hamstring movements, etc.

At the end of the day, the goal of the exercises is to stimulate the muscle and in this case (body toning/fat loss) prevent it from atrophy.

Exercise selection does not play such a big role, as let’s say for example consistency.

Doing the basics regularly will lead to muscle growth, whereas doing only the best exercises designed for you, but just once a week will lead to muscle loss. So consistency over exercise selection.

 

 

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How Many Personal Training For Body Toning Sessions ‘Might’ Be Required?

 

Another common question that people have in the UAE with regards to training is, how often.

Training frequency is also an important variable that you can manipulate to meet your goal.

The perfect case scenario would be to train 6 days a week in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with one rest day.

However, this is simply not practical for everyone, as most of us have a job, a family and chores to do.

When personal trainers in the UAE build a customised training program the frequency is solely determined by how many days  YOU are willing to devote to working out.

The rest of the program such as the number of sets, reps, exercise selection, and your training split depends on your training frequency.

If, let’s say for example, you only have 3 days to spent in the gym or with your PT, your training program would look something like this:

 

  • Monday: Back, biceps, rear delt

  • Wednesday: Chest, triceps, medial delt

  • Friday: Leg day

 

Also it is worth mentioning that, training frequency does not depend on your goal, more precisely if you want to build muscle or lose fat you can do both with the same training frequency.

So at the end, it all depends on how often you want or can train.

You can discuss this aspect in detail with your personal trainer in the UAE

 

Progress Monitoring & Changes To Your Body Toning Personal Training Plan In The UAE

 

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to fitness is not change their training program when they should.

Ultimately, a training program is created to fit your goal, but they are also created for a period of time, let’s say one month.

If you follow a training program properly, after one month you’ll probably be stronger/leaner meaning the program is working.

It would be foolish if you continued to follow the same volume and intensity scheme for your next month if you want to grow even further.

Your PT or fitness coach should provide progress monitoring and will adapt your training plan accordingly.

The example we mentioned is a training program designed for a month, however a training program might even change week after week.

Manipulate the number of sets, reps and the intensity/weight your doing with each exercise.

 

Why is changing your training program important?

 

Your body is a machine. Its main purpose is to adapt to every scenario/situation that its in.

When you’re lifting weights with a set number of sets you’re body recognizes that as a unit of work load and it gets stronger in order to perform better next time it’s introduced to such a workload.

If you allow your body do adapt aka lift the same weights and sets every week your body will NOT grow.

That’s why sets, reps and weight are the best variables to progress with your body re-composition goal.

Finding The Best Personal Trainer In Your Area Of Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi or Other Emirate

We hope this article has given you some guidance on how a body toning personal training plan in the UAE could work.

If you are looking for the best male or female body toning coach then the UAE Personal Trainers website can help. You can view and contact multiple personal trainers in your local area until you find one that fits in with your needs and goals.

Most of the personal trainers and fitness coaches on the website can also provide at home training in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and other Emirates.

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Thinking about hiring a male or female personal trainer in the UAE? Here are some questions you need to ask your PT

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Hiring a PT in your local area can be an easy process one you know what to ask the trainer.

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Personal Trainer Q & A Contributor: Vanessa

Hiring a male or female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or any other Emirate is a step in the right direction when it comes to achieving your health, fitness and lifestyle goals.

With so many trainers to choose from getting to know a trainer and finding out if their training experience fits the client needs is a must.

In this article we asked a professional female coach in Abu Dhabi for her advice on what are the top 10 questions to ask a PT before you consider hiring one.

  • As a professional fitness coach in Abu Dhabi what would you say are the top 10 questions someone should ask a trainer to make sure the trainer/client are a good fit.

     

    What’s your personal trainer style?

     

    Every single personal trainer in the UAE incorporates a unique style of teaching, whether that’s in your face, quiet or in between.

    Not only are their style varied, how they teach exercises can change to.  Trainers may teach with their hands with demonstrating, while others may teach visually.

    So, what style works for you? Do you need someone one to shout at you like you have just stepped up and joined the military aka bootcamp style? or would you work better in a relaxed atmosphere while still pushing you?

    By selecting the correct trainer and style this create a comfortable setting for you and the trainer resulting in increased motivation and results, Win Win!

     

    Male or female personal trainer does It really matter?

     

    PT Gender shouldn’t be a factor here you should be more concerned as to the knowledge they possess and what exercise they specialize in to help YOU reach your fitness goals.

    So, the most important factor here to take away is not the gender but the goals. Make sure to find a personal trainer of fitness coach you get along with, aligns with your goals and can help you get there is all that counts.

     

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    How qualified is the personal trainer?

     

    The bottom line is if someone can impact your health, do your research.

    As an individual you want to know your personal trainer is qualified and has a strong foundational knowledge of health and fitness.

    Don’t be afraid to ask for their certifications and evidence of their training skills.

    The best personal trainer will be on the Register of exercise professionals in the country they are practising in.

    This system shows the instructor holds recognised and approved qualifications, ask for their REPS number if unsure to check out yourself.

     

    Do you give a nutritional advice?

     

    Trainers will argue the importance of healthy nutritional habits, effort you apply in the gym are hugely determined to what is placed in the body.

    Remember a PT can have experience with creating meal plans and can offer advice, they can only ADVISE you or give guidelines when it comes to eating right to fuel your body for workouts but you still want someone with a strong understanding.

    Personal trainers with great nutrition training in the UAE will be able to create a tailor-made diet/nutrition plan based on your goals.

    If you require more than advice, a registered dietitian is the way to go.

     

    What motivated you to become a personal trainer?

     

    This question can help you determine if the PT is there to help others, most PT’s get into fitness first via training themselves, then continuing to become a fitness instructor or for just a love of sport.

    Either way you can tell if their passionate about what they do.

    They may also have a transformation story and after overcoming the hurdle, it has pushed them to help others in the same situation in the UAE.

     

    Personal Trainer Price In Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah

     

    Be brave and ask how much personal trainer in the UAE charge! Many PT’s have different packages, offers and deals available and may benefit you.

    Most personal trainers work on an hourly basis therefore no client, no payment.

    Personal trainers tend to have a 24-hour cancellation policy, so be clear that you understand this policy from day one.

    Including how cancellations and late arrivals will be dealt with from either side, you don’t want a nasty surprise after forgetting about a session.

     

    How do they look?

     

    Personal trainers’ in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah practice what they preach, and how they look will be determined to their goals at that time.

    Not every personal trainer will have a gleaming 6 pack but remember their image is there selling point, they are still there to set an example.

    Don’t just look for Abdominals, the one thing you should be concerned about is good knowledge and experience and how they can relate and guide you through the process.

     

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    Personality matters – do you ‘connect’ with the trainer?

     

    You will be spending a lot of time with the personal trainer you choose so, make sure you get on with the instructor.

    Ask questions to see if you could spend time with this individual and if you have any common ground.

    You wouldn’t buy a pair of running shoes two size too small and run a marathon in them, same goes for the PT we want you to be comfortable and build a rapport so we can help you reach your goals quickly and effectively.

     

    How often you should train to reach your goals?

     

    This will be tailored to your individual health and fitness goals in the UAE and your availability.

    Realistically a minimum of three times a week is a good start, as this will help the body adapt as less than this will feel like you are starting exercise all over again every time.

    A personal trainer can help you plan your sessions to meet your required goals and schedule to work for the both of you, make sure you have in mind the amount of time you can commit to training.

     

    When will I see results and how?

     

    Be clear, what do you want to achieve or gain from the time spent with the personal trainer?

    Once you have discussed your goal with your trainer, they will give you a realistic time frame of when the goal can be achieved safely and effectively.

    Trainers and fitness Instructors in the UAE have various methods of tracking progress.

    Occasionally, results aren’t just scale based so they will look for improvements such as difference in pictures from one week to another, measurements, improvements in strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and mobility are all results to indicate a change of your overall well-being has been achieved.

     

     

    In summary, ask the following questions BEFORE hiring a personal trainer or fitness coach in your local area:

     

    1. What’s Your Personal Training Style?

    2. How Qualified Are You?

    3. Do You Provide Nutritional Advice?

    4. What Motivated You To Become A Trainer?

    5. Pricing – What Do Your Charge For Personal Training In The UAE?

    6. How Often Should I Trainer To Reach My Fitness Goals?

    7. When Will I Start To See Results?

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Personal Training, Fasting & Exercise During Ramadan
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Matt, a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi who works with Advantage Sports UAE gives some advice on how to keep up with your fitness routine during the Holy month in the UAE

Fasting can be an obstacle for some of our clients in Abu Dhabi, Matt says.

Many people can stress themselves out over their ability to ‘keep on track’ with their current exercise and nutrition regimes but this needn’t be the case.

All you need to do is show a bit of flexibility and forward planning and you can keep going with your routine with little interruption.

Here is Matts’ guide and top tips for training during the Holy month in the UAE.

When Should You Train During Ramadan?

This depends on your work schedule, current training regime and preference. But there are two good options:

  1. Train shortly after Suhoor (sunrise)
  2. Train shortly after Iftar (breaking your fast with a small snack first)

 

Should you reduce your training volume?

 

The most important thing you can do with your personal training is to reduce your overall volume.

The lack of food and water during Ramadan will directly affect your ability to perform at your best, so the simplest way is to set yourself a smaller target during the session.

Generally speaking you should aim to wrap things up in 45 to 60 minutes as an absolute maximum.

 

 

Structuring your diet

 

Watch your fluid intake

 

Water is the first and biggest concern during Ramadan. Water is a diuretic, so the more you consume, the more you lose – this means that by over-consuming it when you can, you dehydrate yourself further by making more bathroom trips.

Whenever consuming water, make sure you keep it a normal rate and by adding a touch of good quality rock salt to your food, you can also avoid excessive toilet trips.

 

Eat slow release proteins

 

During both Suhoor and Iftar, it is advisable to include more protein in your meals; slow-releasing proteins are better, but to be honest any will help.

Protein is the food source that will allow you to remain full for a longer period of time.

It will also help maintain the balance within your blood sugar levels, at the same time preventing the inevitable dip in energy levels.

Beef, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy are your best sources of protein here.

 

Avoid excessive carbs

 

The traditional Ramadan meals in the UAE heavily rely on carbs. By simply mixing these carbs with the protein and fat sources mentioned above, your body will begin to slow down digestion and avoid excessive rises in blood sugar.

 

Maintain your sleeping pattern

 

Sleep is your secret dietary supplement; a lack of it will lead you to feeling tired, grumpy, hungry and being unable to exercise.

Avoid drinking excessive water before going to bed, as this will lead to getting up more often at night to make trips to the toilet.

Also, you should nap during the day if you have the chance and feel the need to.

 

Keep an eye on your calories

 

Fasting is a great way to reduce the overall amount of food you eat. I use intermittent fasting regularly, however don’t be under the illusion that just because you are fasting all day, you can ‘get away’ with eating whatever you like when you really shouldn’t.

Because traditional Ramadan meals tend to be heavy on calories and carbs, the probability of over-consumption is possible. Keep protein a part of every meal to help avoid this issue.

 

Final Thoughts

In summary, you don’t need to stop your exercise or training regime in the UAE during Ramadan – just take sensible advice when it comes to your diet and when you train.

Using a personal trainer local to you in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah can help you keep to a training and diet schedule during Ramadan.

 

You can easily and quickly find the right male or female personal trainer in your area of the UAE and get on the road to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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How Can A Personal Trainer In The UAE Help You Achieve Your Health & Fitness Goals?

Personal health and fitness has never been more popular in the UAE.

Whether it’s for physical appearance or just because people are becoming more health conscious people of all ages are seeing the benefits or regular exercise, eating well and generally living a healthier lifestyle.

Many turn to personal trainers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah as a way of helping them kick start their personal fitness. It’s not hard to understand why. Personal trainers are fitness experts.

Even for those who already train regularly, personal trainers are there to help improve their performance and also teach them new methods or exercise and working out.

Planning Your Fitness Goals

The most common goals when it comes to health and fitness in the UAE are weight loss and general fitness. Many of us have tried to go it alone but for one reason or another we go to the gym less and less until we end up back at square one.

This yo yo fitness lifestyle soon loses its appeal.

No matter what your fitness goals are, a male or female fitness coach local to you in the UAE can help. They not only work around your schedule but they also treat each client as an individual.

This means each of their personal training plans is created just for your specific goals.

The best personal trainers in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will take into account your age, your current fitness level, your likes and dislikes when it comes to exercise and of course what you eat.

Working Around Your Schedule

Going to the gym on a regular basis can be a bit daunting for those new to fitness.

With a professional PT you also have the opportunity to train at home, at your pace and most importantly in familiar surroundings.

If you’ve been bothered by your appearance for some time in the UAE you’ll be amazed at how a personal trainer can help you change your physique which can only lead to more self-confidence.

 

 

Whether you are completely new to fitness or you need to push yourself further and harder a personal trainer can be beneficial for you for many reasons.

The Top 10 Reasons For Using A Personal Trainer Or Fitness Coach

 

  1. Motivation

Life can sometimes get in the way. Especially if your schedule is pretty hectic in the UAE.

We also suffer from a lack of motivation at times and it’s perfectly normal. It becomes a problem though when days where we feel less motivated out-weigh days when we feel on full form.

You might not even notice a lack of motivation to begin with. It can happen in subtle ways like putting off your training because you think doing something else is a priority.

Before you know it everything comes first instead of your fitness and training schedule.

A good personal trainer in the UAE will motivate you in multiple ways. They’re not just there to push you to do one final press-up!

Firstly, if you think you are suffering from a lack of motivation a good trainer will remind you of why you are hiring them in the first place – your fitness goals.

Secondly, personal trainers can mix-up your training sessions. You’d be surprised at how changing things to prevent boredom can really help you stay on track and stay motivated.

And finally. We all put up self-imposed boundaries. These boundaries (what we think we can and can’t achieve) can often lead to less than impressive results which makes it harder to reach our target fitness goals.

If you’re in the mindset that you can’t do something a personal trainer will motivate you to ‘do it’

 

  1. Setting up a health and fitness goal

 

You need to asked yourself ‘what are my health and fitness goals’

The process of goal setting is so important because it gives you something to work towards.

A good example here is weight loss. Yes, you might want to lose weight but without setting yourself a weight loss goal (x amount of pounds) and a time-frame for that weight loss it’s difficult to work hard towards it.

Using a personal trainer in the UAE can help you set ‘realistic’ health and fitness goals.

With their knowledge of which training methods work best for different types of goals they can ensure you are clearly training with the aim of reaching your goals.

A great fitness coach in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah will also help you be more realistic.

It’s no use having a personal fitness goal that is not achievable. A good example here is getting a six pack in six weeks – it would be a miracle if that happened!

Talk to a trainer in the UAE and listen to their professional opinion about your goals. If the trainer is a professional they will tell you straight up whether your goal and time frame to achieve that goal will work.

If they feel it won’t work out they will provide you with the best advice on ‘realistic’ timings.

Remember – no trainer can provide guarantees when it comes to how long it might take for you to reach your personal fitness goals.

 

  1. Creating A Personalised Workout Plan In The UAE

     

So you have a great personal fitness goal but how do you achieve it?

Whether you are a complete novice or a fitness guru you still need some guidance to get the best results in the best time.

All personal trainers in the UAE should treat you as an individual. This is because no two people are the same. They might have the same fitness goal (weight loss for example) but every ‘body’ is different.

The best personal trainers will also take into account your likes and dislikes when it comes to exercise.

If you really dislike ‘rowing machines’ for example there is little point in adding this exercise to your workout plan because you will eventually become discouraged.

 

  1. Making A Personlised Nutrition & Meal Plan

     

Without a proper nutrition plan all the time you spend working out might be in vain.

In order to see the best results you have to ensure you eat well.

Your personalised meal plan will of course depend on your fitness and training goals but at the end of the day you will need to make sacrifices (almost always for the better) when it comes to what you eat.

Because almost all personal training plans in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah will involve taking a details look at your eating habits all personal trainers will offer at least some basic nutrition advice.

Many personal trainers and fitness coaches can take this one step further because they are certified nutrition specialists.

 

  1. Professional Instruction & Guidance

     

When you hire a fitness coach in the UAE you are expecting to receive expert knowledge and guidance.

You wouldn’t hire a driving instructor who couldn’t drive and the same applies to your health and fitness.

You should only use the services of a fitness coach in the UAE who is qualified. Ensuring your personal trainer is a professional and not just a ‘hobbyist’ will ensure you get proper guidance.

Professionals will also ensure you trainer safely. The last thing you need at the start of your fitness journey is an injury.

As well as delaying your personal fitness goals an injury can really know your confidence.

If you decide to train in a gym in the UAE a professional PT will also have a thorough understanding of how gym equipment works and which kit will provide the best overall results.

 

  1. Non Standard Training Plans

     

Many personal trainers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah specialise in certain areas of fitness but what if you also have a special condition or medical issue which limits what you can do?

Matching your fitness needs with a suitable trainer is a must. For example, seniors in the UAE need to work with a trainer or fitness coach who has senior fitness training experience.

The same applies with pre and post natal personal trainers.

By ensuring you fit your needs with a suitably qualified coach you are reducing the risk of training injuries too.

 

  1. Learning Proper Form & Technique

     

Proper form and technique when training and exercising is so important.

Without knowing the correct way to perform an exercise routine you are leaving yourself open to not seeing the best results from your training and also causing yourself an injury.

Fitness coaches and PT’s in the UAE will not only demonstrate how you should perform a particular exercise but also explain why that exercise methods provides you with the best results.

 

  1. Effective & Efficient Workouts

     

Result doesn’t just come from hard work. In order to achieve the best results from your training plan you must work effectively with proper technique which also works efficiently.

The best personal trainers and fitness coaches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will carefully plan your fitness routine.

They will take into account your fitness goals and create a tailor-made routine which maximises results in the best possible time.

 

  1. Competition Preparation

     

If you’re not a novice when it comes to training and fitness you might be considering using a fitness coach to help you plan for competition in the UAE or beyond.

Competition prep can be hard but by using a fitness expert you will be able to push yourself harder, get more motivated and see better results in the run up to your competition.

If you’re a bodybuilder who is planning to go on a competition a personal trainer is a must.

Besides helping you with nutrition and workout details which you probably do or do not know (depending on your experience) a personal trainer serves the a greater purpose – as an outside perspective.

Looking at yourself in the mirror won’t give you the full picture. Your brain can start making illusions and make you judge your physique falsely.

This is the time when a personal trainer comes in handy. He or she will spot and point out to you your weak points and also the areas that you don’t need to improve further more.

 

  1. Motivation For A Better Lifestyle

     

Personal trainers in the UAE are useful when it comes to helping you work towards your healthy lifestyle goals.

More than that, a true fitness expert will have passion for their job and take delight from seeing their clients in the UAE change their lives.

In Summary

Getting the right personal trainer for your health and fitness will help you:

 

 

  1. Get Motivated

  2. Create A Realistic Health & Fitness Goal

  3. Create A Personalised Workout Plan

  4. Design A Personalised Nutrition Plan

  5. Provide Professional Instruction & Guidance

  6. Help With Special Problems & Training Limitations

  7. Teach Your Proper Form & Technique

  8. Provide Effective & Efficient Workout Techniques

  9. Help You With Competition Preparation

  10. Motivate You To Lead A Healthier, Fitter Life

Final Thoughts

Planning and working towards a fitness goal in the UAE is the start of your fitness journey.

Using a personal trainer local to you in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah will help you achieve that fitness goals with professional advice and support.

The UAE Personal Trainers website can help you start your fitness journey with ease.

You can easily and quickly find the right male or female personal trainer in your area of the UAE and get on the road to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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Arthritis In The UAE – Yoga Options
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Arthritis is a painful condition but there are many way you can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort at home in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah – Yoga is a great method for relieving some of the symptoms.

Arthritis is often associated with getting older. However, the condition can effect anyone of any age.

There are of course over the counter medications and pain relief for arthritis but there are other ways to manage the condition through effective but gentle exercise.

You should seek medical advice before starting any new exercise regime if you are a senior in the UAE or if you have a pre-existing medical condition. The information in this article is the view of the professional Yoga trainer and not medical advice.

Can Yoga In The UAE Help Seniors With Arthritis or Similar Conditions?

Many people experience symptoms of arthritis in the UAE, due to such causes as incorrect diet, insufficient physical activities, stress and low immune system. That too, once faced with arthritis, many choose to stop any physical activity, thinking that it helps to reduce the pain and facilitates the problem. In fact, it only makes the case worse.

Yoga is definitely not a cure for arthritis, but it is the best way to introduce more body movement into your routine.

Yoga will help to reduce joint pain by improving joint flexibility and function.

Moreover, one of the most noticeable changes will be lower stress and tension, as yoga works through breathing techniques and meditation as well. Together, they promote better sleep and mood, which are very important on the way to a healthier life.

Many seniors in the UAE suffer with back problems relating to arthritic conditions. What are the best Yoga poses for back problem?

Most of the Primary series of Hatha yoga can be introduced into a person’s life with arthritis condition in the UAE.

These asanas are focused on correct body alignment and angles. However, depending on a person’s specificities of condition, many postures should be adjusted or modified.

However, it is not safe to practice yoga at home without a professional yoga trainer, be it arthritis or anything else.

Not only beginners, but also experienced yoga practitioners in the UAE are advised to take at least 3-5 classes with a professional yoga trainer, who has studied variations to yoga practice according to specific body conditions.

That too, many trainers would also show how to use specific props, which are beneficial for your practice.

They also make sure it is safe for you to train. Chairs, blocks, cushions, blankets, and other aids are very useful in this case, but it is not very easy to find online how to introduce them in the practice.

In order to promote safety of your practice, do take assistance from a certified yoga trainer in the UAE.

Brittle bones and joint inflammation are also associated with aging. Does Yoga in the UAE help with these conditions too?

Yoga exercises for seniors in the UAEYoga is the best solution if a person decides to introduce physical activities at a later age.

It is, indeed, harder to pick up dancing or jogging at this age, that too if there are any specific health conditions.

Yoga is a safe and very flexible way of exercising, where anyone can find a style, speed and intensity of training.

Introducing yoga into a lifestyle is a way to improve range of body motion, build muscle strength and achieve a better balance of mind and body.

What are the best Yoga poses to help alleviate the symptoms often associated with arthritis in the elderly in the UAE?

There is no set number of asanas for people with arthritis, as there can be other factors to be taken into consideration.

In order to tailor a specific yoga program for each person, it is advisable to work with a personal yoga instructor, who will also collect such details, as the person’s blood pressure, any past injuries or surgeries, body alignment and strength, overall fitness level and well-being.

A professional, safe and beneficial yoga program should be based on the provided information.

Being a professional Yoga Coach in Dubai, Sharjah & Ajman how many times per week do you recommend your elderly clients practice Yoga for relief of arthritic and other mobility conditions?

It is advised to have yoga in a daily routine, at least 20 – 30 minutes a day.

However, with busy schedule of Dubai life, it is possible to practice yoga 3 times a week, with particular sets of «homework workout», which a trainer can provide at a training.

Along with achieving improvements in the body, it is beneficial to introduce breathing techniques and meditation. It will improve sleeping, overall mood level and positive attitude to life. These sessions can even be taken online, at least 2-3 times a week.

As a short conclusion, yoga is not a set of exercises, it is a lifestyle, which improves your quality of life, from physical and emotional points of view.

Yoga, in comparison with other physical activities, which come in and out of fashion (zumba, belly dance, crossfit, etc), has been practiced for centuries, which is already a proven fact that it works.

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Dieting In Dubai – It Isn’t As Hard As You Think
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Does even the word ‘diet’ fill you with dread when it comes to what you can eat?

Does your diet in Dubai have to suck? Or are you making it so with your beliefs? This article gives some practical ways that you can change
your mindset for better success when dieting.

Dieting…it isn’t as hard as you think it is

Diets suck the big one don’t they? You feel hungry all the time, you have zero energy, and your friends and family have to suffer your bad moods. On top of that you get food cravings and your performance in the gym goes downhill. Or is this all in your head? Have we been conditioned to think that diets suck so we make it so? Read on and I may change your perspective about dieting in Dubai.

Dieting in Dubai – The Facts

There was a fascinating study done by researchers in 2011 on two groups of people (1). In this study the two groups drank the exact same milkshake.
However, the first group’s milkshake was labeled as a 620kcal decadent dessert. Think Krispy Kreme donut blended in Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Yeah that’s what I’m talking about!

The second group’s milkshake was labeled as a 140kcal healthy shake. Think, over-priced ‘this is so healthy with no added anything’. Yeah with none of the taste.

However, both groups milkshake contained 380kcal. That’s right, they were both the exact same shake but just labeled differently. Here is the interesting part. The first group felt much fuller than the second group after drinking their shake and in fact they produced less of the hormone Ghrelin.

Ghrelin is the hormone that stimulates your appetite. It goes up between meals and down when you eat depending on how much you have eaten. So their thoughts actually changed the physiological response of the body to food. Those that believed they would not be satisfied with their shake created their bodies reaction and it came to be.

This is called the nocebo affect. If you expect something to have a negative effect on you it will have. Truth is a lot of the feelings and reactions we have when dieting are in the mind. I’m sure most of you have heard the expression ‘thoughts become things’. Start with your mindset and you can make things a lot easier on yourself.

 

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Ok great, so now that we have changed your expectations of how hard your diet is going to be does that mean it will be all plain sailing from here?

Well, probably not.

There will be times when you are hungry and occasions when you are tempted to ditch your diet completely. So to help you here are some more psychological tricks to give you the best chance of success.

 

Have you ever heard of decision fatigue?

 

This is the idea that your self-control or will power are a limited resource and can be used up. So if you have to make a few hard decisions on top of stopping yourself from snacking on that tasty cake that is going round the office you use up your will power and become decision fatigued. This makes it much harder to stick to a diet and good food choices and is the reason you cave to treats atthe end of a hard day (2).

How do you deal with this? Of course, with anything in life, you can get better the more you train yourself to over come this, but it takes time and effort.

Some practical advice that you can use immediately is to start planning ahead. Decide the day before what you will be eating the next day and if needed you can prep it the night before and take it with you if you will be out of the house. This takes all the decision away from you and leaves you free to tackle the more serious problems of your day-to-day life. Like what TV show to binge watch next on Netflix.

UAE Personal Trainers - Weight Loss, Diet & Nutrtion in Abu Dhabi, Dubai & SharjahIn line with this, another tip is to eat around the same time every day and have the same number of meals each day. This again helps with decision fatigue, as you know ahead of time exactly when you will eat. Eating around the same time each day also helps with hunger entrainment. Ever get hungry at 10am but your lunch is not for another two hours? This can happen when you have an irregular meal schedule and goes back to that pesky hormone grehlin.

Research has shown that grehlin rises in anticipation of a meal making you hungry (3). So by having regular eating times you can literally train your body to feel hungry when suits you.

 

The last tip I will give you is to be mindful of the food you are eating. This basically means don’t do jack while eating except, well, eating. This allows your mind to register how much food you are consuming and signal you to stop. And is the reason why people always eat more in social situations and while watching TV (4).

So just concentrate on chowing down the food before you. Yep, the next episode of insert whichever TV show you are watching at the moment will have to wait until after you have eaten. In conclusion, I am not saying that dieting is or should be easy. There is a lot of habit building involved and many obstacles to
overcome. However, know that you are capable of great things. Of enduring many hardships and growing stronger from them. If you are not where you want to be yet, you will be in time with the right effort. Don’t limit yourself with false beliefs and learn to not only train your body but your mind as well.

 

References

1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21574706
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9599441
3 http://ajpgi.physiology.org/content/294/3/G699.long
4 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24462489

Craig Lapsley

Craig is the owner of Lapsley Fitness a Personal Training service transforming bodies and health in Dubai and online.

Craig is a specialist when it comes to helping you lose weight in Dubai with his personalised online and at home personal fitness plans.

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Yoga For Mind Body & Soul in the UAE
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There are so many benefits of Yoga it’s difficult to sum up in one article. Alla, a personal yoga teacher in Ajman & Sharjah provides us with her views on Yoga for every day living

In everything that we do in life, it is well known that our attitude and mindset are the most important drivers of success.

 

People underestimate or often disregard the true composition of a human being. We are not machines that can be programmed. Otherwise, we would all be the same—and most probably fit, healthy, and beautiful. People are much more complex. Through the lens of yoga, we can develop a better understanding of ourselves.

 

Here’s why doing yoga in the UAE is a magical way to reduce weight, introduce healthy habits in our life, improve our mood, energy level, and overall well-being.

There are three key elements to us—mind, body, and soul.

The three key elements  are closely interconnected. And this is why a sweaty workout sometimes fails to make us lose weight. If one of the three elements is dis-balanced, the functioning of the others will also be affected. It is impossible to have a healthy body if our mind is stressed. Luckily, there is always a way out.

 

Yoga has a way of uniting the three elements—the body, mind and soul. It creates a special harmony, or a mind-body-set that helps us float seamlessly towards our fitness goals.

 

Just like elsewhere in the world in the UAE Stress is the main factor of any disbalance. We just tend to call it different names – bad luck, traffic, kids missing the school bus, a low salary, mom’s health issues, bad weather, not fitting in our jeans, and so on. Seeing new wrinkles in the mirror is stress for our mind, a fight with our spouse is stress for our soul, extra kilos on the weighing machine is stress for our body. Of course, we cannot avoid stress in life. However, it is our attitude that differentiates people who battle stress successfully from those who get upset, depressed, and even sick.

 

The American Psychological Association surveyed 1,328 licensed psychologists on how they dealt with patients’ weight and weight-loss challenges in their practice. They repeatedly identified emotional factors as not only an important factor in clients’ weight problems but also the major barrier to overcoming them.

 

Emotional eating is the biggest enemy. With time it can lead to another issue, which I call a ‘fat thought’. It is when a person thinks that he or she gains weight even from one bite, or a cup of tea. In the worst form we call it ‘anorexia’. However, many people disregard initial symptoms, like looking in the mirror right after lunch, thinking ‘oh, I just ate a huge meal, I can see it on my belly already. I shouldn’t have eaten at all, tomorrow i will not have my breakfast’.

 

This ends up in a vicious emotional circle of ‘tomorrow, I will start a new life, while today I can have my LAST scoop of ice cream, or maybe two?’. What happens the next day? Guilt. Stress. And emotional eating again.

 

Practicing Yoga in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah is a lifestyle. I don’t know any person who started to practice yoga and hasn’t changed. Gradually yoga asanas start to influence the way you move, the way you think, the way you feel. During the practice you become aware of the present moment, your breathing, your body moves, your strong and weak points. Yoga unites your three elements – the body, mind and soul.

 

It is recommended that you start Yoga with a fully qualified yoga teacher or yoga personal trainer in the UAE. However, many people people start practicing yoga as just another sports activity. They never actually do any research beforehand to learn about it. For those – yoga starts to shape the body first. Changes in the body lead to changes in the mind. You don’t want to have a cigarette after a yoga class anymore, your lungs just don’t feel like it. Strange, no? You feel less anxious, more self-aware, even contemplative. People at the traffic light, who are hurried and start beeping the moment the light turns green just make you… smile.

 

Then yoga, slowly, flows deeper into your soul, which changes your mental attitude, and, eventually, lifestyle. It replaces your negative emotions with concentration of your breathing, beauty of your body, and the power of your mind. Somehow things that used to spoil your mood don’t matter anymore. With practice and time, a day feels wrong without your yoga time. Your craving for food is now replaced by craving for a yoga flow.  

 

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The Body

Yoga flow is comprised of numerous asanas, which can be combined in countless sequences, and never gets boring. Each asana presents particular health benefits, involving all our muscles, joints and even internal organs. Even if we don’t workout a sweat, our body is naturally toned. Opening up our body along with constant concentrated breathing is such a great way of detoxification. Yoga purifies our body and mind by making our blood flow, our heart beat more rhythmically, our muscles stretch and build up, our internal organs work in unity with our breathing. It removes any negative energy and junk from our body, which directly affects weight loss.

People take up yoga for different reasons. However, all of them find what they are looking for. It is due to a great number of asanas and your yoga trainer’s knowledge that you can find the best way to achieving your own goals – be it burning calories, improving flexibility, strengthening muscles, calming the mind, or finding your inner peace.

In case you want to lose weight, a well-designed Vinyasa flow can make you sweat within a couple of sequences. There are flows that provide a beautiful combination of fitness training, cardio, stretching and balancing. Around 400 – 600 calories can be burnt in an hour of a Vinyasa flow.

The Mind

We are all philosophers inside, sometimes very deep inside, but we are. You can’t help but start thinking about the philosophy of life, once you begin on a yoga journey. It is hard to explain, but it feels like you wake up from a long sleep. Everything feels different. The colors are brighter, people are better, and so are we.

 

As you connect with yourself through the practice, you start looking for answers on why your life is changing and wonder why you didn’t start it before. Gradually, you start disregarding your ego and personal material benefits. Your thoughts ‘expand’ from being concentrated on what is inside you, to what is around. Our problems don’t disappear, but we look at them differently as our perspective changes and they don’t seem like problems anymore—just another situation in life we know we will overcome.

 

Your disappointments with your eating habits, fears, insecurities, bad decision-making, life issues gradually become tamed. You are more self-aware and conscious to analyze your patterns of behaviour, your emotional response to life situations, and then to deal with them accordingly. Once you are not on a ‘wave’ of sadness and depression, you float on a different ‘wave’ of positive attitude and optimism. With time, you notice that this ‘wave’ brings you more joy and happiness in life. And it makes your mood even better. And waking up in a good mood the next morning sets up your day for success. And that is just the beginning, with more achievements ahead! This is your new mindset.

 

A positive mindset leads to conscious and right decision-making. We clearly see the connection between stressful situations and our unhealthy food choices. And so our mind will not be ruled by our food cravings. We come to know and understand our body and listen to it. We start to cherish it and decide against things that would be destructive to it. Our eating will no longer be an addiction, or a way to release stress, but rather to keep our body nourished and healthy. This will definitely lead to weight-loss, and improve our overall well-being.

The Soul

Sharjah-&-Ajman-UAE-Female-Yoga-Coach-AllaThis is another step, and the most beautiful one. It is difficult to explain why, but with yoga practice you start feeling that there is something higher or more important than you. There is some secret of spiritual nature that you come to feel and you want to get to know it. It is beautiful to see that we are no longer the center of our own tiny universe. Now we actually start to see the universe itself.

 

There is a much deeper meaning in our life, and we start to understand it with the time. Counting calories are far away in your past at this stage. Now we are a completely different person, with new habits, way of thinking, sleeping, walking … maybe even inspired to make other life changes like taking a new job or moving to another country?

 

You rejoice in new experiences, and new situations in life. Before a sweet candy would make you feel happy, now it is a smile of your friend. You come to a detachment from your ego, your own self, finding pleasure in the surrounding people and events. With time and practice, helping others, making this world beautiful actually hold more meaning than buying a new car or chasing after material things.

 

Now that we are aware of our soul and what actually brings pleasure to it, there is no way we consider a hamburger as the best reward for something good we have done. We know how to observe, analyze and decide what is better for us – our body, mind and soul.

 

My Manager asked me to write a short paragraph about practicing yoga for weight-loss in Sharjah. But I was more inspired to share this with our clients to raise awareness and get closer to the truth of what yoga actually is.

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Personal Trainers in Dubai – How Can They Help You?
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How can a male or female personal trainer in Dubai help with your health, lifestyle and fitness goals?

Every time you walk into the gym in Dubai you’ll be greeted with a variety of posters advertising all of the services the local personal trainers can offer.

Everything from extreme fat loss to dramatic muscle gain in just a matter of weeks.

Today, we’re going to look at everything to do with hiring a personal trainer in Dubai and why it could be one of the best investments you’ll ever make.

What is personal training in Dubai and how can a PT or fitness coach help you?

Simply put, personal training is where you hire a trained health and fitness specialist to help you to reach a specific goal.

Whether that is to lose fat, gain muscle, or simply become fitter whilst increasing your awareness of your health.

Personal trainers will then design you a workout plan, diet plan or both as well as taking you through workouts.

Some services will simply design you a plan whilst others will include workouts with the trainer themselves.

 

Why do People Use a Personal Trainer in Dubai?

 

There are a variety of reasons why people tend to hire a personal trainer in Dubai in the first place.

However, by far the most common is because people want to change how they look but they don’t quite know how.

In the modern age, there’s an endless amount of diets and exercises methods all claiming to the best.

Yet, what ends up happening is that people fall off the wagon as the diet is either too restrictive or they just don’t enjoy it.

A male or female personal trainer local to you in Dubai works with you specifically to find out what suits you in terms of your preferences and fitness goals.

 

How do Personal Trainers & Fitness Coaches in Dubai Create My Plan?

 

Using their health and fitness qualifications and experience, a personal trainer will begin by working out what you want to achieve from their services.

So, it’s important to have a clear goal that you’re trying to attain.

Although, personal trainers and fitness coaches can also help to clarify what you want as it can sometimes be hard to work out exactly what you want to achieve.

From here, they’ll assess your base level of fitness by most likely finding out your weight, BMI, and previous experience in relation to your diet and exercise.

Other things they might test are your strength levels in certain movements, blood pressure, resting heart rate, and VO2 max.

When it comes to your initial PT consultation, the more information you provide, the better your results will be.

There’s no point in lying about your experience and eating habits as that will only hinder the effectiveness of the trainer and the time it takes for you to get results.

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The Top 5 Benefits of Using a Personal Trainer in Dubai

 

 

  1. “Buy In”

 

You’re more likely to commit yourself if you’ve had to spend some money to get help.

Buy In can come in more forms than just money, though.

Buy In can also mean that you have a deadline (such as a wedding or holiday) to get ready for.

In terms of personal training, simply spending money can mean that you’re going to want to get the most out of their services as otherwise you’re just wasting finances.

 

  1. Motivation

 

One of the best things you can do to help you stick to your journey is to exercise with someone else as then you not only have the risk of letting yourself down, but someone else, too.

You can think of a personal trainer in the UAE as an extremely knowledgeable workout partner who’s as invested in your success as you are.

As well as this, the progress you make with a PT is motivating enough in itself.

 

  1. Confidence in the Journey

 

Hiring a personal trainer takes some degree of your journey out of your hands.

Knowing that all you need to do is stick to the plan that someone else has designed in order to get results will give you both focus and confidence.

Once you’ve got a PT, you no longer know that you’re spinning your wheels and you can fully trust in the process.

 

  1. Accountability

 

Letting yourself down might make you feel bad, but at least you know that nobody else really cares or even has to hear about your failure.

Hiring a personal trainer means that there’s someone else you have to talk to about what you eat and how you perform.

 

  1. Fast and Effective Results

 

Lastly, possibly the biggest and most obvious benefit to taking on a personal trainer in the UAE is that you’ll actually make the progress you’ve wanted to make for years.

Not only this, but you’ll make the progress far quicker than you would have otherwise going at it alone as well as learning some valuable information along the way.

Personal trainers don’t just teach you the things you wanted help with, they teach you far more valuable things you didn’t even know you wanted to know to help with your fitness in the future.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, your health and fitness should be the most important thing in your life.

Beyond looking good for summer or trying to impress someone, your mental and physical health can really benefit from a personal trainer.

Even if you think you’re doing alright by yourself, hiring someone whose sole job it is to make sure you move forward can make a dramatic difference to your mood, confidence, appearance, and physical performance.

The UAE Personal Trainers website can help you start your fitness journey with ease.

You can easily and quickly find the right male or female personal trainer in your area of the UAE and get on the road to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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