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Introducing Our Latest Fitness Obsession: Twerkout!

Today we interview twerkout instructor Johana O from Miami, who’s discussing why  twerking is all the rage and the next best workout in Dubai!

 

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What is Twerkout and why should everyone try it?

Twerkout is the new – women only – funnest workout dance party in Dubai designed to get you more fit, toned, and sexy. Twerkout is a unique cardio dance class that disguises the feeling of working out because you are dancing to popular hip hop and electronic songs that you love such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kate Perry, etc all in a fun club-like atmosphere. You gain so much more than just losing weight! It’s an experience like no other, and that’s why every women (of all ages 18 and older) become part of the Twerkout community in Dubai.

 

Can you tell us how Twerkout become a fitness work out?

My passion for dancing and performing inspired the Twerkout class. Working out can be extremely boring and monotonous so I wanted to create a fun and dynamic workout specifically designed to shape the female physique, something that women would actually enjoy. Twerkout connects dancing and working out in a fun club atmosphere with a classy and sassy twist along with clever routines that will keep you dancing for hours. The Twerkout regular attendees say they prefer this workout over any other because it’s easy, fun, and productive (in many ways other than getting an awesome workout).

 

How does it get someone in shape?

You can expect to burn anywhere from 400 – 1,000 calories each Twerkout class (FYI: running one mile burns around 100 calories). Keeping in mind that results differ from person to person depending on activity level and eating habits. If you are a regular Twerkout member you can expect to see results particularly in the right areas that women typically target, such as waistline, legs, arms, and buttocks.

 

Do you have to be a good dancer to do twerkout?

You don’t have be a dancer at all to Twerkout. The class has easy combination routines that are quick to pick up. The class is designed to not only lose weight but also to improve your dancing skills one step at a time with one-on-one tips from instructors on how to move your body to get a better workout, and look and feel sexier at the same time. Yes, it’s possible to do both with Twerkout!

 

How is it different to Zumba?

The difference between Twerkout and Zumba is that Zumba uses more traditional dance moves you’ve seen over and over in infomercials mainly using Latin American music which in general carry a low to moderate tempo. Twerkout uses moves that challenge your body and exploits your inner diva mainly using hip hop and electronic music which carry a much more intense and faster tempo, and include disco lights and dimmed lights to infuse a dance party feeling. In a Zumba class you will feel like you are “working out”, but Twerkout disguises the “workout” mindset to “Twerkout” to bass pumping, heart throbbing, best jamming music you’ve ever experienced. Once you have tried one Twerkout class you will instantly notice the difference.

 

Since twerking is a type of dance, have you changed it to make it a intense workout?

Yes, but don’t let the Twerk in Twerkout scare you off into thinking it’s anything related to a Miley Cyrus type of dance. In general terms, Twerking is a dance movement typically thrusting or shaking your buttocks, but there’s very little of that in the Twerkout class. Yes, you shake your bum but the dance moves are eloquently designed to keep it classy and fun targeting the most wanted areas for women. The word Twerk to me signifies new age boldness, confidence, and freedom of expression and this is something I want to give to all the Twerkout community of women in Dubai.

Best twerkers in your opinion?

Beyonce would probably take the cake for best twerking moves in my opinion.

 

Why is it exclusive to only women?

I wanted to create a judgement free class where women can let loose, release their inner inhibitions and feel comfortable in their own skin. Women love to dance but hate working out, so the birth of Twerkout materialized; uniquely combining the two with a fun & friendly party atmosphere. This class will have you doing Twerkout moves in dance clubs and even at work during your lunch hour with your girlfriends. It’s a community of fierce and confident women who encourage one another and aim at being happy and comfortable with themselves while pushing the envelope to become the best they can become.

 

What should you wear to a Twerkout class?

You should wear clothes that you are comfortable dancing in. Tank top, leggings, and sneakers are perfectly ok. Lipstick and loose hair are encouraged to help you feel more Twerkalicious.

 

What should you expect from a Twerkout class?

Expect to break out of your shell and get a great workout while improving flexibility, dancing skills, and a ego boost. The old mindset of traditional gyms are dying down because of their lack of innovation and motivation. Your body deserves a new type of workout and your soul demands it.

 

Join the Twerkout community of women who are fearless and sassy and experience the funnest dance workout party in Dubai! For more info, Contact Leila at leila@so-famous.com.

Keep Cool, Stay Trim

I love smoothies. There’s no better way of keeping cool during the harsh Dubai summers. They keep you cool and don’t have a lot of calories. That’s a win-win situation for me! Here are some of my favourites.

 

Acai berry and Banana

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Blueberry

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Chocolate and banana

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Cappucino

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Fresh Basil

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Strawberry

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- Neha Prasad

Favourite Workouts

Bored of the same old routine? Want to try something different? Here’s our picks for favourite workouts!

 

Flywheel

Flywheel takes indoor biking to the next level. Created by Ruth Zuckerman, the brains behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon, Flywheel is a intense workout. Usually lasting 45 to 60 minutes, you will be riding a bike which is customised for your body and can be adjusted to your comfort level. Add music to the mix and voila, the perfect workout.

 

FlyBarre

Interested in sculpting your body? FlyBarre is the answer. A combination of yoga, pilates, dance, circuit training and strength building with a bit of Flywheel included. This workout is meant to make you sweat! A complete body work out!

 

Bikram yoga at Rawr Yoga Studio

Boasting a studio space of 4100 sqft, situated in Dubai Media City, the interiors are sleek and clean. Its the perfect environment for a work out and there’s enough space for everyone! Bikram yoga is a intense 90 minute work out in a temperature of 40 degrees or more with 40% humidity. It helps you lose fat and improve circulation, among many other great benefits.

 

Yoga at The Mine

What do you get when you mix underground art culture and yoga? A pretty cool work out space. A chance to soak up all the art and culture. And a mean work out session. What’s not to love?

 

- Neha Prasad

Eating According to Your Body Type

Eating healthy and avoiding processed food is the first step towards a better you. But there are other things to consider as well. Ayurveda stresses on how important it is to eat according to your body type.

 

Ayurveda is an ancient medical practice that originates from India. According to ayurveda, there are 3 body types or “doshas” namely, Vatta, Pitta, Kapha.

Doshas

Vatta

People with slender/small build are considered to be vatta. They are very thin, find it difficult to gain weight and they always feel cold.

Vatta body types should avoid dry food, carbonated drinks and raw vegetables. They should eat more warm, cooked food, drink lots of milk and introduce clarified butter (Ghee) to their diets, to help them gain weight.

 

Pitta

These individuals have a medium build. They always feel warm and have a high level of energy.

Pitta body types should avoid spicy food, alcohol, vinegar, coffee and citrus/acidic foods. They should increase their intake of vegetables which have a high water content, like cucumbers and lettuce, and eat more fruits.

 

Kapha

The largest of all the body types.Their physical stamina is high. They also have wide hips and shoulders.

A person with this body type should reduce their intake of salts, sweets and fats. They should eat food that are cooked with spices and eat lots of vegetables and legumes.

 

According to the specific body type, there is a simple lists of foods you can eat and have to avoid. You can feel difference not only in your body but in your mind and well being as well.

 

If you’re not sure what body type you are, here’s a quiz you can take to find out.

For more information, Check out Doctor Oz

- Neha Prasad

Healthy Tidbits

Here are some healthy but yummy snacks to keep those naughty cravings at bay.

Protein bar

Peanut butter dip

  • Roasted Chickpeas – Eat them by the handful or add them to salads and soups instead of croutons.

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Dill dip

  • Kale Chips – Kale chips are all the rage. Make them plain, sweet or add spices. A versatile snack to suit everybody’s taste buds.

Kale-Chips

 

- Neha Prasad

Practicing Yoga At Home

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After a long day at the office, sometimes by the time I get home  the last thing I want is to get back in the car and drive over anywhere for a yoga session. So recently I bought myself a nice yoga mat and decided to try yoga youtube workouts in the privacy of my own home, so I can still work out and stretch without having to leave the house and the results have been amazing. Here are some tips to consider in order to prevent injury and maximize the experience:

1) Create  your own space

Set aside a space in your room making sure  it is free from furniture and is clean and serene. I like to light a candle to create a peaceful atmosphere and I have a nice playlist of soothing music from Spirit Vogage and Shiva Rea has  compiled a collection of trance music suitable for Vinyasa flow. Keep the lighting low and relaxed.

2) Prevent Injury

Don’t force postures. Anything that is advanced is much better to do around a teacher who can watch you, but at home dont compete with your body -Be present, warm up, fully get into the poses you know…that is how an at home practice should be. Difficult poses should be in a class, where your teacher can make a safe environment for you.

3) Choose your youtube yoga style ( here are some of my favorite):

Hatha Yoga at Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAA-SZ05zSg

Weightloss Yoga with Tara Stiles

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4) Research!

The internet is a wealth of resources for an at home yoga practice.  Itunes has many yoga podcasts and  I Yoga Life has many videos  for a variety of levels.

7) Meditate

Sit with a straight spine, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The benefits of meditation include everything from lowering your blood pressure to improving your mood.

-Leila Antakly

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Losing Weight After the Holidays

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Yes tis the season to be jolly, and also worry about how one is going to lose the extra holiday pounds post January.  According to Forbes, “The traditional American Christmas dinner packs an average of 3000 calories. Considering that the recommended daily caloric intake for women ranges from 2000 (over age 25) to 1850 (over age 50).” We came up with 4 simple tips that can help you lose the weight you gained during the holidays without going through a strict diet.
1. Start your day with a nutritious breakfast
Skipping breakfast may induce you to overeat during the day. On the other hand, having a healthy meal in the morning would provide you with more energy and fulfill your appetite. The easiest meals to find and prepare are oatmeal, Greek yogurt, eggs, whole-wheat bread, as well as fruits like bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.
2. Determine your exercise
Choose an exercise that suits you best. Make the best of the weather in Dubai and run, jog, or even ride your bike.
3. Increase your metabolism
The best way to do that is by drinking green tea as it has a great impact on losing weight. Another way that boosts your metabolism is by lifting weights. According to Brad King, author of a 2003 report published in Alive: Canadian Journal of Health and Nutrition, muscle is the most metabolically-active element of the body. Thus, muscle mass burns more calories during the day.
4. Want to catch up on some movies you have missed during the holidays, but you are afraid that you would gain more calories from eating popcorn? Try eating air-popped popcorn as it has only 30 calories per cup. Researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania stated, “Popcorn has more antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables.”

-Farah Hammouri

Stefanie Ost on Staying in Shape

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Stefanie how often do you work out?

Fitness is extremely important to me and I usually work out 5 days a week before coming to the office.

How do you manage your workouts when you are on the go?

If I am on the go or travelling, I love using an app called “Sworkit”, which gives you a quick workout depending on how many minutes you have and you don’t need a gym or any equipment besides a mat. Otherwise, also Yoga or just a quick 20-30min Cardio are other options I sometimes go for if I don’t have a lot of time.

Any tips to staying fit with a quick workout?

The key for me is going in the morning before going to work as it also helps to get a clear mind and focus better at work. I fear I would be a hopeless case if I had to go after work as I usually just feel so tired by then.

What music do you listen to while working out?

House music puts me in the right work out mood and makes working out fun.
How many minutes do you usually spend on the treadmill? Do you like to switch to other cardio machines?

I have to confess I absolutely hate running on the treadmill these days I prefer the bike as I can answer emails, read a book or play games on my phone at the same time.  What my trainer usually does is incorporating then 2-5min high speed running with incline in between lifting weights to get my heart rate up. About once or twice a week I spend one hour of cardio only and during which I am switching from bike, to the treadmill to the cross trainer. Yet, overall, I prefer weight training as the muscles you build will be burning calories even if you are doing nothing at all (so that’s in my point of view the much smarter approach if you want to stay in shape than doing endless cardio).

Can you give us a weekly chart as to your workouts?

Overall, I like a bootcamp style of workout. Usually I start the week on Sunday with a good leg and butt workout which includes lots of squats (wide, close and split squats but also Bulgarian squats sometimes, launches, stiff leg dead as some other weight lifting for legs). As this is usually very exhausting, it is the best for me to wake up and start the week.

On Mondays I change then to some really heaving abs exercises including Burpees (which are really a killer). On Tuesdays I like to focus on my upper body including Shoulders, Chest and Arms.
On Wednesday I usually feel so sore that I am having a Cardio break or playing Tennis for a change, while Thursday I hit the gym again with some obliques and tie work out. Fridays I usually rest and Saturdays are usually Cardio or Yoga days.

Nike Fuel Band App

 Ever wondered if your daily activities were being recorded and you could actually sum up all the calorie count for the day? Look no further ’cause Nike’s all new and trendiest gadget has hit the market! Meet the Nike FuelBand!

Tied on the wrist, this little monster monitors all your daily activities including and not limited to your casual stroll at work, window shopping at your favourite mall, dancing the night away at a hip disco or walking back home on a moonlit night this gadget that actually works like a pedometer will have you on your toes if you haven’t achieved your daily goal of burning calories. The neon color flashes throughout the day and keeps you on track and what a motivation that it actually helps doubling the effort!

Built for precision through three axis accelerometer pedometer to detect motion and speed for counting every step you actually take. This smart devise comes with a wireless Bluetooth connectivity enabling you to connect with your Apple device by installing the free Apple app Nike+FuelBand.

You need not sit and calculate but glance over the wrist band or Nike’s all so-famous FuelBand to see your day’s hard-work paid off or you need to get on the treadmill for another thirty minutes to achieve your daily goal for a fit and healthier YOU.

Written by Sherri, Social Media Manager

The Hottest Workouts in Dubai

             5 of the hottest, current and SO-favorite workouts! We keep you up to date. 

Okay! So we have all heard when the going gets tough, the tough gets going! Oh yes! Tough, toned and fit are the prerequisites for a revolutionized youth of today’s day and age! And how could Dubai be behind when such is the youthful trendiness? Think no further but come along for a bird-eye tour to the top 5 distinguished locations in the workout eminence.

  1. Flywheel:

If you’re into spin classes this is the place to be in Dubai. Integrated with state of the art equipment and instructors to help and push you with the beat of music propelling you to fly the workout through. Flywheel studio keeps you going to burn those extra calories and more by maintaining an account with them tracking down your calories burnt and various other statistics through their website. Not to mention that the staff are some of the nicest and coolest people in town, always willing to motivate and keep you in shape! We at SO love flywheel and specially those competitive friday and saturday morning sessions!

 2. Model Boot Camp:

Designed to get you in the best shape ever, John Gianino’s boot camp at Jumeira Beach Residence and Safa Park gives you a real feel of how a boot camp is like! From running on the beach to lifting sand bags, this boot camp works on stamina building for burning maximum calories in just an hour long workout!

3. Physique 57:

For muscle sculpting Physique 57′s focus is to use your own bodyweight for resistance and interval training. Best for eliminating fatigue and improving muscle flexibility and making the core stronger Physique 57′s classes are very effective but we hear there can be a long waiting list if not booked in advance.

 4.Gold’s Gym:

An international chain of very famous gyms that helped make celebs like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This gym is located in Al Barsha with a stunning view this place is equipped for a variety of group exercises.

 5. Beast Squad:

Boot camps and personalized workouts are offered by Jordan Branford. Workouts are mainly to push you to lift heavy weights and pumping the muscles for a toner and smarter you!

So what are we waiting for? Let us get up and visit the nearest to start unpacking those unwanted extra pounds or to kill the sedentary lifestyle once and for all! Have a great weekend!