Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4th May 2014: Physique TV programs Shofi Ma Fi and the English version of the program What's up, spotlight this week on Dubai Triathlon
Desert, latest statistics on obesity within UAE and Dubai International Open Water Swimming Championship, in addition to the French couple who set a new world record and entered the Guinness Book of the World Records after taking a dive off the top of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
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• Sheikh Nasser of Bahrain becomes the first-ever champion of the Dubai Desert Triathlon
Many athletes competed in the first ever Dubai Desert Triathlon which took place at Dubai International Endurance City and held under the patronage HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
The Triathlon is divided into 3 sports: Desert trail run, cycling and endurance ride.
The event brought together the triathlon disciplines of cycling and running with the traditional Emirati heritage sport of endurance horse riding.
However, the triathlon featured individual and team categories to complete the 5 km desert trail run, 25 km cycle and the 40 km endurance ride.
The overall men's triathlon was won by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamed Al Khalifa of Bahrain, while second place went to Mikel Calahorra of Spain.
Sheikh Nasser talked to Physique TV about the experience, “preparation wise? I am used to participating in these kinds of contests. I trained a lot with different sports, especially the triathlon disciplines, such as running, cycling and swimming and others. .. Here, the race includes horse riding and since I've been a horse rider my whole life, I think it's really good Idea to combine all these disciplines together.”
Second placer Mikel Calahorra who was also based in Bahrain explained for us that this was his first time to participate in a triathlon with horse riding as one of the disciplines…
• Athletes from 26 countries compete in the Dubai International Aquatic Championships
The Dubai International Aquatic Championships held its inaugural year at the Hamdan Sports Complex in April with competitors from 26 countries participating in the tournament. It consisted of three major events including the 1st Dubai International Open Water Swimming Championships, the 4th Dubai International Swimming Championships and the 2nd Dubai International Water Polo Junior Championships.
Organized by the UAE Swimming Federation, it was established to increase participation in swimming, open water swimming and water polo throughout the UAE. It also aims to provide potential athletes in the UAE the experience to compete in their discipline at an international level of competition.
• French duo succeeds in a reord breaking jump from the top of Burj Khalifa
Two brave men made it to the Guinness Book of World Records when they leapt from the tip of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. French jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took off from a specially made 3-by-1 meter platform and jumped 2,717 feet leaving a trail of red smoke behind them.
The jump, organised by SkyDive Dubai, makes Fugen and Reffet the record holder for highest BASE jump from a building. Although they are not the first to BASE jump from the top of the tower, the platform added an extra 500 feet, enabling them to break the world record.
To prepare for this for the record-setting BASE jump, the veteran base jumpers underwent rigorous training. They spent a week practicing in Switzerland by leaping off Lauterbeunnen Mountain, which is almost the same height as Burj Khalifa.
• A new research revealed that obesity awareness is increasing in the UAE. Awareness about obesity and other lifestyle-related conditions has jumped by 22% from last year.
Additionally, 38% of the respondents said they are aware about the dangers of sedentary lifestyles on their well-being. The annual survey was conducted by Dubai based Lifestyle Yoga with more than 1,500 residents.
The research also revealed that at least one third of the population are turning to fitness activities and group exercise classes such as yoga, pilates and Zumba to de-stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Sumit Manav, Founder of Dubai Lifestyle Yoga said about this survey,” Dubai has a very stressful lifestyle, people are under a lot of pressure because of their office work. So what basically happens is, when you go through so much stress, your body goes through a lot of issues, this is also known as psychosomatic disease which comes from your mind towards your body.
So when you go for a yoga class, normally what happens is it ends up in balanced hormones; yoga is all about balancing hormones in your body because it deals with the glands and the endocrine system.
• The Episode this week brought for us a new segment … Ask Andreia! Two time WBFF World Champion and top personal trainer Andreia Brazier will be answering your questions about fitness and will also give you a peek into her own training routine…
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• Also in our Episode, we didn't forget the celebrity news; People Magazine has announced its “Most Beautiful Person for 2014” This year the recognition went to Oscar award winning Hollywood Actress Lupita Nyong'o. Lupita became famous for her recent movie'12 Years a Slave” and she has won best supporting actress at the Academy Awards. During the 2014 awards season she was often hailed for being one of the most fashionable on the red carpet.
The Mexican-born Kenyan beauty joins a cast of Hollywood A-listers who have headed the list, including Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise and Beyonce. This year she topped others on the list including 'The Americans' star Keri Russell, singer Pink and Johnny Depp's future wife, actress Amber Heard.