Fit Woman UAE / Marina Mums Boot Camp

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Olivia Johnson, Fit Woman UAE, can often be seen jogging with mountain buggy (with baby), or exercise equipment in tow in the Marina

I started my fitness journey in 2015. I had ZERO exercise for the past 5 years (other than the desperate bursts of workouts to shed the baby weight) I never actually embraced fitness as a lifestyle.

I owe my initial burst of motivation to Olivia Johnson, founder of Fit Woman UAE

I saw her posts on the Dubai Marina Mum Group wall and loved how she got the ladies together for a run around the expanse of the Marina followed by a boot camp!

I was intrigued and interested to give it a try!

The Fit Woman group meets thrice a week by the Marina Mall – a quick warm-up run towards the Yacht Club and beyond, after which the real workout starts!

 

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You feel motivated and go the extra mile when you have a bunch of mums running with you

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Mums from the neighbourhood rushing to the meeting point straight after drop off – all of them with the common goal of improving themselves- embracing a healthier lifestyle together as a group!

The whole atmosphere was encouraging and motivating. Starting the routine around the fall of 2014, just when the weather began cooling down, working out outdoors, away from the four walls of a gym, with amazing views of the Marina…made it all worthwhile .

Word spread and the cafes we would run past week after week, would invite us for a post run juice or coffee – an invitation we lapped up whenever we could!

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Yay! We just finsihed a 3 km run!

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Olivia’s Charlie’s Angels

We enjoyed the weekly sessions so much that I signed up with Olivia for PT. We started out with a BMI and a chat about what my targets were, we had weekly measures and weigh ins, along with me keeping a food diary! Our sessions were super, one on one, intense and, most of all, outdoors – with the beautiful background of the Marina.

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Rainbow coloured running shoes

 

IMG_3359My kids  loved joining in whenever they could and would watch Olivia and myself sweat it out! Olivia used this as a motivating tool “Show your girls what hard work looks like, Dee!” encouraging me to complete a rep or two!

FITWOMAN offers Personal Training/Boot camp/Marathon Training, all within the Marina. Olivia meets once a week in Palm Jumeirah for Mummy and Baby fitness sessions with Mountain Buggy. For further details for Mum and Baby Fitness, please click here for Mum and Baby Fitness

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You can follow the very active FB Group FitWoman FB for further details! Thanks Olivia! Another fab Marina Mum – lucky to have you in the community!

 

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Result Fitness

Result Fitness is a personal training company started by Marina Mum, Aleksandra Nastic and her husband, a lovely couple from Serbia based right here in the Marina. Their passion for fitness enabled them to start this first of its kind exclusive PT (Personal Training) company, where highly trained personal trainers come to your location – wherever it might be, your home, office, the beach, the park, etc. They come fully equipped, with a personal workout plan specially designed for you.

I was invited to try out a session one early Friday morning by JBR Beach and it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

 

We started with warming up, and the coaches came with their own mats, body rolls and resistance bands. The 60 minute workout, in the open sea breeze was a perfect start for a fit weekend.

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That’s me and Aleksandra, the founder with trainers, Milos and Stank, enjoying an adrenaline-induced post-workout selfie!

The team of coaches are Serbian, Milos and Jenko and their female trainer, Maya. All of them were friendly, professional, and they knew how to keep you motivated – just when you start giving up!

Result Fitness opened up the offer to the rest of the Dubai Marina Mums and gave out a set of 15 free personal training sessions – for the mums to try and review.

After my initial post about this on the Dubai Marina Mums group, I received great feedback – and I know of many mums who signed up for their sessions after the trial.

They are currently offering all DMM a 20% discount if you sign up for a 12 or 24 session pack, including a customised nutritional plan.

Call up Milos – 050 1741790 or look them up on Result Fitness

 

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Get pampered at the new Amaya Spa

One of the best things about running Dubai Marina Mums is all the invites I get from local businesses to review their services.

I’m not complaining! However, I do make it clear, that I am NOT obliged to review and/or post on our site. I will only review and share the services with the community if  (1.) I absolute LOVE and see something NEW it could offer the mums in the community, or (2.) they are willing to give a massive giveaway to the members of my group!

 

Amaya Spa contacted me to try out their services at the new location by Dream Towers in the Marina (the building where the BIG Al Maya is). Great location because of ample parking and and supermarket next door, so can kill two birds with one trip.

I tried waxing, with a lovely Indian lady called ‘Mumtaz’. She was great. She has been working with the owners for the past 12 years and seemed really professional and patient with a nervous, squeemish client!

She helped me breathe with every strip and actually reminded me of a maternal midwife guiding you though a natural birth! (I do get a bit dramatic during a wax!)

I then tried the mani and pedi – loved the OCD tendancy of the therapist, Maria. Now, nails for me is a big thing! As a compulisve nail biter for 30 years, I have only JUST got into being able to get a manicure with perfctly long nails (how i got rid of the habit, i will reveal in another blog!).

The therapist sings along to the music, indulges in a bit of banter, and they all looked happy and content, definitely the formula to make a place successful!

Amaya Spa invited 10 Dubai Marina Mums to try their Mani and Pedi and yes, 10 mums did go and loved a little me time before the school run. They have opened the offer of 20% for the whole month of Ramadan if you quote Dubai Marina Mums during your booking for an appointment.

W: http://www.facebook.com/amayasalonandspa/

 

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I will never say No! to ‘The Maine’

The Maine, Double Tree By Hilton, JBR

Perfect for Friday Lunch/Lunch with friends/Date night/ Catching up with a group/ enjoying a sunset view/added advantage if you enjoy freshly shucked oysters and grape juice. The vibe is amazing – casual chic – I have been here in stilettos and in slippers , unpretentious, original and proud to have this as my ‘Local’

Tucked away in a hotel loading dock, on the edge of Dubai’s sprawling coastline, The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a seaside brasserie devoid of any pretension or gimmickry.

FullSizeRenderIf you check with Reservations the number of times I have booked a table in the past 6 months, I would pop up the most! Absolutely love this place for all of the reasons listed above plus the people. The manager – Octave – is amazing – the owner Joey Ghazal can be seen serving the main course and ending up chatting with the table – the bartender’s make the best cocktails and my favourite waiter – Tony, knows our favourites!

Dont forget to take your customary picture by their infamous garage parking entrance. Their Instagram is buzzing with inspiration for photo ops!

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This sign is synonymous with the end of a great night!

DMM Tip – This place is not to close yet too far to walk in heels??

Book an myeztaxi, those gold carts buzzing around the Walk? Yeah! You can actually book the golf carts you see buzzing around the walk – they pick you1b-1 up from your building within the JBR or public parking to any venue within the Beach /JBR The Walk!

Your feet can thank me later!

A: Ground Floor, The DoubleTree by Hilton JBR

T: +971.4.457.6719

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