Why you should try this free boot camp at Kite Beach

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I be­lieve that it’s never too early or too late for any­one to make a start on a health­ier and hap­pier life­style.” Ab­dul­Rah­man

IF YOU ARE a Kite Beach reg­u­lar then you must have heard Ab­dul­Rah­man’s loud voice in­struct­ing his stu­dents dur­ing his boot camp ses­sions ev­ery Satur­day evening at the Beach front. Those who at­tend these classes are used to be­ing stared at and filmed by the peo­ple who are pass­ing by, pos­si­bly won­der­ing what is go­ing on. In fact, 28-year-old Ab­dul­Rah­man of­ten asks run­ners at the beach to join his class im­promptu and many end up be­com­ing reg­u­lars.

His class boasts of staunch loyal fol­low­ers who only miss this class when they are out of the coun­try. For those fit­ness fa­nat­ics, Satur­day nights are not about partying or go­ing out, they are bout get­ting sweaty.

Ab­dul’s loud voice is one of the big mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors. We won­der if it comes from hav­ing a ca­reer in the po­lice. “I have worked for the Dubai Po­lice Force for 8 years, I am based in Dubai. Like most Emi­ratis I have a large fam­ily, be­ing one of ten chil­dren. My fam­ily means the world to me, there is never a quiet mo­ment at my fam­ily home. Aside from my fam­ily and work, I en­joy trav­el­ling, ex­treme sports, meet­ing new peo­ple and sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity,” said Ab­dul while talk­ing to City Times.

He trains his stu­dents to do high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing ex­er­cises like planks, burpees, sprint­ing, push-ups, squats, moun­tain climb­ing and much more. He fa­mously calls his stu­dents ‘ma­chines’ and terms all the ex­er­cises as a ‘piece of cake.’

So what in­spired him to get into fit­ness? “My father was my in­spi­ra­tion, he used to train twice a day. As a child I just wanted to be like him, there is no real sur­prise that even­tu­ally I found my­self in fit­ness. I find it cap­ti­vat­ing, chal­leng­ing and en­joy­able.”

After los­ing his father to cancer last year, Ab­dul started this free boot camp to help oth­ers be­come fit.

“In Septem­ber last year, I sadly lost my in­spi­ra­tion when my father ended his bat­tle with cancer. I spent time re-eval­u­at­ing my life and de­cided that I wanted to do some­thing to help oth­ers. I knew my pas­sion was fit­ness and with my Per­sonal Train­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence I could share my knowl­edge and en­ergy to mo­ti­vate peo­ple into liv­ing a health­ier life­style.”

They say that if you have talent and are hard­work­ing then noth­ing can stop you from be­com­ing suc­cess­ful. Cred­i­ble peo­ple let their work speak rather than mak­ing too much of hoo-hah about it. In to­day’s day and age and the com­pet­i­tive world that we are liv­ing in, it is very im­por­tant to mar­ket your­self and In­sta­gram mar­ket­ing has be­come an es­sen­tial. But Ab­dul’s suc­cess proves that if you are gen­uinely tal­ented then fol­low­ers will chase you.

He told us the story of how his boot camp classes be­came pop­u­lar so quickly. “I chose to host the boot camp at the beach be­cause of the wide open space it of­fered, its ac­ces­si­bil­ity for all and the cool vibe from the sun, sand and crash­ing waves. I thought that would be the best at­mos­phere to in­spire peo­ple. It also means that passers-by who were us­ing the run­ning track could spot us or even peo­ple liv­ing in the area can join. Be­cause there is no for­mal re­quire­ment to sign up and reg­is­ter, all you have to do is show up as and when you can,” said Ab­dul.

He also fol­lows some of his stu­dents on In­sta­gram and keeps a check on what they are eat­ing. So, don’t be sur­prised if you see an an­gry emoji on your In­sta­gram mes­sage folder when you post a pic­ture of a cup­cake or a choco­late. “My ultimate dream is to pass the same pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion I have for health and ex­er­cise to ev­ery­one around me, I be­lieve that it’s never too early or too late for any­one to make a start on a health­ier and hap­pier life­style. All it takes is to com­mit a few hours a week for a short pe­riod of time be­fore it be­comes a habit and an ad­dic­tion to feel­ing and look­ing bet­ter and cre­ate events in fu­ture.”

If Ab­dul’s boot camp is too much for you to han­dle, you can al­ways go for his col­league Miguel’s be­gin­ners’ class which takes place right next to Ab­dul’s classes.

Kite Killers meet ev­ery Satur­day, 7pm, at Jun­gle Juice, Kite Beach

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