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PT Coach Mike picks the apps you need for the Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge.

Nike Train­ing Club

This per­sonal train­ing app pro­vides over 185 free work­outs from strength and en­durance to mo­bil­ity and yoga. If struc­ture is what you’re look­ing for, there are per­son­alised train­ing plans which will keep you fo­cused on ac­com­plish­ing your goals. One im­por­tant ad­van­tage is that you can add your own ac­tiv­i­ties done out­side what the app of­fers. This is per­fect if you’re sign­ing up to any of the Dubai 30x30.

Ap­ple Watch Work Out App

The Ap­ple Watch Work Out app will help you track a wide va­ri­ety of the work­outs: from out­door run­ning and HIIT train­ing to yoga and Pool Swim by us­ing cus­tom mo­tion and heart rate al­go­rithms to ac­cu­rately mea­sure ac­tive and to­tal calo­rie burn. No mat­ter what event you de­cide to join, be it the Color Run or the Dubai Spar­tan Race, you’ll be able to mea­sure your progress. on-the-go.


Track­ing is more than calo­rie count­ing, it’s be­ing aware of and tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for what and when you eat. This app learns about the foods you eat, the recipes you cook and the ex­er­cises that are part of your rou­tine, and prompts you to save the foods and ac­tiv­i­ties you en­ter of­ten. MyFit­nessPal pro­vides in­stant feed­back on your choices to re­mind you about your healthy eat­ing path.

Breathe in

Med­i­cal ex­perts have long main­tained that deep-breath­ing ex­er­cises can pro­vide a wide range of health ben­e­fits from stress re­lief to car­dio­vas­cu­lar im­prove­ments. Breath­ing con­sciously can be a won­der­ful tool to help you re­lax, re­duce stress and anx­i­ety, sleep bet­ter, and live a mind­ful life. Re­mind your­self to take a cou­ple of min­utes per day to re­lax in your own mindspace..

Fit Men Cook

One of the strong be­liev­ers of strik­ing the right nutri­tional bal­ance is the Fit Men Cook app which pro­vides healthy and prac­ti­cal recipes that are on bud­get. The app’s phi­los­o­phy is food should be easy to pre­pare, never bor­ing, and af­ford­able. With over 500 healthy recipes, I love that you have the op­tion to scale up or down a recipe, gen­er­ate your shop­ping list, and keep track of calo­ries.


This app has one goal – to wake up its users up by ex­er­cis­ing. It sounds hor­ri­fy­ing, but it’s ef­fec­tive, espe­cially for be­gin­ners who want to kick start the day en­er­gized. Wake­outs runs a short se­ries of three ex­er­cises that you can do from your bed in your py­ja­mas, in­clud­ing wav­ing your arms in the air, crunches, and punch­ing your pil­low. It’s def­i­nitely a se­cret weapon against day­time sleepi­ness.

Sweat Deck

If you want a new and fun way to get fit, this app is the an­swer. Sweat Deck is a deck of cards ex­er­cise app that will help you mix up your fit­ness rou­tine with an end­less com­bi­na­tion of easy and ef­fec­tive work­outs. It’s sim­ple: a dif­fer­ent work­out is as­signed to each card in the stan­dard deck, and shuf­fled into a ran­dom or­der. Your work­out then de­pends on your luck that day. Burpees or star jumps?

Zom­bie Run

This is an ul­tra im­mer­sive run­ning game and au­dio adventure that you have to try. Ev­ery run be­comes a mis­sion where you’re the hero, with an au­dio drama that puts you at the cen­tre of your very own zom­bie story. While you run to the per­fect mix of heart-pump­ing sounds and songs from your own playlist, you’ll col­lect sup­plies to grow your base back home. It’s sur­vival of the fittest, af­ter all..

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