Chal­lenge ac­cepted

Get ac­tive with fit­ball dur­ing a month when ev­ery­one’s try­ing new things

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We’re two weeks into the an­nual Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge – 30 days of get­ting ac­tive for 30 min­utes. Through­out the event Sport360° is talk­ing to ath­letes work­ing with Red Bull who are get­ting in­volved in the ini­tia­tive, this week is fit­ball founder Kameron Jaff.

I’m do­ing a bunch of com­pli­men­tary fit­ball classes around the city for the Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge. They’re 30 min­utes long, inkeep­ing with the 30x30 theme, and they ba­si­cally get peo­ple ac­tive and mov­ing us­ing the ball, in­tro­duc­ing them to a new range of ex­er­cises.

A lot of peo­ple turned out for the open­ing week­end which was great and we’re get­ting booked up for the rest of the month. We base each ses­sion on how many peo­ple we have, some have signed up in ad­vance oth­ers have just joined from just walk­ing around so we see how many we’ve got then tai­lor the ses­sion de­pend­ing on that. If the class is packed we can in­clude a foot­ball match, and if we don’t have that many it’ll be just drills with the ball, or some­thing like that. Ev­ery ses­sion we do has a HIIT ele­ment to it so you don’t have to be a good foot­baller to be able to join in with the class.

I went along to the Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge last year and it’s been good to see how much it’s grown. Get­ting peo­ple ac­tive and in shape is never a bad thing but it’s still kind of a new idea, so I think as long as they are able to deal with the growth it’s a great ini­tia­tive.

There are a lot of peo­ple in the city who don’t have the money to pay for a gym mem­ber­ship or classes, so it’s a nice way to try a whole load of new things with­out re­ally hav­ing to pay for them.

At my classes we have had peo­ple in great shape and oth­ers who aren’t in shape, which is great be­cause it shows they’re get­ting in­volved when per­haps they wouldn’t nor­mally.

We’ve seen fit­ball grow in Dubai over the last few months with the help of Red Bull. We were in fact over­booked at one point and had to turn peo­ple away, which we hate do­ing, but now we’re mov­ing the ses­sions out­door so that’s no longer a prob­lem.

Peo­ple can book in via apps like Switch and ClassPass and in Dubai there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion be­cause the fit­ness com­mu­nity is so big here. Any city where you have good weather and a beach often has peo­ple who are in­clined to be in shape.

What’s good about fit­ball classes is that we ap­peal to both peo­ple who want to play the game and who want to get fit as well, so they might not have time to go to the gym and play foot­ball dur­ing the week, and with us they get a bit of both.

Stretch­ing the limit: Fit­ball is a fun work­out com­bin­ing strength and car­dio train­ing with foot­ball.

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