Startup of the Week: Helping people achieve their health goals with the help of science

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Updated 15 December 2020

Startup of the Week: Helping people achieve their health goals with the help of science

Startup of the Week: Helping people achieve their health goals with the help of science
  • Al-Rqaas mentioned that 3days offers an improved version of CrossFit training, with a more personalized approach with specific targets for either losing weight, gaining muscles, or building overall health of their members

The Riyadh-based 3days Personal Training is a leading platform in the field of health and physical fitness.
The gym helps people achieve their health goals, and reach an advanced level of fitness, through the use of the latest equipment and rehabilitation programs, with different strategies to suit each member.
“When thinking of the best methodology as a client, and after doing the research, we discovered that the majority of people were seeking a gym that offered easy, effective, and flexible (plans),” Majed Al-Rqaas, the gym’s CEO, told Arab News.
Al-Rqaas said that 3days is a new concept that offers tailored, carefully designed workout programs that are beyond the concept of a simple gym. He said that every member is trained and supervised in the best way possible to achieve the best results.
“We chose the name 3days to match the theme of the gym’s program, which is working out 3 days a week,” he said.
Al-Rqaas mentioned that 3days offers an improved version of CrossFit training, with a more personalized approach with specific targets for either losing weight, gaining muscles, or building overall health of their members.
“We have carefully selected certified trainers who are specialized athletes in the fields of CrossFit training, gymnastics, and also physical rehabilitation, with a minimum experience of 10 or more years in the fitness business, and with a keen eye on every individual member’s needs regardless of age, gender, and physical capabilities,” Al-Rqaas said.
“Our members receive effective programming, so they are not left wondering what to do, as well as effecting coaching and supervision, so that they know they are working out correctly in a nonjudgmental, encouraging community, to keep them motivated, which typical gyms lack.”
As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has affected everyone in the world, the sports business has been hit hard too, but 3days have taken the necessary measures for their employees and members regarding COVID-19 precaution guidelines.
“All our employees are tested for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our members who are in direct contact with them. All members have their temperatures checked upon each visit and we made sure to limit the number of members per class to maintain social distancing. We regularly sanitize our equipment,” Al-Rqaas said.
He added that running a specialist fitness center is rewarding, yet comes with its unique set of business challenges.
“The challenge we were facing was basically in the initial stages of introducing the new idea to a community that is used to typical gym practices. However, we are pleased to say that we have overcome the obstacles and were successful in gaining not only the trust but also the satisfaction of our members during the process,” he said.
Al-Rqaas plans “to be an active member and influencer in the world of fitness, inspiring people along the way to have more active and healthy lives and increasing the number of active sports members from 13-30 percent as per Vision 2030 goals of Saudi Arabia.”
He added that the team at 3days aspires to be the best in the business across the Middle East and North Africa region, saying his goal was “directing the community toward a healthy lifestyle, and (to) be personally accountable for delivering the best quality service to our clients and empowering them to be the best they can be.”


Six DIY resistance exercises to build muscle at home

Six DIY resistance exercises to build muscle at home
Updated 20 October 2021

Six DIY resistance exercises to build muscle at home

Six DIY resistance exercises to build muscle at home

DUBAI: Nora Hameidani, founder of Dubai’s Barre Effect fitness studio, shows you how to build and maintain strength in or out of the gym. Try these simple yet effective barre moves to help you build lean muscle in the comfort of your own home.

Pushups

Start with hands slightly wider than shoulders, fingers pointing forward. (Shutterstock)

Targets: Arms/chest/shoulders

Start with 10 reps, build up to 3 sets of 10

Start with hands slightly wider than shoulders, fingers pointing forward.  Place knees slightly behind your hips, tuck hips under.  Bend your elbows wide and slightly downwards, hips lower with chest, keeping abdominals engaged, then press arms to straight.  For a challenge, legs can lengthen.

Tricep Dips

Bend and straighten your elbows, lifting and lowering your hips, keeping your elbows pointing backwards and your chest proud. (Shutterstock)

Targets: Triceps/shoulders

Start with 15 reps, build up to 3 sets of 15

While sitting tall with your legs bent in front, place hands under shoulders, with fingers pointing towards your hips.  Bend and straighten your elbows, lifting and lowering your hips, keeping your elbows pointing backwards and your chest proud.

Forearm Plank

Keep your legs straight and a hips distance apart, keep hips in line with shoulders or slightly above shoulder height. (Shutterstock)

Targets: core/arms/shoulders

Holding still for 30 sec, build up to 3 sets of 30 sec

Lying on your front, place your elbows under shoulders, pointing your fingers forward and keeping your forearms parallel.  Keep your legs straight and a hips distance apart, keep hips in line with shoulders or slightly above shoulder height. 

Bicycle Crunches

Start lengthening one leg at a time to the high diagonal, simultaneously rotating your chest, shoulders and arms towards the opposite, bent leg. (Shutterstock)

Targets: abdominals/obliques

Alternating sides for 30 sec, build up to 3 sets of 30 sec

Lying on your back, bring your legs to a tabletop position with your knees bent 90 degrees on top of your hips.  With your hands behind your head, elbows wide, engage your abdominals to lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the floor.  Start lengthening one leg at a time to the high diagonal, simultaneously rotating your chest, shoulders and arms towards the opposite, bent leg.

Wide 2nd Pulses

Pulse hips at knee height, in small, controlled movements for only about an inch. (Shutterstock)

Targets: Inner and outer thighs/glutes

Pulsing for 30 seconds, build up to 3 sets of 30 sec

Place your feet out wide, bending your knees so they stack on top of your heels. Externally rotate your feet so that your knees track through the middle of your foot. Pulse hips at knee height, in small, controlled movements for only about an inch.

Lunges

Keeping front leg still and stable, pulse back knee in small, controlled movements, only about an inch, toward the floor. (Shutterstock)

Targets: Thighs/hamstring/glutes

Pulsing 1 set of 30 seconds on each leg, build up to 3 sets of 30 seconds per leg

With your feet parallel, hips distance apart, bend both knees and step right leg directly back.  Bend both knees to a 90-degree angle, front knee on top of heel, back right knee bending slightly behind the torso. Keeping front leg still and stable, pulse back knee in small, controlled movements, only about an inch, toward the floor.


Reinventing the wheel: What it takes to merge American pizza with Arab cuisine

Reinventing the wheel: What it takes to merge American pizza with Arab cuisine
Chicken kebab and garlic stuffed crusts. Supplied
Updated 18 October 2021

Reinventing the wheel: What it takes to merge American pizza with Arab cuisine

Reinventing the wheel: What it takes to merge American pizza with Arab cuisine

DUBAI: For the occasion of Pizza Hut’s 25th anniversary of its popular Stuffed Crust pizza, the restaurant has introduced two new crust flavors dedicated to Middle Eastern palettes.

But how do you marry the quintessential American dish with Arab cuisine? Regional Innovation & Quality Director for Pizza Hut Middle East Phil Cusack spoke to Arab News to explain more about what it takes to re-invent the wheel — or the crust — in the world of pizzas.

 “Pizza Hut’s innovation over the years has been inspired by both local tastes and favorites as well as globally emerging trends,” Cusack explained.  

“The limited edition Chicken Kebab flavor is a great example of an innovation inspired by a popular local Middle Eastern food, where we have taken a much-loved dish such as the traditional kebab and stuffed our famous Stuffed Crust with it. Our garlic butter Stuffed Crust is a reflection of where we have taken an emerging food trend to inspire us, where we are seeing garlic going through a resurgence,” he added.

Since its creation 25 years ago, Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust remains a customer favorite and has been the inspiration for global menu items, including hot dog stuffed crusts, the twisted cheese crust, cheesy lava stuffed crust and more.

“At Pizza Hut we have an innovation hub where we are always creating and testing new and interesting flavor combinations, we also test these with customers,” shared Cusack. “The Chicken Kebab and Garlic were customer favorites, and as they tapped into local tastes and emerging trends, it was the perfect balance.”

The chicken kebab has all the flavors you would expect from the traditional meat dish, with notes of coriander, cumin and paprika.

“Taste is a key factor that we look at when we build our new flavor choices,” notes Cusack. “Flavors must blend with the core pizza ingredients to ensure our pizzas are well balanced and complement each other. The customer is at the heart of everything we do, and we always want to ensure we are giving our customers the tastiest, most delicious flavors that they have come to expect from a Pizza Hut.”

The popular pizza chain, which opened its first Middle Eastern branch nearly 50 years ago, continuously makes an effort to cater to the tastes of its regional clientele.

“Pizza Hut in the UAE has local favorites that include Chicken Shawarma. Pizza Hut in Oman caters to its high number of Indian expats with such favorites as Veggie Exotica as well as Tandoori Paneer,” explained Cusack, adding “In Turkey, a customer favorite is our Sujuk sausage pizza. These offerings engage and excite consumers and demonstrate that Pizza Hut appreciates and celebrates local flavors.”

 


What We Are Eating Today: Lazy Masoub in Jeddah

What We Are Eating Today: Lazy Masoub in Jeddah
Updated 15 October 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Lazy Masoub in Jeddah

What We Are Eating Today: Lazy Masoub in Jeddah



Lazy Masoub is a newly opened restaurant in Jeddah offering Saudi street food with a contemporary twist.
Inspired by the banana carts found in downtown Jeddah, the eatery’s name refers to a traditional dish made of mashed banana and chopped saj pie, topped with honey or cream and usually eaten as a dessert.
The restaurant’s signature masoub dish is served with a variety of toppings and extra banana, mango, strawberry, avocado, and nuts, and the outlet also offers a range of authentic Saudi recipes with international and Middle Eastern touches including masoub konafa, foul baba, mutabbaq trio pepperoni, and liver tacos.
The food is served in Korean stone and pottery bowls and on plates with dried ice fog adding to the presentation.
The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. and further information is available on Instagram at @lazymasoub.


Where We Are Going Today: Captain Hanson

Where We Are Going Today: Captain Hanson
Updated 02 October 2021

Where We Are Going Today: Captain Hanson

Where We Are Going Today: Captain Hanson

Captain Hanson is a specialist donut shop in Riyadh offering premium handmade artisan donuts. 

They are prepared with a brioche-type dough in small batches throughout the day so that customers get the freshest donut possible.

The store’s name refers to Captain Hanson, who is credited with inventing donuts with a hole in them. Previously, the baked goods were served as a round ball without a hole. 

The store offers more than 30 flavors that vary from classic to extravagant. There are  seasonal and themed offerings too, including Halloween, summer fruit cocktails, and candies.

Captain Hanson’s signature glazed donuts include salted caramel, tiramisu and hibiscus. If you are interested in something dreamy and nostalgic try the cotton candy donut, which is decorated with a pink cloud of cotton candy and garnished with mini marshmallows and a lollipop.

Donut fans can have their name, initials or age featured on donuts as the store offers customization.

The treats are also available in different sizes. For more information visit @capt.hanson on Instagram.


Food trends to spot in 2022: Seasonal offerings, healthy choices and more

As time flies by and we near the end of 2021, those in the food and beverage industry are beginning to anticipate what’s in the pipeline for 2022. (Instagram: @CASSETTE)
As time flies by and we near the end of 2021, those in the food and beverage industry are beginning to anticipate what’s in the pipeline for 2022. (Instagram: @CASSETTE)
Updated 28 September 2021

Food trends to spot in 2022: Seasonal offerings, healthy choices and more

As time flies by and we near the end of 2021, those in the food and beverage industry are beginning to anticipate what’s in the pipeline for 2022. (Instagram: @CASSETTE)

Haider Madani is one of the co-owners and founder of Cassette, a creative hub and café in Dubai’s Al Quoz.

DUBAI: As time flies by and we near the end of 2021, those in the food and beverage industry are beginning to anticipate what’s in the pipeline for 2022. From trends to get on board with and trends to ditch to shifts in produce sourcing, ingredients and people’s dining habits, there are a few key changes bubbling behind the scenes that are set to become the norm when the new year comes.  

At Cassette, we have always aligned our offering with what our customers want, while staying true to our ethos of providing an artistic hub for great food, coffee and vibe. 2022 will be no different, but here are 3 trends you’ll see at our café, the UAE and beyond.

Haider Madani is one of the co-owners and founder of Cassette, a creative hub and café in Dubai’s Al Quoz. (Supplied)

Seasonal is key

As owners and operators of restaurants, cafés and eateries in the UAE, we have a duty of care to support local producers and farmers by using seasonal produce as much as possible. This will become even more important as we head into 2022, with increased efforts being put on organic, sustainably-grown seasonal produce within farms and greenhouses — something we all need to get behind in order for the region’s “farm to table” revolution to take flight.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nutrient-rich menus

Perhaps another ongoing trend is that people have become more balanced in their eating habits and as a result, how they approach dining out. At Cassette, we are often asked about the calorie count in dishes, which we have readily on-hand to share. This allows our diners to make choices that fit with their lifestyle without having to compromise on a tasty and memorable dining experience.

With this in mind, restaurants and cafes need to rethink how they cater to these changes, particularly when it comes to offering diverse menus with plenty of healthy options. The past two years have been about compromise and balance in all aspects of life — with food being no exception to this rule.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bring back favorites

Everyone has a family recipe, passed on from generation to generation and shaped into a core dish loved by all. Restaurants and cafés are no different. All food and beverage outlets – whether it’s a fine dining restaurant or a hole-in-the-wall establishment – have dishes that bring people back time and time again.

While fleeting trends will always have their place in the food world (I’m talking cronuts and croffles), it’s the reliable menu staples that are most important to retain customers and help form a loyal community that will make your restaurant or café their own.

One way to celebrate the creativity of your culinary talent in the kitchen is through a rotation menu of weekly specials. At Cassette, we use our specials to shake things up and see what flavor combinations and ingredients are resonating with people at the moment. For example, a humble yet flavor-packed duck sandwich on a weekly specials menu received so much hype that we left it on the menu for a second week, showing that your customer’s feedback should be a guiding light as you move into 2022.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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