Healthy food

5 Simple ways to improve your nutrition without having to break your head

Mim Kleiberg

There is so much information out there on nutrition today and it can all seem very complicated. You can be totally immersed in all of the ins and outs of nutrition and for most of us, we just don’t have the time to count calories, read labels and follow complicated nutrition guidelines. Here’s my 5 simple ways to make eating healthy easy without any brain labour!

  1. Eat as close to nature as possible

Try to eat the food as close to how it occurs in nature as possible. Foods that occur in nature are generally have the healthiest ratio of nutrients for our bodies. For example, fruit contain sugar however, in nature, are always paired with fiber which slows down the sugar’s absorption into the bloodstream. Cutting out processing and additives that can turn a perfectly healthy food into something unhealthy, means that your body can avail of nature’s nutrient profile design. Simply put, potato rather than potato chips, chicken rather than chicken sausage and apples rather than apple juice.

  1. Eat out less

It’s a very easy way to make sure that you’re not eating anything unhealthy. Remember restaurants and takeaways are in the business of selling food. It’s in their interest in making the food taste amazing so that they sell more. This means that this usually takes priority over the health profile of the food. If you prepare your own food as much as possible, you know exactly what’s in your food.

As a side note, these days there is a trend in restaurants with a focus on healthy food, why not make these your go to for take away and eating out once in a while.

  1. Eat vegetables at every meal

Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and fiber. Nutritional guidelines have recently been reviewed and now, 10 a day, rather than 5 a day have been recommended. Now its easy to incorporate vegetables into lunch and dinner with salads and vegetables being part of many staples but breakfast is always a challenge. My answer is green smoothies. Blending vegetables into your morning smoothie is an easy (and tasty) way of having veges for breakfast. Alternatively, adding veges to your eggs are a more traditional way of getting in the nutrients.

  1. Drink more water

Hydration, hydration, hydration. If you’re properly hydrated then you are able to absorb nutrients from your food much better than if you’re dehydrated. Also, dehydration can send false signals to your brain about your hunger levels.

  1. Eat mindfully

Stop and pay attention to what you’re eating. We always seem to multitask while eating. Eating mindfully, paying attention to your satiation, your chewing and the taste of the food means that the process of eating will maximise the absorption of nutrients.

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi with qualifications in Olympic Weight Lifting, Kettle-bells & Functional Training.

Indoor Cycling, Spinning

Body composition and why weight is a bad indicator of your body’s health

Mim Kleiberg

As a trainer and coach the phrase “I want to lose 5/10/15/20kg/pounds” is something I hear all too often. In this day and age we are obsessed with the number on the scales that we see and what changes we can bring to it.

 

But is weight a good measure of our overall body’s health? Everyone has heard the phrase “muscle weighs more than fat” at some stage of their lives and this is absolutely, why weight is a poor indicator of body health.

 

Most people are familiar with the term “body fat,” usually associating it with obesity, heart disease, cholesterol levels and general unhealthiness. Even though our association with the word “fat” is negative, fat is actually essential to life and bodily function. Fat helps in absorption of vitamins, is the base of our hormones and has many other functions in the body.

Now whilst fat is essential to life, too much fat is detrimental to the body. Fat tissue is the body’s storage facility and stores excess energy for use at a later stage. Fat is used as a fuel source in everyday life and during exercise. Excess fat can cause obesity which comes with a whole slew of health problems including like arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and respiratory problems.

What is a healthy amount of fat?

The amount of fat in your body is referred to by percentage of your body weight. Indicative amounts are specific to gender:

For men:

  • 2 to 5% fat for basic function
  • 6 to 13% fat for athletes
  • 14 to 17% fat for healthy fitness
  • 18 to 24% fat for acceptable wellness
  • 25% or higher is considered obese

For women:

  • 10 to 13% for basic function
  • 14 to 20% for athletes
  • 21 to 24% for fitness
  • 25 to 31% for  acceptable wellness
  • 32% or more is obese

When I train people i aim to decrease their body fat percentage in a number of ways, including changing their nutrition, increasing their cardiovascular exercise quantity and focussing on strength training.

Strength training is a great way to increase your muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass will have a direct effect on your body fat percentage by increasing your body’s requirement of calories (metabolism) to start to use excess fat storage.

 

How do you measure body fat percentage?

 

There are various ways of measuring body fat percentage including calipers, hydrostatic weighing and bio-impedance scales are the popular ways of measuring body fat.

At THE ROOM we use a device that is a bio-impedance scanner to discover your body composition and this device provides a range of data including body-fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density and hydration levels.

If you are a 3 or 12 month member or you have a personal training package with us then you are eligible for a free body composition analysis with one of our trainers and monitoring for the duration of your package or membership.

For further information or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@theroom.ae

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. She is an avid cyclist and triathlon competitor and is currently training for long distance triathlon.

Spinning® = Cycling

Here is a line I have heard so many times over 20 years in indoor cycling, cycling and triathlon.

“Spinning, no that is not for me. I ride real bikes outside! You won’t not see me in the studio.”

And I have spent numerous hours to try explaining and convincing all types of endurance athletes to give Spinning a go and see what can be in it for them.

Today I decided to write a blog about it as I think this might clear up a few things and help some to find their way to THE CYCLING ROOM.

First of all, I think it is important for an endurance athlete to know what is out there in the indoor cycling world. Not all Indoor Cycling classes are Spinning or cycling oriented for that matter.

There are different types of indoor cycling studios and classes and I believe it is important for an endurance athlete to know this while selecting which studio to choose for their indoor cycling training:

  1. Studios like THE CYCLING ROOM, where all classes are using relevant cycling techniques and road simulations. Usually these studios offer different types classes with a variation of training stimuli and intensity levels. These studios are usually using some form of effort related tracking devices (HR and or Power). Classes are a combination of fun, cycling, science and results. What’s more is that at THE CYCLING ROOM each class has different type of training orientation. Some classes are oriented at Cardiovascular base building, called Foundations.  Other classes are more interval and strength related such as the Performance and Tabata classes.  All other classes on the timetable are designed with training science in mind and will have specific training impulses to them.
  2. Some studios opt to include upper body exercise, weights and other non-cycling related exercise to the indoor cycling routine. It is THE CYCLING ROOM’s belief that this is not the most effective way and at times not the safest to achieve full body results. That’s why, at THE ROOM venues, we have a wide variety of other group classes like SHAPE, Yoga and Pilates to create full body balance. Very often while speaking to road cyclists or triathletes, irrelevant or outright dangerous moves are one of the main reasons they do not wish to participate in indoor cycling sessions. (also see studio type 4 below)
  3. Next are studios opting to offer pre-choreographed classes for their Indoor cycling programs. These classes run through a fixed workout set for a period of time (several weeks or months). Although these have proven to be very popular, as THE CYCLING ROOM we have chosen to opt for a wide range of variation in the weekly schedule offering different training stimuli and intensity levels all throughout the week.
  4. Finally, there are unfortunately quite a few studios where you will find a combination of excessive cadence ranges, unnecessary and unsafe movements on the bike. Unfortunately, in my opinion, these studios can really discredit the indoor cycling sport.

Secondly, why do I think any endurance athlete will take pleasure in experiencing classes at THE CYCLING ROOM or THE PERFORMANCE ROOM (BYOB – bring your own bike studio)?

  1. The sessions offer systematic training based on basic principles of physiological adaptation through sound work to rest ratios, sets of repetitions, cadence ranges and progressions over the weeks.
  2. The sessions offer great feedback on efforts and performance levels through data recording of heart rate and/or power, cadence. This in return offers great opportunity to analyze results and offer training plans to athletes.
  3. Fixed gear bikes allow for each second of training to count as there is no coasting and constant power generation.
  4. Fixed gear training in general is a great way to improve cycling technique and economy.
  5. The sessions are a great way to do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at virtually no injury risk as there is very low impact and no risk of falling etc.
  6. Muscle soreness from even the hardest sessions is limited for the experienced athlete, which means that recovery from these sessions will be easier and vastly shorter than sessions that involve impact (such as HIIT running sessions and others). In short, you will have the fatigue but you will not be stiff allowing for effective training again faster.
  7. The studio offers for a stable environment that allows for efforts to be repeatable and can be compared to previous similar rides. This makes it an excellent environment for field and FTP testing (Functional Threshold Power testing in the BYOB studio) to track fitness progress of an athlete.
  8. You can train throughout the entire week, even during very busy work days, as these sessions, contrary to your rides outside you do not need for a minimum of 3-4 hours from door to door. You can walk in the studio and get an effective workout for 45’ to 75 minutes at THE CYCLING ROOM.
  9. Training in a studio obviously does not get impacted by the weather. No matter how hot it gets (or cold and rainy in other regions), your training can go ahead any day. With the upcoming summer in the UAE, no need to mention that this is a great advantage. In cases of extreme heat you can also do longer rides indoors by doubling up classes on at THE CYCLING ROOM.
  10. A great advantage is the group atmosphere and environment to train in. Especially during the harder workouts it is great to have the support from others to go through to the end of the session.
  11. When working out on the road, it is very difficult to find people of the same level as yourself to train with all the time. Hence during outdoor group training, some people feel like training too hard or too easy all the time for their own levels. Surely it is fun and great outside but when an athlete wants to train in specific training intensity zones, the studio certainly offers for a better solution for these workouts when wanting to train together.
  12. Last and not least, in a region like Abu Dhabi and many downtown areas in the world, long hill training is not possible. That is where the studio comes in very handy. You can simulate any type of gradient, duration at any selected intensity. In short, you can prepare for any climb in the world! It personally made me prepare for my first ever climb of the mythical ‘Mont Ventoux’ in France.

 

Maybe these elements have shed some more light on things now and you might think: ‘Great, I am ready to try this out!’.

What would I recommend to you to start with. If you are a weathered cyclist or triathlete I would recommend you join a Performance (Interval) ride to start with or a Foundations ride (Endurance or Aerobic interval session). After a couple of these you should try out the Tabata (HIIT) session and see how much fun it can be and what great workouts are in store for you at THE CYCLING ROOM.

If you are more of a beginning athlete, the Introductory class is great to get the basics right about bike set-up, breathing, hand positions, the techniques, etc. From there your road probably takes you to the Foundations rides and towards Performance sessions.

THE CYCLING ROOM’s Care Team is ready to welcome and guide you to make your Indoor Cycling training both fun and effective.

Finally, a note to nature loving cyclists who just have an aversion to riding indoors, we hear you, it is not easy to come indoors. That is why, as long as the weather allows for it in Abu Dhabi, we have the Saturday afternoon ride on THE TERRACE!

Start Where You Are

Kat Owens

When it comes to trying something new, for many of us our instinct is to retreat. We go to a space of doubt rather than a space of curiosity. This is completely normal. We’re creatures of comfort! The unknown is a vulnerable place and it’s a lot easier to cozy up in our comfort zone. Starting a yoga practice can be especially intimidating. If you google the word ‘yoga’ you’re confronted (for the most part) with young, fit bodies bending in dizzying ways. It looks anything but inviting and calming. But in reality the practice of yoga is so much more than fancy postures; it is a practice of self-care and coming home to yourself. Simply put, yoga means union. Union between the body and the mind through the breath.
And the best part? It meets you where you are. It’s never too late to try. Maybe you’re healing from an injury. Maybe you have a meditation practice and are curious about the deeper philosophical aspects of yoga. Maybe you’re an avid and intense cyclist or runner. Maybe you’re super stressed out and tired most of the day. Regardless of your unique biography, if you can breathe you can begin.
The four-week Introduction to Yoga course at The Room is suitable for all levels and is a great way to start or continue your practice. Incorporating yoga poses, breath-work, meditation, and yoga philosophy, each session will build on the previous one so by the end you will have a solid yoga foundation.
So if you have any curiosity, don’t retreat—chase it and come join!
Date : Starting April 18, Every Tuesday
Time :
Morning Course – 9.30 am (Kat Owens)
Evening Course – 7.30 pm (Sahar Zaky)
Call 02/ 4444 945 or email info@theroom.ae to enroll or know more.

A Week With Dino at THE ROOM

Peter Pastijn

THE ROOM Abu Dhabi organizes weeks with international presenters and teacher trainers of their various fields of expertise under the name ‘A WEEK WITH’. The goal is to bring some of the world’s training experts over to spend a week with the Abu Dhabi community as well as to offer the best educations to the THE ROOM team and teachers of the region.

Next on the list of international presenters is international Spinning® Power Specialist Master Instructors Dino Pedras from Portugal. More about his bio and profile below but first things first, please find the program of his visit here.

You can enjoy his passion, knowledge and great classes at THE CYCLING ROOM® from Tuesday March 7th till Saturday March 11th at Zayed Sports City, international tennis center.

A WEEK WITH DINO’

Program for the week

Tuesday 7th March

5.30pm – 7.30pm (1 or 2 hours)

MI Dino Pedras (Por) and MI Peter Pastijn (Bel) Teaching a 2-HOUR-SPINNING IS FRIENDSHIP ride. Two international presenters with over 20 years of experience in the industry and in Indoor cycling, two great friends, 1 fun engaging ride.

Wednesday 8th March

6.30pm – PORTUGUESE PASSION – A True Performance Ride

Dino is known as one of the most passionate presenters on the world tour and his motivation and energy is truly contagious. This High Intensity Interval ride will be full of Portuguese fire!

Thursday 9th March

8.30am – ‘Running’ a ride by Dino – 75’ mastering the art of the Standing Flat to build leg strength.

Friday 10th March

9am – 3pm 6-Hour-Mid-Season Spinning Marathon – Dino will be part of the Presenter team during our mid-march Spinning marathon edition held right here at THE CYCLING ROOM at Zayed Sports City.

Fees – 150 Duo – 250 Solo

Saturday 11th March

5.30pm Spinning on the Terrace with Dino

A Cyclist’s Journey…

Normal class fees apply

Special Deal for the real Spinning Fan – 5 slots available for the entire WEEK WITH DINO for 395 (value of package over 700 AED)

More info about Dino?

Meet with Dino

See his annual event – one of the most mythical events on the international Spinning® calendar

Dino Pedras is an avid road cyclist and has been a Master instructor for the Spinning Program since 2007 and has been a regular university lecturer on the topics of cardiovascular training, biomechanics and Spinning in Portugal.

He has been active in the fitness industry for over 20 year and has built a chain of fitness clubs in his region in Portugal. His experience as an international Spinning presenter ranges from South America to the US, and now form Europe to the Middle East.

We are very happy he chose his very first visit to the region to be at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi.

Finally, it is Dino’s genuine friendly and passionate nature that makes him one of the most wanted presenters in the world today. His passion for working out and Spinning is simply contagious! You cannot miss training with him this week.

#anextraordinaryroad

Boxfit – Who is it for?

Mim Kleiberg

I love Boxfit. I’m not sure which attribute attracts me more. The empowering feeling of striking a punch at high speed or the satisfying crack of a well-timed kick on a boxing pad. Perhaps it’s the feeling of elation after a high energy session or the feeling of accomplishment after pushing my limits.

I remember the first Boxfit class I ever did. To be honest with you I was apprehensive as I went into the class, not knowing what to expect. The high energy pace, the movement, the encouragement of the instructor and the participants but it had me in one class and I was hooked.

What will you find in a Boxfit class?

Boxing as a sport requires many factors that contribute to health and condition: strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, endurance, power and stamina to name a few attributes. All of these will be covered in your Boxfit class at THE ROOM.Boxing gloves

What does a Boxfit class look like?

After a good warm up you will be taken through boxing technique and then continue into the body of the workout where you will work on your skills and fitness. Expect a few bouts of HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) to get you sweating and strong. The class ends with a cool down and full body mobility section.

Instructors at THE ROOM have been trained by international coaches and are knowledgeable about form and technique. Be assured that you will be well looked after!

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. She is an avid cyclist and triathlon competitor and is currently training for long distance triathlon.

Aim for the stars – A Spinning® Journey ride at THE CYCLING ROOM Abu Dhabi

MI Peter Pastijn

 

We all have dreams when we are kids. Some we let go because those were young kids’ dreams that did not mean much, others we think we will take on one day but that day has not come yet, and finally those dreams we find very important to pursue as they are part of who we really are or want to be!

Dreams are great, but of course there is also daily life that happens and grabs hold of your days at times. Especially during our adult life there are so many things we do, have to do, daily tasks, etc.

A question that arises in most of us from time to time is?

‘How much time do I really have and spend on these dreams that meant all to me when I was a kid?’

Very often the answer to that question is a very confronting one: ‘Almost no time or none at all. I have other things to do and priorities to attend to.’ Surely, we all are busy and have plenty on our plate once adult life sets in. Work / Life Balance is a really tricky one for all of us.

This Spinning Journey ride will take you back on a visualization of the dreams that mattered when you were a kid. What were you going to do? Who were you going to be? What would you achieve? Once you have refreshed your memory and reinvigorated the dream, you will take the beautiful Journey of seeing the things you simply must pursue to fulfil your childhood dream…

It never stops surprizing to see that a short visualization ride like this one can trigger small changes to your daily routine today and make an increasing difference in your road tomorrow and every day that follows!

In conclusion: Relight the fire of your dreams and aim for the sky

Note: Spinning® Journey rides at THE CYCLING ROOM are a real body, mind and soul experience on the Spinner bike, unique in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Not only will you enter a state of inner relaxation and peaceful introspection, you will in the meantime go through a great cycling training session. By some riders it is called the closest thing to yoga on a bicycle and by others a ‘true cycling meditation’. Either way it is a great combination of cycling training and personal development.

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL VIBE AT THE ROOM ABU DHABI

Peter Pastijn

CLUB NIGHT SEASON KICK OFF THIS THURSDAY 5PM

Club Night at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi is a unique vibe in Abu Dhabi for people who want to train quite hard in an atmosphere that feels like a party. This weekend your trainers, Milos and Peter have decided to use the incredible energy of the Ultra Music Festival straight form Downtown Miami to the Terrace of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi and THE CYCLING ROOM.

For a little teaser of the atmosphere your Care Team is ready to bring:

We’ll kick off the weekend as of 5 pm on THE TERRACE where you can get ready for your #trainingparty or your #partyonbike. We’ll kick off with some chill house music and refreshments. 30 minutes later the party really starts!

SHAPE CLUBNIGHT on the TERRACE – 5.30pm – Milos

SPINNING CLUBNIGHT in THE CYCLING ROOM – 6pm – Peter

Start smiling as soon as you leave work on Thursday and drive to THE ROOM for your amazing #trainingparty! If you have friends that might just want to soak up the vibe and hang out on THE TERRACE or in THE LIVE-IN ROOM, we ll make sure they will receive a warm welcome while they wait for you to join them for the rest of the night.

Your music mix will be lined up by resident DJ and MI for the Spinning® Program Peter.

Hope you now know how to start your weekend!

See you Thursday…

Design Your Fitness & Lifestyle Future At THE ROOM

Peter Pastijn, Power Specialist Master Instructor

At the change of year many of us have a moment of self-reflection. And it is up to you to decide to take actions or to let these ‘Moments’ pass.

THE ROOM encourages you to DESIGN THE FUTURE you deserve now!

End of year often makes you ask questions such as:

  • What went well last year?
  • What should or could I do better?
  • What do I really want to change in the next year?
  • How can I achieve these things?

You probably want one of the following changes when we speak about fitness and lifestyle:

  • I want to feel better, fitter, healthier
  • I want to look better, get back in shape like when I was younger
  • I recently got a health wake-up call and really want to do something about that
  • I want to set myself a ‘race/performance’ goal and this is the year for it

THE ROOM and its Care Team members are excited to share 20+ years of experience in Fitness and Lifestyle with you and has tailored different ways to train together based on how self-motivated and committed you are about your fitness and lifestyle goals.

Which of the below three statements applies most to you:

  1. ‘When I set myself a goal (fitness and lifestyle), I am fully committed and self-motivated. I don’t need much external help, just a great environment and quality classes.’
  2. ‘When I set myself a goal, I am quite ok at keeping myself motivated but could use a training buddie or coach to keep me motivated and on track.’
  3. Whenever I set myself a goal in the past, I often did not make it as fitness has never been my thing. Somewhere along the road I lost motivation and/or focus. I really need a personalized touch to my training to keep me committed.’

Now that you have given yourself this honest answer to these statements it is very easy to see how you could get the best out of your training at THE ROOM.

 

Here are your choices:

  1. You are self-motivated (but you do want to set yourself a goal or challenge):

Join us for the 6+1 month or annual unlimited group class membership and join the #100DayCommitment!

What else is included in these memberships?

  1. A brief consultation (with a selected or designated trainer) upon registration about how to use the timetable and various classes to best match your goals and needs. (same after 2-4-6 months)
  2. Body Composition measurements at these same intervals mentioned above.
  3. #100DayCommitment chart and follow up.

 

  1. You are intermediately self-motivated:

Join the unique NEW YOU program.

1 personal training session per week and a plan made by your trainer to join group classes for the remainder of the week! During the program you will receive body composition testing as well as receive a heart rate tracking monitor to gauge your training intensities!

 

  1. I need help or be part of a team to stay motivated:


iCHANGE is for you! Starting next on January 15th. A great 28 Day Kickstart fitness and lifestyle program unique in its kind.

  • 5 training sessions a week made up of a great combination of cardio, strength and conditioning, mobility and relaxatipon sessions.
  • The fun and engaging #28DayChallenge and the challenge tracker
  • fitness assessments
  • body composition and measurements
  • great nutritional advice
  • a team whatsapp group to encourage each other.

A truly great program for you if you have never had a healthy fitness and lifestyle habit or if you lost it for a while as life got really busy! Physically and mentally challenging surely for all levels, but the personal touch in a relatively small group environment makes it a program with a high sustainability and success rate.

 

As you can see, we are ready and excited to take you on #anextraordinaryroad of fitness and lifestyle in 2017!

#100DayCommitment to start your year

What is the #100DayCommitment at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi?

Upon joining the club for our 6 (+1) or 12 month group classes membership you are guaranteed improvements in your fitness levels.

However, most of us have unhealthy lifestyle habits and we are well aware of them. Just doing physical training without changing these unhealthy habits will not fully give you to the desired results.

That is why your written commitment will state what you will change and maintain for the coming 100 days and hopefully after!

For some reason we do not seem to find the motivation or strength to take make the necessary changes.

What is it you will commit to changing now :

  • Finally give up smoking
  • No more soda or excess caffeine
  • Done with fast food
  • Bye Bye sweets
  • More quality sleep

It never seems the right time for it or really necessary but you know that is not true.

Social commitment and engagement makes it much easier to stick to your goals.

Join now and start your #100DayCommitment!

Talk to your Care Team to know more and get started.