Tips from CLYMB Abu Dhabi on staying flexible and fit

Stay active even if you're indoors

Tips from CLYMB Abu Dhabi on staying flexible and fit

We can't wait to see Abu Dhabi's big attractions opening up once more.

The likes of Ferrari World ABu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld make Yas Island an incredible destination for thrillseekers.

There's another brilliant place to visit on Yas, however, and that's CLYMB Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking indoor climbing and skydiving centre.

If you're missing your climbing fix, the instructors have shared some key tips on how to stay physically fit indoors.

The warm-up

Warming up before any form of exercise is key. Spending anywhere between three to five minutes easing into a routine can help dial up the efficiency of your workout in addition to stretching your muscles to prevent any injuries.

Tailor to the range of motion you need for your upcoming workout. For example, if you are about to train your upper body, focus on priming your core, arms, and shoulders.

Get your heart rate up

Indoor climbing is a great cardio workout – but High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a fantastic way to get a big burn in the shortest amount of time.

There are many variations to indoor HIIT workouts that can help you build or maintain your endurance – a key focus for indoor skydivers. Try climbing stairs, doing squat jumps, burpees or jumping jacks.

The trick is to alternate between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity, or even complete rest.

If you’re new to this style of workout, try Tabata training. Tabata is a HIIT workout protocol that calls for 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times for a total of four minutes.

Plank your way to a solid core

A strong core remains one of the most important aspects to progressing as a climber. Moving efficiently, body tension, toeing-in on overhangs - it's all about the core and planking is the perfect way to work on it. Apart from activating your core, planks can also be modified in order to suit body needs and abilities.

Give yoga a try

For flexibility, strength and balance, yoga is hard to beat. You can practice yoga and build that flexibility to allow you great motion range. That way, when you take up indoor flying again feeling as light as a feather will take on a whole new meaning.

Turn your word upside down

When it comes to indoor skydiving, learning to control your body in the air flow is pivotal, so it's time to master handstands. They stabilise your muscles, inducing body tension to keep from falling over. They also help create super-strong core.

More tips for sky-high success

1. Rest is key: Try to get a good night’s sleep so you can smash your workouts

2. Hydrate: Water, water, water! It is essential to stay hydrated. You can even spruce up your water with a few lemon slices, strawberries, or cucumbers for a twist.

3. Listen to your body: If you have not worked out in some time, allow yourself time to adapt to exercise. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

You should only attempt these exercises based on your personal skillsets and physical abilities. If at any point during your workout you begin to feel discomfort, pain, or nausea, stop exercising and seek medical attention if needed.

For more information on CLYMB Abu Dhabi, please visit: www.clymbabudhabi.com.

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