x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Exercise regimen for Dubai Fitness Championship hopefuls

To qualify as one of the 36 finalists in the Dubai Fitness Championships, athletes must complete these six exercises in the best time:

Exercise 1: Complete 500 metres (men) or 400m (women) on a Nordic skiing machine, which is not unlike a vertical rowing machine. This involves standing and pulling down two weighted cords while bending at the knees.

Exercise 2: Jump down from a box, landing with your feet on either side and lower into a squat before hopping back up. Repeat 20 times.

Exercise 3: Spring from a push-up position into a crouching position, then jump into the air before returning to push-up position, an exercise known as a burpee. This is followed by a jump on to a 23-inch high box, before jumping down to the other side to complete another burpee. Repeat 15 times.

Exercise 4: Walk 40 metres carrying a 46-kilogram dumbbell in each hand (30kg for women).

Exercise 5: Lift two 20kg dumbbells overhead five times (14kg for women).

Exercise 6: Complete 10 10-metre shuttle runs.

Exercises two to six must be completed three times.

* Eugene Harnan