The Secret Behind Dubai's Hottest Bodies

Abs of wonder. Legs like steel. A bounce-free bottom. As summer sets in, discover the secrets behind some of Dubai’s best bodies
Saturday , 11 August 2012
Anita Joubert
Anita Joubert
Nadine du Toit
Nadine du Toit
Belinda Bosch Farah
Belinda Bosch Farah
Laura Weston-Jabali
Laura Weston-Jabali

The one with the... HOT LEGS
Name: Anita Joubert
Age: 32
Occupation: Flight attendant

What is your current exercise routine?
I weight train six days a week, with 30 minutes of cardio three days a week. I tend to focus on one body part a day, but I always do one leg exercise at every session as my legs are the weaker part of my body, and I need to work them harder. I also do a full leg programme twice weekly. On the weekends I like to get outdoors, so I go rollerblading for an hour in the sun which helps me to tone up, and to get my sunshine vitamin D. I love to exercise and staying fit is part of my lifestyle. I’ve always done the weight training, but I did cut back on the cardio as I tend to lose weight and muscle very easily.

How happy are you with your body?
Extremely happy; there’s nothing I’d change and I feel very comfortable with the way I look. It’s an amazing feeling when I can wear a bikini and the clothes I want. I always feel energetic, full of life, thankful and blessed to be a healthy woman! Yes, there is pressure on women to look after their bodies, but there’s no pressure when you do something you enjoy.

What keeps you motivated?
I am lucky to have a husband who is also very involved in fitness himself. We keep each other motivated at all times working out regularly together. I also have an amazing group of close friends and we all have a love of fitness and wellbeing and staying fit both in body, mind, and spirit. We try to train together whenever we can, as it gives us girls a chance to catch up with each other while having fun at the same time. We’re all very competitive by nature, which makes our workouts more of a challenge as well!

How easy do you find it to maintain your body shape?
I have been doing sports since the age of five, and therefore keeping fit comes naturally to me. I was blessed with good genes to begin with, but still I have to work at it to maintain the body type I want. As I’m getting older, my body is changing and I have to work harder at maintaining what I once had through better nutrition and constantly varying my workouts as my body plateaus more often.

Are you a healthy eater too?
I eat very healthily, but I don’t deprive myself of anything; if I feel like a cake I’ll have it. My weakness is chocolate, so if I crave it I won’t deprive myself – and by doing this I never binge. I don’t eat any fried or junk food, but now and then I’ll have a pizza, but only with thin, wholewheat crust. I always eat a healthy breakfast of oatmeal with cinnamon and honey, a banana, and coffee with no sugar, which fires up my metabolism. I also eat five small meals throughout the day.

Which body part are you the most proud of?
I would have to say my legs. I’ve always had good legs, but I can see them transformed into a much better, stronger form as I’ve done more lower body workouts with resistance training which consist of power lunges, squats, sprints, uphill runs and rollerblading.

Give us your best exercise tip...
Actually, I can give you four tips which any one can do without weights or at a gym. 1. Running up the stairs in your building. 2. Fast sprints of 20 to 30 second intervals at the park. 3. Rollerblading. 4.Skipping. Any of these, or all of them, will help you achieve strong, sexy, feminine legs, while melting away fat at the same time. Also, make realistic short term goals and have an end goal. After every month, reward yourself with something like a new bikini, a dress, or that photo shoot you always wanted.

The one with the... HOT BOTTOM
Name:
Nadine du Toit
Age: 33
Occupation: Owner of GloryGirl Fitness

What is your current exercise routine?
I mix it up with three times a week of high intensity body weight training for an hour, weight training mixed with metabolic training for 45 minutes three times a week and six times a week I do cardio for 30-50 minutes. I’ve been doing this routine for the past three years, ever since I started competing in fitness modelling pageants in the USA and South Africa as it really sculpts the body into its natural athletic form.

Do you like exercise?
While I’m doing exercise, yes, as my body is in a place where I love pushing myself. But when I’m not training, I actually never feel like working out! The trick for me is just to put my trainers on and get to an environment where I can start moving.

How happy are you with your body?
Very happy! It never used to be this way and there are still places where I feel I need to improve, but I choose to focus on my health and the functionality of this amazing machine that I live in. I’ve made peace with my genetics and the fact that I’ll never look like a fashion model or an Olympic athlete, but I know that I’m living my best life.

How much pressure do you feel to look after your body and to exercise?There is definitely a healthy pressure when it comes to being a role model for women; as I run a company that focuses on women’s wellbeing, I need to walk the talk.

How do you stay motivated?
I have a coach who mentors me and keeps me accountable, schedule regular dates for training with my friends, and set myself goals like photo shoots or fitness competitions.

How easy is it to maintain your body shape?
It’s really hard for me. I’ve done a detailed DNA test and one of the outcomes was that I have some of the ‘worst’ obesity genes there are! I have to watch what I eat and train at least five days a week for me to be in the shape that I’m in. There is no excuse for women to be unfit. If I can do it with my ‘poor’ genetic potential, anybody can!

What body part are you most proud of?
My bum. Just six years ago I was 20kg heavier, and you can imagine where most of the fat gathered – yes, around the bum and hips. I started to do sprints, plyometric exercises and functional metabolic type workouts. A big part of my ‘booty’ transformation was adjusting my nutrition, as I believe a balanced nutrition plan combined with exercise is the not-so-secret-secret to getting a lean, athletic body. Now I don’t think twice when I put on my favorite skinny jeans. I’m really proud of how I’ve shaped my derriere!

How difficult has it been to achieve?
Six years ago, my mind-set was “I’m just an average girl and I’ll never have my dream body/dream life”. That was the hardest part for me to change, my self-belief. It was a slow process, but I chose to love who I am. I’m now an accredited life coach, personal trainer, nutrition coach, fitness model and I help women to overcome the exact same challenges that I used to have and still face.

Give us your best exercise tip...
Women need to do weight training. By increasing the amount of muscle fibres you have (think of that lean sculpted look) the higher your metabolism will be, and the more calories you will burn even while you sleep!

The one with the...
HOT ARMS
Name:
Belinda Bosch Farah
Age: 46
Occupation: Life coach and student personal trainer

What is your current exercise routine?
I do three days of weight training for an hour and a half working my chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves, and then two days of swimming for around two and a half hours a time, which tones up my abs, biceps and back.

Have you always exercised?
No, I haven’t always done these type of exercises! I used to power walk twice a week and run after my four kids, but that was really the only exercise I got. But after I had a breast cancer health scare at the age of 43, I have become much more conscious and appreciative of my health. I made a decision to change my lifestyle and to live life to the fullest. I never thought I would say this, but I’m ‘hooked’ on exercise now. After seeing the results and feeling positive energy after every workout I do, I can now feel a real difference on the days I do and don’t work out.

How happy are you with your body?
I feel really happy with my body at the age of (nearly) 47! In June 2011, I decided to ‘celebrate’ my fitness accomplishments by entering into a Fitness Competition in Miami and Boston where I’ve placed in the first top 10 in Master’s division. I’ve realised that it’s never too late to change how you look.

What’s your motivation?
My greatest motivation is working out with a friend or in a group and to be accountable in some way. To keep things interesting, I swap my routines once a month and keep a log of my daily workouts and diet.

How easy is it to maintain your body shape?
Back in the day, I used to be a naturally toned person who could eat anything, but after having four kids I had to be more cautious of my eating habits and couldn’t take my body for granted. Thankfully I still have a fairly high metabolism, but the fact is, as you get older, you lose elasticity. I find that by working out with weights, I manage to stay pretty firm.

What body part are you most proud of?
My upper arms. Most mature woman struggle with flabby arms! Having a firm upper body not only makes you look healthier and younger, but it also gives you the confidence to wear anything from sleeveless top/dresses to that stunning low back evening dress.

Give me one tip for our readers to achieve this body part for themselves...The great news about achieving those firm arms is, you DON’T need a gym! Yes…no more excuses! All you need is a pair of lightweight dumbbells and/or a gym elastic band, and you can do every arm exercise there is at your own leisure. I often do my triceps extensions or dumbbell curls while I’m watching television. I hardly even notice that I’m using them and it doesn’t eat into my time. Instead, I tone up on my terms.

The one with the...
HOT ABS
Name:
Laura Weston-Jabali
Age: 36
Occupation: Yoga & Pilates Instructor

What is your current exercise routine?
Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Bellydance and most recently, Yin Yoga. I do a mix of everything. Everyday I move and demonstrate a lot while I’m teaching. I also practice on my own for anything between one and four hours per day. Exercise has always been a big part of my life - I started ballet at age nine and have been moving and flowing ever since. 

How happy are you with your body?
I’m happy because I value my inside, and that shines outwardly. I’m always striving for balance; balancing my external body with strength and flexibility as well as my internal organs, emotions and feelings. I don’t feel a pressure to exercise, rather, I like to challenge myself with different types of fitness. Maintaining my body shape is not always easy but I try not to dwell on it and instead use how my clothes feel as a marker for whether I should be upping my routine or not.

Do you combine the exercise you do with healthy eating?
I eat several light meals a day and try to have lunch as my main meal. I try to get enough protein (via nuts, combining and fish) with vegetables more than anything else.  I also love dark chocolate! And homemade baked goodies when offered – a little something sweet is always a pleasure.

How do you stay motivated?
I love all my class teachers, which helps a lot! Also, having good, uplifting music playing in the background can spur you on, and fun is a big player too!

What body part are you most proud of?
My abs. I’ve been working extra hard on these for the past year. The best moves I find are within the Pilates Abdominal Series working in neutral spine and pelvis. Also, having a positive approach and thoughts towards your body. Work on drawing everything into the centre of your being; stabilise and strengthen… With this connection of mind, body and spirit all things are possible.

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