Get fit!

Get fit!

City Times hits the gym and gets some exercise tips from the professionals to help you start living a healthier life

By Mohamad Kadry

Published: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 7:09 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:14 AM

It still amazes me how misinformed some people are about basic exercise - and I’m nearly just as troubled about the fear they have of entering a gym.

There are only two things you need in order to lose weight and get stronger: dedication and consistency.

So forget any notion you might have had about those crash diet plans or miracle weight loss pills that promise to melt your fat away - they don’t work and they’re dangerous.

The hard, simple truth that takes many people ages to grasp is that if you’re ever going to notice a positive difference in your body, it’s only going to come via sweat.

Payam Mofarrahi and Silva Stojanovic, fitness enthusiasts from JBR’s Red Dragon Gym, will walk you through a series of exercises each week that promise to strengthen your body and mind.


It seems that everyone is talking about the benifits of green tea these days. Afterall, the Chinese have known about its medicinal benefits since ancient times using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Green tea contains powerful anti-oxidants that, among other things, promotes weight loss. If you’re looking for one simple way to shed those pesky pounds, have a cup every morning and be sure to substitute sugar with honey.


1) Place the bar on the ground at your feet. Add the amount of weight you feel you can reasonably lift. Start out with less weight and slowly add more.

2) Stand behind the weight with your feet shoulder width apart. Your shins should be up against the bar.

3) Squat down bending at the waist and the knees at the same time equally. Grab the bar with either an overgrip or an under/over grip. Your hands should be secure and spaced waist width apart. Look straight ahead. Keep your spine straight and flat. Make sure your back is not rounded and you’re not stooped over.

4) Breathe in and lift by extending your legs and your waist. The bar must remain close to your body while you exhale as you lift. Pause, bend your knees and lower back and return to the starting position.


1) Lie on a mat or surface suitable for doing floor exercises.

2) Keep your knees bent at about a 90-degree angle and your feet on the floor. You can hold the legs straight out, but keeping the knees flexed gives you more stability.

3) Hold the medicine ball above your head and brace the abdominal muscles while lifting your body up and forward, connecting with a partner.

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