The Cinnamon Fiend Goodies Are Now On Sale!

For those that don’t know I am now selling my healthy snacks, desserts and goodies! 🙂

All products are wheat, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and packed with superfoods. You can order by direct messaging me on one of my social media channels, email or telephone (link here) or you can now place orders in Le Studio gym Bohernanaeve, Thurles, every Tuesday/Thursday for delivery at your following week’s class.

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A full list of products available along with prices will be available here soon but for now you can find all the details over on my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/TheCinnamonFiend/ 

Cakes, squares, slices, energy balls, cookies – you name it, I’ve got it! 😉

Queens Beauty Lounge “Chocoluscious Valentine’s”

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Last evening, I had the pleasure of being invited to experience some of the February “Chocoluscious Valentine’s” offers at the newly opened Marina branch of Queens Beauty Lounge. Their new branch is easy to reach, just a five minute walk from Marina metro, tucked away in the Marinascape building next to Marina Walk.

The salon had a subtly busy buzz about it – from hair to nails to make-up various staff were busy attending to relaxed-looking clients. Arriving for my appointment tired and straight from work, the Belle Lucce Chocolate Body Mask, which I was treated to, was exactly what the doctor ordered. (Usually this treatment is priced at 250AED but is currently on special offer at only 125AED!)

My therapist escorted me to a room at the back of the salon where I was thoroughly scrubbed front and back, from neck to toe, with an exfoliator and hot cloths. Now like a snake having shed it’s old skin, my baby-soft self was lathered in a chocolate body mask and cocooned in cling film and towels to bake for 20 minute – during which time I drifted into a peaceful sleep thanks to the dim lighting, relaxing background music and eye mask!

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Picture courtesy of Le Parisien Nail Bar, Valencia

Awoken from my slumber, the cling film was removed and replaced with a towel and slippers so  I could shuffle across the hall to the steamy shower room. This however, was an aspect I didn’t particularly enjoy. Although most clients are too engrossed in their own treatments front of house to notice, I was within full view – in my towel, moving from one room to the other and the shower despite being dreamily hot and steamy, the drain on the floor was rusty and completely open – which aside from aesthetic appearances, was a major health and safety hazard – particularly in a slippery environment!

Those points aside, after washing the chocolate mask away my skin felt amazing and was then further complimented by my therapist massaging my whole body with a lathering of moisturiser. The treatment finished with a short foot massage and stretch of my lower limbs which was I thought was a lovely way to finish the experience.

All in all the treatment did exactly as it should – it left me feeling new and shiny yet was relaxing. Given that the salon only had it’s official opening last week I can forgive some its minor glitches aforementioned and I am sure that the Marina Queens Beauty Lounge branch will be every bit as successful as their JLT branch.

For full information about their Valentine’s Offers, visit their website or Facebook at the below links:

http://www.queensbeautylounge.com/

https://www.facebook.com/queensbeautylounge/

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Speedflex Dubai

Last night I was invited down to JA Ocean View Hotel in JBR to try Speedflex for the first time.

What the heck is Speedflex I hear you holler?

Speedflex is a high intensity, low impact, circuit-based workout. There are 7 of the same machines set up in the room but each machine is used to perform a different exercise, focusing on different body parts. There is no need to adjust any machine before use as the machine responds to the force applied by each individual user, meaning the resistance is tailored to individual abilities. The harder you work, the more difficult the resistance!

Due to it’s low-impact nature it is suitable for any age or fitness and you avoid any next-day muscle soreness – admittedly I was skeptical about this when mid-class my arms were burning and my legs were shaking but nonetheless I was proven wrong when I woke up the next day feeling fresh! 🙂

When I arrived for my induction, my height and weight was measured and I was fitted with a heart rate monitor. The monitor was connected to two screens on either side of the room which showed my name, my heart rate and at what percentage of my maximal heart rate my body was working at. This was so throughout the class I could monitor and push myself, aiming to get my heart rate percentage up to 90% of its maximal, in line with the high intensity aspect of the workout.

Despite pushing and pushing myself unfortunately the maximum percentage I reached was 87% but as my instructor pointed out, as an already trained person it is more difficult for me to raise my heart rate unlike an untrained persons whose would raise very quickly. (I saw another class members hit 103% in the first circuit!)

After my induction which is 3 circuits of 30 seconds at each machine with only 5 seconds rest in between. It’s intense – but it was over in 12 minutes! Feeling brave (and pumped!) I decided to try a class after my induction, yes I was warned this may be a bit much, but never one to back away from a challenge I persisted!

That was all well and good until I discovered that the induction I had just done I was going to repeat now again for our warm-up! :O 30 minutes into the class my body had had enough but I was glad I gave it a go and boy could I feel it!

Each 45-minute class will vary depending on instructor and the circuit they choose to set up as well as the number of reps in each circuit. In the class you will not only use the machines but also other equipment like medicine balls and kettle bells. At the end of each session you can view your stats and have your instructor explain them to you. You can see how many calories you burned and how much time you spent working at different heart rate percentages – which the science geek in me loves!

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So what’s the verdict?

I liked the high intensity element which I have been trying to incorporate into my fitness regime of late. Also the low impact and no-next-day-soreness was a major win for me after another programme I tried recently left me unable to sit down for 3 days! (more on that later)

You get a serious sweat on and it hurts like hell while you are in the midst of it but it’s over really quickly and in the class there is more time for rest in between circuits.

The music is brilliant (I was tempted to ask for the playlist!) for making you push hard and feel energised.

There was a great atmosphere in our mixed group class of 7 and with each of us leading various circuits you don’t want to slack off and make everyone else endure longer just because you’re not giving 100%! That being said, class sizes vary and private classes are available which some people may be more comfortable with, particularly starting off.

Oh and did I mention the inductions are free of charge?!

Plus they have equipment to analyse body fat and composition so you can track your progress.

I would definitely recommend going down and giving it a go. For those short on time and wanting to maximise their workout in a motivating environment it’s ideal. As a workout that aims to make you leaner rather than building muscle I would be interested to see what long term bodily changes would occur with continued use.

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For more information check out:

http://speedflex.com/speedflex-centres/dubai

https://www.facebook.com/SpeedflexDubaiJBR