Author: Andy Harper

How to train children correctly.

By Andy on November 11, 2015 Children aren’t young adults, so you can’t train them similarly to adults. Children need specialized training and the development is much more than just physical improvements. I’m surprised how many trainers train children / young adults as though they were adults, but just a bit smaller and younger. In [...]

How to break a Plateau

By Andy on April 03, 2016 I’m often asked this question on a weekly or monthly basis. Plateauing means you stall out on progress despite continuing to do “all the right things” which the majority of the times mean “eating right”, “exercising properly” etc. Naturally, our bodies go from losing 3 kilos in 2 weeks [...]

How long can I rest before I lose all my hard work in the gym?

By Andy on April 28, 2016 5 ways to prevent any serious losses from all your hard work. So you have been doing all the hard work. Getting out of bed early or heading straight to the gym after a long day's work. You have stepped out of your convenient zone of training only now [...]

Glute Bridge-Hip Extension Blog

1 exercise to super power your strongest muscle By Andy on April 21, 2016 The Glutes are the strongest muscle you have and used in so many movements, exercises and performance activities, so why neglect it? If you could choose 1 exercise to do the rest of your life then squats may just be it. [...]

From couch to marathon – Making full use of the Dubai Marina

By Andy on November 11, 2015 4 excellent ways to train for your first run using the Dubai Marina. Last weekend thousands of people took part in the annual Standard Charted 42 km and 10 km runs. It's a massive emotional paycheck for us coaches here to have helped so many people train and prepare [...]

Energy system specific training

By Andy on February 18, 2016 Conquer any exercise by incorporating energy-specific training. We all train for certain goals right? Why else would you train? Even just training to be healthy or feel good is also a goal. I do see individuals in the gym/box week after week sticking to the same weights or exercises [...]

Eliminate Your Fears and Doubts About Cardio Fitness Training

Eliminate Your Fears and Doubts About Cardio Fitness Training "Cardio" is a term that gets thrown around a lot whenever the topic of weight loss comes up. But cardio has more than just weight loss benefits. Cardio fitness helps circulate your blood, and research has shown that regular cardio exercise can actually slow down the [...]

CrossFit – The facts & the myths

By Jessie on November 12, 2017 5 Common Myths About CrossFit “CrossFit looks awesome, but I have to get fit before I try it.” We get it. In fact, we’ll be writing a whole blog post on it in the weeks to come. If you’ve seen CrossFit on TV, via YouTube, or just in the [...]

Creative exercises that do absolutely everything – The Mountain

By Andy on November 11, 2015 At Iconic Fitness Dubai Marina, we provide an ideal program that offers conditioning to all areas of your body that doesn't repeat any sets. All exercises are only done once. The Mountain! This workout offers something different. No monotony and you move through each and every exercise quickly. It’s [...]

Burn your abs with just 1 effective exercise

By Andy on December 17, 2015 Substitute your whole abs exercise routine with just one exercise. I am often asked by our members at Iconic Fitness, a gym in Dubai Marina, if there is one exercise that can be done at home, in the hotel, or just quickly during lunch at the gym that caters [...]