Monthly Archives: June 2014

asma hilal lootah: building a happy, healthy business around pilates

Asma Hilal Lootah, founder of The Hundred Wellness Center goes behind the scenes with Sport 360

Asma Hilal Lootah, founder of The Hundred Wellness Center goes behind the scenes with Sport 360

Fitness guru and inventor Joseph H. Pilates once said: “Physical fitness is the first prerequisite of happiness”.

And UAE local Business Administration graduate turned Pilates advocate Asma Hilal Lootah, founder of the award-winning The Hundred Pilates Studio, is passionate about spreading that happiness.

As of this month, the Emirati has a bigger, better space of her own in which to do just that.

Sport 360 took the time out to discover how Asma launched and rebranded her new studio to The Hundred Wellness Center. We are delighted to share with you this exciting Q&A coverage…simply click the logo below to dive into the full interview!

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pilates – your healthiest long term investment

The Hundred Wellness Center

The Hundred Wellness Center

Health should be everyone’s top priority, it is one of the keys to success in all fields of life. Whether you are managing the stresses of running a business and juggling a family, complementing a more physical sports regime, or ultimately working towards living a pain-free life while keeping your body supple and strong as you grow older, Pilates is the answer. Today we share with you expert Alycea Ungaro’s view on how Pilates plays an integral part of fitness regimes for all age groups, and why it is NEVER too late too start getting in shape! As the saying goes, age is but a number!


raw & wholesome spinach, thyme and oregano soup

RAW SPINACH SOUP

With Ramadan only a couple of weeks away and with the summer heat slowly escalating, we are de”light”ed to share with you a raw, cool and healthy blended spinach soup. Packed with iron, rich in nutrients from avocado, and with wonderful earthy flavors derived from thyme and oregano this soup is complete with a splash of lemon for that added mediterranean twist. Ramadan typically calls out for a warm soup at Iftar but if the summer heat has you craving something more refreshing when you break your fast then this is the perfect soup for you. Blended soups are highly nutritious, easy to digest and a great way to saturate the body with lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes almost immediately making it an extremely healthy start to your iftar. So without further delay…here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh spinach
1 small apple (peeled and cored)
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes
1 tsp. sea salt
1 clove garlic
1 sprig thyme
1 sprig oregano
1 tbsp. olive oil or walnut oil (for a nutty delicious flavor)
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (do not use concentrated lemon juice)
3 cups hot water (added last if you prefer warm soup)
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish and a delicious crunch

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for a couple of minutes until it’s smooth.  Add water gradually (if you like it thicker and creamier use less water).  Top / garnish your soup with sliced cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds or your favorite toasted seeds, before finishing off with a drizzle of of olive / walnut oil.


pilates, it’s a core thing: interview with rashid saeed

 

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Today we are delighted to share with you our recent interview with Rashid Saeed – a father, businessman and fitness aficionado, who joined The Hundred Wellness Center after injuring his back during his CrossFit training regime. Rashid is currently being privately trained by Walid Tebarki, one of our Pilates instructors, and is regaining his core strength through a series of specific core exercises using the Pilates ball, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Pole. Pilates strengthens the “powerhouse” which is the deep core muscles of the body (abdominal, gluteus and muscles surrounding and stabilizing the spine), and helps to elongate the spine, increasing the elasticity of muscles and the flexibility of joints. CrossFit training relies heavily on the initiation of core muscles in all of its exercises and by complementing it with Pilates there is a much lower risk of potential injuries.

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