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6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt.
The BootCamp: New Outdoor Workout Classes Take Cairo by Storm
There’s no doubt that most of us have put on some weight the past couple of months. The terribly long winter that has taken over Cairo asks for warm comfort food and snuggling up in front of the TV. As every year, spring will probably take us by surprise and we give it just a few weeks before you can start digging up your flip-flops and shorts again. So now is the time to lose that winter weight and get back into summer shape. The BootCamp brings a whole new workout concept to Cairo; one that makes working out fun and effective.
The BootCamp was started by Nabil and Norshek who are both ISSA certified personal and group exercise trainers. There are six workout sessions a week; three at Gezira Club in Zamalek and three at Gardenia compound in 6th October City. Each session lasts an hour during which you improve your endurance, fitness, stamina, strength and speed. The best thing about the BootCamp is that it is outdoors so you can get some fresh air while working out. The second best thing is that you always work out in a group of up to twenty people, which is very motivating.
We participated in a session at Gezira Club, where the BootCamp uses the field inside the tracks close to the squash court. You start the session with a warm-up that’s vaguely reminiscent of an assault course. You jump over ropes, make your way sideward through pylons, run backwards and jump forward. After this part of the warm-up you continue onto the strength and coordination exercises. While standing with both feet fixed to the ground, you do various exercises to warm up your muscles. After this, the fun starts as you begin at a station where you have to perform exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups and weightlifting. When you finish that exercise, you run three shorts sprints to a new station where you do a new exercise. Finishing all the stations takes about half an hour. During the last fifteen minutes of the class you do some weight work, before the session ends with stretches to avoid muscle pain the next day.
Nabil and Norshek are great instructors who give a lot of individual attention to every participant. If you don’t know what to do at your station they come to the rescue immediately. The overall atmosphere in the group is great, too. Though we suffered tremendously during the session and the day after, we felt so much better after the work out. It gives a boost of energy and trains all your muscles very intensely. The BootCamp is not necessarily focused on weight loss but you will more than likely lose some kilos if you attend regularly. We also heard a lot of their participants gave up smoking as well. We totally understand why, because after our session the thought of a cigarette was simply sickening (in all honesty that feeling faded away within half-an-hour or so).
If you really want to put yourself to the test and work out while enjoying fresh air with a great group of like-minded individuals, you should definitely opt for the BootCamp. A session is 50LE and there are package deals available as well.
While the pulsing neon lights and energetic pace of the capital provide an atmosphere that cultivates adventure, the arid winds and dense smog easily extinguish the verve of even the most zealous city dweller. The healthy balance of mind, body and spirit is an integral aspect to surviving Cairo and there's no better way than pampering the barrier that protects you from the harsh elements of the city.
Skin Säde is a Finnish skin clinic that promotes natural and non-invasive treatments and facials that diagnose and provide skin with exactly what it needs. This attitude is what differentiates Skin Säde from other dermatology centers in the city.
Located in the El Motameyaz District of 6th of October City, Skin Säde operates from a large villa shared with a dental clinic. After reserving over the phone, we walked into the beautifully decorated reception area and were immediately greeted by our selected clinician. The clinic has a framed 'menu' with all the provided facials from the Classic Facial Massage (100LE) to the more inclusive Lift BTX Facial (500LE).
We were then led inside to the treatment room and given a general medical sheet to fill out and then told to remove any jewelry and loose clothing.
We were left for a few minutes to soak up the relaxing atmosphere and soothing music. In addition to the warm environment, the tools and machines were impeccably organised and were either completely sterilised or used disposable parts.
After getting comfortable in the plushy chair, our therapist began the Hydrating Facial (450LE) by first cleansing and removing make-up with a cleansing milk, then followed by a toning gel. The products used are all of the same line by renowned brand, Oxynergy Paris. After the cleansing process, our therapist began inspecting our skin under a light to assess the type and the following procedures required.
Determining that our skin type was 'oily' and identifying the areas that need extraction, our therapist prepared a chemical peel with the active ingredients of salicylic and glycolic acid. She explained the difference between chemical and enzyme peels and how each is appropriate for a specific skin type. Talking us through each step, she assured us that the peel will cause a slight tingling and heat sensation that is completely normal and is no cause for alarm.
After a few minutes, the peel was removed and the steaming process began. Used to open pores to prep the skin for the extraction process, the steam was kept at a comfortable distance and allowed for normal breathing. Including ozone in the steam, we were told that it would disinfect and soothe our skin after the chemical peel.
When our pores were sufficiently opened, the extraction process commenced. Gentle and entirely delicate, our therapist expertly tended to our problem areas with extreme tact and dexterity.
To close our pores after the extraction, a frequency machine was used. Completely painless and rather relaxing, the nozzle was made of a felt material and was used on the entire face. After the frequency machine, a serum was applied and a galvanic machine was used to aid the skin to completely absorb the serum.
The final treatment was a luxurious shoulder massage using essential oils and a face massage using a collagen pack and, as our appointment was in the evening, a night cream.
Comprehensive and professional, Skin Säde employs the most experienced skin therapists that we have personally encountered in the skin care industry. With reasonable prices and amazing packages, Skin Säde has a reputation built on honesty and professionalism.