Our Editors Tell You Their Fitness Favourites


 

If there’s one thing you need to know about Team Amanqi, it’s that although we absolutely love food, we’re also quite the fitness enthusiasts. Whether it’s a great workout spot or a fabulous smoothie, health & wellness gets us very excited. Thus, we decided to sit down with our editors and ask them about their favourite workout places (both in London & Dubai) & smoothie recipes. Read on & get a sneak peak into our editor’s fitness favourites.

 


 

SIMAAN SHAIKH, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: Reformer bed pilates – it stretches you out and works every part of your body! I haven’t enjoyed a class more than this and you really challenge yourself. I feel a lot stronger since starting pilates and can’t wait to keep going. There are different levels for each class, and if you haven’t tried it before I really recommend it!

 

Favourite Smoothie: Peanut Butter Date Smoothie – 1 cup almond milk (or other milk of your choice), 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, 4-5 pitted dates, 1/4 cup of ice – BLEND WELL! To make it thinner, add more milk. This smoothie is perfect post work out or even as breakfast on the go!

 


 

SHOUQ BINT HAMED, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: My favourite workout is the Dynamic Pilates class at Heartcore London. Think Pilates, but with extra bite. Movements are still precise and controlled but Dynamic Pilates links moves into a smooth, continuous flow. I enjoy this workout the most, as it’s an effective full body sculpting workout and helps pull your body backs into alignment.

 

Favourite Smoothie: The ‘Lean Green’ smoothie from, my girl, Laylaalnaif’s ’99& Plant Based’ E-book is my go-to to keep me full and energized throughout my day. I like to have this smoothie after a morning workout as it packs great protein from plant-derived sources such as almond butter, flaxseeds and hempseeds!

 


 

AIYAH MARAKA, GUEST CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: Running in the park. It always helps to clear my mind and makes me feel more energised and motivated.

 

Favourite Smoothie: Mango, Spinach, Banana, Blueberries, fresh orange juice and spirulina powder. It’s filling and delicious.

 


 

HEBAH FASCIOLO, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: HITT pilates.

 

Favourite Smoothie: Mango berry with bananas.


 

MARISA PHALPHONGPHANIT, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: My go to workout on a rough day is always spinning. It truly is the best stress reliever, it’s just me, the bike and willpower.

 

Favourite Smoothie: My go-to smoothie recipe is always half a cup of frozen banana’s, a handful of spinach, a teaspoon of chia powder and a cup of fresh Skyr Icelandic yogurt. I love this for breakfast.

 


 

RHIANNON HALL, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 

 

Favourite Workout: I am some who get really intimidated by group workout classes! I love going to the gym and working out in my own time doing my own thing. These days I find myself doing lots of HIIT workouts and I love it! I have the Kayla Fitness workout guide but honestly Instagram fitspo is where I turn to to find new workout ideas!

 

Favourite Smoothie: I’ve been making the same breakfast smoothie since high school so yummy and keeps you feeling full all day!! 1 banana, half a cup of strawberries and blueberries, a cup of kale, a splash or orange juice and I like to add a teaspoon of chia seeds!

 


 

ELOISE ANDREWS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: Anything involving working the legs – squats, donkey kicks etc.

 

Favourite Smoothie: Strawberry banana almond milk and protein powder.

 


 

SANA MASTAN, GUEST CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: Circuit Training – I enjoy high intensity circuit training at the gym with my personal trainer. It is energising and my body responds very well to it.

 

Favourite Smoothie: Triberry Smoothie – 1 cup of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries & strawberries), 2 Tbsp Greek Youghurt, 1/2 cup water & Voila!
A quick blend of your daily dose of antioxidants and proteins.

 


 

MAYDA AL KHALDI, GUEST CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: Russian Twists, Push-ups – well this has always been by focal workout at the gym! My goal is to improve my core strength.

 

Favourite Smoothie: My go to is banana-strawberry smoothie – I love the taste, I prefer sweet over citrus.

 


 

AMANI WAQI, CO-FOUNDER

 

Favourite Workout: I’m definitely someone who prefers cardio over weight training so the treadmill has to be my go-to when in Dubai, while in London I’ve tried a few spinning classes at Psycle & am now hooked!

 

Favourite Smoothie: I personally am not a big fan of smoothies, so my favourite drink which is the closest alternative would have to be the Coffee Shake at Joe & the Juice.

 


 

KOMAL ISHTIAQ, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

 

Favourite Workout: Running, especially by the River Thames, has that energising and relaxing element to it at the same time. It is also one of the best ways I have found to explore this beautiful city I now call home.

 

Favourite Smoothie:  2 handfuls of baby spinach, 1/2 banana, 1/2 green apple, 1 handful berries (whichever I have on hand),  3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 tbsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ginger for a little zing. I add 3-4 ice cubes towards the end and roughly blend in for that slush-like texture.

 


 

MANAL WAQI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

 

Favourite Workout: When I’m in Dubai, I love Physique57, and when I’m in London, Barry’s Bootcamp, Core Collective, BXR and Psycle.

Favourite Smoothie: My favourite smoothies have to be Power Shake at Joe and the Juice & ABJ at Barry’s Bootcamp.