The Road to Fit­ness


India Today - - INSIDE - By MONA RA­MA­VAT

From fun fads to cool fit­ness regimes, train­ers in the city are of­fer­ing new mantras for a healthy kick-start to the new year.



ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, 33-YEAR-OLD Chan­dana Mannedi’s, work as a phys­io­ther­a­pist saw her tak­ing things a step for­ward by train­ing her pa­tients in pi­lates as a post-treat­ment work­out. But her classes have been get­ting pop­u­lar ever since and are open to any­one look­ing for a good pi­lates work­out. She calls it a prac­tice that en­ables body aware­ness and is a blend of strength and flex­i­bil­ity. “We don’t work up a sweat here with the goal of big­ger bi­ceps and chis­eled abs. What we work on, in­stead, are the deep ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles be­hind the six packs,” she quips. So no big weights to lift here, since you work with your own body weight and props. Tone your thighs with the Pi­lates ring or strengthen your back on the reformer ma­chine, or try the ball to in­crease sta­bil­ity. Many clients from Mannedi’s class are told that they look taller with the pi­lates prac­tice, “and that’s be­cause be­sides gain­ing strength and flex­i­bil­ity, the mus­cles elon­gate naturally and as a re­sult, the pos­ture is im­proved and you look taller.” Mannedi has been train­ing a good num­ber of men as well, dis­pelling the myth that pi­lates is mostly a ‘woman thing’. “The prac­tice was, in fact, in­vented by Joseph Pi­lates for the in­jured sol­diers of World War II,” she says.

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IT’S A CASE OF HUN­DRED PER­CENT PERSPIRATION along­side the in­spi­ra­tion when it comes to the Bikram Yoga tra­di­tion. With the ses­sions con­ducted in a heated room, you sweat your way to well­be­ing, quite lit­er­ally. “The perspiration helps not only with detox­i­fi­ca­tion as you go about the yoga prac­tice, but also elim­i­nates chances of in­jury,” says jour­nal­ist-turned-yoga-in­struc­tor, Kavita Chowd­hary, 44. Her class fol­lows the pre­scribed set of 26 asanas or yo­gic poses, work­ing on the body and mind. “Ul­ti­mately, a state of health is state of in­ner bal­ance which yoga helps you achieve,” she says, un­der­scor­ing the im­por­tance of breath­ing right dur­ing the prac­tice and main­tain­ing fo­cus. You are never too old or fat or in­flex­i­ble for yoga, she as­sures since all you need to do is fol­low in­struc­tions and flow into a pose as best as you can. “Over a pe­riod of time, you will be­come bet­ter at it, which will re­sult in im­proved im­mu­nity, cor­rect body pos­ture and greater con­fi­dence, just to name a few ben­e­fits.” Be­sides this, weight loss is al­most a given, says Chowd­hary. She shares the case of the lady who weighed over a 100 kg, “and would do most of her yoga asanas sit­ting on a chair. She too man­aged to lose at least four ki­los, while a highly di­a­betic man’s in­sulin dosage fell dra­mat­i­cally with reg­u­lar prac­tice.” And with yoga, these mir­a­cles are but an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence.

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IF YOU ARE PILOXING, “you are mix­ing moves from pi­lates and box­ing,” says Manasa Machani, 35, as she gets her class to­gether for what she prom­ises to be a “killer ses­sion”. It’s a new fad that peo­ple in the city are warming up to and so hap­pens to be Machani’s lat­est pas­sion as well, along­side zumba and pre­na­tal yoga coach­ing and di­etet­ics. As the class pro­gresses, things in­deed get more en­er­getic, what with all the punch­ing and groov­ing. It’s no sur­prise then that you can burn up to 1,200 calo­ries per ses­sion. Apart from that, the blend of power-packed and grace­ful move­ments helps im­prove bal­ance and pos­ture, while work­ing on your mus­cu­la­ture for body sculpt­ing. “It works very well to tone up tough spots like up­per arms,” shares Machani, in the midst of a “pump­ing the arms” move­ment, barely out of breath. While at it, a few dance moves are thrown in as well to make this in­ter­val work­out even more fun. If you en­joy zumba, “piloxing can give you a big­ger high,” says Machani, sign­ing off.

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AC­TORS, EN­TREPRENEURS, SPORTS STARS OR home­mak­ers, Gavin Holt, 48, has trained them all over the last 27 years, so much so that a Gavin-trained fit­ness en­thu­si­ast is a brand unto him­self. Holt, though, re­mains hum­ble in the wake of such adu­la­tion and ad­mits, al­most sheep­ishly, that he has restarted his per­sonal prac­tice af­ter years, only a few days ago. But de­spite that, he can ef­fort­lessly bal­ance on a Swiss ball or work with a TRX band. Ask him about new tech­niques and props and he calls them fads that come and go. “Ev­ery­thing even­tu­ally flows from the old school or the ba­sic form of train­ing, which is the stretch and flex,” he says. TRX train­ing—used widely by sports per­sons—is of late get­ting pop­u­lar in the city for a full body work­out, and since it is a sus­pen­sion band, it is per­fect for train­ing at home or while trav­el­ling too, says Holt. “You can grad­u­ally in­crease the in­ten­sity of your work­out by length­en­ing the band be­cause the range of mo­tion is greater,” he ex­plains, per­form­ing a tri­ceps ex­ten­sion on the band. For some­body who doesn’t have time to head to the gym, Holt sug­gests a high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing or tabata ses­sion at home, across a 20-minute ses­sion to in­clude an as­sort­ment of ex­er­cises like a quick sprint, a low and high plank, moun­tain climb etc. “Rather than do­ing the same thing ev­ery day, you would ben­e­fit far more if you can ro­tate your work­out and do dif­fer­ent things from one day to the other,” ad­vises Holt, “since this way you are con­fus­ing your mus­cles, thereby elic­it­ing the best re­sponse from them.”

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IDOESN’T LOOK LIKE A reg­u­lar gym, since Potens isn’t one, and in­stead, of­fers a range of cross­fit train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop your strength, en­durance, bal­ance and more. Climb a rope, jump atop high boxes or turn a gym­nast for a full body work­out here. “It’s all about func­tional train­ing to ease and im­prove ev­ery­day move­ments of the body, like lift­ing dead weights or squat­ting, which you would do out­side the gym as well,” says trainer San­deep Gadde, 27, adding that this is un­like con­ven­tional gyms that fo­cus on iso­lated move­ments. Delv­ing deeper into the tech­ni­cal de­tails, Gadde adds, “cross­fit train­ing is a holis­tic work­out wherein we work on the big­ger mus­cle groups like ham­strings, glutes and the core etc., fo­cus­ing mainly on the lower body, which en­ables weight loss in a more ef­fi­cient way and also works the smaller mus­cles.” The train­ing group is usu­ally a mixed one, with begin­ners and more ex­pe­ri­enced gym en­thu­si­asts work­ing out to­gether. But the prac­tice—com­pris­ing a warmup, skill train­ing, the ac­tual work­out and cool down—is the same for every­one with vary­ing in­ten­sity depend­ing on their fit­ness lev­els. The train­ers dish out guid­ance on nu­tri­tion as well, “since what you eat forms a big chunk of your fit­ness,” says Gadde. Each per­son is also su­per­vised in­di­vid­u­ally to en­sure that they are work­ing out in the right and safe way. “While we cer­tainly mo­ti­vate our clients to push them­selves, safety al­ways comes first,” adds his col­league Simmi Gava.

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Yoga-in­struc­tor, Kavita Chowd­hary

Manasa machani (front)

Gavin Holt (in black) of Gavin’z Gym

San­deep Gadde, trainer at Potens

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