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VIKRAM KAPOOR 38, Fit­ness Ar­chi­tect, Chandi­garh

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A fit­ness trainer for the past 14 years, who has also trained Olympic gold medal­ist shooter Ab­hi­nav Bin­dra in 2006, Kapoor’s firm also man­ages cor­po­rate and uni­ver­sity gyms.

Trend­ing Now In the past five years ,Kapoor has seen a rise in the num­ber of young­sters ap­proach­ing him for aes­thet­ics rather than fit­ness. Many come with pho­to­graphs of ac­tors as ref­er­ences, de­mand­ing the lean and mus­cu­lar look. Kapoor re­calls that a decade back, very few young peo­ple would ap­proach him for per­sonal train­ing. “More than 50 per cent of my clients are now be­tween the age group of 18 and 20,” he says. Per­sonal train­ing has be­come big now thanks to dis­pos­able in­come.

Tar­get Group Ac­cord­ing to Kapoor, un­fit peo­ple out­num­ber the the over­weight clients. “Peo­ple are aware that they need to lose weight which they also man­age to do by

crash di­et­ing and re­duc­ing their pro­tein in­take thereby dam­ag­ing their bod­ies fur­ther. But they are un­aware that los­ing weight is only one part, get­ting fit and re­tain­ing those losses is the other,” he says. The trainer also says that par­ents and schools are re­spon­si­ble for not in­cul­cat­ing the cul­ture of fit­ness. “Frankly, as a so­ci­ety, fit­ness and sports have never been on our pri­or­ity list,” he says.

The Pro­tein Pow­der Ac­cord­ing to Kapoor, a bal­anced diet and a sound work­out pro­gramme are must to get a good body, rather than depend­ing on pro­tein pow­ders.

My Se­cret Kapoor fol­lows a rou­tine of weight train­ing, which in­cludes ex­er­cises like bench presses, squats and dead­lifts. He com­bines weight train­ing, func­tional and core train­ing, car­dio and stretch­ing. Con­tact [email protected]

1 Don’t follow crash di­ets or avoid pro­teins to lose weight. Hit the gym. 2 A bal­anced diet and sound work­out plan is good enough, you don’t need pro­tein pow­ders. 3 In­cor­po­rate strength ex­er­cises in your work-out regime.

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