STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE
VIKRAM KAPOOR 38, Fitness Architect, Chandigarh
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.