DANCE AWAY THE FLAB

Ditch the bor­ing gym rou­tine and sign up for these Bhangra fit­ness classes in your city.

India Today - - FEATURE - _ By Preet Onkar Singh

PUN­JAB'S

vi­brant and in­vig­o­rat­ing folk dance, Bhangra, is now the lat­est fit­ness fad among peo­ple across all age groups. Young Bhangra train­ers have taken the folk dance to a new level by im­pro­vis­ing it—keep­ing the ba­sic steps in­tact, and blend­ing it par­tially with aer­o­bics. It is be­ing lapped up by high-end gyms in Chandi­garh and Pun­jab as the new way to keep fit. It of­fers stren­u­ous ex­er­cise move­ments for ev­ery body part, sprin­kled with a dose of fun.

Bhangra in­struc­tor Jassi Singh, 26, has cre­ated his own niche work­out mod­ules around Bhangra un­der the aegis of Xtreme Bhangra Fit­ness. Singh con­ducts Bhangra classes at Sub Zero gym in sec­tor 9, Bolt Gym in Chandi­garh's sec­tor 22 and Jacked Fit­ness, Panchkula. “I in­tro­duced fit­ness Bhangra two years ago and started pro­mot­ing it at gyms,” says Singh, a trained chore­og­ra­pher. Bhangra fit­ness has been seg­re­gated into two lev­els. “In the first level, we teach ba­sic Bhangra steps, the art of bal­anc­ing on toes with the left leg raised. The next level is about mak­ing it fast-paced and peppy,” adds Singh.

The num­ber of peo­ple en­rolling for Bhangra fit­ness is in­creas­ing, “as it as­sures quick re­sults for those aim­ing for weight loss and choles­terol con­trol. The dance form also re­lieves stress,” says Singh. His as­so­ciate, Sarb Dhali­wal, 24, trains school and col­lege stu­dents stu­dents for fes­ti­vals across the coun­try. He swears by Bhangra fit­ness as it prom­ises a full body work­out and is ex­cel­lent for strength and stamina build­ing.

Ran­jot Cheema, 21, who teaches Bhangra at Burn Gym out­lets in Mo­hali and Chandi­garh feels this work­out breaks the mo­not­o­nous gym cy­cle. An aer­o­bics in­struc­tor with hands-on knowl­edge in phys­i­cal train­ing, cross-train­ing and yoga, Cheema was fas­ci­nated by Bhangra steps and merged those with aer­o­bics to start Bhangra fit­ness classes. “Ev­ery­one seems to en­joy Bhangra, which in­cludes squats, arm, shoul­ders and leg move­ments along with jump­ing. It is both re­sult-ori­ented and stress bust­ing,” he says.

Busi­ness­man-cum-bhangra fit­ness trainer, Ma­gan Makkar, 24, teaches bhangra at Ozi and Gold gyms, Mo­hali. Call­ing it a vig­or­ous work­out, he says that 15 min­utes of his class is equiv­a­lent to 30 min­utes spent on tread­mill. “I started with five stu­dents one year back and now there are 40 stu­dents in my class. Be­sides this, I also or­gan­ise Bhangra fit­ness dance par­ties at cor­po­rate events,” he says.

Savneet Tung, a teacher at Guru Gobind Singh Col­lege for Women, Sec­tor 26, en­rolled in Bhangra classes at Burn Gym, Phase X, Mo­hali, for shed­ding some weight. “I re­ally don’t like the gym regime which in­volves work­ing out on ma­chines and since I en­joyed danc­ing, fit­ness Bhangra was a nat­u­ral choice. It is fun to dance on lat­est songs and weight loss hap­pens nat­u­rally.”

Chandi­garh-based busi­ness­man, Shah­baz Kang, has found his new self since he en­rolled for Bhangra fit­ness classes at Subzero gym. He says, “Bhangra fit­ness has toned my body and has also helped me de­velop a pos­i­tive ap­proach."

SAN­DEEP SAHDEV Pho­to­graphs by

Ran­jot Cheema train­ing Bhangra fit­ness en­thu­si­asts

Sarab Dhali­wal at Bolt Gym

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