THE BARE-CHESTED RUNNING BANKER

Blog by: Rohan Joshi
Yashovardhan Kanodia is a banker and currently working at ICICI Bank for the last two years. He has been a sportsman all his life, having played cricket, football, rugby, hockey and athletics in school.
 
His first step towards fitness was after completing MBA and coming back to Kolkata. The MBA pressure (pressure to party) had ensured packing of a few extra pounds. For the sake of his first love i.e. cricket, he wanted to lose weight and get fitter for the upcoming season. He joined a gym and the very first thing he incorporated in his regimen was running. A first run of 2 km was completed in around 13 minutes.
 
“Honestly I wasn’t maintaining a strictly active lifestyle. I was captaining my university cricket team but wasn’t paying any attention to the food I was eating or the liquid I wasdrinking”.
 
His first long run was Airtel Run For Education, 2016, Kolkata, 10 kms in 56 minutes. “Can’t describe you the feeling in words,” beams Yashovardhan.
 
Post run he went and played a 20-20 cricket match and then his legs gave way. “Being a novice runner I really didn’t know how important were cool down exercises,” he admits sheepishly.
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Despite being a corporate banker and working for 12 hours a day, he wakes up early especially during winter as his cricket and running training overlap. He runs and then goes for his cricket practice. If somehow there isn’t time to run in the morning, he makes sure that he runs after 8pm post his work. “It’s not really tough. It’s just the right mindset.”
 
“I don’t eat anything that is fried and avoid fast food as much as possible. Have reduced drinking to almost zero. Basically I try avoiding unwanted calories. Most of the runs except during winter I run bare-chested which means I need to get rid of my tummy,” he says flashing his trademark wide grin.
 
Well every marathon finished is an achievement altogether but he has three podium finishes to his credit. They are-
1. Winner- Hua Hin Marathon – 32 kms in 3:02 hours
2. Third- Far East Ultrathon- 25 kms in 2:20 hours
3. BRC- 10 kms in 47:50 mins
 
In the future there is just running and cricket for him. “I plan to do a 50 km ultra-run next year and maybe a triathlon in the upcoming years. Details of these I will share once I complete them.”
 
His inspiration and motivation has been his mother who was a natural athlete during her days. She has always been supportive of every decision on and off the field. Roger Federer, Sir Alex Ferguson and Zlatan Ibramovich are his sporting idols.
 
“Do what you want and what your body supports. That’s what I do. The competition is not against others but against yourself. Usually people won’t support or will have negative reviews about your thing. Just remember Jesus had 12 followers while Hitler had over a million and we all know how it paved through.”
 
His final quote- “GMNB!”
This is an acronym forGood Marathoners Need Backing” and he is always ready to back and support novices like me and innumerable people.
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Deepika Mehta- The Vogue Woman #FitWomenSeries

By Niyathi Rao

Featured in the famous Vogue Magazine as one of the 3 women redefining beauty ideals in India, Deepika Mehta is a well-known yoga teacher and fitness expert. She has trained a lot of celebrities including movie stars, top industrialists, and models. She is an authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher and a certified professional from the ACE (American Council on Exercise). Her inspiring journey and dedication towards fitness are simply unparalleled.

In 1997, a near death rock climbing accident had the doctors tell Deepika Mehta that she would never walk again. Not one to allow obstacles to deter her spirit and enthusiasm for life, she sought after alternative approaches and found the age old Indian discipline of Yoga. Practicing meditation and pranayama, Deepika then dove herself deep into years of education and practice and seeking alternative healing techniques. She initially went to the Sivananda Yoga Kendra in Kerala, where she did her Teacher Training. From there she was led to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and to meeting her Guru,Shri K Pattabhi Jois in 2002.

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Now a well known yoga teacher and professional fitness expert, Deepika lives in Mumbai, India where she teaches regular classes in Bandra. She also has clients (individuals and corporates) all over the country. She helps them achieve ultimate mind and body experiences with Ashtanga Yoga, diet and lifestyle advice, and has helped them arrive at their goals.

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6 Ways to Make Your Clients’ Workouts More Fun

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

As a personal trainer, it’s important to keep your clients motivated to continue to come back for training sessions time and time again with you. Not only does this help ensure you receive a paycheck, but having a high turn-out also means you must be doing something right. Generally, while clients realize that their training sessions must be taken seriously, they tend to enjoy them more when their personal trainers make more of an effort to make things interesting, and fun. So, what are some techniques you can try to make your clients’ workouts more enjoyable? We’ve got some ideas.

Switch Up the Location

Meeting in the same gym space every week does provide familiarity that many clients appreciate, but it can be a bit dull to workout in the same place all the time. Consider speaking with your clients to find out if they’d be open to the occasional change-up of training location. On nice days, for example, you might consider holding a training session at a local park or on the beach. Switching up the scenery every so often can make workouts more interesting and fun, even if you’re not changing up any of the actual exercises.

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Set Workouts to Music

A little bit of music can go a long way when it comes to keeping workouts fresh and fun. Go the extra mile for your clients by finding out about their specific music tastes, then create playlists to go along with their training sessions. Be sure to keep beats per minute (BPM) in mind as you choose songs. Tracks with higher BPM are ideal for intense cardio, whereas songs with lower BPM are best suited for warm-ups and cool-downs. Load up playlists on your laptop or connect your phone/music player to a portable speaker for best results.

Hold Group Workouts

Group personal training sessions are becoming increasingly popular these days—and for good reason. Group workouts are less expensive for your clients and also give them an opportunity to meet new people who share similar health and fitness goals. If you’re not already holding the occasional group training workout, consider surveying your clients to see how many of them would be interested in giving it a try.

Consider a Contest

Another way to make workouts more fun for your clients is to hold a contest among them. You can be as creative as you want with the goals and rules of the contest, so long as it keeps things interesting and competitive. For example, you might hold a contest to see who can improve their running times the most within a two week period, or who can lose the highest percentage of body fat within a given month.

Further motivate clients by giving a prize or reward to the winners. A free training session, a gift card to a health foods store, or any other small prize can go a long way in keeping things fun and exciting!

Mix in New Exercises

A lot of times, clients will get “bored” of their workouts (even if they’re challenging) because they become too predictable and routine. Most clients like to be surprised and respond well to having their routines switched up slightly from time to time. As a personal trainer, then, you should always be looking for new exercises to incorporate into your clients’ sessions as a means of challenging them and helping them achieve their goals.

Join in

Last but not least, why not join in on your client’s next training session and complete part (or all) of the workout with them? Many clients feel more comfortable in such a situation and also enjoy knowing that their trainer is going through the same exercises and challenges as they are. This can also be a great opportunity for you to demonstrate proper form and posture for certain exercises, so it’s a win-win situation!

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World Badminton Championships: Kidambi Srikanth loses

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Srikanth went down fighting 14-21, 18-21 to world No. 1 Son Wan Ho of Korea in men’s singles competition.

Srikanth had emerged as India’s best bet at the event after clinching back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia and a final finish at the Singapore Open.

The 24-year-old from Guntur had come into the match with twin victories over Son Wan in June at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australia Open Super Series but it counted for little as the Korean dished out a near-perfect game to outclass the Indian in a 49-minute clash.

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What kind of diets do Athlete’s follow?

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

There are many myths surrounding diet which you come across when surfing the web. Again, I’m not sure how substantiated some of these claims are.  Here are a few stories. Usain Bolt famously said he ate a bucket of KFC chicken wings before breaking the 100m world record in Beijing en route to his Olympic Gold.

Micheal Phelps’ diet was splashed across every newspaper when he went on to win 8 gold medals in a single Olympics and it involved pizzas, pancakes, French toast and a ton of other things which no respectable dietician would recommend. My training partner in the UK who was the World No 1 squash player was a pure vegetarian!

Now, this is not to demean the importance nutrition has on an athlete’s performance. In fact, many of the very best athletes in the world are paranoid about the quality of food they eat and the number of calories they consume. However, the underlying point I’m trying to drive home is that it’s important to eat well and make sure you consume the right foods but getting obsessive about diet is pretty meaningless.

In fact, I’m sure many non-athletes would be surprised at the kinds of food which are consumed by top performers the night before an important match.

The takeaway message is that by and large all top performers are very aware of the advantages of having a healthy balanced diet (which they do follow a majority of the time), but for many, it’s not a binding clause or something which they get neurotic over.