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24 Apr

The next level of fitness training

Experts weigh in and breakdown the anatomy of new-fangled fitness regimens that are currently trending

As newer apps roll out on a month-to-month basis in the tech turf, the fitness orb is no stranger to an amplification of its existing techniques. When it comes to fitness, we’re always on the hunt for that new ‘magic formulae’ of a workout that, at the snap of a finger, takes us from flab to fab! As a swarm of new workout regimens have stormed the fitness domain and as a to-be-wed, challenging your body with a goal to shape up, especially before your big day, requires for you to indulge in the right workouts and be aware of the newer workout fads.


What to watch out for

“There are a lot of novel workouts that are trending in the fitness industry, of which some are new fitness innovations and others, a revamp of old routines with some variation in techniques. Functional training, cross-fit training, DTP training are popular, especially in the ‘fitness meets wedding’ scenario as these workouts not only help you shape up, but also take your workouts a notch higher,” opines Vinod Channa, celebrity fitness expert. Revealing some of the other trending fitness routines, Althea Shah, a fitness expert, says, “Suspension training like Rip: 60 and TRX are gaining momentum. The Rip: 60 workout is an eight-week, scientifically designed progression of movements for a complete, total-body transformation. It uses suspension training and resistance training using specialised bands and own body weight for resistance. Core training continues to pick pace as it stresses on the strengthening of muscles of the abdomen, thorax, and back and typically includes exercises of the hips, lower back, and abdomen, all of which provide support for the spine and thorax. Core training often uses stability balls, BOSU balls, wobble boards, foam rollers, and other pieces of equipment. Functional fitness is another routine that catches the fancy of to-be weds on the road to fitness as it uses strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to improve your ability to perform activities of daily living. Zumba and other dance workouts that combine Latin rhythms with interval-type exercise and resistance training is the next big trend, especially for couples. Not only do they help you burn calories, but also is a great way to spend time working out together as a couple and you get to learn some great dance moves for the big day!”

Pilates as a workout technique continues to keep a hold of its healthy charm. “Pilates, as a form of workout, is designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. It improves your core, facilitates inch loss, helps with building your endurance and strength, while providing you with lean body mass, flexibility and better posture. The workouts focus on specific areas individually, whilst using exercises that integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function. It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. For a to-be-wed, a time frame of three to six months prior to the big day is sufficient as far as Pilates is concerned in order to achieve a good level of fitness. A 45-minute session, three times a week is just the dose of exercise required to tone and chisel your body before your big event,” says Samir Purohit, owner, The Pilates Studio, Mumbai.


For everyone else, there’s bootcamp!

For to-be brides and grooms who are not too drawn to convoluted workouts and prefer something clear-cut, conventional yet up-to-the-minute, then Bootcamp is the way to go. Shalini Bhargava, Director, JG’S Fitness Centre, explains, “Bootcamp typically blends military style and athletic performance drills. The workout is straight-forward and intense and can be done outdoors and indoors. It is efficient as you workout your entire body, heart and muscles, by going from one exercise to another with no rest. The exercises combine calisthenics like push-ups, squats, crunches, jumping jacks, jogging, etc. The difference lies in the intensity. The challenge is to push your body to its limits. So, you work, you sweat, and best of all you burn loads of calories! What more could a bride-to-be ask for?”

Of innovations and overhauls

The Masala Bhangra Workout is an exercise dance routine that modernises the high-energy folk dance of bhangra by blending traditional bhangra dance steps and the exhilaration of Bollywood moves. Shalini says, “This unique dance exercise is suitable for participants of all ages and fitness levels. This exercise routine helps to tone the entire body and also enhances the mood and positive feelings, thereby working on the mind as well. The best part is that the overall workout feels less like a task and more fun and that is the added USP of this workout.”

JUKARI FIT TO FLY: This unique exercise module is the result of collaboration between Reebok and the French-Canadian acrobatic troupe, Cirque du Soleil. “It uses musicality and vibrant colours of Cirque du Soleil to make working out fun. It boosts muscle endurance, core strength along with toning up your entire body. The long (approx 95”) light-weight, broad and flat elastic band offers gentle assistance in each of the unique moves, which allows for a lengthening and sculpting full-body workout,” says Althea.

 BODYPUMP™: This is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. “This 60-minute workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls. Great music, awesome instructors and your choice of weight inspire you to get the results you came for—and fast! For a groom-to-be, this is an ideal workout regimen to signup for,” feels Althea.

TABATA TRAINING: For brides and grooms-to-be on a tight schedule and time constraints, this super short workout with long-term results is a complete winner. “Tabata training is a protocol in which 20 seconds of high-intensity activity is followed by 10 seconds of rest, with that cycle repeating for four minutes—could be considered one of the earlier versions of high-intensity interval training. This particular style of interval training has profound effects even on short-term, post exercise metabolism. It would take five times the amount of typical cardio exercise, like a 20-minute brisk walk, to shed the same number of calories that are burned in a four-minute Tabata routine,” expresses Shalini. Whether you’re old-school when it comes to your workouts or are willing to pull up your socks and dive into something new and adventurous, the road to fitness before your big day has a lot to offer. With these trending fitness workouts, get ready for a body makeover that is sure to get your guests talking as you strut down the aisle on your big day!


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