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Kicks and Punches/ The room
Shed fat with the right kicks and punches at the Boxfit sessions at The Room. The popular fitness trend in town borrows boxing and kick-boxing moves and puts them together in a 60-minute full body workout. The fitness and lifestyle club from Brussels launched in Pune in April 2016 offers a host of wellness regimes like spinning, pilates, Pump, TRX training, aerobics and zumba.
On the Move The Room’s instructors, also called caretakers, offer a host of customised programmes such as a 30 day fitness programme, outdoor activities like treks to scenic locations and runs. To take the boredom out of working out, they combine HIIT with foot tapping music to create a party atmosphere while burning calories.
Trend Spotting The trend, they say, is towards a lean body rather than bulk. Fitness regimes that balance strength, endurance, cardio and flexibility are popular, so functional training, HIIT, zumba and pilates are among the most sought after work outs. Also popular is spinning which combines the advantages of high intensity cardio with lower body strengthening without impacting the joints and is said to burn more than 700 calories in an hour. PRICE Memberships start at Rs 495 AT theroom.com
Mix and Match/ Multifit
A workout session at Multifit. Photo by Danesh Jassawala
Want to master the quick moves made by Bruce Lee on screen? Learn Jeet Kune Do-or JKD-an American Chinese martial arts form that comes with a host of benefits such as better adaptability and concentration besides a fit body. Or blend Bhangra steps with the kicks and blows of the full-contact combat mixed martial arts. Cutting out the boredom of gym routines, Multifit offers a host of fitness forms that are focused on functional training.
The chain of fitness studios has the iFit programme that integrates the immensely popular High Intensity Interval Training with yoga, dance steps, calisthenics and kick boxing. The combination routine, besides offering something new everyday, keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. PRICE Starts at `500 for one session AT multifit.in
Happy feet/ Folk fitness
Move over zumba and Bollywood, Pune is mastering the swaying moves of the koli dance and the circular swirls of garba to tone up and get fit. Folk Fitness, designed by Aarti Pandey, is fast getting popular in fitness studios as an all-body workout. The choreographed group workout draws from 122 Indian folk dance forms and mixes the steps with cardio exercises.
A Koli dance class at Folk Fitness studio
“You can burn up to 1000 calories in every sweat-soaked hour long workout,” says Pandey. The session starts with a quick round of meditation where people are urged to disconnect from other thoughts and enjoy ‘me-time’. The full body workout exercises the upper and lower body equally and also imparts information about the folk dance practices from different parts of the country.
Know your Dance The koli dance is said to strengthen the upper body, garba tones the lower back, and the clapping and wrist movements work on the hands and arms. AT myfolkfitness.com
Work and Play/ Om Studio
There’s never a boring workout here. Entrepreneur and yoga teacher Rinul Pashankar mixes traditional yoga with dance steps, throws in a bit of pilates and wraps up with a deeply relaxing sound meditation session.
An Ariel flow class at Om Studio. Photo by Danesh Jassawala
“We are building a community of people who are inclined towards the arts and wellness,” says Pashankar who founded Om Studio with her sister-in-law Ruby Pashankar in 2015. Trained in Iyengar and Sivananda yoga, Pashankar picked up the techniques of aerial yoga in Hong Kong. In the aerial flow class, Pashankar combines traditional postures with dance steps and pilates to create a seamless and enjoyable flow of movements.
Go here for She invites therapists and experts to conduct wellness sessions that can range from sound meditation and acupressure to acro yoga. FEES Starts at Rs 3,000 for a month AT omstudio.in
Nature’s Bounty/ Quan Spa
Imagine raiding your kitchen larder for a fix of relaxation and beauty. Skip the hard work and instead check into Quan Spa which has a new menu of spa treatments that use natural ingredients like coconut, sea salt and rice to exfoliate, replenish and rejuvenate.
Coconut body scrub at Quan Spa. Photo by Mandar Deodhar
They have a coconut body scrub that polishes off dead skin using coconut bark, sea salt and the popular beauty potion of grape seed oil. For more pampering, they offer a coconut wrap that leaves the skin nourished and relaxed.
Spa Time Quan has packages that tap into the five elements of nature. So, while Prithvi includes a hot stone massage, facial and an aromatic sleep bath, Aakash is the Ayurveda-inspired abhyangam massage, herbal pouch and a rose and ashwagandha bath. PRICE Starts at Rs 2,500 AT J W Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road
Eat for Health/ Thrive
The next time you decide to pop pills for that persistent acidity, get a diet makeover from Thrive along with the medicines. “Let food be the medicine,” says Mugdha Pradhan, 39, who launched Thrive along with her former business partner Trusha Dethe, 34, to assist people in fighting chronic ailments with just food.
Mugdha Pradhan founder, Thrive
After years of battling various diseases ranging from PCOD and fibromylagia to depression, the duo studied functional nutrition. While the guidelines are laid down by the Institute of Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University, Thrive offers customised programmes for people with different needs. The basics, however, are about cutting out inflammatory foods, eliminating allergens, healing the gut and fighting off chronic diseases.
“Eating foods you are allergic to causes inflammation, which leads to swelling, fluid retention and weight gain. Avoid common inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy and processed sugar foods. A plant based diet is ideal for human well-being. Fruits and vegetables are the most important part of your diet,” says Pradhan. PRICE Packages start at Rs 12,000 for a month AT thrivefnc.com
Food for the soul/ Avanti Deshpande
If you’re already gearing up for bikini ready body for the festive season, the last thing you should do is get on to a crash diet. “This weight always bounces back. Don’t starve or follow fad diets which slow down your metabolism.
Photo by Danesh Jassawala
Instead, eat right and exercise well,” says Avanti Deshpande, 40, a noted renowned nutriti genomic counsellor and corporate wellness coach who consults with corporate, fitness centres and restaurants on diet and menu planning.
The columnist and author recommends picking seasonal fruits and vegetables and keeping sugar out of the diet completely. Eat Right Stock your kitchen with warming foods like jaggery and sesame and hearty soups for the winter. Follow the formula of eating five portions of fruits and vegetables and drinking 10 glasses of water in a day.
Do’s and Don’ts Deshpande says that a common mistake that people make it to skip breakfast and drink tea in the morning. PRICE Starts at Rs 500 per session AT avantideshpande