Category: Pune

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HIIT: Strength, Endurance and Rajesh

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the best ways to build strength and endurance. It works on core functional exercises, which are performed with  great intensity with very small intervals of rest in between different exercises and sets. I have been doing weight training for a while and tried various techniques to build strength and  endurance. I spoke with Rajesh, a top HIIT, strength and fitness trainer at RAAW gym in Pune. Rajesh recently won the Lift For India (an event dedicated to families of victims of Pulwama terror attack) held at Recomp gym. I had also participated in the competition and posted my videos here. Rajesh is known for strength, endurance and power. His best one rep in Squats is 200 kg i.e. 440 lbs.

Rajesh has won numerous fitness events at the national and state level and is a promising power lifter. He was kind enough to share time with me and recommended a few exercises for strengthening core and endurance. I prefer to record my videos impromptu for on the road feel. Thankful to RAAW management for their support in shooting the video and deeply grateful to Rajesh. I would be soon releasing my video as well. Its time to put a video face to the blog. Lot more exclusive work is coming soon. If you like the video, please subscribe to the You Tube channel.

True Grit: Tinkesh and Fitness

Recently uploaded a video of my interview with Tinkesh on Twitter. I met Tinkesh at a gym in Pune and got impressed by his calm demeanor and true grit. In spite of adversity, he followed his childhood dream to become a fitness trainer through sheer determination. Tinkesh was electrocuted when he was a kid and lost both his legs and one arm. Over the course of his life, people helped him in his endeavor. A nonprofit, Aditya Mehta Foundation, sponsored his prosthesis for both limbs and Tinkesh successfully ran 10K and 5K long distance runs with Maj D. P. Singh “the Blade Runner” from India. Tinkesh follows a strict diet and strength training regime to keep fit. I spoke with him at my house in Pune, India.

 

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Cafes and Pizzas

Two fabulous cafes in Koregaon Park, Pune are Zen Cafe and One O Eight Lifestyle Cafe. Zen Cafe is a hidden jewel in the lane adjoining Starbucks. It’s a relatively new place compared to One O Eight Lifestyle Cafe. One O Eight Lifestyle Cafe, is very visible and vibrant café in Lane 5. Both cafes are known for their scintillating organic food especially my favorite blends of organic tea. 

Zen Cafe is right next to my favorite pizza place, 1441 Pizzeria. 1441 Pizzeria crowing glory is its make your own choice pizza which reminds me of my favorite pizza joint in Ann Arbor. 

An exclusive coming soon…

Sister Lucy Kurien to be felicitated with Nari Shakti Award

Sister Lucy Kurien, founder of Maher India will be awarded The Nari Shakti National Award 2015 on 8 March at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi by President of India.

I have covered Maher in many articles here on my blog and contribution of Sister Lucy and team Maher are well appreciated and respected. Its great that Indian government has finally recognized her tireless humanitarian efforts. We need more women like Sister Lucy in our great country.

Evening time at Poona School

Got to teach at Poona School today. I had missed the kids considering my Yoga Vacation at Sivananada Ashram. Took for the first time a late class at 7.10 pm but the similes on all the kids makes my day. Taught the subtle difference between words like See/ Watch and Observe. Plan to bring some more innovative methods to teach them also known as impactful education.

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