My eternal quest to find an aerobics class in kolkata!

It’s funny how all these “fitness” classes in Kolkata go out of the way to proclaim that they are “NOT” aerobic classes. It’s like doing Aerobics here is unthinkable..some sort of “sacrilege”! Soumen’s Workout gloated “No no this is NOT aerobics..This is much better”..Another class I joined at solace also gloated “Aaha..You are lucky you came here and not to some “Aerobics” class’…I wonder why…maybe it doesn’t suit the bengali physique? Aah..god knowss..

Anyways continuing this “journey” of mine —– Soumen’s workout din’t really work out for me :)..I went for 3 weeks that too with a lot of self-motivation because those classes just couldnt do enough of that!! It was slow,boring and repetitive and To add to all this, they hardly ever put on the music..I can’t workout while hearing ek-dui-tin-char—-aat–ulti di –saat bla bla…To their credit, they did switch on the music system once in while..and It would repetitively play Michael Jackson..Beat It and Heal The World..LoL! Try exercising to Heal the world and see how far you get!..So yeah that led to the demise of “soumen’s workout’ for me..

I took a break for 2-3 months before I started my search once again. This time I landed up in Solace Day Spa and Wellness Center (in Sunny Park, Ballygunge) , this high-end place which looks all swanky and nice..Although on google it said “aerobics in solace”, when I went there I found out they DONT offer aerobics but something called “body balancing and Pilates”. I decided to try out for it and see what they got. I signed up for a 8 classes ka package, 1400 Rs for that (10 Classes – 1600 Rs, 12 Classes a month – 1800 Rs).Its taken by this very lithe lady, a fitness instructo, Mrinalini Mukherjee who looks and is as flexible as a 25 year old (But is more than a decade older)..I got motivated to sign on just by looking at her! :)..She had an awesomely clear complexion , not to mention the fact that she looked fit and toned! Anyhow moving on to WHAT she teaches,it was basically like an advanced yoga class. Warmup session in the beginning included doing “Surya Namaskars” around 5-6 times and I was surprised how sweaty THAT got to me. With that done, she followed it up with the “body balancing” routines, flowy moves designed to improve your flexibility and strengthen some parts of your body. This just proved to be further testimony to my “unfit” body — I couldn’t balance myself on my 2 hands and 2 legs without them buckling under all that weight ! I was discouraged but the other girls in the class said things will get better with time and it DID..The next class I was successful in supporting myself but just BARELY !! My hands and legs were involuntarily trembling like a 90 year old woman’s! After 2-3 classes, I started feeling better about myself although there were some moves Mrinalini used to do which had me just gaping at her not having the guts to even attempt! She used to balance herself on one hand and one leg…with the other leg in air..lol…no can do that! Sadly after 5 classes, I had some guests and then had to go out of station, so that was the end of my tryst with “body balancing”. I loved the class but feel that to really get the benefits of this class, you should already be fit..This class cannot make you fit from a completely unfit chump, but it can help you be fitter and reach the pinnacles of fitness ONCE you are half way there! 🙂

So I’ve had 2 half hearted attempts at “working out” in Kolkata.Both interrupted by my travel schedule (1st year of my marriage and all that!). Once you are out of the “groove”, its very difficult to go back to it :(..Anyhow I begin my 3rd attempt tomm with Indira Anklesaria’s Calorie Burn Center (Lovelock Place) (I do wish they had a nicer cooler name though, but what’s in a name huh?:))..I finally found someone who said “We do aerobics” without feeling apologetic about it!! Phew. I like the flexibility they offer in terms of number of classes you choose to come (The rate is around 200 Rs per class). Let’s wait and watch how this one turns out.. Wish me luck..

To a THINNER and FITTER new ME …Cheers

Get Great Abs While At Work!! ;)

Man doesnt the title sound like those TeleShoppe Ads or smthing. But its not so lame..Trust me.Since I am back to my aerobics regime these days, I feel qualified to give fitness advice again 😉
So anyways, I came across these cool exercises to get those great abs (courtesy eDiets.com I subscribe to its daily digest :)) and you can actually do it at work..I am doing the second one as I write this.:D and you can always do the first one in the restroom!

Let me paste it for the benefit of ignorant ones and for those who arent able to find the article in midst of all those ads there..:D

And the story till now is that the stomach is divided into 4 muscles and the Transversus is the one responsible for giving you your flat stomach..Whenever you suck ur stomach in , this is that miraculous muskle at work…

Someday We’ll have that tooo

TWO GREAT EXERCISES FOR FLATTENING THE STOMACH

By this point, you know I’m going to focus only on the transversus. Don’t forget, you have to work all four areas of the abdominals for maximum effectiveness and core stability. But my focus is only about how to get a flat midsection.

The following exercises are the most efficient for flattening. They may seem unorthodox to the novice, but highly effective. Practice these exercises three to four days per week and perform two to three sets of each.

1. ABDOMINAL VACUUM ON ALL FOURS — Position the heel of your hands under your shoulders and the knees directly under your hips. Keep your spine in a neutral position and maintain this position throughout the contraction.Start by exhaling all the air from your lungs. Then, relax your abdomen and let it hang like a loose sling, but don’t increase the arch in your lower back. Next, pull the belly button up and in toward the spine, without motion at the rib cage or pelvis.

If your pelvis or rib cage moves, you aren’t isolating the transversus. It helps to watch yourself in a mirror and have someone put a hand under the belly button. Let your belly relax onto the person’s hand and then contract and pull your belly off the hand. Try to hold the contraction for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t do this contraction correctly, you are either weak in your transversus abdominis or your other abdominals may be dominant.

2. ABDOMINAL VACUUM — This is a lot like the exercise above, but you’re just sitting up straight. In a seated position, exhale all the air from your lungs. After completely exhaling, pull the abdomen inward and hold for 20-30 seconds. Continue to breathe lightly through your nostrils, but make sure you are pulling your abs in as if you are attempting to make your abs and back touch. You may find this one a little easier than #1 due to the positioning.

If performed with consistency, these exercises, added to your regular abs workout, will yield outstanding results. Within three to four weeks, you’ll find your abs pulling in and feeling tighter. Just remember to supplement it with a healthy nutrition, weight training and cardio program.

Happy Working Out You All ! If there are any success stories, do let me know..

Aerobic Airs

There’s something about Aerobics, which makes me feel I am Great! (Hey am finally doing justice to my “megalomaniac” title ;))

I mean, as compared to the other poor chubby souls jumping up and down.Never mind that I have started outweighing more than half those “healthy” girls!!

Aerobics..Not my class..we are 1 round healthier :D

Its what I term as my “Aerobic Airs“..Once I reach that class, I NEED to stand in the first line and NEED to do it better than everyone else present.If by chance , there’s someone more Hyper than me, then I almost get “fits” in my quest to better her (I mean imagine the Instructor coming to you and saying “Slow Girl..Cool Down!!” ) and Needless to say, the next day I wont be able to move ahem…any part of my body.. Oh and did I mention my constant need to stare at myself at the mirror ..I think thats part of the reason why I need to stand in the first line.And the thought that keeps running in my mind WHILST doing aerobics –> I MUST be inspiring some poor soul in the class(Ya rite!!), I need to jump more and inspire more..(I am surprised people dont get scared looking at this out of shape round wobbly shape hyper actively Jumping up and down!!) Wow…If only I was like this at work, I would have been CEO of some darn company..Imagine me working harder than anyone else in the company..Hahahah Hehhe..ROTFL..phew that was a funnnny thot..
Okieeee then! Sometimes I think I am slightly whackoooo..