The Shivfit Way: Work out like a boss with Shivoham, Aamir Khan's trainer for Ghajini
There’s a huge pandemonium in the fitness domain. From multiple apps, new workout regimens to combination fitness programs, there’s a lot to choose from. While a regular at the gym may have discovered what works for their body, a newbie might give up even before the start because of the frenzy created.
For such beginners who may be wondering where to start The Shivfit Way is perhaps a good choice. Published by Penguin, The Shivfit Way: A Comprehensive Functional Fitness Programme by fitness expert Shivoham and co-author Shrenik Avlani, is a guide for those who have finally decided to get off the couch and move their bodies.
For the uninitiated, Mumbai-based Shivoham is the man behind Aamir Khan’s chiseled looks in Ghajini, Jacqueline Fernandez’s agile body and Sonakshi Sinha’s fit form. Through the book, Shivoham busts some myths about fitness and also provides a detailed guide for workouts that cover the complete body.
Shrenik, who has trained under Shivoham and has co-authored the guide says, “The best part about the book is that it is interactive. Exercises are mentioned at regular intervals betwween chapters. Towards the end the workouts come with a table so it becomes your workout log. While there are multiple workout logs being sold online to note down your exercises, this book has an edge because it is both a manual and a log. It makes the book practical and not just dead weight.”
In fact, the six chapters in the book — Fitness, Foundations, Work Out Like a Boss, Exercise Glossary, Mind Over Body and Nutrition: You Are What You Eat — cover all the aspects in detail required to understand the combination of working out optimally with the right food intake.
The chapter on nutrition also throws light on fad diets and diets followed by celebrities and the myths about protein shakes. The reason why this guide works instead of fitness advice that’s available online is the fact that this is legit information from Shivoham himself.
“There’s so much information online that people don’t know who to follow and how to follow. Those who are giving advice base it on their personal experiences which may or may not work for others. This book draws from my experience that comes with training different people,” says Shivoham.
Mixing it up
The routines recommended in the book are a mix of weightlifting, dynamic explosive training, body weight exercises, gymnastics and cardio-vascular exercises. The workouts are meant to focus on the entire body and large muscle groups (thighs, hamstrings, back and shoulders) that need to be strengthened for day-to-day tasks.
The end-result of a fitness regimen for a non-celebrity would mean (as quoted in the book), “For the average person, fitness could mean something as simple as going through an entire day of work and having enough energy to indulge in their hobbies or run and play freely with their kids without feeling exhausted,” and The Shivfit Way certainly attempts to help achieve that.
Get a move on
While a lot of importance is given to stretches and warm up before you start working out, Shivoham says mobility exercises are equally important — as they free up the joints to ensure that your body can go through the full range of the workout. Think walking hip openers or standing on your heels and rocking back and forth for ankle mobility.
INR 250. Published by Penguin Random House India.
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