Running, crossfit, yoga asanas – all in one session…

Mixed workouts are the latest fad among Indore’s fitness freaks
Given the scorching heat, one would think that outdoor workouts may have taken a backseat for the citizens. But several groups of fitness enthusiasts dotting the parks and streets of Indore early in the morning are proving otherwise. Not only are they up and running about during the peak summers, they are also doing all they can to spice up their workout routines by mixing and matching a number of different exercises. As a result, what begins with either cycling or running quickly transitions into yoga, followed by some crossfit routine and culminating in calming stretches and meditation.
Here’s more on the mixed workout regime, that is catching up fast with Indoreans.

Step 1: Cardio

At the crack of dawn, one can easily spot entrepreneur Chandresh Jhurani pedaling away on his cycle with a small group of fellow cycling enthusiasts. After clocking in, say, 20 km the group retreats to Yeshwant Club, where they bring out their yoga mats. “Sticking to just cardio or just gymming exercises gets monotonous. In our group, we begin with low or high intensity cardio like cycling or running, and then move towards a mixed set of exercises like yoga asanas, crunches, skipping, crossfit training, etc,” shares Chandresh.

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Like him, many others begin their regime with cardio and end it with a more calming exercises. Fitness trainer Sangharsh Yadav, who is not only a part of this group, but also a personal trainer at a Saket-based gym, shares, “Beginning with cardio has its own advantages. For beginners especially, it gets their body to gradually warm up for more intense physical activities that will follow. It pumps adrenalin, which helps one gain momentum for crossfit training exercises.”

S tep 2: Crossfit and yoga

The idea is to go from higher to lower intensity exercises. Once the motion is set with cardio, it is followed by vigorous sets of crunches, skipping, kickboxing or zumba. Deepesh Kumar, a senior marketing manager, who is a part of one such mixed workout group, says, “After running for 10-12 km on a weekday morning, my group hits one of the city parks, where we begin with multiple sets of high intensity exercises like 100 squats, 300 skipping jumps, three sets of rapid mountain climbers, five sets of burpees, etc. We keep mixing these with kickboxing and zumba on weekends, when our trainers join us.”

Neeraj Bhansali and Chandresh Jhurani doing workout_edit

When his junior Sakshi Bhargava, a marketing executive, heard about the routine, she immediately joined the group. Now, two weeks in, she tells us, “I had joined a neighbourhood gym in New Palasia, but after half an hour of training, I would get bored with the same sets and machines. When Deepesh sir told me about his mixed workout group I decided to give it a try. At this group, it is not only the variety of exercises that keep me invested, but the happy vibe and the motivation to push ourselves has me hooked,” says Sakshi.

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After these concentrated routines are wrapped up, the group does yoga for at least half an hour. “We try to incorporate power yoga in our routine to stretch our muscles. Besides that, we do rounds of suryanamaskars – 10 for beginners and 30 for old timers. Other favs include adhogaumukh asana, naukasana, veerbhadra asana,and plank variations,” says Mukti Chouhan, a yoga trainer who joins the group on alternate week days.

Step 3: Meditation

After an hour and a half of exhaustive exercises, the regime ends with a half-hour relaxing meditation session to calm the senses and the mind. “The last half an hour of our workout is dedicated to stretches – shavasana followed by meditation. This helps cool down the body gradually, and releases whatever tension or stress may have built up,” shares Chandresh. Other members also feel that this is a fitting end to a vigorous session of workouts. “It not only brings the body back to the former calm state, but I have noticed that ever since I have started following this routine, I have been able to concentrate better at work, and feel less tired,” adds Sa


Author: Ayaan