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Parag stands 5th in world meet
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Parag Mhetre (left) along with competitors from 35 other
countries at the World Kettlebell Championship in Hamburg, Germany, in November 2014.
Parag Mhetre, the founder of Pune-based Energy Kettlebell Fitness Academy, stood 5th in the overall rankings at the Open World Kettlebell Championship, held in Hamburg, Germany, in November last year. He was pitted against competition veterans from 35 other countries.

He is ranked No. 1 in Asia with 2x24-kg kettlebells, and now 5th in world in his weight category. “My experience representing India at the championships was one of the best moments of my life,” Parag said. “It was also good to see the Indian tri-colour fluttering at the championship venue.”
Parag also contributes articles for bodyLIFE-India. To see Parag perform at the German world kettlebell championships, go to


India’s first kettlebell contest underway
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India’s first Kettlebell Championship League, with a top prize of Rs 1.5 lakh, got underway in Bangalore recently. The largest platform for kettlebell lifters and fitness enthusiasts is being organised by Pune-based Energy Kettlebell Fitness Academy and Mumbai-based Unlimited Nutrition.

The championships began in Fitt Club in Vijaynagar, Bangalore, on 11 January. Other competitions are to be held in Mumbai

(1 February), Chennai (8 February) and Kolkata (22 February), culminating in the finals on 22 March this year.

The contests are preceded by awareness demonstrations and kettlebell certification workshops in all these cities. For details, write to [email protected]


Koochie Play launches outdoor gyms
yoga magazine in india KooFit, a range of outdoor gyms in India, was launched in Mumbai in November last year. The new outdoor exercise equipment, which will give citizens a way to stay fit and active, was launched at a gathering of architects, consultants, builders and media. The exercise equipment has been designed and developed by sports and exercise professionals to provide strength, cardiovascular, flexibility as well as balance and co-ordination training for all major muscle groups for all ages and abilities.

The use of the equipment makes exercise available to all while encouraging the use of green spaces, healthier living, social interaction and fitness and getting people outdoors. These units can be installed in a variety of locations such as residential apartments, public parks, beaches, school campuses, playgrounds, resorts, hotels or even prisons.
“These outdoor gyms are a wonderful addition to the health and recreation facilities,” according to Roben Dass, CMD of Koochie Play Systems. It is an internationally certified provider of solutions in the field of outdoor playground, outdoor fitness and safety flooring equipment in India. Its products are tested and certified in France, Australia and Taiwan by the prestigious EN-1176 certification.


For work-life balance, walk the talk
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Walking regularly helps people restore their work-life balance, makes them calmer, happier and more positive towards life. Around 36% walkers in Delhi and 26% in Mumbai say that their work-life balance has improved after walking, as they have started leaving office on time so that they can walk a certain distance.

The findings of the Max Bupa ‘Walk for Health Survey 2014’ reinforce the numerous physical and psychological benefits of walking, including better health, positive lifestyle changes, improvement in eating and sleeping patterns, according to Max Bupa Chief Executive Officer, Manasije Mishra.

The Max Bupa Walk for Health initiative, now in its third season, is an endeavour to encourage people to walk regularly for a healthier and more successful life. The first two editions of Max Bupa Walk for Health (2012 and 2013) saw participation of more than 40,000 people in the two cities.

The survey also revealed how technology motivates different age groups and genders to walk more. People in the older age group are more disciplined and focused while walking. However, those in the middle and younger age groups like to multitask, engage on social networking sites or apps while walking.

The survey also said that every 4 out of 5 walkers suffering from serious chronic ailments in Delhi and Mumbai have health insurance policies. Almost 90% of people in the younger age group had insured their health, followed by the middle age group at 82%.


Pilardio coming to India!

Pilardio, the group fitness concept, will be available for everybody in gyms across the globe. New York City, Amsterdam, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Munich, Pune, Stockholm and Berlin are on the radar of its German inventor, Jasmin Waldmann.

The life coach and Master Trainer said the programme would unfold in phases, going into the year 2020. Pilardio nutrition programmes will be available in seminars in New Delhi and the National Capital region (NCR) even online and via books. These books will appear in the second half of 2015.

Pilardio started in Germany 2009. Its official debut in India is slated for February 2015 in Gurgaon and New Delhi, and will spread out to Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Pilardio education will also soon get underway. To become a certified Pilardio instructor (starting at Level I), class education lasts three days, self study is spread over six weeks, followed by an examination to test theory and practice. A certificate is valid for a year (needs to be refreshed in a 1-day course) and entitles successful graduates to teach Pilardio in gyms all over the world.

Those interested must be Pilates instructors with experience in body-mind programmes, and basic certification in human anatomy, physiology and nutrition.
For more information write to [email protected]



Skewed lipid levels endanger Indians

There is a reason why heart attacks kill every fifth Indian, according to a study conducted last year by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), based in New Delhi. According to the Times of India, quoting the 28-state survey, 79% of Indians have skewed lipid levels.

Any abnormality in the level of lipids (fatty acids that are essential for the working of every cell) can lead to thickening of arteries, and thereby lead to heart problems. The ICMR survey collected data from four regions: Maharashtra (West), Chandigarh (North), Jharkhand (East) and Tamil Nadu (South).

According to the study’s lead author, Dr Shashank Joshi, endocrinologist at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, low HDL level was the most common lipid abnormality among Indians. The finding that 72% Indians have low levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) holds true across the country. Dr Joshi said there was little or no difference in lipid levels between urban and rural populations.

One of the authors of the study, Chennai-based Dr V. Mohan, is quoted by the newspaper as saying Indian diet is high on carbohydrates, associated with high levels of fat or triglycerides. “When a person has high levels of triglycerides, he/she will have low HDL. There is an inverse relationship between triglycerides and good cholesterol,” Dr Mohan told the newspaper.

There is no magic pill to raise “good” cholesterol. Exercise and diet control are the only hope. Dr Nalini Shah, who heads KEM Hospital’s endocrinology department in Mumbai, pointed to the ill effects of “extra-dense calories we tuck in” and “the sedentary lifestyle we lead, where all we move is a few buttons”.



Germans growing taller!

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Participants were measured using the latest contactless 3D scanner technology, once seated and in three different standing positions.

People in Central Europe are getting taller. For example, in the last 130 years, the average German male has shot up in height by about 16 cm, an increase of over 1 cm every decade.

Clothing manufacturers and retailers aim to offer clothing that fits well for as many people as possible. To keep up with the constant changes in body shape, they have to adapt their pattern designs.

This is done with the help of body measurement tables drawn up on the basis of representative size surveys. In Germany, the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim has been carrying these out regularly since 1957. The results of the last ‘Size Germany’ representative size survey were published in 2009.

The body measurements of 13,362 men, women and children, aged between 6 and 87 years, were recorded at 31 locations all over Germany. Participants were measured using the latest contactless 3D scanner technology, once seated and in three different standing positions.

This provided 44 body measurements such as hip and chest circumference for the clothing industry and 53 measurements for use in technical ergonomics, including design of fitness equipment. The measurements were linked to socio-demographic data, such as age and gender.

For women, the size survey in Germany threw up the following changes: height increase of approximately 1 cm, bust circumference increase of about 2.3 cm, waist circumference increase of approx. 4.1 cm, and hip circumference increase of about 1.8 cm.

For men too there was a shift towards larger garment sizes: height increase of approx. 3.2 cm, chest circumference increase of 7.3 cm, waist circumference increase of 4.4 cm, and hip circumference increase of 3.6 cm.



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