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ANOTHER benefit of having a personal trainer is the variety in workout which may not be possible in a group class or a gym. A trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and mind.

Even if you just do a few sessions or meet every few weeks, you'll find it refreshing to have new workouts and new exercise toys to play with.

"In a gym you are most likely to restrict your exercises to cardio and strength training while a personal trainer can add spice to your workout with pilates, kickboxing, dance aerobics and yoga too. In a way, a good personal trainer has a good knowledge of everything," says Dua.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to buy heavy equipment to work out at home. Several exercises can be done using your own body weight while you can get free weights like light dumbbells and treadmill at home.

"Many of my clients don't have any equipment while some have the basics like dumbbells, stability ball, portable step, treadmill or a stationary cycle. A personal trainer can help you achieve your fitness goals even if there is no equipment available," says Varma.


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'My workout synchronises with my lifestyle'

KUSHAGRA Nagrath feels his life has changed for better after getting a personal trainer. Being into hotel business means he was eating out most of the time, worked till late night and had no time for exercise. "I have always been a sportsperson but the pressures of professional and personal life made me put on weight and though I joined a popular high end gym, it seemed to be a wastage of time," the 36-year-old recalls.

"My workout was lopsided concentrating on bulking up rather than building stamina which the gym trainer failed to point out," he adds.

Not surprisingly, such an approach did not help raise his fitness level. A personal trainer told him how his lifestyle required better endurance than big muscles to deal with challenges of daily life. "Since the big machines are not there, the temptation to bulk up is gone. I have lost 16 kg and have good muscle tone. My immunity is far better and despite late night shifts, I wake up fresh every morning. The habit of smoking is also down substantially and I am coaching my son's football team on a part time basis," he quips.

By MANU MOUDGIL | Mail Today
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