The man responsible for Ranveer Singh’s look in Padmaavat and for Hrithik Roshan’s all-year-round Greek God bod, has some advice for all of us. Sedentary or active, he thinks fitness is an essential to every lifestyle. He also thinks that there’s no one style of workout for us all. We caught up with this uber fit celeb trainer Mustafa Ahmed at the launch of his new fitness studio PLAY by AKRO in Mumbai and asked him to recommend tips on how everyone can embrace a routine to stay fit. So whether you’re an office seat warmer or a moody gym goer, here’s what you need to do to take your fitness a little more seriously.
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"There’s no one style of workout for everyone."

If you spend most of your time sitting

Most of us who’ve embraced the 9am-9pm work lifestyle spend our days gliding from home to car, to office to car and back home, with hardly any time for workout. To get out of this sedentary rut, Ahmed recommends walking. Take the stairs, walk to the market, be more active even in small ways and just keep walking around. Also Read: How to Pick a Marathon-Ready Fitness Tracker

If you’re lightly active

For the ones who’ve already embraced walking as part of their routine, you can take it up a notch by introducing easy workouts like push-ups, pull-ups or free squats. Putting in even 15 minutes of this routine in the morning will leave you feeling better, says Ahmed. Agreeing with the advice, Hrithik Roshan, who came to help Ahmed launch the gym, says that it is important to do something, even if it’s for 10-15 minutes. On days he’s too busy to spend hours in the gym, he makes sure that he can pull out at least 15 minutes of any kind of workout before he ends his day.
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"Get active, even if it's for 15 minutes."

If you’re the occasional gym goer

If you’re a bored gym goer with lack of motivation to keep you going, Ahmed recommends you set targets. This way you can keep challenging yourself more and eventually progress better.

If you aspire to become a Hrithik Roshan

Ahmed says hard work is how you become a Hrithik Roshan. There are no short cuts, you need to make fitness a serious lifestyle with complete dedication. Add in some strength training, mobility drills, a lot of stretches and weight and functional training to your routine. You have to make sure you put in about two sessions of such training in a day if you aspire for Hrithik’s Greek God body. Roshan himself recommends that if you have an intense workout routine, half of your time should be utilised for stretching and mobility training because these are very important for a successful workout.
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“We’ve never really had a bad workout or a workout where we’ve finished and felt like we can’t take over the world.”

On 2018’s workout trend

Ahmed thinks that functional training, strength and conditioning and body weight movements are going to be a big hit this year. He also thinks that 2018’s going to be about outdoor training, which is doing the same kind of workout you’d do indoor but instead people will be doing them outdoor. For instance, doing it by the beach or in a garden. This allows people to connect with nature that has its own benefits.

On fitness wearables: Yea or Nay?

Ahmed says lot of people find using fitness wearables beneficial to their workout. He’s also seen Roshan use gadgets like a heart-rate monitor and the Mi band. While Mustafa used to be a Fitbit user, he now likes to be self-driven and not motivated by his success as read by the fitness band. Also Read: Rana Daggubati’s Personal Trainer Reveals the Incredible Secret Behind His Baahubali Physique

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