Want to stay fit? Say Balle Balle! Does going to the gym sound boring to you? How about if you get your favourite dhol beats and Punjabi tracks to dance to? How does the feeling of being in a wedding …
Want to stay fit? Say Balle Balle!
Does going to the gym sound boring to you? How about if you get your favourite dhol beats and Punjabi tracks to dance to? How does the feeling of being in a wedding sangeet party feel? Then, here comes a fresh and exciting addition to the world of fitness–The Masala Bhangra Workout. A new form of ‘dancercise’ it mixes music and dance of modern Bhangra with Bollywood styles to create a fresh and exciting way to stay fit.
Today, Masala Bhangra is one of the top 5 workout videos in the US. Nivedita Jayaram Pawar spoke to fitness trainer Shalini Bhargava, who was trained by the creator of Masala Bhangra–Sarina Jain, on the how to dance your way to fitness.
Q: What’s all this fuss about Masala Bhangra?
A: The Masala Bhangra Workout is derived from two Indian words: Masala, which means ‘spicy’ in Hindi, and Bhangra, which is a traditional folk dance from the northern state of Punjab, India. It’s an exercise dance routine that modernizes the high-energy folk dance of Bhangra by blending traditional Bhangra dance steps and the exhilaration of Bollywood moves. This unique dance mixes cardiovascular with fun, and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Q: Do I need to be a dancer for this workout?
A: The beauty of this workout is the fact that one does not need to be a dancer to be eligible for Masala Bhangra. It’s a 45-60 minutes class and the music is based on dhol beats, which help in making it a high energy workout.
Q: How many calories can one burn in a session?
A: This group activity is fun and burns more than 500 calories in an hour!. It’s the only Indian dance fitness workout that makes it more special.
Q: What are the benefits of Masala Bhangra?
A: Besides the cardiovascular gains, this workout also tones up the entire body, helps to maintain correct posture and strengthens the core. This new form of dancercise blends the high-energy folk dance from Punjab with adrenaline pumping Bollywood moves. The uniqueness lies in the fact that the class feels like a typical Indian wedding or sangeet. It’s fun and enjoyment all the way.
Q: What are the things one needs to bring to a class?
A: You need not bring anything to class, except shoes (optional) and a water bottle and of course a towel napkin as there will be lot of sweat!
Q: How did you get into this form of fitness training?
A: My passion for fitness and dancing and trying different kinds of workouts led me to this workout and after attending a workshop with Sarina Jain at the world’s largest Fitness Convention–Ideas–I got hooked on to Masala Bhangra. And with it also came a sense of pride of being Indian as this is the only Indian fitness workout, besides Yoga, which is internationally recognised.
Q: Where can one learn Masala Bhangra in Mumbai? Is it available in other parts of the country too?
A: Masala Bhangra trainers or Ambassadors, as they are called, are reaching most metros in India. Besides Mumbai, there are classes in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Coimbatore, Raipur, Ludhiana and Kota. Soon there will be classes in other cities as well.
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Shalini is truly an excellent trainer. She is the perfect combination of tough and soft, She is skilled, thoughtful, sensible, and a pleasure to work with and talk to. She knows just how and when to encourage and when to push, and when to take a step back. Owing to her combination of diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs challenging yet achievable goal setting, a simple to follow diet plan and personal efforts, I am stronger and more flexible, I have better balance and endurance and most importantly, working out has become fun.
Dr. Shri Ram Nene :
Knowledgeable, Competent, Professional and Dedicated are what I would say for Shalini. She is quick in understanding individual goals and hence forth providing advice and varied programs. She uses a holistic approach, incorporating flexibility, strength, posture, balance, endurance along with promoting a healthy eating regime. She is encouraging without being “soft” and a great motivator. Most importantly – she ensures that the moves are done correctly and reinforces how it will benefit . Her professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to her work and ultimately her clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for a new healthier lifestyle! Highly recommendable!!!
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I joined JG`s gym for ante-natal exercise and probably this was one of the best decision during pregnancy. Anupa, my trainer, exactly knows the regime a pregnant woman needs to follow. Her exercises kept me fresh through the day and my fitness improved post joining the class. She is very attentive and motivated me on days I felt tardy. Her flexibility with timing allowed me to go to gym when I was in comfortable doing exercise - this is a serious plus during pregnancy. Thanks a lot Anupa!
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10 years and still going strong! My journey has been of a person who prior to 2006 did anything besides exercise to lose weight, to a person who wants to exercise everyday to kickstart a healthier day, for a healthier life. My sister in law, Reshma pushed me to join (thanks to a free 1-month trial coupon) and the JGs team members ensured that it becomes a part of my life. All the trainers are superb at JGs but my major experience has been with Anupa, Shalini, Sangeeta and Vijendra. Shalini has ensured that her dedication to fitness has rubbed off on all her team members. Each one of them is as dedicated and as strict as her in ensuring that we are regular and give our best while exercising. I always share with my family and friends that I just need to reach the gym, after that the trainers ensure I give my best. JGs has also been hugely instrumental in transforming my son, Nihar, from a chubby kid to a 20 year old with 6 pack abs. Thanks Shalini and team JGs, super job, well done, keep it up.
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