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Here's a shortcut to fitness

health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 19, 2011 13:46 IST
Megha Mahindru
Megha Mahindru
Hindustan Times
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Time-crunch is no longer an excuse for fitness slackers with the launch of a new circuit-training system in the country. Milon, a German fitness equipment brand, claims to put you in shape with a 17.5-minute full-body workout that would conventionally require over two hours of exercising.

The set of machines offer a power-workout for the chest, shoulders, back, stomach and legs. Fitness guru Mickey Mehta who endorses the product, says, “I was a bit sceptical about the product till I went to Germany and saw how it really works. It’s a well-rounded programme which provides a combination of cardio and strength training.”

With 8 to 12 machines that take care of each part of the body, this time-saving wonder starts with a two-minute leg exercise, moving on to the back muscles, followed up by a four-minute cardio workout. “The best part is that it is custom-made. The machine is set up with personalised specifications,” says Andreas Woisch, international sales manager of Milon.

The intense workout may help in taking up one’s metabolism; however, such a rigorous workout could also have repercussions such as muscle injuries. Says trainer Priya Desai, “Power-workouts, more often than not, end up having devastating results on people. The body needs time to adapt to a new speedy workout, even if it’s well-rounded.” Woisch dismisses the risks, adding, “Injuries usually come out of uncontrolled movement, but our machines know the movements, speed and stamina of its users and highlights if there is any digression from the norm.”

And while this gives reason to bring this 350-sq ft wonder machine home, its pricey tag (machines cost between R 90 lakh to R 1.3 crore) may leave even the fittest struggling. “It’s a premier brand. Our ideal audience is athletes as well as Bollywood stars who maintain well-equipped gyms at home,” says Woisch.

And while the rest of Mumbai will have to wait to test the equipment, Mehta says, “I hope to bring it to my gym. It’s an effective workout that is ideal 2-3 times a week.”