A Tête-à-tête with a Seasoned Talwalkars Trainer (Session 1)

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When you start working out or start your My Fitness My Journey you have so many questions that you would like to ask your trainer, regardless of your training goal. And if you bombard your trainer with all the questions that pop up in your mind he will unquestionably be vexed. So when we got an opportunity to speak with a trainer we didn’t hold back.

Here are some of the answers and advices given to us by an experienced trainer at Talwalkars.

“You have a great body, is it true that to build a huge body you need to skip cardio workouts?”

“I personally do not do cardio exercises when I am trying to add muscles, but there are many world class trainers who start their gym day by doing 15 to 20 minutes of cardio. Not doing cardio is a personal choice for me, and I would all the readers to consult their trainers and devise their own training program.”

“Does that mean you do not do cardio at all?”

“I never said that. When I need to cut weight or break a training plateau I do cardio. But my cardio is not the regular 20 minute on the treadmill; I prefer doing Tabata workouts or stick to burpees. I also advice my trainees to reduce their time spent on treadmills and elliptical machines, and focus more on these methods.”

“Should we do trapezius exercises on shoulder day or back day?”

This is a common question I get from my trainees. Your traps get worked on both shoulder and back day. Again my personal choice is to work traps on shoulder day to get that added squeeze.”

“I have heard that you do not use machines while doing arm exercises, why is that?

“I use free weights to get more natural movement during arm exercise, both biceps and triceps. When you work with a dumbbell you get direction, movement and squeeze.”

“Too much focus is given on diet nowadays. What’s your take on it?”

“Diet is a major part of fitness but I don’t understand when people get obsessed with it. There are some trainees who ask me whether they can devour the meals at a friend’s or relative’s wedding. I always tell them that one scoop of protein is not going to make them an Arnold and one cheat meal is not going to make them bulk up. With fitness you should always be flexible.”

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