The exercise regimen is designed for everyone, says Mickey Mehta
In the celebrity corridors of Mumbai, Mickey Mehta’s Yo-Workouts are a tour-de-force. Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu are some of the many celebs who owe their fit and fab selves to this man.
Not one to jump on to the fast-changing terrain of the fitness bandwagon, Mehta identifies new fads and fancy training gimmicks as the “real reasons” why the fitness industry continues to lag its western counterparts.
“This chasing of new trends every season is the reason we go wrong when it comes to training and fitness,” Mehta says. To counter this, Mehta has painstakingly worked to combine the principles of yoga and modern-day fitness regimens to create his seven-step Yo Workouts.
The exercise regimen is designed for everyone, he says, adding that pregnant women and those suffering from ailments like arthritis can try them, too, though under supervision. They are four times more effective than conventional workouts, he says. The technique, launched a year ago, has had people flocking to Mehta in droves. Read on to find out why you should head there, too.
The seven Yos
Flow-Yo: Rhythmic movements synchronised with controlled breathing that will harness the mobility of your body to awaken and energise it. This enhances spiritual integration by way of functional, structural and energetic integrity.
Stretch-Yo: This purifies your body and improves flexibility, thereby giving you awareness and control over your internal state.
Card-Yo: An apt way to lose weight is to go the card-yo way. It increases your heart rate and metabolism, which helps you shed weight.
Strength-Yo: This induces muscular contraction which helps build strength, anaerobic endurance and skeletal muscles. It also improves bone health.
Cross-Yo: A combination of different types of exercise, Cross-Yo gives you a fully body tone-up.
Ab-Yo: Want flat abs? Well, who doesn't? This exercise strengthens your abdominals, a set collectively known as the core. It covers the many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt and the front and inner thighs.
Cool-Yo: After a long hectic day, you need to cool down and feel relaxed. Cool-Yo is an easy exercise that will allow the body to gradually transition to a resting or near-resting state and forms an essential component of the exercise protocol.