Ask Me Anything - Q&A with Pratik Thakkar (9th July, 2017)

Q1.How to lose weight when someone is going through PCOD?

A.In general, irrespective of a person's hormonal problems, two things come in picture.

Firstly, eat in a calorie deficit which is eating less than what our body expends in regular basis.

Secondly, by doing some weighttraining & cardio activities. PCOD is not an obstacle when it comes to fat loss, but results are a bit slower . The person needs to be more consitent & do it in long run.

Q2.How to control cravings ?

A.When a person is on diet, being flexible with foods will help. They can add many varieties of foods and favorites within the calorie intake and macro nutrients limit. Be it fat loss or muscle gain, consistency is the key.

Q3.Workout at home is ideal or not?

PUSH-UP Forms and Variations

Push-up - Right form to protect your shoulders (Part 1 )

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Performing push-ups with your arms abducted at 90 degrees, as shown in picture X - a T-shape Push-up, hikes up your traps. This results in closing the space around your rotator cuff tendons, with the risk of impinging it and injuring your shoulder. Further, a T-shape push-up will put immense pressure on your neck and the anterior part of your shoulder.

A-shape push-ups on the other hand, as shown in picture ✅puts your scapula in a better and stable position which stabilises the shoulder joints.

Dumbbell vs Barbell. Who wins?

So a lot of us have had this question as to which is better when it comes to training- dumbbell or barbell. Some say barbell feels good while some others are dumbbell feel gooders.

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Well there's no feel-good thing when it comes to stating scientific facts. So breaking the ice- it's the dumbbell who wins!


Ramadan Kareem - Manage your fitness goals while fasting

A good number of people perform some form of Intermittent Fasting (IF) due to a variety of reasons. Many people across the globe practice it due to religious reasons. IF is nothing but fasting done intermittently, where you consume no food/water during the fasting period.

Fitness goals during ramdan, tips to stick to diet during ramdan

The question that I often get while helping such clients is, “How do I manage my nutrition/training while following the fast?”

Deadlift Tutorial

Deadlift tutorial:

Before you watch the video, please see the picture.




Picture 1: The stance.

Since this is a conventional deadlift, the stance is a hip width stance. The center of the foot is exactly under the bar. Shin to bar is not the right concept. You'll know why as you read further.

Picture 2: Grip.

The grip that you see here is called a dead grip. One arm is supinated (under the bar) and the other is pronated (over the bar). This gives a very strong hold. People who are comfortable with a normal grip are good to go as long as they feel strong.

Posterior Chain Stretching for Back Pain Relief

Contributor: Melvin Cherian -

TUCK! I heard that sound loud and clear and the next moment I was lying down on the gym floor. I was in pain and completely clueless about what to do next. Moments ago, I was doing some heavy deadlifts. Did you guess it yet? Yes, I messed up my back. Not the first training injury that I came across but definitely the worst. More than the pain, what disturbed me the most was the thought of being away from the weights for a good long time. Thanks to the series of injuries I had in the past that gave me the discipline to take my rehab seriously. 

Diet and Metabolism

What is Metabolism? - It is the rate at which your body burns calories!

A typical new year starts with most of us resolving to shed those extra pounds. We usually start by starving ourselves, eating tiny portions of food and feeling weak and irritable all the time, and finally giving up in exasperation after the dreaded weighing scales refuse to budge. So what went wrong? Let’s find out.