So I’ve been missing in action for a couple of weeks now and while I’m sure not many of you were freaking out, staring at your computer screens holding your breath, I also know all of you will be very pleased with what I am about to share today.
My fitness journey has been very interesting to say the least. For those who don’t know much about me, I was the little boy who got diagnosed with acute sinusitis and asthma when I was 10, the 120 lb preteen, the first bench kid who spent lunch and game hours finishing up homework, the 16 yr old who went on a starvation diet of roti and onions to lose weight, the freshman who played no sport, the graduate student who survived on asthma inhalers, the medical device engineer who ate at Burger King everyday and the young professional who thought exercise was for weirdos and dieting was for old people.
Having cured myself of the asthma, sinusitis, depression and such ignorance and having spent the last few years studying fitness and nutrition, working with numerous clients with innumerable health issues and having been extremely successful, I have decided to make a change.
I’ve decided on… livin the dream!
I quit my super well-paying desk job, sold my awesome Bimmer, gave up every last ounce of luxury I truly earned and I’m leaving the land of opportunities to head back home!
After about 1.5 yrs of ground work, sport performance trainer Arvind Ashok and I are ready to launch our fitness venture in Chennai, India!
Say hello to The Quad!
Check out the website and let us know your thoughts. If you are in Chennai (or know anyone in Chennai) be sure to sign up for the 10-week BootCamp program that we are starting off with ‘cos its gonna be absolutely awesome! Bangalore? Mumbai? Hyderabad? Calcutta? We’ll be there soon… very soon!
Please help us out by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit etc etc (buttons below). And to give just a glimpse of what you can expect from us and The Quad, here is our Manifesto…
We’re sure you know folks who are members of renowned gyms, shelling out their hard earned green on personal training sessions, sacrificing family time to workout 6 days a week and still end up with little-to-no results or only temporary results.
To understand why this was happening to thousands of fitness enthusiasts nationwide, we put the system to test. We,
- studied the current nutritional and training recommendations in detail.
- surveyed thousands of people who follow these recommendations.
- spoke to the trainers and nutritionists behind these recommendations.
- consulted with, trained with, and got certified by some of the top coaches in world.
- experimented on ourselves the traditional approach and compared it to other approaches.
And, after months of research and testing, we found that the fitness industry in India,
- has self-proclaimed gurus, but lacks genuine experts.
- has too many trainers, but lacks well-qualified coaches.
- has opinions, but lacks scientifically proven approaches.
- and most importantly, has enthusiastic customers, but lacks passionate trainers.
As a result, the industry is filled with flashy gyms that are nothing more than machine rentals and populated with under-qualified trainers who are nothing more than gym rats! This is the equivalent of the telecommunications industry being led by telephone operators!
Where Does That Leave Us?
This dearth of professionals and professionalism has forced committed gym-goers like yourself to settle for less. You don’t have a choice but to rely on training and nutritional advice provided by mediocre trainers and nutritionists, who have no understanding of exercise science and human anatomy, and are out of touch with the latest research.
Considering how important health and fitness are, don’t you think it is time you received professional training and nutritional counselling from supremely qualified and passionate coaches?
We think so!
Say what you may, but for fitness in India to reach new heights,
A paradigm shift is necessary.
A revolution is on call.
A redefinition is absolutely essential.
And we are here to make it happen. We are here to be the change!
We quit our fancy super-high paying desk jobs, wrapped up our lavish lives in California, said bye-bye to our daily dose of bacon and jumped on the one-way flight to India to get down and dirty – to redefine fitness!
We are here because we are madly passionate about fitness. We are here because we care. We are here because we believe. We are here to walk the talk.
Our first steps will certainly be small. But make no mistake, we’re here for the long haul.