My afternoon with Adidas #NeverDone

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I have to tell you guys about my day with Adidas yesterday! Adidas has recently kicked off a fitness campaign in India, and as a part of kicking off the #NeverDone initiative, they hosted a group of bloggers, influencers and social media kids, to a full day inspired by fitness and health.

They had set up shop in this old, beautiful mills in Colaba, which used to be an old textile mill back in the late 1800’s. The mill was fully operational up till a strike in 1982, and shortly after, a fire broke out that took out the massive property entirely. Since then, the mill is mostly used for things like shooting campaigns and Bollywood films, and as of late, its also become a popular destination for weddings and events.

It says that the mill is haunted—there are sayings about people having seen a women in a sari roam around the property late at night, and people getting possessed by evil spirits when spending time there after dark… I love stories like these, and I find the history of the space so interesting – it adds so much more character to anything and everything when you know the history and story behind it. Don’t you think?

Either way – the Adidas event was beautifully done up, and I couldn’t think of a better property to host a workout-day. When I arrived I was handed a bag of Adidas workout-wear, and got a chance to change in a fitting room before getting on with the day.

From 8am to 5pm, Adidas had scheduled workout sessions with leading fitness coaches teaching anything from yoga and tai chi to kickboxing, crossfire and zumba. My favourite was the regular bootcamp session – I find these type of workouts challenging and fun! I even joined in for the zumba class, which was a first for me. It was fun and sweaty as hell, although not my type of workout. I can definitely see how people would love it though – everyone’s stuck with a big smile on their face from start to finish. It really is impossible to dance with a grumpy face!

Thanks a ton to Adidas for having me, and congratulations on some amazing work with the #NeverDone campaign! x

Abs on abs on abs

I’ve decided to share some fun and easy workouts with you guys every now and then. I have a really fun couples workout which I’m doing with Saif at the gym this week–I’ll take some photos and share that with you as well. There’s nothing more fun than working out with your partner–whether its a friend or your girl/boyfriend. Sort of like back in the day, playing together instead of frickin adult-meeting for coffees and cocktails all the time…

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This a core-workout that’s super easy to do at home. My trainer Susovan shared it with me after I had asked him for something I could do every day at home, without equipment and something that wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes of my time.

Here it goes, from me to you:

[Complete the entire circuit once and then repeat again with a 30 second break in between. If you need clarification on any of the movements, go ahead and google it]

20 crossed leg crunches (Side note for this movement–keep ankles crossed in the air and do crunches by lifting shoulders off the floor/mat and going up towards ceiling. DO NOT take your head towards your knees. Take it towards the ceiling. Great for upper abs!)

30 sec/45 sec/1 minute plank on forearms (a tip is to start with 30 seconds and have a goal to increase the length of your plank over time)

10 leg raises

30 seconds hollow body hold

10 V-ups

10 side V-ups on each side

20 Supermans

Repeat circuit one more time.

Wrap up by stretching out your abs by doing the yoga cobra stretch. The awesome thing about this is that you can do it every day at home. I suggest you use a yoga mat or a folded blanket to protect your butt and lower back and avoid getting a scabbed-out tailbone…

Have fun!

Snapshot: My workout den

I started watching Seinfeld last night for the first time in my life, and I can’t decide whether my abs are sore from all the laughing or if its due to the TRX core workout I did on Monday (!). I kicked off the day at the gym with my trainer for a full-body workout with focus on shoulders, chest and back. The combination with cardio got me so out of breath today that I at one point I thought I may have an asthma-outburst for the first time in like 15 years. I had asthma when I was a kid but grew out of it, thankfully…

We’re working on a few fitness tips and workouts for you guys with and without equipment, so stay tuned!

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This is where I work out three days a week…

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I love the space and my trainer is the best. We’ve worked out together for a year and a half now – having a trainer you’re comfortable with is so important…

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This is what my daily equipment looks like: Hand-wraps, boxing gloves, a small towel, hair band, non-slippery shoes for Muay Thai, and weight-lifting gloves…

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I recently picked up these slip-ons at Nike and they’re making a world of a difference. Muay Thai is best done barefoot, but when I work out my feet and hand get so sweaty I can’t keep a balance or grip without wearing something to give resistance. This becomes a problem in Muay Thai, but also when doing yoga, pilates, etc. It’s something I used to be so embarrassed of but that I’ve just learned to live with. Could be a lot worse, right? 

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I wear my furry slippers from Topshop to and from my workouts and the guys at the gym crack up every time and say they’re for indoors? Oh well. I love them!

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I also recently got a new workout wardrobe, because honestly, say what you want, but if you’re excited to put your gym-outfit on you’re way more likely to go (recommendation). That’s how I work anyway. Someone asked about these tights recently because they’re the best pair of tights I’ve ever owned.

You can find what I’m wearing here: