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Back to Basics: This is what Alkhas Joseph recommends to fitness enthusiasts.Photo:M. Karunakaran
Back to Basics: This is what Alkhas Joseph recommends to fitness enthusiasts.Photo:M. Karunakaran

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Most fitness instructors merely oversee others exercise after showing them how to work out but Alkhas does not believe in that. I cannot teach and preach unless I follow it myself. I work along with them and learn a lot from them in return. As a celebrity fitness trainer, I used to get numerous requests from people to give them fitness tips. So, I started this fitness camp to help out as many people as possible with a minimal fee of Rs. 200 per session.”

Lured by the idea of getting an actor-like physique, people showed interest initially but were not able to sustain the pressure of the high intensity workouts. “People often mistake fitness for bodybuilding. What I do is go back to the basics. In other words, I use my own body weight instead of external weights. Fitness is all about a healthy lifestyle and not the size of the muscle,” he says.

He believes healthy living is not just about a healthy body but also a healthy mind and conscience. “Initially we did all our workouts on the beach but it became so dirty that we moved to a ground close by. One day, we saw a group of people cleaning the beach and we joined them. Since then, we do beach clean-ups regularly,” says the 32-year-old.

No, this is not a closed group. They could be met on their Facebook page, which they call ‘I survived fitness club ’.




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