Shanker Basu wants to improve the standard of fitness training in the city
The battle against the bulge, never an easy battle to win, is ruthless in choosing its victims, which is why Shanker Basu, a "victim of bad training," has decided to cut down on the casualties. The second Indian to have obtained certification from the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and the only Indian to have certification from both the NSCA and ACE (American Council on Exercise), Shanker is hoping to revolutionise training in India. Since training is in its nascent stage in India, he decided taking the NSCA (a worldwide authority) exam in London would indicate where he stood in his chosen field. "Being a victim of bad training irked me, and I wanted to contribute towards improving the standards of fitness and training," said the 38-year-old trainer.
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With this in mind,Shanker, along with Radha Krishnaswamy, a Reebok Master Trainer and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) certified health instructor, has launched BAR - an organisation for providing education and preparing trainers to successfully attempt and clear certification examinations offered by ACE, NSCA and ACSM - at the Hande Hospital. With around 50 people having registered so far, the main focus is to coach them individually, help them structure their goals, identify their problem areas and clear their doubts to pass the examinations. "Training requires assessing strengths and weaknesses. Train smart and train scientific. Sport training is different from general training, with sport being more performance-oriented and the latter more health and cosmetic related. We will be offering separate training for trainers who want to specialise in either ," he said. Shanker dons triple roles as the senior fitness trainer of the NCA cricketers, a consultant for the Chemplast cricket team, and an advisor at Fitness One. He also keeps a close watch on the fitness of the Tamil Nadu cricketers. "Most of the Tamil Nadu cricketers are fit, especially players like Dinesh Karthik, R. Satish, Badrinath, Hemang Badani, S. Sriram and Vasudeva Das," he said. Presently training Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, Shanker feels things are slowly getting better. "The importance given to fitness is growing and I'm thankful to the TNCA for having given me an opportunity," he said. Comparisons with China don't look good, with their number of certified trainers dwarfing ours. "A country like China has 400 NSCA certified trainers, while we have just two. This has to change, and that's what I'm looking at."NANDITA SRIDHAR