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Celebrity trainer Vrinda Mehta was overweight in her childhood.

Mind-ing their business


Celebrity trainer Vrinda Mehta was overweight in her childhood. At certain point in life, she started dieting. She achieved the physique she wanted but dieting made her weak and she got osteoporosis. That’s when Vrinda decided to find out the right to way to approach health. 

She explains, “Today, we are so focused in maintaining weight and correcting our eating habits and no one is addressing the foundation of being healthy, which is a healthy mind. I remember when my father was diagnosed with cancer, I was questioning my knowledge on health because he always ate healthy and use to work out a lot.”  

Talking about the craze for gym and physical fitness that has increased since the past decade, Vrinda says, “It is our duty now to raise awareness about mental well-being.” Vrinda and Shivoham run a joint programme called Shivfit where the former trains mind and the latter focuses on physical training.  

Vrinda believes, “Thoughts, vibrations and energy exist and this is the basis of everything. It is your prerogative whether you want to crib about a bad moment whole day or to transform it into something positive with the power of your mind. Just remember energy flows from the higher to the lower point, so no amount of negative vibrations will harm you if your state of mind is always positive.” She advocates pranayama for maintaining healthy mind and soul.

In Chandigarh to address young presidents of YPO workshop, both Vrinda and Shivoham say that they have the power over their mind to steer it clear from distractions. Shivoham (earlier Dheepesh Bhatt) confesses, “I used to party a lot and Vrinda helped me transform. It is my second innings with the name Shivoham, which came naturally to my mind after my transformation.” 

Having trained celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangana Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra and Aamir Khan, cross-fit trainer Shivoham says, “In the acting profession when you are meant to lose or gain for a role, the mind is already set and the role of a trainer is how to make that daily session interesting for them.” 

Has he ever approached Pollywood actors and Shivoham answers, “No, it never happened but I was offered a role in a Punjabi movie because Diljit Dosanjh insisted that I have the angry look. But when I auditioned, they said ‘No sir, you are so calm. Aapse na ho paayega’. The aggression that they saw in me was during training sessions.” 

Currently training Aamir Khan, Shivoham was all praise for the actor as he believes, “Aamir’s will power and strong mindset make the body transformation a lot easier for him.” Apart from that Shivoham trained Parineeti Chopra and Ranveer for their movies Ishaqzaade and Band Baaja Baaraat, respectively. He adds, “Ranveer was my college buddy and used to come to my group classes of cross-fit before signing his first film and then I personally trained him for his first movie.”

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