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An Indian with an Emirati heart – that’s who Anjali Chandiramani is. Born and brought up in Dubai, she grew up to be a fitness enthusiast and the founder of A-tone Fitness Lounge. Providing workout regimes suited for every person, she believes that a fit lifestyle should be accessible to all. That motto that drives Anjali each day is ‘be a better version of yourself.’

Tell us something about A-Tone and how do you keep-up with the latest fitness trends?

At A-TONE, we have 3 workouts under one roof – a combination of Pilates, Cross-Cuit and Yoga (including swing yoga) which helps people to choose the form of workout they would prefer on different days and make sure that boredom is at bay.

As for the trends, we are always reinventing workouts to make sure that there is something new for everyone to keep coming back for, especially the regulars. Our newest workout is Circuit Pilates and Yogalates.

How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?

Very important. It’s truly said, you are what you eat. You need to think of your body like a car and need to keep fueling it with energy when you are having an active day and not over feed it when it’s a lazy day.

What are your goals for increasing the number of clients you serve?

Honestly, it’s been two successful years and with such a fabulous response, we are not ready for more yet. We have recently tied up with the Marriot Group and looking forward to target more corporate groups to provide fitness programme to their staff. This works well especially with Dubai’s fitness 30:30 drive that was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Tell us three essential exercises you suggest for all. Why are these in your top three?

  • Squats: Squats activate the glutes and work on the entire lower body, keeping the heartrate high and burning a lot of calories when performed in the right way. Moreover, adding weights will help in toning and strengthening.

  • Clean and press: It’s a fabulous exercise to work on the entire body – upper and lower. Targeting the glutes with the squat, then the core, shoulders and triceps, clean and press is a sure winner to strengthen and tone as well as change the body type.

  • Plank: Plank targets not just the core, but the entire body when one is in the plank position. It helps in conditioning and strengthening of the core and full body.

What are your thoughts on a vegan lifestyle?

I believe, everyone has a different body type and therefore, reacts differently to changes in their diet. As for me, I like to keep changing my diet. So while I have a high protein diet, including chicken and fish, I take a break from it and go vegan for a month to flush out toxins. While doing that I make sure I include high fats in my diet like avocado and nuts.

What are your personal fitness goals?

‘Be a better version of yourself’ that is truly my motto at A-TONE. As a little girl, I looked at people in magazines and wanted to look like them and be as fit as them. Soon I realized that everyone is built differently and we have different ways in which our body reacts to food and exercise. Therefore, my goals are to just keep getting better each day!

What are your strengths as a woman at work?

I’m naturally good at balancing, juggling between multiple roles that I play – as a mother, wife and a business women. It helps me a lot at work to multi-task (Laughs)

What’s your inspiration and who’s your mentor in life?

My dad is completely my inspiration. He eats, sleeps and breathes his business, and even today he is so passionate about what he does to grow by working harder each day. Such dedication is totally inspiring.

Do you think it’s faster for a woman to accomplish leadership in Gulf than other country?

Gulf is very sensitive to women and has always made sure that there is a pedestal for women to grow and be recognised. So in that sense yes, women can surely flourish here.

In this corporate world, what helps one to grow – looks, intelligence, personality, nationality or anything else?

I would say it’s a combination of intelligence, personality and looks, in order of importance. I now feel people are being treated equally when it comes to nationality. Dubai is very open minded cosmopolitan city and hence we all survive smoothly.