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Why ‘Kashrath’?

By Buvnesh

Anyone joining a gym needs to have thorough knowledge of his physical and cardiovascular capacity. This can easily be done with the help of a ‘Check-List”.  My ‘Check-List’ is a set of functional movements that help me understand my clients’ capacity, and plan a workout, based on their individual weaknesses and strengths.

There are certain functional movements that we all do daily, while performing normal, routine tasks. 

SQUATS: A very common example of a squat would be sitting on and getting up from, a chair. Depth is important in a Squat; the lowest one can go is parallel to the floor. How widely placed one’s feet are, that is stance, has to be taken care of. If the knees point forward as one squats, then the ankles need to be fixed. And if they point sideways, then the stance needs to be fixed.    

PUSH-UPS: There are about 99 or even more variations of push-ups but the traditional push-ups is enough to access a person’s push capacity.

PULL-UPS: Pull-ups are extremely helpful in building up strength.

SIT-UPS and PLANKS help determine a person’s core strength.

DEAD-LIFTS helps to access a person’s lower back capacity as one lifts weights off the ground.

The TREADMILL helps to access a person’s cardiovascular capacity. For those who cannot run well on a treadmill, there is the option for spot running and skipping.

What one looks for when the above mentioned movements are performed is the posture, point of fatigue, etc. a good posture helps avoid injuries, and hit the muscle targeted.

So friends, get started, hit the gym and stay fit! Ciao, till next week!

For queries and suggestions, please feel free to mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or WhatsApp me on 9932083266

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Scholarship Information

Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship 2019

Description: London School of Economics and Political Science is providing early career researchers with an opportunity to undertake 6 months research-based project at the LSE India Observatory. The fellowship program focuses on Economy and Society in India and South Asia.

Eligibility: Indian applicants with a Ph.D. Degree who are early career researchers and are employed at established institutions in India or other SAARC nations may apply for this fellowship.

Prizes & Rewards: The fellows of this program will be provided monthly subsistence fund of GBP1750 along with access to LSE lab facilities and travel (related) expenses for the research project.

Last Date to Apply: April 29, 2019

Application Mode: Apply online

Short Source URL: http://www.b4s.in/AC/SRT6


TIFR Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellowships 2019

Description: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is inviting doctoral candidates to become visiting postdoctoral fellow at the institute for studies in theoretical physics with scholarships and multiple benefits. The fellowship also offers a chance for experienced candidates to secure Jawaharlal Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellowship benefits.

Eligibility: Candidates who have a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics or have submitted their thesis to an institution for award of such degree may apply for this fellowship.

Prizes & Rewards: Selected fellows will get a suitable fixed monthly stipend and on-campus accommodation support with access to medical facilities of the campus for the duration of their post-doctoral studies

Last Date to Apply: April 30, 2019

Application Mode: Online applications only

Short Source URL: http://www.b4s.in/AC/TPD1


IFMA Foundation Scholarship Program 2019

Description: International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation is providing Facility Management (FM) professionals and managers an opportunity to avail this scholarship and pursue higher education to enhance their career options. The scholarship provides benefits of financial assistance and professional exposure for higher education in Facilities Management.

Eligibility: Students pursuing undergraduate or graduate courses in Facilities Management or related fields with minimum 80% score in previous qualifying exam may apply for this scholarship. Working facility managers may also apply.

Prizes & Rewards: Selected scholars will be provided financial awards from US$1500 to US$10000 for higher education. The scholarship also provides funds for travel, accommodation, meals etc. to attend IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Exhibition (WW), Pheonix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Last Date to Apply: April 30, 2019

Application Mode: Online applications via email

Short Source URL: http://www.b4s.in/AC/IFS8


Courtesy: www.buddy4study.com

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Steroids: New Life or Death

By Buvnesh

What is a steroid?

Anabolic steroids are man-made substances used by an individual to increase their performance, increasing muscle-mass and various other reasons. Steroids mimic natural hormones present in one’s body.

Within a day of using steroids the genes in our body changes, Anabolics enter the cells and attaches itself to our DNA as it is very easy for a steroid particle to enter our cells and bind with the androgen receptor and enter the nucleus. This happens at a large, which activates number of genes together and increase protein synthesis. This in return results in more nuclei in certain muscles.

All anabolic steroids available in the market are androgens, meaning they all are testosterone derivatives.

Earlier in the day when I started to workout, all I knew were protein shakes and sweat in the gym. But now-a-days when any Individual hits the gym, the first thing they have in mind is steroids and why is that? This is because the results are mesmerizing; that is what allures you, attracts you to it and you completely neglect the side effects. But one thing you should know is that the after-effects awaits you right in the corner and it won’t be easy on you.

Before, protein shakes and bodybuilding went hand in hand but in today’s era, hitting the gym means to inject steroids or to take anabolic tablets. And that has given this beautiful sport a bad name, and that breaks my heart.

Bodybuilding is about hitting the iron, pumping those weights till you can do no more, till your muscles cannot store the pumps. And even after that stage of muscle failure you feel like doing more and more. That is bodybuilding for me, and for many other athletes out there.

One thing which is very obvious is that, by using steroids you are putting in substances that are already produced by your body. Since you are doing it synthetically it stores as excess in your body. After a period of time your body stops responding to the steroid. This also stops the natural production of hormone in our body and hence the production is completely shut.

How do Steroids Work?

Anabolism means “to Build Muscle” and Catabolism means “Breakdown of Muscles”. Bodybuilders or athletes use anabolic steroids to build muscles and avoid catabolism.

When a bodybuilder or any person uses Anabolic Steroid his/her capacity to build muscles increases. And how is that? It’s simple because your muscles absorb each and every gram of protein consumed by you. Hence, your muscle protein synthesis increase and you start building lean muscle mass.

The main role of steroids when it comes to bodybuilding is to build muscle or to increase muscle protein synthesis. Muscles are made of fiber and protein. When you workout, you voluntarily break down your muscles. Your muscle fibers tear and require healing. Having a protein shake will definitely help you, but to repair any muscle it takes 24-48 hours depending on the size of the muscle group.


When you work on biceps, a smaller muscle group, it takes 24 hours for your biceps to recover after having a protein shake. Once you are under the influence of a steroid, this 24 hours will reduce to as low as 14-16 hours. That is how effective a steroid is.

A steroid increases muscle protein synthesis and reduces muscle breakdown, a very important thing when it comes to building muscles.

Who is it for?

Anyone and everyone, from a professional athlete to a normal person can use steroids. If you ask me, if it is necessary, well my answer is not really.

Performance enhancing drugs have been known since a very early era and have been used by competitive athletes.

Our body’s capacity to endure/ repair is limited and one requires a push after a certain point of time and that is when people opt for steroids.

Side Effects of Steroids:

Using steroids has some permanent damages that it causes to your body such as enlargement of your heart, partial or permanent failure of kidneys, liver damage, high blood pressure which makes a person prone to a heart attack.

Females who use testosterone may experience enlargement of clitoris, increased libido and showcase male like features like deepening of voice, facial structure changes and excess growth of hair on face and body.

Similarly, men who use steroids may increase libido, permanent or partial shutdown of the body’s capacity to produce testosterone.

Anyone who uses steroids would display sudden signs of anger aka “Roid Rage”. They show signs of mistrust and become highly skeptical. Hallucinate every now and then. Some other side effects include hair fall, oily skin among others. These are some known side effects but Steroids do more bad than good. Although the results are mesmerizing; the side effects are worse.

Bodybuilding is more about lifting heavy than injecting heavy. So go heavy on weights and not anabolics.


In case you have any queries related to supplementation or fitness related queries, feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help you.

Until then, keep grinding. 

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