Arvind Ashok: Fitness & Nutrition Simplified

Losing the plot

After 4 years, I finally vis­ited my pater­nal grandfather’s vil­lage a cou­ple of months back. The vil­lage is def­i­nitely not like how I remem­ber it from my youth. Gone are the joint fam­i­lies, gone are the daily meal times with 20+ peo­ple eat­ing. And gone are the tra­di­tional meth­ods of farm­ing, of grow­ing what is […]

Fit Enough To Hurt

The begin­ning I work with quite a few folks, as per­sonal clients and at The Quad, who are pretty out of shape to begin with. Some vari­a­tion of the usual story is what it always is — fit and active when they were younger, and then college/marriage/work/life hap­pens, and they find them­selves here — looking […]

Honey. It’s Sugar.

Honey. Is sugar. Agave. Is sugar. In fact, it is worse than com­mon sugar, but let’s not get too tech­ni­cal now. Brown sugar. Is sugar. Palm sugar. Yep. The “sugar” in the name gives it away, doesn’t it? Jag­gery. Yep, sugar. Maple syrup and all the other sweet syrupy stuff that you get with pan­cakes. You guessed right. Sugar […]


With the year just start­ing and a whole lot of res­o­lu­tions being adhered to, I want to remind folks of a sim­ple truth. Not every­thing you read on the Inter­net (or on print media) is true. Let me rephrase that — most of it is bull­shit. Fit­ness and nutri­tion are mis­un­der­stood, with archaic ideas still […]

Redefining Normal

I went to grad school in Bloom­ing­ton, Indi­ana in 2005. Amaz­ing place, loved my time there and can’t wait to go back. Any­ways, two weeks into life there, we had a big event — there was a Chipo­tle open­ing in town. More impor­tantly, free bur­ri­tos on the first day! For a broke-ass grad stu­dent, this […]

Your First Step: Admit It

Opin­ions are like ass­holes, every­body has one Nutri­tion is a topic almost every­one has an opin­ion on, and unfor­tu­nately, they also con­fuse opin­ion with fact. Just because they put food into their mouth does not make them an expert. All of this means there’s a lot of infor­ma­tion and mis­in­for­ma­tion out there, just to con­fuse the […]

What’s really causing your back pain?

We don’t get much phys­i­cal activ­ity, we don’t use our bod­ies the way that we are meant to, we live too seden­tary a lifestyle. But you already know that, right! But did you know that one of the many side-effects of this is that per­sis­tent back pain that never quite goes away per­ma­nently! Let’s try […]

Why Do We Fall?

Get­ting injured is not an abnor­mal con­cept. Sure, you can train smarter, have more con­trol and aware­ness of your body and reduce the chances of it hap­pen­ing. But a pos­si­bil­ity will remain. That’s how it is. But what bog­gles the mind is that folks get injured and don’t pick them­selves up. No, it is absolutely not […]

It’s Go Time — Action Items for Fitness Results

Time to move things along. You want to get fit, lose a bunch of fat, improve strength and sta­mina and all that, right. Well, here are some imme­di­ate changes you can make! First up, you have checked in with a doctor/physio to iden­tify your prob­lem. If you have one. You’ve read the basic idea behind eat­ing well, […]

Get Fit With Arv — A Foundation For Fitness

We’ve set our goals. We’ve hope­fully iden­ti­fied a big­ger prob­lem (pain) and iden­ti­fied a cor­rec­tion mech­a­nism by vis­it­ing a doc­tor or a physio. Let’s con­tinue gear­ing up for change, and we come to one of the most impor­tant things — the dif­fer­ence between suc­cess and fail­ure — build­ing a sup­port sys­tem. I’ve writ­ten about this […]