‘Gym is her new job’: Trainer praises Sania Mirza as tennis champion loses weight ‘which she struggled with’

There are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness; something Sania MirzaTrainer Yasir Khan also believes. As such, Khan, who has helped the tennis champion build strength, recently praised her determination and her incredible weight drop “which she struggled with” in just six sessions.

“Game, set and match! Six sessions in and Sania has already lost two to three pounds from her weight that she was struggling with. The gym is her new job where all the action takes place. She is doing her very best and working very hard on her transformation,” Khan wrote in his Instagram post.

He also shared a compilation video where Sania shows off his strength, flexibility and power moves like a pro at the gym. She can be seen with body weight, and resistance training moves, just to name a few.

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Sania also re-shared the post on her profile.

“When training an athlete like Sania, I specifically consider the combination of strength, power, flexibility and conditioning as her sport requires the above in combination,” he added.

“She definitely comes with a mindset to crush her sessions and has started to master her moves. She’s definitely an ACE in the gym and that’s no underhanded compliment. As the days go on, I’m getting more and more excited to work with Sania,” he noted.

Earlier, Sania shared on Instagram that she had lost almost 26 kg in four months – from 89 kg to 63 kg, after giving birth. Share that she gained 23 kilos during pregnancyshe said, “Believe me an hour or two a day to yourself will do wonders for you, both physically and mentally.”

Why is strength training important?

According to Sameeran Chetia, certified fitness trainer, a well-designed cardio and strength training program can help achieve a well toned body. Many studies have shown that strength training helps burn more fat and build muscle compared to cardio alone, he said in a previous interaction with indianexpress.com.

dr. Aashish Contractor, Director: Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital agreed, adding that with age, muscle mass is lost, making strength training “vital to carry out activities of daily living. That’s why it should be part of everyone’s exercise program.”

According to Dr. Contractor, 2-3 weight training sessions of 15 minutes per week are sufficient. “It’s important to do a set of 10-15 reps of the major muscle groups for your upper and lower body, such as your chest, back, arm and leg muscles,” he said.

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