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S&C coach Mishti Khatri on her new year resolution

30 December 2016

While we’re all used to making and breaking New Year’s resolutions before the first week of January has ended, there are people out there who have the willpower to keep their resolutions going through the year. We found a few such people, and asked them what their

Shayamal Vallabhjee on benefits of training in cold weather

26 December 2016

The running season in India is generally thought of as anytime after August-September, when the temperature cools down. Most of the big races—be it the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon

Check that ache with these questions from the expert

11 November 2016

If you often complain about backaches but are unable to figure out why you’re constantly plagued by them, answer these questions to find out what you’re doing wrong, says Jagruti Verma

The Lowdown on Toning Shoes

11 October 2016

Can the instability created by toning shoes really help you get into better shape? Jagruti Verma finds out A number of well-known shoe brands including Reebok and Adidas are known for their range of toning shoes.

HEALing the Right Way


07 October 2016

With India shining at the Rio Olympics, sports has once again made the headlines. Jagruti Verma steps into H.E.A.L Institute at Khar and tells you why you should consider sports therapy

Shayamal Vallabhjee on Life Lessons Learned from Sports & Fitness
26 September 2016

Anil Kumble, Dinesh Kumble (centre) and Vasanth Bharadwaj (in black blazer) of TENVIC are hoping to turn out new match-winners; Pic by Jagadeesh NV

Shayamal Vallabhjee, Founder & MD at HEAL Institute on Bloomberg TV
26 August 2016

If you have a chronic back or neck problem from sitting too long, or a sports injury that needs attention, HEAL Institute has the solution for you. The wellness solutions provider backed by HNI investors, is looking to double its revenues by the end of FY17 and add at least 40-50 centers in the next two years.

Why runners collapse?
26 August 2016

Last month, two people suffered cardiac arrests and collapsed in the final stretch of the London Marathon. While one of them, a 50-year-old who collapsed just 400m from the finish line, is still in coma, the other, a 31-year-old war veteran, whose body shut down about 4.5km short of the finish line, died a day later.

Shayamal Vallabhjee on Saina Nehwal's injury and rehabilitation programme
24 August 2016

On Friday night in Rio when Pusarla Venkata Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, another Indian star - Saina Nehwal - was in a hospital bed in

Sports Scientist Shayamal Vallabhjee's view on how Indians Athletes have to train and improve for Rio Olympics 2016
10 August 2016

India’s long-awaited quest for a gold medal in athletics will finally begin in earnest next week. It is going to be a long-distance race.

Physiotherapist Aayush talks to Firstpost Sports on how he trained Vikas for Rio 2016.
09 August 2016

In recent times – especially at the last two Olympic Games – Indians have looked at the sport of boxing with special interest as it has yielded two bronze medals for the country: Vijender Singh in 2008 Beijing Olympics and MC Mary Kom in London in 2012.

Travelling Aches


09 August 2016

Living in the city that never sleeps means travelling a lot, which can be tough on your system. Jagruti Verma tells you a few things you should know and offers helpful tips if your daily commute gives you a backache

Shayamal Vallabhjee on 94.3 RadioOne
21 July 2016

Shayamal Vallabhjee went on air with Hrishikesh Kannan on 94.3 RadioOne and spoke about his trip to Kenya, Rio 2016 and much more. He also spills details about a HEAL centre opening soon? Listen to find out more.

HEAL Institute featured in Economic Times
13 July 2016

A group of high profile investors, including former Standard Chartered ace banker Jaspal Bindra and Parth Jindal, have invested in HEAL Institute, a sports-focused healthcare startup. Parth Jindal, son of JSW Group chairman Sajjan Jindal, has invested in his personal capacity . The fresh round of fundraising may see the company, promoted by a sports scientist, raising as much as 50 crore.

Basics of Boxing
11 July 2016

“Professional boxers are required to survive twelve rounds, each lasting for three minutes, while amateur boxers are required to make it through three rounds that last for three minutes each. Professional boxers also need more explosive strength because they aim to deliver knock-out punches, while amateurs require high intensity punches to be able to score more,” Aayush Yekhande says.

Shayamal Vallabhjee: A ‘fit’ting addition to Premier Futsal
14 June 2016

Premier Futsal has captured the attention of people in the city — thanks to names like Luis Figo, Virat Kohli and A.R.Rahman, who have been brought on board to be the president, brand ambassador and the music composer respectively.

Stay Cool As A Cucumber!
24 May 2016

Gayatri Thakur, Visiting Nutrition Consultant and Sachin Rahate, Head of Strength & Conditioning, from H.E.A.L Institute, say that cucumber along with regular workouts on a daily basis reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. “The high fibre content in cucumber helps in reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure levels. Also, cucumber juice has an alkaline effect on an athlete’s body and helps to neutralize the acidity level and thereby delay the fatigue level of the body,” they tell us.

7 key running advice to help you run your best by Shayamal Vallabhjee
07 May 2016

Novice runners make too many mistakes when they start out. Not only do they have unrealistic expectations from themselves, they try to incorporate a host of potentially dangerous advice from random runners. I was one of them.

TCS World 10K Bengaluru: With running expert Shayamal Vallabhjee
6 May 2016

Contrary to popular belief, running isn’t a new, big sport in India. Its existed for more than three decades & some of our stalwart runners ran times that were comparable to the best in the world. The running though has a seen a boom over the last ten years, with the number of running events in India having increased by 345%.

Shayamal Vallabhjee on how to make exercises right without any complications
5 April 2016

The alarm clock goes off every day at 7 am. As if on auto mode, a bleary-eyed Shireen Singh hauls herself up from bed and rushes to the kitchen, pulling away from the clutches of sleep. She prepares breakfast for her four-year-old Labrador Retriever before taking him out for a 45-minute walk, and then heads out for a two-hour-long commute to office.

What A Prick!
26 April 2016

Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese therapy that is used to relieve pain. Dry needling is a technique that can be easily confused with acupuncture. Manasi Rajadhyaksha, a senior physiotherapist at H.E.A.L. Institute, tells us, “Dry needling is the therapeutic technique based on Western concepts of anatomy and

We are over playing players and are over performing them: Sports scientist Shayamal Vallabhjee
10 January 2016

Mumbai: He brings to the field 12 years of experience in the sports industry, working with the world’s best creative personalities and industrialists, and his expertise makes him a valuable consultant to

GQ Workout: Shayamal Vallabhjee, Leander Paes’ trainer
10 December 2015

Even before I reach Shyamal Vallabhjee’s H.E.A.L institute for Leander Paes’ workout, I know I’m in way over my head.

Shayamal Vallabhjee on what it takes for an athlete to be a winner
10 July 2013

Shayamal Vallabhjee is a sports scientist who has worked with some of the country’s top athletes as a strength and mental consultant.

Shayamal Vallabhjee on the remarkable achievements of swimmers training at H.E.A.L
18 June 2013

In the Maharashtra State 40th Junior & 30th Sub-Junior Meet Cum State and Aquatic Championship held between 6 to 9 June in Pune, as many as ten athletes under the

Shayamal Vallabhjee on how can we change the face of Sports Education in India
15 July 2012

Anil Kumble, Dinesh Kumble (centre) and Vasanth Bharadwaj (in black blazer) of TENVIC are hoping to turn out new match-winners; Pic by Jagadeesh NV

Shayamal Vallabhjee on Pre Camp Training for Indian Aces- IPTL
28 November 2007

Just going by how fast he talks, you can tell speed is his business. Words come quickly to Shayamal Vallabhjee, South African biomechanist and physical trainer. He will be in Bangalore next month, heading a pre-season camp for Indian aces - Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna - and Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi.