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Most of us like the idea of being fit — the idea of waking up early, getting into our tracks and shoes to go jogging, or cycling. Others like to sweat it out in gyms. But how many of us actually see it through is anybody’s guess. And invariably, we blame our low motivational levels for faltering on our path to fitness.

If you’re one of those people, it might be a good idea to look up the FiTurtle app, which helps you find fitness buddies across Bengaluru. In the coming days, you will be able to zero in on a partner in your own neighbourhood. After you sign up, the app creates your profile, taking into account your age, gender, height, weight, and lifestyle choices. Then it matches you with similar profiles, or people with seemingly compatible fitness goals, on the lines of Tinder. Follow the profile you like, and get chatting, discussing your fitness plans, providing feedback from personal experiences, and exchanging photos of your day-to-day workout, or articles on active lifestyle.
You can also manually search for people on the basis of activities they do, which includes gym, zumba, aerobics, yoga, strength training, and weight lifting. In a week’s time, its ‘reminder’ feature will go live. It will alert you about the amount of water, or the kind of veggies you should consume daily.

Experts corner
Saket Agarwal, who founded the Bengaluru startup along with Ashish Agrawal, tells us what FiTurtle is trying to achieve, “The app helps you find fitness enthusiasts, and experts based on your location, on a real-time basis. This way, they can find like-minded, who are trying to keep up with their fitness regime, or find people who’ve transformed their lives, and have inspiring stories to share. They can also talk to fitness experts on the platform (Android).”
The app, with 3,500-plus users, has got more than 140 fitness trainers on board. They have also constituted a panel of eight experts, which Saket counts as its strength. They include Pooja Rao (for pilates), Meera Narayanan (yoga), Shwetambari Shetty (zumba), Wanitha Ashok (aerobics), and Silky Mahajan (nutrition). The other three are Marc Devaney, Saad Khayoom and Azmat Mohammad, the go-to-men for personal training. With the upcoming feature, ‘Discuss with experts, for experts’, fitness trainers can communicate with these experts, post their questions, and keep themselves updated with the latest developments in the fitness world.
To bring in credibility, Saket’s team has made it mandatory for the fitness trainers to upload the photos of their certificates, as well as amenities they provide in their studios (equipment, first aid, AC, drinking water etc.) on to the app.
Fitness is a gradual process. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Remember Aesop’s The Hare and the Turtle? That’s where FiTurtle gets it name.Details: fiturtle.com

— Barkha Kumari

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