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    With national-level boxers, an ayurvedic spa and plans for expansion, Toneez Gym launches in Nanganallur

    Manikanban R weighed about 120 kilos when he was in class 10. “My inspiration, (actor) Dwayne Johnson, evoked in me a certain passion for fitness. I lost 43 kg by the end of class 12.” Now the managing partner of the newly-opened Toneez Fitness Center, Manikanban confesses, “Don’t laugh but I still have Johnson’s posters in my room.”

    Inaugurated just three days ago, the gym located in Nanganallur specialises in boot camps, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and cross fit. It also conducts kick boxing, Zumba, aerobics and yoga sessions, besides running an ayurvedic spa.

    Manikanban met the co-founder of Toneez, Shriram Vasantarajan, while he was in charge of the gym at Le Royale Meridien, Chennai. “I trained him for a year and helped cure his knee pain. As a gesture of gratitude, he co-founded this gym with me,” he says.

    The spa at Toneez offers treatments created in Kottakkal, Kerala, known for its famous ayurvedic institute. It specalises in pain-relief massages, formulated to suit the needs of fitness enthusiasts. All the eight trainers at the centre are well qualified—besides E Thulasi, a national medalist boxer who has fought the likes of Mary Kom, three are ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified, like Manikanban himself and A Karthik, one of the performance trainers for German boxer Dennis Wolf.

    “I want Toneez to be a one-stop-halt for all fitness requirements. In the future, I want to see it evolve into a brand and have franchises that resonate with our tagline, Fitness paradise,” he concludes.

    Inaugural annual membership package at Rs 9,999. Details: 65376666

    —Seema Rajpal

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