Parag Mhetre, the founder of the Energy Kettlebell Fitness Academy (EKFA) in Pune, believes in walking the talk: He not only preaches and teaches the benefits of functional fitness through kettlebells, but also participates in international competitions, and wins!
Creating yet another new Asian record at the Asian Kettlebell Championship in Singaopre in March this year, Parag lifted 24-kg bells for 79 jerks and 146 snatches in the stipulated 10 minutes, to bag the gold medal.
In October 2015, Parag delighted Indian fitness fans and his followers across Asia and the UK, when he bagged two gold medals at the Japan Kettlebell Sport Championship in Tokyo and earned his CMS (Candidate for Master of Sports) ranking in kettlebells: the only Indian to do so and only the fourth in Asia!
He earned his earlier medals in Indonesia (2014) and Thailand (2013), and stood 5th at the World Championships in Germany in 2014.
Parag is the first person to introduce a full-fledged kettlebell training and certification academy in India after his own learning and certification in the US and Russia. He trained under well known American Steve Cotter, 16 times World Champion Sergie Merkulin of Russia and Valery Federenko.
His Energy Kettlebells Fitness Academy (EKFA), which educates professional trainers and competitors from leading local and multinational fitness studios across India, is affiliated to the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting, Russia.
Courses conducted by EKFA, in conjunction with the Mumbai-based Exercise Science Academy, are approved by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
In 2015, Parag successfully established his EKFA kettlebells training and certification programme in Brentwood, UK, where he now conducts regular classes for trainers, fitness enthusiasts and newcomers.
You can see him on www.youtube.com/paragmhetreEKFA.