Otara launches ‘Otone’ to make shaping up fun

Providing personalised fitness training to health and body-shape conscious individuals has become the latest project of Otara Gunewardene, Sri Lanka's celebrity fashion and style entrepreneur with the launch of `Otone,' a personalised fitness training facility.

Located at Odel's landmark Alexandra Place outlet, the new facility which opened on March 6, is designed to cater to the individual needs of fitness seekers of all ages, and is equipped and furnished to provide personal fitness training including aerobics, cardio kick boxing, massage, boot camps and children's fitness programmes.

The training programmes at Otone include general fitness, weight loss, body toning, sports conditioning, performance and corrective exercises. Its group exercise classes include `Otone Kick out,' a high calory-burning total body conditioning workout, `Otone Boot out', a motivation group workout using simple accessories such as cones, tyres, ladders and obstacles and utilises one's own body weight, and 'Otone Sporty Kids' to get children out of harmful lifestyles and improve their coordination, flexibility, speed and balance.

"Being fit and staying in shape has always been an essential part of my life. However, I discovered that working out on my own did not give me results. Working out with a trainer with a program tailor made for me was what changed the shape of my body and gave me the results I wanted. This is what I am sure many others realize as well and that is why I have come up with this concept," said Otara Gunewardene, founder and CEO of ODEL. "The most important aspect of this facility is its privacy and its personalized services, which are uncommon with other standard gyms."

According to Harshana, Otone will also help people with postural problems and those needing rehabilitation after illness or accidents. "Otone can takeover when a physiotherapist completes treatment and can also provide customers with access to experts in sports medicine as well as Rheumatology," he said.

Ranil Harshana who has 10 years experience in the fitness industry, possesses a Diploma in Fitness and Nutrition from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is also certified in personal training and group fitness, fitness therapy. He has received specialized certifications in sports conditioning, performance enhancement and corrective exercises from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Academy of Sports Medicine, International Sports Science Association (USA), and Performance Training Academy (UK).

A former fashion model and the founder and CEO of Sri Lanka's unique department store ODEL, Otara Gunewardene is also the owner of `Backstage` and `Six Runs' brands. Backstage is a brand name encompassing a wide range of trendy ladies jewellery and fashion accessories that has fired the imagination of Sri Lankan women. Six Runs is a brand for an extensive range of items including sports and casual wear and fun accessories at value-for-money prices.

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