FITNESS FRILLS FROM THE PILATES QUEEN
Just URBANE|June - July 2021
Namrata Purohit, Pilates trainer and author of The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Being Fit, talks about celeb clients, busts myths, decodes Pilates, and reveals her fitness mantra
SAMREEN KHOJA

CELEBRITY PILATES INSTRUCTOR Namrata Purohit found her calling at the age of 16, and it all started with a fall. For someone who has always been a sports enthusiast, a knee injury at 15 after a fall from a horse almost brought her squash career to an end. Namrata has since then emerged as the Pilates queen and became one of the youngest trained Stott Pilates instructors in the world.

Describing her journey that began almost 10 years ago Namrata says, “My journey has been incredible and there have been new learning’s every single day. My whole journey started with a fall and literally fell into the lap of Pilates. Every cloud has a silver lining, and the silver lining of my fall was stumbling upon Pilates and being able to experience it. It is the most magical form of exercise, it is what healed me and got me back to full form. It started with me experiencing it for myself and then realizing that I wanted to share this form of exercise with people. This is when I started a little studio in Mumbai. People could really see the transformation, not just physically, but mentally too. They felt better and healthier.”

Namrata has a huge clientele including celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Malaika Arora, Varun Dhawan, and Arjun Kapoor among others. These actors often have to gain/lose weight depending on their roles and Namrata doesn’t find this challenging at all. “Initially I thought that it would be challenging, but celebrities are very focused and dedicated and that makes it easy. They have a limited amount of time but big goals to achieve, they never miss a session, always eat right. There are days where we are working out on different things, innovating, and always trying to modify. With them being dedicated, half my job is done there,” says Namrata.

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