Bhavna Harchandrai
Women Fitness India|October 2021
How This Fitness Influencer And Entrepreneur Keeps Evolving?

Bhavna Harchandrai has been an integral part of the Fitness Industry for 24 years. Having been the Sports Captain in school, sports and fitness were a natural extension of her life and led her to taking it up as a career in 1998.

Bhavna headed Group-Exercise at known gyms such as Golds Gym, Moksh, Pure Energy after which she set up her own fitness studio #fitnessfundas at Malabar Hill, Mumbai.

A thoroughly qualified Fitness Professional, Bhavna has completed certifications and courses from Biokinetix, Cirque du Soleil, Zumba, Boxercise, Balanced Body- Pilates, Power Yoga, Power Plate, Starbound (Trampoline Fitness), Penalty Box Training and is certified in Personal Training by American Council on Exercise.

She recently conducted ‘Super Fit Sixty’; a program catering to the well-being of senior citizens along with Dr. Mickey Mehta, the Guru of Holistic Health. Her mom and baby workout sessions with her client, renowned designer NishkaLulla gained huge popularity and were a big hit on Instagram.

Her other notable clientele include members of the Hiranandani, Dhoot, Chudasama, Goenka, Bhimjiani families, Kamal Sidhu (former VJ MTV), ParizadKolah Marshall (TV host and model), Amalia Akerkar (daughter of Chef Rahul Akerkar)

Bhavna, you have been in the industry for 24 years How and when did you start your fitness journey?

I am fortunate to have been an integral part of the Fitness Industry for 24 Years, motivating people to lead fitter and healthier lives.

For someone who has led an active life for as long as I can remember I made the natural progression from being a Throwball enthusiast to becoming Sports captain of school.

As a student, I’d save up my allowance to enrol in Aerobics classes when they were introduced to Mumbai in the ‘90s. And while I studied for Travel and Tourism and MBA, I consistently kept my classes going alongside. Then while working at Trade Wings and Maersk India, I would regularly see fresh graduates from IIM given mundane clerical jobs with zero time for themselves. Their lifestyle made me wonder how I would be able to manage my fitness regime and career goals. So, I decided to blend the two and make fitness my career.

A girl, one of the regulars at the Aerobics classes had mentioned that her Uncle owned a Fitness studio and he was looking out for someone to manage the place. I took a leap of faith and I quit work in the Travel agency as well as my ongoing studies to pursue Fitness as a career. Bizzarely enough, she did not show up at the classes after that day. I felt like a boat lost at sea, no direction or land (security) ahead of me. Thankfully, I managed to get her contact after a month of trying, met the owner and that’s how my fitness journey began…

What do you credit yourself with bringing to the Fitness Industry? What’s your USP?

I was the 1st Fitness Trainer to introduce the concept of Boot-Camp training to India (2006). Subsequently, I introduced Trampoline Fitness (2016) and Penalty Box Fitness (2017) exercise forms to India too.

My grandmother taught me that there is no limit to gaining knowledge and whenever I get a chance to learn an exercise concept; be it Aerobics, Step, Boxercise, Zumba, Power Yoga, mat Pilates, Rebounding (Trampoline Fitness), Penalty Box fitness or chair exercises for seniors, I do a course in it. I believe that every exercise form has its own principles and benefits and there is always so much to learn and integrate into my sessions.

My USP as you can guess, is to teach a different class at every session following the principle of Cross-Training. My class format is a fun Zumba style warm up, followed by a High-Low intensity cardio segment (which varies from cardio boxing, step, Tabata, aerobics etc) and full-body toning (dumbbells, therabands, stability ball, etc) , core strengthening and stretches. Every session is different. It’s a great way to inject an element of fun into your fitness regime in a safe, effective way.

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