To rise from a severe knee injury at a tender age of 16 and then become a fitness expert at just 21, Namrata Purohit sets a fierce example. The lady, who puts her faith very strongly in pilates and its benefits, boasts of a fancy resume. And with a string of celebs – Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon, Neha Dhupia, Shibani Dandekar, Bruna Abdullah, Hasleen Kaur – training with her, it’s quite envy-worthy as well. Shalini Jha writes as the young gun opens up on her journey, health regimen and more.

How did you become a fitness trainer? What appealed you the most?Namrata-Purohit-(1)
My career in the fitness industry started when I was 16 years old. I have always been an active person, I have played squash, football, handball and do horse riding. When I was 16 I had a terrible fall from a horse, in which I had a severe knee injury.
I had to go through immediate surgery. Post the surgery I tried various fitness regimes and physiotherapy to get as strong as I used to be, but nothing got me back to full form.
My squash nationals were only a few months away, and at that time my father was hosting a pilates course in Mumbai. I decided to do the course and only few sessions through the course I could feel my strength coming back and my balance and stability improving. My body felt much better, I even stood fourth in India in the nationals. This is when I realised and started believing in the magic of Pilates. This is why I started it, as I believe everyone should get a chance to experience this magic. My journey in this field has been fabulous. I have been lucky to get lovely clients, who completely trust me and give their 100% every class.

Which all celebs have you trained till date? Any personal favourite?
All my clients are equally important and all of them always ensure to work hard and achieve their goals. All the Bollywood celebrities I train are very dedicated. They all are amazing people to work with and fun too. I have been lucky to train people who are not only dedicated and regular but also have lovely personalities.

Who according to you has the best body?
I think Beyonce and JLo have superb bodies. As I always say thin is not fit,
fit is fit.

What kind of diet regime do you suggest to the working women or women who don’t get time to work-out?
Honestly I think one can always find time to work-out, as working out does not necessarily mean spending hours at a gym. Simple home exercises can be done anytime. Even if you skip for 10 minutes before or after work it is better than doing nothing. But a basic diet should mean eating every 2 hours and eating all the nutrients required in a day. Also, do not forget to have enough water.

What is your personal fitness regimen?
I work-out 4-5 times a week. I do Pilates 3 times a week at least and altitude training on the other days. Sometimes I go horse riding, go play a game of squash and go for dance classes.

What kind of diet do you follow?
I start my day early, hence my first meal is at 6 or 7am. I usually have 6 meals a day. Breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, evening snacks and dinner. By snacks I mean, either a fruit, sprout salad/bhel, protein shake or chaas (buttermilk). This way I do not get hungry and can easily avoid the cravings for unhealthy food. I must add that I do have a cheat meal once a week, which I thoroughly enjoy and personally I feel everyone should be allowed a cheat meal once a week if they eat well the rest of the week.

What are your gym bag essentials?
Water, towel, toe socks, heart-rate monitor and calorie counter.

Exercise and diet you would like to recommend to someone who wants to lose weight quickly?
I love altitude training specifically for people who want to lose weight, as it helps increase your metabolic rate. This way you can burn more calories, train more efficiently and lose weight faster.

One fitness tip you would like to share with our readers?
Train Smart! Your fitness regime should be something you enjoy doing, it should never feel painful or boring. You can have fun while you get fit!!