After her recent release of ‘Sajan Main Nachungi,’ Sophie Choudry hit Dubai with her celebrity trainer Yasmin Karachiwala. Narada News caught up with the duo at A-Tone Gym to ask about Sophie’s daily work out schedule.
Sophie said “I think fitness is life long. I don’t just work out because suddenly I have a new song or I suddenly have a new film. Pilates is an integral part of my life and I hit the gym at least four to five days a week”.
“If I don’t work out my day feels incomplete” said the singer of Manjave.
When asked about why she chose the pilates life over weight lifting to stay in shape, she responded:
“I actually don’t do any weight training. I only do pilates and Cardio because I have had two slip discs in the past and I genuinely find weight training really boring. Also, I think its (weightlifting) is very personal whether it works or doesn’t.”
Sophie further continued “I find that I get everything I need from pilates, from working out with Yasmin. There are so many different machines! We’ve got the Exo chair, which has been introduced into A-Tone, there’s the reformer, the cadillac, the bodhi, the core align. I mean its endless, you can do so much and she’s (Yasmin)forever updating us”
Sophie says pilates are interesting to her because “Just as you feel like you’ve mastered one exercise, you realise you haven’t because there is a new variation and I find that very exciting. It doesn’t give you a chance to get bored and I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy my time because I think that pilates is a connection between mind, body and soul, which you don’t get from a lot of work outs. People say that about yoga, but I feel fitter and better with pilates.”
The 34 year old actress and singer has been training under Yasmin Karachiwala, who is also a trainer for Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif and Malaika Arora Khan for about four years. She initially knocked at the door steps of Yasmin’s gym when she encountered her first slip disc.
The actress who has appeared in movies such as Kiya Kool Hain Hum and Shadi Ke Side Effects narrates “pilates is something that my mother use to do 25 years ago in London, so it’s something I have always been aware of, but I never thought anyone in India would really so good in teaching it, and I was very wrong (pointing at Yasmin)”.
“It’s not an overnight change, it’s been four years, it’s gradual, it’s as intense as you want it to be, it’s life long and that’s what I love about it. I think once you start doing pilates, you’ll never leave it”
When Yasmin Karachiwala herself was asked about her training experience with Sophie she said “Like Sophie said, her expectations were really high and of course I didn’t know that when she walked into the studio but as I’ve known her, I know she’s very particular about a lot of things and I love that because it keeps me on my toes. We work really well together, we managed to get her back functioning, she took part in Jhalak and that was very intense, and she was able to do that despite having slip discs because pilates strengthened it.”
Talking more about how pilates has helped Sophie, Yasmin continues to say “..and the great thing is that her body keeps getting better. It’s not like a yo-yo that its going to look good now and you don’t know who it would be after six months. But if you’ve seen Sophie six months back, all you can say is that she looks much better now than she did six months ago.”
Despite having a challenging time with Sophie, Yasmin had confessed that her hardest part of the day was to train Katrina Kaif.
Considering that Bollywood celebrities, as well as Hollywood stars, including Rita Ora, are adapting pilates as their new fitness mantra, they are going to become the next big thing in the fitness industry.
With minimal requirement for lifting weights, pilates can also be practiced at home by beginners, before they decide to head out to the gyms and studious for professional guidance.
Moreover, it can be undertaken by people with slip discs.
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