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Fit ‘n' fine Prashant Sawant
Fit ‘n' fine Prashant Sawant

Prashant Sawant, credited for the sculpting Bollywood biggies, has larger plans

In a way, he's the man responsible for the country's six-pack and eight-pack frenzy. Prashant Sawant has been helping people stay fit for the last 12 years. His career high point came when the world got to know him as Shah Rukh Khan's personal trainer after SRK flaunted his six-pack abs in Om Shanti Om. Two years after the film, Prashant still trains the superstar. “Shah Rukh is on a three-month rehabilitation routine, after his shoulder injury. The focus is now on shoulder and back strengthening exercises since he's been prone to injuries,” says Prashant, who is now looking to open gyms across the country, including Hyderabad.

The celebrity fitness trainer, who has helped Sonal Chauhan, Amisha Patel, Sharman Joshi and other get into shape, is careful not to harp on the six-pack craze.

“Not everyone can get six-pack abs and maintain it for a long time. Sure, we work on specific targets for clients but being a trainer, we understand that different body types respond differently and no two routines and dietary habits can be the same,” says Prashant.

He's happy that after watching Shah Rukh Khan, men in their 40s who had been couch potatoes started frequenting the gym. “Training for six-pack abs calls for a lot of hard work and dedication. It's enough if most people concentrate on being fit and healthy. A brisk walk can do wonders to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Given the sheer variety in Indian cuisine, it's tough to exercise utmost control on what you eat,” he says with a smile.

Prashant has been training SRK for the last 10 years. “For Chak De, we trained him to give an athletic and sporty look and for Don, he had to train differently.”

Fashion designer Hemant Trivedi, who survived a near-fatal accident a decade ago, limped back to a regular routine under Prashant's supervision. Actor Sharman Joshi too trained with him and will be sporting a six-pack for his forthcoming film.

A part of Prashant's focus is on rehabilitation programmes for those who've suffered injuries. Reflecting on Hemant Trivedi's remarkable recovery over the years, he says, “He had to start from scratch after surviving the car accident and being in coma for a month. Today, he can do 50 push-ups, is fitter and stronger.”

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

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