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Fitness guru Prashant Sawant
Fitness guru Prashant Sawant

Prashant Sawant, the man behind the sculpted bodies of many Bollywood heroes

Although his clientele includes Bollywood names such as Shah Rukh Khan, Sharman Joshi, Aftab Shivdasani, Amisha Patel and Amrita Rao, Prashant Sawant, the man behind their fabulously-sculpted bodies, takes no fragment of the credit that is rightfully his. In a telephonic chat, the celebrity trainer speaks about his journey so far. “I've been doing this for a decade now. For the first few years, I worked in a number of gyms until I was able to set up one. I never imagined I'd be training celebrities,” he says.

“There was no advertising or self-promotion. Those who were satisfied with their training spread the word. However, Shah Rukh Khan is one of the prime reasons behind my success. He has supported me, encouraged me and treated me as a friend.”

Prashant Sawant became a brand when he helped SRK get his deadly six-pack for “Don”. “More than just the fitness regime that SRK followed, it was his perseverance, hard work and commitment that yielded the results,” he explains.

And, Prashant feels he's fortunate to work with celebrities who are willing to learn. “The friendly but professional relationship I share with each of them is simply wonderful,” he says. So, who in his opinion, has the most perfect body in tinseltown? “Among the men, it's got to be Hrithik Roshan, and among the girls, it's undoubtedly Bipasha Basu.” And, would he advocate a la Kareena Kapoor ‘size zero' fad? “I wouldn't want to comment on that, but Kareena has a toned body and she seems to pay a good deal of attention to it.”

Prashant hands out a few tips. “With everyone having to deal with high levels of stress, it's important to head to the gym at least twice a week. A brisk morning walk daily can do a world of good. It doesn't make sense to exercise any which way; follow a work-out that suits you best. Finally, perseverance is the key to success.”

NEETI SARKAR

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