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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, but here I am today,” 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, boosted my confidence 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 humble and are willing to learn. “There is no feeling that they're superior. The way they take care of their staff, and 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.”

Stating that it is important to hit gym not just to look good but also to stay healthy, Prashant hands out a few tips for those who want to get in shape.

“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,” he signs off.

NEETI SARKAR

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