Meet These Power Women Who Are Making Fitness Fun In The City

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Fun, fit and fab, these power women in the city are fitness goals. Be it Zumba, Pilates, Kettle Bell Fitness or Belly Dancing - women in the city are getting innovative when it comes to staying fit. Binge eating and sedentary lifestyles making you press hard on that ‘regret’ button? Let these five women show you the way.

Zumba - Natalie Pote Shaw

Got two left feet and motivation has left the building? Try Zumba. For Zumba instructor, Natalie Pote Shaw, fitness is one big party! Licensed to teach every single format in Zumba - Strong by Zumba, Step, Aqua, Toning, Gold, Sentao, Circuit, and of course Kids Zumba, Natalie is the most qualified Zumba instructor in the city. Whether you’re 2 or 82, age is no bar when it comes to dancing your way to fitness. She’s also trained in Pro Skills, Brazil Rhythms and Core Training, so Zumba with her is not just mindless dancing. You will also work on toning those problem areas.

Pilates - Chandini Singh Siddique

If the athletically fit bodies of Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif are not reason enough to try Pilates, we don’t know what is. Chandni Singh Siddique is one of the (very) few, if not the only, pilates certified instructors in the city. She is all about the correct technique and postures, ensuring that you are present in every moment of your workout. You will learn about how to engage your core effectively before any thing else. Try a session with her and we promise, you will go back for more.

Crossfit - Sumana Dutta Burman

Sleep, eat, train, repeat - that’s the simple mantra Sumana Dutta Burman, a fitness instructor, lives by. She is the first woman to be crossfit certified in Eastern India and one of the first to be International Kettle Bell and Fitness Federation (IKSFF) level 2 certified in kettlebells. Wow, right? She is also the first to be trained in animal flow movements in Kolkata, a form that is fast gaining popularity. Call her if you aren’t too stressed about losing weight but making a lifestyle change that will ensure you stay fit no matter what. Sumana even trains the elderly or people with injuries and other health issues. So, if you feel your fitness ship has sailed, well not till Sumana is in the city.

Personal Training - Sylvia Ku

Looking for a personal trainer who comes home? Buzz Sylvia Ku. Sylvia comes across as affable but is a hard task-master when it comes to training. She will help you acheive those unattainable fitness goals. Her training focuses on fat loss, muscle gain, body strength and conditioning and diet planning. She specialises in mobility training. Get trained by her in the comfort of your apartment or maybe at a community gym and shed those stubborn kilos.

Belly Dancing - Aakriti Prasad

Swaying hips, wiggling bellies and arms that move like soft breeze, belly dancing is a low-impact yet aerobically challenging dance form. If you want to shimmy your way to fitness, look no further than Aakriti Prasad. She has over 20 years of experience and training in Indian classical dance as well as hip hop, bollywood, latin, yoga and movement therapy. Aakriti has been working to make belly dance form reachable and accessible to more people and educate them of the true history and evolution of it. You can begin with Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian belly dance). As you get into advanced levels, you are introduced to folkloric belly dance, tribal fusion, Indian fusion (Bolly belly, Bhangda belly or Odissi belly). Ready to shake it like Shakira then?


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