Formerly only heard about in American sitcoms and rom-coms, Pilates has now grown steadily to become the go-to exercise routine for many, including prominent Bollywood actresses. Try it for yourself at any of these studios - don’t trip on the red carpet on your way out.
If you’re the kind of person who cringes at the very mention of exercise (we’re not judging!), these state-of-the-art studios are your manna. Master trainers Sameer and Namrata Purohit - who has just released a fantastic book called The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Being Fit, coincidentally - conduct Pilates sessions in High Altitude simulated rooms, which means you end up burning more calories than you would in a regular workout, with less effort.
Trainer to the stars, Yasmin Karachiwala is a venerable name in fitness circles and it’s no surprise. Having worked with Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Konkona Sen Sharma and Queenie Dhody among others, she definitely knows a thing or two about getting a celebrity body. Incidentally, she also has a book out called Sculpt and Shape - The Pilates Way. Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?
Check out Yasmin Karachiwala's Body Image, Bandra
Trainers at Activ8 Studio are proficient in the Stott Pilates technique, using it to improve posture and to make your arms and legs leaner. Activ8 specializes in physical rehabilitation for people suffering from chronic body pain. They have worked with professional mountaineers, marathon runners, cricketers and celebrities like Alia Bhatt and Farhan Akhtar.
Check out Activ8 Studio, Juhu.
Sonam Kapoor swears by Radhika’s own brand of Pilates, and with options like Mat, Reformer and Chair Pilates, there’s no reason why anyone else wouldn’t. Her one-on-one Yoga and TRX training sessions also come highly recommended.
Check out Radhika's Balanced Body, Vile Parle
With her learnings from the Balanced Body University, Sheetal customizes her training routines to suit individual needs based on parameters like fitness level and flexibility, ensuring a tailored experience.
Check out Core Pilates by Sheetal Shah, Worli
Trained and certified by the Stott Pilates Headquarters in Toronto, Kaizeen has years of experience working with people who have serious health issues like Multiple Sclerosis, Breast Cancer and Osteoporosis - you know you are in capable hands when it comes to her. Kaizeen also does house calls, if you wish.
Check out Pilates With Kaizeen Motafram, Bandra
Certified in Stott Pilates, Ankita Kalsi incorporates her training as a professional Jazz and Latin ballroom dancer into her Pilates routines, making for a very interesting workout that is supplemented by music.
Check out Mat Pilates by Sculpt, Khar West
In her spare time, you will find Nike-certified trainer Urmi Kothari scaling building rooftops or jumping on trampolines. A big believer in being fit from within, Urmi uses Calisthenics to power her specialized at-home workouts, while working towards making you a fitter and consequently, a happier person.
Check out Kinetic Living, Goregaon East
Krushmi Chheda has so many feathers in her cap; she may as well sprout wings and fly. A leading sports scientist and nutritionist, an ASCM-certified personal trainer and an international tennis player, she specializes in the Menezes Pilates Method, and is the first person in India to do so.
No, it has nothing to do with cricket, but Toni does have a connection with another Indian love - Bollywood. Her proficiency in Crossfit and functional training is one thing that sets her apart from other trainers. Another is her affordable brand of Pilates that specially caters to working non-working women, as per their convenience. The very epitome of girl power, this one!
Check out Toni's Power Play, Mahim
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