Strong Is Sexy With Pooja And Nat
Amongst several fast- changing trends in the field of fitness is the defiant evolution of the definition of fitness amongst women. The shifting dynamics of fitness coined as a skinny waist and body for women is quickly losing out to the beautiful concept of strong healthy women. Fewer women are crowding around treadmills and instead opting to lift some damn weights.
It is heartening to see that the size zero fiasco is slowly fading out and women are embracing strength as a measure of health and fitness. On the forefront of this brigade are the screaming hot trainers from The Pump: Nat and Pooja. We had a chance to hangout with these strong, beautiful women and listen to their fitness stories and philosophies.
For many people, heading to the gym and working out is all about achieving a fit body; but there are some who look at it as a therapeutic experience to help get them out of difficult times. Pooja was battling her inner demons after suffering from personal issues in 2013. It was at the gym where she found solace.
Lifting weights had an empowering effect on Pooja, providing a sense of strength during times when she felt her weakest. It provided her with the confidence that she was having trouble finding, and served as a turning point in her life.
“It helped instill the belief that I was as strong as anyone else, regardless of sex.” Explained Pooja.
TNM: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF WOMEN’S FITNESS AND THE TRENDS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THIS FIELD?
Fitness is being commercialized too much. All everyone wants anymore are six packs and bulging biceps. I have had clients here where they come in and ask to look like Katrina Kaif. But that completely defeats the purpose of fitness. Everyone is born with different body types. Having a six pack is not the definition of being healthy.
What I like to focus on is that not the extra inch of fat on your belly but what you are doing and have achieved along the way. You come to the gym for yourself and not to get approval from someone else on how you look. There are so many diseases that come along because of an unhealthy lifestyle so working out is one way to decrease the risk of getting these diseases in the future.
And another thing is working out doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym, just be active in your daily life; jog, walk instead of taking a car, use the stairs instead of the lift.
TNM: WHAT ARE PEOPLE DOING WRONG WHEN IT COMES TO FITNESS?
All the workout in the world becomes useless if you have unhealthy eating habits. You need to have a balanced diet in your daily food so don’t eat too much of something and too little of something else. You need all the nutrition and don’t eat just for the sake of filling your appetite but know what you are eating and how hygienic it is.
Our traditional way of eating also needs to be modified. On its own our local meals are healthy and provides good nutrients, but where we go wrong is the portions and frequency.
Also, there are girls that have stopped eating or eat way less than they should have in the name of dieting to achieve images portrayed in the magazines, television and the social media sites. Losing weight is a slow process, you didn’t gain weight overnight and you’re not going to lose it overnight either.
TNM: HOW DOES FITNESS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN WOMEN’S LIVES?
With the passing of time and as women grow older our bodies tend to sag in different ways it is our anatomic build. Lifting weights will help tighten the muscles and increase the bone density and it tones our body. We don’t have the hormones to bulk up like men, so lifting weights will not make you look like a man.
Women want to look pretty and we have every right to be but you should not chase unrealistic expectations. All the girls that you see on Instagram are fitness models and it is their job to look good and fit because they are getting paid to look that way. So, you have to work according to your lifestyle and stick to what you should actually do and get healthy and fit.
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Fitness is not something you do just for the sake of it; it is a state of mind, a lifestyle. Nataliia Svyrydenko, better known as Nat, has lived by this philosophy and exemplifies it to the fullest. Hailing from Ukraine, Nat was always into sports, and incorporating fitness as a lifestyle came naturally to her. A force to be reckoned with, word about Nat’s proficiency as a personal trainer has spread rapidly and she is upholding her end of the bargain.
TNM: HOW WOULD YOU SAY DOES FITNESS FIT INTO SOMEONE’S LIFESTYLE?
I loved playing basketball and football. I was always an outdoorsy person, but that is not why I got into fitness. Sports and outdoor activities are leisurely activities; fitness is a lifestyle that you adopt. Unlike sports, fitness isn’t something you do just for fun; it is part of the way that you live.
I don’t drink alcohol, but it isn’t because I want to be fit. It is the way I have chosen to live my life. And that is the same reason I go to the gym every day.
TNM: WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO YOUR CLIENTS IN TERMS OF PERSONAL TRAINING?
It was when I gave birth to my daughter 9 years ago that I really began getting into fitness. And through the years I have always supported the notion that working out is so much more than what you get in terms of aesthetics. It is relaxing and therapeutic, and it brings out positive energy that relieves us of stress.
My goal with my clients isn’t to help them achieve unrealistic body goals like enormous biceps or 8 pack abs. It is more about motivating them to exercise in order to build up positive energy and flush out the negative. It’s a matter of being healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Being fit is a necessity of day-to-day living. If you’re struggling with simple workouts, you ware going to struggle while performing every day activities.
You need to ask yourself if you are a 100% satisfied with your life. If the way you look and feel is keeping you from that satisfaction, wouldn’t you want to amend that. You have to keep your body clean of the toxins and then when you feel good, you will ultimately be happy. Engage yourself in some sort of activity, be it walking, jogging, or cycling. It just takes 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week to get your happiness.
TNM: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CURRENT FITNESS TREND?
With my clients, and most fitness beginners, their focus is mainly on losing belly fat or bulking up. I personally like to focus on developing the strength in leg, core and the hamstrings when I train my clients. Whatever the case, I make sure the effort is present from both parties myself and the person I am training. I sometimes have to be strict with my clients. They complain at first then but they eventually come around and get their head into it. If my clients are not putting in their best efforts that is just bad publicity for me and I’d be more than willing to return their money and ask them to leave.
Crossfit is gaining popularity since it develops overall strength that trains you to become athletes more than bodybuilders. HIIT is also trending since it pushes your body to intense levels in a short period of time which is what people short on time really prefer.
Photo: Pritam Chhetri
Location: The Pump
Athletes: Pooja K.C, Nataliia Svyrydenko