There are fitness instructors who tell you how to build that perfect body. And then there are those who lead by example.
Unlike most fitness freaks who start early, Sonali Swami took to bodybuilding only after she became a mother.
She was 37 when she trained for weights and realized that age is never a barrier for those who strive to achieve the impossible.
The Bengaluru-based trainer won the ‘Fit Factor’ competition in 2014 and followed it up with a bronze at the WBBF Asian Championship in 2016.
Women Fitness team catches up with her on her profession, fitness, diet, tips for new moms in this candid conversation
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Your name is considered synonymous with the Indian bodybuilding community. Being a mother of two you started weight training at the age of 37. How would you describe your journey as a fitness model?
Ms. Sonali Swami
I have always been passionate about two things in my life, Fitness , and Dance. After getting married to my husband who is a Software Professional in Bengaluru, I got into professional dancing and also did a couple of certifications in Zumba Fitness and Bokwa. I have been a ZIN (Zumba Instructor) since 2012 and have been regularly taking Zumba classes as group instructor in multiple Gyms and Fitness Studios in Bangalore. I also conducted Zumba dance events for several Corporate groups like Asian Paints, Goldman Sachs, TCS Marathon etc.
After having kids (mom of two angels) and with a busy lifestyle, I got introduced to weight training at Fitness First at the age of 37. I had never been inside a Gym ever before. At first, it was just curiosity but soon got hooked to it as the change was phenomenal. I wasn’t thin or skinny but weight training made me more strong and toned. Also, my energy levels improved and I was a happier person overall. After that, there was no looking back.
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