Competitive power-lifter Ekta Kapoor tells Foreverfit how she was drawn into the world of fitness and strength sports.
My story is no less than a Bollywood movie with every bit of masala, from my name to my journey. Who would have imagined I would be an internationally certified Personal Trainer, internationally certified Kettle bell teacher and an international level Power-lifting Competitor?
Many choices to juggle
I never thought I would become a weight lifter, or make a state record. My parents always wanted me to carry their legacy forward.
With an MBA in finance and a professional degree in teaching and aviation, there was quite a conundrum about what I should pursue professionally.
Inspiration from fitness
Then in 2014, I moved to Mumbai in search of inspiration. After months spent searching for a job that appealed me, one of my friends suggested I try my hand at fitness. With nothing to lose, I took the plunge and here I am today.
Entering the world of strength sports
After meeting my fiance, I received the guidance that led me into the world of Strength Sports. Today, I use my position as a personal trainer to show my clients the power of change vested in fitness.
Among other regimens, kettlebell endurance training and yoga are also my areas of expertise.
Home-made food is my mantra
When people learn find that I am a competitive power-lifter, they riddle me with questions about my diet and exercise regimen. To be honest, there’s nothing that special about my diet. I don’t rely on supplements, and don’t curb my diet.
Instead, I simply stick to 5-6 meals a day of healthy homemade food such as rice, potatoes, fruits, ghee, paneer, boiled chicken, and so on. For cheat meals I allow myself the liberty of eating chocolates, ice-creams, yogurt and pizzas about once a week- unless of course I am on a restricted diet, due to a certain goal.
Faith in yourself is the sure way to success
I believe that you are you own motivation. Honestly, I’ve been through a lot in my life. My parents separated when I was fairly young, and apart from that, I’ve struggled in other areas of my life. But my faith kept me going.
I stuck to doing what I enjoyed, and the rest followed. As a woman in India, I’ve noticed that so many of us are scared to do what we really want to do. Whatever it may be, we just have to find the courage to take the first step.
Fitness has transformative power
Exercising and fitness have transformed me and has the potential to do the same for others. It’s a fail proof method to loving yourself, physically and mentally. Today, I feel fulfilled in so many ways. My life has reached a wonderful high point, and I couldn’t be happier.