Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Jehan Raffiuddin
FAB WOMAN: Nikita Suresh
The 24 year old Nikita Suresh, is on a mission to break myths about fitness trends in the country. Nikita has been a Zumba Fitness instructor since 2010. The young entrepreneur holds a Masters degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She’s also interned with companies like Apollo hospital and Hindustan Unilever. But life changed when she met her current business partner Shwetambari through Zumba, as they did their certification together. Having met someone who’s as passionate as she is about fitness, she decided to join hands with her to take their passion to the next level. Together they hosted India’s First Zumbathon Charity Event in 2012 in Bangalore with more than 500 attendees. “Zumba not just uses Latin American dance forms, but has also incorporated bhangra that involves a lot of hip movement, therefore benefiting people who are usually overweight on the lower body. It tones the abs, hips, thighs and arms. An hour of Zumba can burn approximately 800 calories and it is fun filled with peppy music” – Says Nikita. The two young, energetic and dynamic instructors shook the dance floor for a noble cause. The proceeds of the event were given to charities, picked out by Nikita and Shwetambari. After the resounding success of the city’s first zumbathon, Nikita and Shwetambari knew that Bengaluru is a city with ample scope for such initiatives. Nikita also says “What’s amazing about our city is that people are open and keen to learn”. On seeing an opportunity, Nikita along with her partner conducted Zumba at a night club. They received an overwhelming response with over 250 attendees. Since then every single event organised by them has been sold out.
Realising that people in her city are now keen on making fitness a way of life, Nikita along with Shwetambari decided to put their passion to reality and launched their own Venture – one of India’s first group exercise fitness club. Spread over 8000+ square feet their fitness club is entirely group exercise focused. With International programs under one roof. Their fitness club currently conducts different programmes like Zumba, Crossfit, Les Mills, Yoga, Pilates and activities that take care of fitness for kids. Nikita is keen on helping people change their lifestyles and help them develop healthier choices for the future.
We’re still amazed by Nikita, who was probably the youngest fitness instructor at the age of 21. The FAB BAG Crew had a lovely time chit chatting with her. Here’s excerpts from our conversation:
FAB BAG: What motivates you?
Nikita: People my age who are passionate about doing something on their own
The *FAB* Women initiative by FabBag.com celebrates the occasion of Women’s Day all through the month of March with an aim to inspire women across the country by sharing stories of ordinary women with extraordinary lives. If you liked reading Nikita’s story, please leave a comment below and share this article. It’s now your turn to spread the inspiration.