I’m a Certified Personal Trainer with ISSA (International Sports Science Association) & Canfitpro (Canadian Fitness Professionals). I’m also a Certified Pilates Foundation Teacher with The PIA (Pilates Institute of America). I have a Master’s Degree in Commerce (Accounting). Also, hold a Diploma in Hotel Management & Catering along with a Diploma in Public Speaking & Communication Skills.
Being in Canada over the past 5 & a half years, I worked with Canfitpro for 3 of those years alongside working as an in-house Personal Trainer. However, my passion got the better of me & I resorted to taking up Personal Training as a full-time career. Competing in the bodybuilding world was something I stumbled upon whilst trying to set up my foundation as a Personal Trainer. It was my way of getting myself out there to fellow Canadians to show them what I do & make them aware of how good I am at what I do. Despite training for over 10 years at that time I knew there had to be something different I needed to do to be stage material. It was at that time I met my Coach Pk Mills & asked him if he would help me get ready for a show. He said “Absolutely my dear”, and there began my journey to IFBB PRO STATUS.
We began training in July 2012 at Fitness 365, Etobicoke, Toronto. This was my birthday gift to me. My first show ever was The Fitness Star Model Search World 2012 where I placed second. After that, I just knew my body was different with so much potential for greater things and so I moved over to competing with the Ontario Physique Association (OPA). The GNC Luchka O’Brien Show May 2013 was my first OPA Show where I placed 4th in The Master’s Figure Open Class & 5th in The Open Class. I did do Provincials that year and The Henderson Thorne show as well, but didn’t place at all. So me & coach decided to step up our game and move over to Women’s Physique Division. We began prep in December of 2013 with the intention of debuting in March of 2014. However, life had other plans for me when I slipped on Ice December 25, 2013, and broke my right arm humerus damaging my radial nerve. Doctors said I would have to live with a dead arm for the rest of my life.
Haha, we showed them big time what we could do. I debuted at The OPA GALA Show November 2014 in The Women’s Physique Division placing First in the open & master’s classes & took home the overall trophy. After that, I did 3 CBBF Nationals – 2015/2016/2017 & now proud to say I am an IFBB PRO. It feels good. And now onto bigger brighter things.
COMPETING IN THE BODYBUILDING WORLD WAS SOMETHING I STUMBLED UPON WHILST TRYING TO SET UP MY FOUNDATION AS A PERSONAL TRAINER.
Are you a trainer? If so, what is your training philosophy?
Yes. My Training Philosophy – Give a man a fish and you will feed him for the day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.
Who is your trainer?
I am a Personal Trainer, Nutritional Consultant, Mind/Body Transformation Coach.
My Fitness Goal is to be a healthy, happy athlete who inspires or should I say tempts anyone who watches me train or sees me, to want to be healthy & happy.
Currently training for the Toronto Super Pro Show 2018. I am currently in the off-season training phase where the focus is growth & conditioning.
WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND EACH ONE NEEDS TO FIND THEIR OWN NICHE…
Thoughts on HIIt, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
Absolute respect for all forms and styles of training practices so long as there is attention to form/technique. We are all different and each one needs to find their own niche that they are comfortable with.
Nutrition & Supplements:
I am a sponsored athlete with Popeye’s Supplement Store Barrie and a brand ambassador for ATP Lab supplements
Special skills would be cooking Indian cuisine
What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are key in molding me into who I am today. My father is a live demonstration of discipline with his daily exercise & eating regiment. My mother has taught me that giving up is not an option.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love the fact that Status magazine caters to the fitness industry as well as general public that has interest in every aspect of fitness, be it nutrition, exercise, bodybuilding, competing.
I HAVE TO SAY, WARREN WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE AND IS THE MOST PATIENT AND CALM SOUL I’VE ENCOUNTERED.
What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-Model?
Becoming the next Status Fitness Cover –Model would be a dream come true. Being a role model in the bodybuilding world as well as a mentor to the general public makes it a perfect choice.
What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography for publication in Status Fitness Magazine?
This was my first experience working with Warren. I have to say, Warren went above and beyond to make this possible and is the most patient and calm soul I’ve encountered.
Name six things people would not know about you:
I am an excellent cook.
I have an extremely bad temper (lol).
I play the keyboard.
I love swimming.
I love dancing.
I am a really good artist (painting).
IT’S OK TO MAKE MISTAKES, LEARN FROM THEM & MOVE ON…
Who inspires you?
Dr. Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks Publication, Robin Sharma, My Coach Pk Mills, My children
Who do you wish to inspire?
I’d like to inspire women of all ages. To the youth – it’s ok to make mistakes, learn from them & move on, it’s ok. To married women/ single mother’s/ mothers in general – taking care of yourself is not being selfish, in fact, you are doing your family & loved ones a favor by being healthy. And above all love yourself enough to take care of you.
I came to Canada five and a half years ago in the pursuit of life. Left what was in order to create a new life for me. I was looking for work as a personal trainer and thought of how I could get myself known to the public. In this process I was introduced to the world of competitive bodybuilding and stepped on stage and that it was it. I was addicted. What I loved about this world was the discipline it demanded, the mindset it needed, the glamour that came along with it and above all the “falling in love with myself” through it all. I began competing in the figure division. Placed top five but never #1. My coach and I decided to step up our game and move on to the physique division. My coach sent me my plan December 2013 and we were set to hit stage March of 2014.
However, life had other plans for me and on December 25th, 2013, I slipped on ice, broke my right arm humerus and damaged my radial nerve. The arm was dead. Doctors told me I’d have to live with a dead arm for the rest of my life. Being the person I am, I refused to believe them and took it upon myself to get my hand well again. And in November of 2014, I debuted on stage in the women’s physique division and won the overall title. This leads to three attempts at Nationals, with my overall win at the Open Nationals 2017 in BC, and earning my IFBB Pro Card on July 29, 2017.
I couldn’t be happier. This, of course, has sparked a new vision and new goals and a new drive. I am eager and excited to get ready to step onto the Pro Stage at the Toronto Super Pro Show 2018. My Pro Debut.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THIS WORLD WAS THE DISCIPLINE IT DEMANDED…
Miss Olympia Title.
Owning & Running my very own restaurant (Indian Moghlai Cuisine).
Owning my very own chain of fitness centres.
Eventually, my dream is to own a chain of shelters for the homeless as a stepping stone to moving forward onto a better future.
5 lessons I’ve learned in life:
I am the creator of my reality.
Consistency, persistence & discipline are key to being successful in life.
If you make a mistake learn from it and move on.
Things are only as hard as you make them to be.
Life’s a journey so make sure you enjoy it .
Music and artists you listen to while training:
My playlist consists of a variety of tunes, some motivational, some dance Eg. Axwell & Ingrosso – Dream Bigger/ Sweeter Dreams – JB/Rise – Elyse Saunders Radio Remix/MJ’s – The way you make me feel.
I watch very little television you see, but the few movies that have left their mark would be – The Iron Lady; Pursuit of Happiness. I am a huge fan of musicals though anything to do with dance – Loved the Step –Up Series.
LIFE’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE.
Favorite books and authors:
Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life – Dr. Wayne Dyer
The Greatness Guide – Robin Sharma
Ask & It Is Given – Abraham Hicks Publications
Relentless – Tim Grover
40 Rules Of Love – Elif Shafaq
Name the five most important attributes you see in a person:
Attitude to life.
Goal Setters & Achievers.
Live & Let Live.
Do or Don’t Do – There is no try.
How was your experience competing at Canadian Nationals this year?
This was my third attempt at Nationals. I must say that it was the best experience till date. I won my PRO Card here. Also there was attention to every detail in regards to the athlete’s comfort. Right from registration for the show to the actual event. Every message and email was responded to instantaneously. The show began on time & ran as per schedule. It was an outstanding, unforgettable experience
YOUR IMBALANCES ARE FOR YOU TO KNOW AND TAKE CARE OF.
Where do you see the port of fitness, and especially women’s bodybuilding physique going in the future?
With the evolution of the sport of fitness and the bodybuilding world, it’s hard to say what the future holds. I’m grateful for the introduction of the women’s’ bodybuilding physique category though because it allows us, women, to showcase the strong yet very feminine woman of today’s world.
How have you been able to balance your career and your fitness goals?
Life’s all about balance. Yes being a Personal Trainer by profession keeps me in the gym for the most part of the day, but being able to schedule in my time to train and eat, is what makes it challenging. On light days I have a clientele of 7-9 clients a day. On other days it varies from 12-14 a day. Yes, I do have a busy schedule. But you know what, competitive bodybuilding is an expensive sport. I look at it as “I am doing what I love to do in order to provide for what I love to do”. So I wake up an hour earlier, eat while I train my clients and just do what I need to do to make it work. My clients actually admire being witness to the disciplined lifestyle and it actually inspires them.
When it comes to imbalances in the body, what can you share with us about how to deal with them, both physically and mentally?
Imbalances in the Body – Hmm. This is my approach. Recognition and acknowledgment. Then take the necessary steps to fix them if possible. For instance check with your RMT, Deep Fascia Tissue Massage, Alterations to Training Plan, Stretching. And most importantly practice how you portray yourself. Your imbalances are for you to know and take care of. The world sees what you choose to show them. So do your homework. Display wisely and confidently, what you want them to see and how you want them to see you as.