Watch: What Does A Fit Body Look Like? Hint: It's Not What You Think

In the latest episode of The Rulebreaker Show, fitness trainer Shwetambari Shetty spoke about an often-ignored topic in the fitness community - the expectation of the 'ideal physique'

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What do you imagine when you think of a fit person? Perhaps someone with chiselled abs and toned arms, like a sculpture straight out of Greek mythology. In the world of fitness, where appearance often takes the spotlight, we tend to forget that true health does not always reflect looking a certain way. While a well-built physique may catch the eye, it's the qualities beyond outward appearance that truly inspire and guide individuals on their fitness journey. In the latest episode of The Rulebreaker Show, fitness guru Shwetambari Shetty debunked stereotypes and myths about being a physical trainer, delving into the often-ignored aspects of the profession.


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Speaking with Shaili Chopra, The Rulebreaker Show host and founder of SheThePeople & Gytree, Shetty, who is a certified physical trainer and fitness entrepreneur, spoke about some of the expectations that society can have from fitness coaches. She recalled that while the notion of the trainer's 'perfect physique' has been let go around the world, India still holds on to these outdated ideals.

Shetty described, "I must say this. When I did one of my first certain certifications, in Zumba Fitness, it was about 'There is no certain way you need to look as a coach. As long as you have the knowledge and you are able to bring the best out of the people you train, you can look anyway.' Because there could be so many reasons, like underlying health issues, you could look a certain way." However, the scenario for fitness trainers in India is not as glorious as it sounds.

"In our country, it's very different. Unless you look strong, you look great, you kind of look size zero, you cannot be a great coach," she said. Shetty also shared the comments that she hears from people about the 'ideal' body type for fitness coaches. "How can she be so big and be a trainer? If she can't take care of herself, how is she going to take care of me?" she imitated. 

Putting fitness in a closed box not only takes a toll on the trainers' self-image but also discourages people from taking a step for their health. Making fitness all about appearance often leaves people comparing their fitness journies with others', which can lead to one feeling inadequate or unfulfilled. Thus, Shwetmabari Shetty opened a dialogue about changing the narrative around a fit body, speaking about the multifaceted nature of fitness and health.

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