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He helped King Khan get those six pack abs

Prashant Sawant, a college drop-out, rose from being a part-time trainer, to the owner of a state-of-the-art gym called Body Sculptor in Juhu. C Sujit Chandra Kumar narrates the success story of a determined fitness trainer.

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2012 12:41 IST
C Sujit Chandra Kumar

No one expected Prashant Sawant to do well in life, leave alone make a name for himself. Growing up in a 10 feet-by-10 feet room in a Dahisar chawl along with nine others career planning or was an alien to Prashant. After class 10, he joined college only to drop out.

His father Subhash enrolled him in an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Borivali. Even as he was pursuing the technical course, he took the vital step of joining a local gymnasium in Dahisar. “As a child, I was very fat and desperately wanted to look good,” he said.

What started as fashion became a passion, which explains why he accepted the offer to be a part-time trainer in another local gym although the salary was measly.

Soon, the 20-year-old got a Rs 3,000-a-month offer from ‘10, The Health Spa’, a Bandra-based gymnasium. “Dad was not at all happy as he believed trainers had a short career,” said Prashant.

The Bandra job put him in touch with the elite lot. He started his ‘Body Sculptor’ gym in Juhu in 2004. Today, the state-of-the-art gym with more than 100 members, functions from two floors, and Prashant has a dozen people to assist him, including his wife Maya Pereira Sawant. “She is also a trainer and I met her at a gym,” he said. “We got married three months ago. She trains several female celebrities including Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri Khan.”

A framed photo of King Khan has this signed message: “To Prashant, may my body be like yours. God bless you and all the happiness to you.”