Partner: The Pilates Studio
Namrata graduated with a Sport Management degree in 2016, and is a Partner at The Pilates Studio. Here, she tells us a bit about her time at Loughborough University and her career journey.
As a sports aficionado my dream was to go to Loughborough University. Loughborough is a prestigious university known not only for the courses it offers and high education standards, but also for the student experience as well as high focus on sports. There is no-where else I would rather have been. Studying Sports Management at Loughborough University was a great opportunity to learn from the best and also interact with people in the field.
Loughborough has played a crucial role in my career. The sports management course taught me a lot and covered subjects I had not learned before. The knowledge gained form the course is something I still apply and use at work on a daily basis. It has made me more aware of subjects not only in my country but all over the world, helping me focus and adopt the best practices worldwide.
Another really important aspect of my time at Loughborough was the student experience. The co-curricular activities are countless, I feel thankful while at Loughborough I got the opportunity to play and experience every sport. The vibe of the university is powerful, positive and inspiring. All the people you meet at Loughborough seem to be go-getters and hard workers. It is a fantastic environment to be in.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
Experience it all. I think while in Loughborough you have to make the most use of your time there. Attend all the classes, don’t be afraid to ask questions, read and take part in as many co-curricular activities as possible. This time does not come back. It really is the best time to gain knowledge but also participate and earn experiences outside the classroom as well.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?
I did. I represented the University in the Salsa and Bachata competitions as well as Squash. I also played every sport for my hall, Intra-Mural Sport. I was Hall Chair at John Phillips and that was a fantastic experience as well. I also attended a Jujitsu workshop, gymnastics, hip hop class, and attended other workshops. All these things were an extremely important part of my Loughborough experience, it made my days there extremely special.
When I was 15 I fell off a horse and injured my knee, at that point I was told I may never be able to play sport the way I used to. On a quest to heal myself I stumbled upon Pilates and fell in love. At 16, in 2010, I opened my first studio, with my father, The Pilates Studio in Mumbai. Ever since, there has been no looking back. I am extremely passionate about fitness and mind and body forms of exercise. When I was 18 I wrote my first book on fitness, ‘The Lazy Girls Guide to Being Fit’, that was published by Penguin Random House. Over the years we opened more studios, we partnered with the Mumbai City Football Club as their official fitness partners, we have also been the Official Fitness Experts to the Miss India organisation since 2011. Over the years I have been recognised for my work by various prestigious organizations. I won the Reebok Fit to Fight Award, Vogue Beauty Award – Best Fitness Expert as well as Elle Beauty Award – Best Fitness Expert. In 2019 I released my first song and music video called ‘Flow’. The song is a musical reminder to train smart and flow and the music video is combination of Pilates on Equipment made into dance moves.
The Pilates Studio started in 2010 as one studio in Mumbai, currently there are 25 studios all over India. It is a premium and highly sought-after training studio in India. The studio focuses on mind and body forms of exercising. Pilates, Flowin, GoFLo, Electro Muscle Stimulation, CoreStix are some of the different training methods offered at the centres. The studio prioritises high quality, customised training, ensuring to deliver the best service to all customers.
I love interacting with people and being a part of their fitness journey. It is extremely satisfying and fulfilling knowing that you are a part of their fitness journey and have helped them achieve their goal, be it injury recovery, improvement in health, training for the Olympics, training for a specific role in a movie or simply weight management.
At the moment I am working on my second book and second music video. As a partner of The Pilates Studio we are also looking at expanding and increasing the number of centres across the country and even internationally.
I have three moments that are extremely special to me.
- When I got the first call from Random Penguin House about them wanting me to write a book.
- When I decided to make a music video and created a concept for the video, I was extremely overwhelmed by all the positive feedback especially from my clients.
- When I was called by BBC World to be on their channel live to discuss fitness and the future of fitness.