Goa’s Karishma Parker recently made headlines by winning the silver at the 13th Women’s Fitness and Physique championship in Pune. A mother of one and a dentist by profession, Karishma is passionate about bodybuilding and has trained with many reputed physique models. But what fuelled this passion despite professional and personal commitments? Mobiefit got in touch with Karishma and here’s what she had to say:
What made you take fitness seriously?
After a serious downfall in my life, I turned to food for solace. This is when I started binging on junk and savoury stuff, so much so that I became overweight. However, before this took a serious toll on my health, I took up gymming and aimed to lose at least 1-2 Kgs in a month. Later I progressed to set a goal of losing 13 Kgs, which was the first stepping stone to my bodybuilding journey. Hitting the gym gave me a sense of peace and helped me focus. I started seeing changes in my lifestyle, and not just physical ones, making me more disciplined and committed.
How did you venture into the world of bodybuilding?
While I was researching on weight loss I started following many fitness pages and athletes on Instagram and other social media platforms. There are some really good videos out there which educate you on the right exercises for your fitness goals. This is when I got hooked on to developing a muscular fit physique. Also, bodybuilding was something I wanted to strike out from my bucket list, which also kept me motivated.
How do you manage your personal, professional and gym life?
Fitness is my passion and dentistry my profession. And my 4-year old daughter is my lifeline! Obviously, I’m equally dedicated to all the three and can’t neglect one for the other. But all this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, my trainer Yusuf Azad Tigadi and my patients.
Who is your favourite Fitness Icon?
My favourite Indian fitness icons are Sonali Swami and Junaid Kaliwala. Among the international athletes, I look up to Angelica Teixeira and Sergi Constance.
How do you make time for workouts? Tell us more about your Workout schedule
I reserve mornings for working out at the gym. During competitions, I workout twice a day, usually early mornings and late evenings. I train each body part twice a week and perform 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a week. 4 to 5 times a week I also work on my abs and core.
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How has fitness changed your life?
Weight training is like meditation to me. It’s my zone of calmness, almost like therapy where my aggression is subdued.
Tell us about your diet. What is your favourite cheat meal?
I aim to consume a high-protein and low-carb diet. But that keeps changing depending on whether I am bulking up or leaning down for a competition. My favourite cheat meal is a rich Nutella and peanut butter shake, ice creams and gelato.
What would you advice someone who wants to start leading a fit and healthier life?
When you decide to make changes, remember that change is difficult. Yet, to look and live better you will have to go through the process with utmost discipline. Once you have done that, I promise you won’t regret it for life and you will only strive for better.
What’s your take on women and bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding for women in India is still in the budding stage. Never the less there is huge potential for women who want to take it up as a sport. It helps combat many age-related issues like muscle loss due to ageing, joint pains and lower back pain.
Can you tell us about the titles you’ve won and your other achievements?
It’s just been my second competition and I have won the silver at 13th Women’s Fitness and Physique championship. I will be shortly representing India at the Asian championship in Mongolia.
Where do you get all your Fitness-related information?
Most of the information is from Internet and Instagram. I also take coaching from an Australian based Indian coach Harry Sandhu.
What are your future plans?
I want to continue with bodybuilding and get a pro-card to hopefully represent India in many more competitions and win at it too.