It is rightly said that good things come to those who sweat. Gone is the time, when fitness used to be a term for men, as now women are equally willing, determined to shed sweat in the fitness field.
As we all know that it takes a lot of sacrifice and willpower to get into your fittest self, here we have two young women from the region, Niharika Sharma (20) and Aanchal Sharma (22), who brought laurel to the city in a recently held fitness competition, Miss Chandigarh.
The two main titles, Miss Fitness Model and Miss Fitness Physique were won by Niharika and Aanchal respectively.
In an interaction, both of them, opened up as to how they got into this fitness journey and broke gender biased stereotypes of the society. Niharika, a B.Com student, shares her views on being a fitness model. She feels that people are still not aware about the concept of fitness modeling, and they relate it to body building, which is completely opposite.
“People used to tell me that girls should not participate in skin shows in-front of the crowd. But I had a vision in my mind to achieve this title one day,” says Niharika
She also believes that fitness is plays a key role in empowering women and maintaining their healthy lifestyle.
Meanwhile, Aanchal talks about her plans for women in the region. For her, being fit is like being at the top of the world.
Coming from small villages at Dera Bassi in district Mohali, both feel that the social structure around us doesn’t provide many platforms for women in sports.
“For so many girls, hitting gym is a big step, especially in a village. I remember I also struggled at the beginning, but my family and my coach always supported me,” says Aanchal, a marketing student, and a part time fitness trainer. Also, she is professionally involved more than 80 women in her fitness trail. Though Aanchal feels that this is still not a huge number, she avers to get there steadily.
“I am still not there. My aim is not only to win medals and trophies. I want to empower women through fitness and prove that they are equal to men. So, they never feel like the weaker gender,” Aanchal adds.
Similarly, both of them feel inspired from this award and plan to compete globally in future.
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