by Karishma Sharma – Follow @kaysharmaa

Sometimes when you’re in bed after a long day with a bowl of popcorn, it’s hard to find the motivation to get up and get moving at the gym. To help you get that extra motivation, each week I will share my interview with a must-follow South Asian female fitness guru. Check them out on Instagram and grab some unique tips for starting your own fitness journey!

Diksha Gautham

Instagram: @squats_and_samosas All photos are courtesy of Diksha Gautham

Credentials:

Diksha is certified as a personal trainer and has competed in a bikini bodybuilding competition.

What first got you into fitness?

For me, it was a progression of things, starting with sports as a child. When I started working, I joined a gym because it was dark out by the time I got home and I couldn’t run outdoors. I ended up falling in love, did some sessions with a trainer, and ended up competing in a bikini bodybuilding show.

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What inspired you to share your fitness stories?

The biggest reason was that…the weight room is so intimidating for women and it’s labeled as a “bro section.” A lot of women don’t know where to start and there is a high barrier for entry for a lot of women. I created my page to give women the basics on how to lift weights.

What is your favorite healthy meal and your cheat meal?

Meal prep of breakfast: egg white muffin cups and Indian spiced salmon.

Anything fried, calamari, and ice cream.

Favorite workout?

Leg day with booty workouts. Specific exercise: hip thrust.

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What advice would you give to someone starting out their fitness journey?

Stop worrying about what other people think at the gym. Don’t get self-conscious. Everyone is focused on themselves.

Commit to your goals and ruthlessly prioritize them! Hold your commitments to yourself as strongly as you hold them to other people.


Karishma Sharma is a Bollywood Dance Fitness Instructor based in Minneapolis, MN. Her biggest hobby, her passion, and her dedication are all to fitness. She is also a dancer and is passionate about spreading her culture to those who may not be familiar. She aspires to keep her love of fitness alive each day in everything she does!