Sally Jones Kapoor: Star Achiever | From A Competitive Athlete To Fitness Entrepreneur
A complete adrenaline junkie (be it skydiving, bungee jumping, mountain riding, deep sea diving), competitive athlete, and a fitness entrepreneur—Sally sits down with me for a candid discussion on her past adventures, future plans, and everything in between.
Sally Jones Kapoor counts her ability to influence an individual’s well-being, through personal training, amongst one of her biggest achievements. According to her, “There is something out there that will work for you and that you will actually enjoy!” For her, it’s always been fitness. Her philosophy is simple and precise—having a toned body is good and should be acceptable to some extent, but the real test of our bodies is its flexibility. No matter how good you look, if you don’t work out, your body will give up one day.
A complete adrenaline junkie (be it skydiving, bungee jumping, mountain riding, deep sea diving), competitive athlete, and a fitness entrepreneur—Sally sits down with me for a candid discussion on her past adventures, future plans, and everything in between!
1. Tell us something about your brand and what led your path.
Started in 2015, MultiFit is one of the very few fitness brands in India that solely focuses on functional training. MultiFit aims at redefining the way traditional gyms function, by using simple fitness tools like ropes and tyres to improve one's performance, instead of using typical heavy equipment that other fitness centres use today. We believe that our forefathers have been healthier without any facilities and thus encourage simple equipment and exercise.
As a child, sports and fitness have always been an integral part of my life, as I always indulged in multiple sports and loved outdoor activities. Having played over 500 netball tournaments, I learnt that this was my calling. I fell in love with India during my first visit itself. The culture and the people are marvellous here. That’s when I decided I would want to live here and make it my home. I intended to create awareness and build a culture of functional fitness along with my partner, Dr Samir Kapoor, and MultiFit is a manifestation of those values.
2. As a successful professional, which woman would you say has inspired you the most?
My mother has been the biggest source of inspiration for me and my siblings, as she has always encouraged us to dream big and do good for the society. She has played a vital role in shaping and developing my personality and be the person I am today. Her humility and passion is something I’ve grown up seeing and it has inspired me every single day! It is truly because of her that I am ambitious, without being uprooted from the true values of life. There are so many qualities and ideologies that I have inherited from her—she is in my heart.
3. As they say, behind every successful man there is a woman. Would you say that the reverse is true for a successful woman too?
I do not think I’d dispute the saying since my partner, Dr Samir Kapoor, and my father have always encouraged me and stood like pillars beside me. They are my real critics and a true sense of inspiration too. They push me to be the best possible version of myself. They help me reach for the sky and break through my limits. Time has surely changed. Today, it is a splendid thing that we, women, get support from the men in our lives. To be honest, even though women are well-equipped to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves, a little support from the family always adds to the charm.
4. In the world of business and entrepreneurship, do you think being a man is an advantage? Or it all boils down to good business?
I think the recent accomplishments by women across sectors speak for themselves. Women across the globe have proved and became icons in practically every field and they continue to set examples of how goals can be achieved with sheer dedication. I think male entrepreneurs also play an important role in empowering women through their experience.
5. Finally, any tips for the next generation woman entrepreneurs?
I believe that every woman should be inspired not only to dream big but also to go out and achieve the goals she has set for herself. It would be fantastic to see women do what they really want to do and see themselves where they always wanted to be. I want young girls to know that there is always going to be a place for women in every sector. Talk about breaking the glass ceiling!
So yes, take risks and make mistakes.
Try again. Try harder. But never give up.