Mallika Tarkas Parekh, M.S., M.P.H. – Founder and Director, Physique 57 Mumbai
Before moving from NYC to Mumbai and marrying in 2015, Mallika Tarkas Parekh lamented that if she could pack only one thing in her suitcase, it would be Physique 57. A health care professional with a double Masters in Medical Science and Public Health, Parekh spent her career studying and researching medical science and hence understands the importance of staying fit and healthy to prevent illness in later life.
Growing up, Parekh spent most of her time playing tennis and other sports, resulting in numerous injuries and years of physical therapy. Later in her twenties Parekh struggled to find exercise that she enjoyed, but didn’t hurt. That is, until she was introduced by a friend to Physique 57. Finally, the pain was no longer in her bones and joints, but in her muscles, which were building and sculpting from Physique 57’s groundbreaking fitness method.
Once in India, through her research Parekh realized the lack of emphasis on bone and muscle health in Indian culture and medicine which was a disconcerting discovery given that Indians have a lower bone density than most other populations worldwide. She knew then, that Physique 57’s revolutionary fitness method would have a place in India, beginning in Mumbai.
Parekh is thrilled to have brought this proven-effective workout program to her adopted city, while continue her lifelong commitment to improving access to preventative and quality health care.
Jennifer Vaughan Maanvi, Co-Founder and CEO Physique 57 New York
Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Physique 57, a fitness company that operates exercise studios in New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Bangkok and Mumbai. Jennifer is also the Executive Producer of the company’s video products and co-authored The Physique 57 Solution, The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body. After working on Wall Street for over a decade, Jennifer created Physique 57 to bring a unique and highly effective exercise method to men and women around the world. Her goal is to inspire clients of all ages to transform their bodies, become stronger and exude confidence.
Tanya Becker, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Physique 57 New York
Tanya Becker is the Co-Founder and creator of the Physique 57 Method. Prior to developing the groundbreaking barre-based method, she was a professional dancer and choreographer. Tanya became a fitness instructor at The Lotte Berk Method’s New York City studio — the seed was planted for her life’s enduring passion. She spent the next decade honing her skills as a fitness professional and developing a following as one of the top instructors in the city. When the renowned Lotte Berk studio closed Tanya dedicated the next year to evolving, changing and improving the program. In 2006, she teamed up with Jennifer, a Lotte Berk enthusiast with a great business plan, to execute their shared vision of creating the world’s best barre studio. That’s when Physique 57 was born.