From Hollywood hot bods to young Indian moms; Ramona Braganza’s fitness mantra works for all


What do Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Scarlet Johansson and Kate Beckinsale have in common? Ramona Braganza — the woman responsible for their fitness and drop dead gorgeous bodies that millions admire on screen. Ramona is the Founder of 3-2-1 Fitness Ltd and creator of her signature 3-2-1 Training method. She was born in Germany and lives in Vancouver. The fitness bug runs in her family, right down from her mother who is a fitness trainer at 80. After years in the fitness business, Ramona has written a book called ‘Feel Fit Look Fantastic in 3-2-1’.

HerStory caught up with Ramona when she visited India to promote her book.

I dream of Hollywood

Scarlett Johansson and Ramona Braganza

As a nine-year-old, little Ramona’s bedroom walls were lined with the posters of Hollywood stars. It was a dream that took her 20 years to realize but she made it, and in style. Today, through her fitness training sessions and nutrition plan she is the secret behind the great bodies and stamina of some of Hollywood’s finest.

The first steps

At four, Ramona’s mother put her in a gymnastics class. She went on to become a competitive gymnast. An injury at 18 put an end to gymnastics, but Ramona was not going to let that stand in the way of her dreams. She soon found another love in dancing. It was the 80s and Ramona took to dancing and cheerleading. She was an NLF cheerleader too.

Move to Hollywood

Ramona moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and it was while she was working at a gym in 1999 that a producer approached her to teach gymnastic to a young 17-year-old. That was Jessica Alba and this was her debut. Since then, Ramona has spent more than a decade with Jessica Alba. Other Hollywood A-listers on Ramona’s client list are Halle Berry, Scarlet Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Amanda Seyfried, Eva Mendez and Scarlett Johansson. Her famous male clients include Zac Effron, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper.

The 3-2-1 signature

After years of using her 3-2-1 training method and 3-2-1 nutrition plan to sculpt the best bodies in Hollywood, Ramona reveals, for the first time, the secret weapon to her success in a book.3-2-1 is the mantra by which shelives. It is a philosophy that combines the power of the mind, body and spirit.Ramona’s book has been released exclusively in India.

Zac Efron and Ramona Braganza

According to Ramona, her book combines the successful fitness secrets from the West with the healthy foods from the East, along with practical tools that are sure to get you into great shape and improve your health. “There are no magic pills or quick fixes here,” she says.

Ramona challenges you to take control. “3-2-1 Get ready mentally, Get Set Physically, Go forward Emotionally, right here right now you can lay down the foundation to a better future!”

Ramona’s 3-2-1 Fitness Ltd is a website set up five years ago. Through it Ramona offers multiple training, exercise and nutrition plans. It includes information about her DVD, books, trainer certification, celebrity training, retreats conducted in beautiful locations. Her popular 321 Baby Bulge Be Gone program is available as a part of Fortis Hospitals Mamma Mia program too.

Going mobile

Ramona also co-owns a mobile gym called Mobile Physique. Mobile Physique is a 52-foot state of the art trailer that has worked on many big budget films and is hired by production companies. Ramona and her partner also train inside the trailer if required. The last movie the trailer was used for was Godzilla.

Rocking at 50

Looking nothing like the 52-year-old she is, Ramona can give much younger women a run for their money when it comes to fitness. Along with conducting teaching courses, speaking internationally and holding fitness retreats, her deep passion to spread the fitness and health message spills over to everyone she meets; including new moms in India.


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