Weight: 52 kg
How did you get started?
My father has always been a very keen sportsman and avid exerciser. Growing up I would watch him lift weights, run, cycle, swim, play football/hockey/cricket and that left an impression on me. I would often try and copy him working out. Later once I got older, I got involved in sport myself, which requires me to workout and keep fit.
Where does your motivation come from?
Being a member of the Indian women’s national football team, being at the top of my fitness is vital. Competitive sport is takes a toll on the body and only if one really spends time and looks after it will it perform for you.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Flexibility protects me from injury. Outside the gym, on the football field, there are so many times that we stretch for a ball or move from an awkward position, times where injury is a possibility. Flexibility helps you do that with ease. In the gym flexibility helps one get the maximum out of any move by increasing the range of motion.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Weight training involving dropsets and HIIT body weight training
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Deadlift – fully body move
Pull-up – for that rock solid back
Squat – for footballing legs and a strong core
What is your diet like?
I have a huge appetite. I try and eat when I’m hungry, so I usually land up eating 4-5 meals a day. I don’t hold back on carbs as I need that to fuel me on the field and at the gym. I try and keep my protein intake over 120grams a day. I have to keep reminding myself to drink water as well.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
I love chocolate cake! I’ve given myself license to eat cake once a week and at birthdays. On other days I try and stay away, but it’s a struggle!
What’s something not many people know about you?
Ive had a fruit aversion since I was 2 years old so I haven’t eaten a single fruit nearly all my life.
Life is too short to be doing what you don’t love to do.