How did you get started?
During my school years I had seen the phase of being too skinny to being too chubby. I was mocked for my body shape and colour. Even the guy I used to have this huge crush on made fun of me. I was just a ‘nerd’ in school. I had no identity. At home I was treated like a fragile one since I am the only child. I was losing my friends and my confidence . I felt nothing can go right with me and my life is monotonous. The turning point came when my daddy said he wanted to join gym to get back in shape and asked me casually to give him company some days . And that was it . I found my therapy . My happy place . I didn’t realize when I transformed from this tiny little girl playing around with 1 kg Dumbbells to a stronger improved version lifting 15kg dumbbell , almost giving complex to most guys in gym.
Where does your motivation come from?
I pick up my motivation from everybody whose working on themselves . I get inspired from a fat guy trying really hard to shred pounds . I get inspired from a petite girl struggling to lift. I get inspired from aged people who still makes a point to get the gym daily. I get inspired from this foodie chubby girl trying to keep up a balanced diet. I get inspired from all those fit people around the world who worked hard each and every day to construct themselves.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Flexibility can help in sports, training, and in everyday life. Earlier I was like “Why stretch? It’s just another addition to my already lengthy routine. I never stretch and I do just fine.”I believed stretching is for gymnastics and yoga freaks looking to contort their bodies in weird shapes and that it would decrease my muscle size. You’ve just finished an arm workout, your biceps and triceps are pumped and are an inch bigger, you look like a pit bull. The last thing you want to do is rid yourself of that feeling by stretching, right? As we all know that pumped feeling doesn’t last, the blood and lactic acid leaves your arms. Because of the intense workout with no stretching your arms stay in a semi-contracted state for hours. This in turn, very slightly decreases the range of motion in your biceps and triceps. Multiply this by 500 arm workouts and imagine how much range of motion you lose.Five years ago you were able to scratch your middle back; nowadays you rub yourself against a corner. It isn’t because you’ve gained muscle, it’s because you lost flexibility. Flexibility training helps improve the range of motion of your joints and muscles. Next, it decreases your risk of injury. When your muscles are flexible, you are less likely to become injured during physical activity. It also reduces muscle soreness. Flexibility training can help reduce muscle soreness post-workout. Stretching after you exercise keeps your muscles loose and relaxed. Lastly, it improves athletic performance. When your joints and muscles are flexible, you use less energy while in motion, which improves your overall performance.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Many women worry that weight training will somehow transform them into Hulk-ettes, so they spend hours doing cardio in order to maintain their “feminine” figure. The truth is, women just don’t have the hormonal support to gain muscle mass like men. I loathe cardio and don’t want to go anywhere near a treadmill, but still I manage to burn fat effectively. Decrease rest periods during weight training. If you generally rest 90 seconds between sets, start resting just 60 seconds. The minimal rest will keep your heart rate up and help your body use more energy.
I pay a lot of attention to my favourite booty day . So here’s a sneak peak to my workout routine –
Barbel glute bridge 20 x 3
Walking now lunges w kickback 20 each side * 3
Single leg stiff deadlift w dumbell 15 x 3
High foot leg press 12 x 3
Hyper extension 12 x 3
Kettleball sumo squat 12 x 3
Curtsy lunges knee up 10 x 3
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
My favorites are basically Compound lifts – lifts that take more than one muscle group to perform. Along with helping you build lean muscle, these movements are important for increasing your athleticism, strength, mobility, and cardiovascular fitness. My personal favorites would be Squats – It works out my quads , hammies and calf . It also tones backside and abs. Burns more calories along with real easing testosterone and human growth hormone in body, vital for muscle growth. Pull ups- When it comes to back development and building a nice tapered-V look, the pullup is king. Push ups- It’s a good full body workout. It help you focus on your arms, abs and your lower body, all at the same time. And if you’re looking for washboard abs and a strong core, then push-ups might just be the perfect starting point.
What is your diet like?
I do not have a disciplined diet some weeks since I am a college student . I try to keep up a balanced diet but sometimes I am tempted too. And when I think of it doing so I realize Why work so hard in the gym to waste it over a bad diet. It’s a decision between junk food I craved for an hour or a body I have always wanted. So my daily diet includes a healthy breakfast – poha , peanut butter , apples , eggs . For lunch I have brown rice with green veggies . Broccoli and asparagus are my best friends. In between I sip on black coffees or my detox water ( cucumber , mint , lemon and a bit honey). I don’t believe in no dinners after 6 or 8 pm . I have a great dinner sometimes except with no rice or roti . Try and have meals like 4 – 5 times even if it’s munching on some fruits or sprouts.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Ahh I am a big time foodie. From chaats to exquisite cuisines I can feed on anything and everything . And few years ago I had seen the outcome of that . I know how it ends – fat and low self esteem. I remember how my today is – peaceful and satisfied . I do get a lot of food cravings in a day since I am mostly out of the house . So you know how friends are , pushing you to eat and try stuff . But then I mastered a wonderful exercise of swinging my head from left to right . I realized at this very moment I lost few kgs for sure . It was that easy. You just get used to it . Especially when you start seeing favorable results and gorgeous your body becomes , you start taking care of what goes inside. All you need to do it is start with a focused mind and be consistent .
I CAN AND I WILL . Watch me !