Height – 5’7.5
Weight – 57kgs
Age – 26
How did you get started?
I’ve been playing football since I was 8 or 9 years old, and used to play tennis and hockey before that. So sport has been a part of my life for a long time. When I started working, I lost touch with it for a little while but I couldn’t stay away from it and got back into fitness full swing from nutrition to gym, swims, football, running, kickboxing… I tried everything and I still do.
Where does your motivation come from?
From myself – unless I want something, I won’t care for it. But once I want it, I have to do whatever it takes to have it. And right now my aim is to be a better, stronger version of myself everyday, physically and otherwise.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
Flexibility is very important – again physical and mental/emotional. The way physical flexibility helps adapt to and recover from different workouts, mental flexibility helps adapt to different situations and circumstances. Being an athlete requires both kinds of strength and flexibility.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Circuits. They’re the most fun and I find them most challenging.
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Squats, lunges, pushups. Different variations of those is almost all you need for an overall toned body.
What is your diet like?
First – people think “diet” is to lose weight, which it really isn’t. It’s just the name for the combination of food you’re eating. I need my muscle mass, so I tend to eat a lot. I just eat clean no processed food, nothing that turns itself to glucose or starch, no fast food, and nothing too spicy. I used to eat a lot of junk but I’ve changed to eating clean in the last 3-4 years. As an athlete you get really hungry, so it’s better to have high protein and high fat meals so that you feel full faster and it keeps your energy up for longer. I now also swear by salads. They can taste amazing if you make them well.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Can’t live without peanut butter and coffee. Usually my cravings come when there’s a chemical imbalance in my body – since I understand this, it makes it easier to substitute what I crave with a healthier version of it. Eg. if I need sugar, I’ll eat a fruit or drink a little coffee with some almond milk – sugar cravings come from low energy or habitation to sweet food, and fruit or coffee or tea or milk really help!
What’s something not many people know about you?
I can’t live without music. There is music playing in my head constantly. That’s what keeps me moving!
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Photographer credits to Aniruddh kothari