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Ashmit Patel, riding high on fitness

entertainment Updated: Sep 26, 2012 00:28 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times
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Many people believe that exercising is a punishment, but certainly not for actor Ashmit Patel who has made it his hobby, which has now become his passion. Usual training with the equipments might get boring; therefore Ashmit fell for TRX training to achieve a lean body without losing out on strength. TRX suspension/ rope training began with the US Navy SEALS has and now become popular among fitness enthusiasts to athletes to wrestlers.

“It helps me acquire a leaner look. Unlike the usual training sessions in the gym, TRX workout uses your own body weight to build strength, power, balance, coordination, flexibility, core and joint stability while preventing injury and increasing bone density,” says Ashmit, who was introduced to this technique by his fitness trainer Fardeen Ibrahim. Ashmit does rope training twice a week for an hour each at Freestyle Fitness in Bandra, Mumbai. The regime has not just made him physically fit, but has also brought in mental peace and positivity. So, how does he prefers to be known? Ashmit as an actor or as a TRX trainer, pat came the reply, “Ashmit the fittest actor ever because acting is what I love and achieving a fit body is my passion.” The workouts consist of gripping or hanging the legs in the straps and then performing the moves, of which around 300 have been developed. Also, as the suspension gadget weighs less than a kilo so it’s easy to carry around.

Exercising without music is a big no-no for Ashmit. “The tempo is really upbeat and helps me go into a zone. The threshold is high and gives me lots of energy,” he added. His exercising gear includes a comfortable pair of track pants, t-shirt, gym shoes and of course his TRX Suspension gadget. Talking about his highs and lows while training, Ashmit revealed, “If not trained properly, a lot of muscle and joint pain could occur so it is expected that not everyone will find it comfortable but once you cross the initial phase then its fun and makes you fit,” he says.

The side we know:
Though Ashmit did his bachelors from University of Texas in US and joined his father’s business for a while but his love for Hindi films made him follow his sister — actor Ameesha Patel’s footsteps. And he joined the industry as an assitant director in films such as Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage, Awara Paagal Deewana, Raaz and Footpath. He made his acting debut in 2004 with Inteha and kissed commercial success with Murder. He also made news with his alleged MMS scandal with actor Riya Sen and his stint in Bigg Boss 4. He is currently hosting a TV show — Superstud and has two films, Good Night and Future Toh Bright Hai Jee

Fitness freak:
His six pack abs might not be a result of TRX training but actor Ashmit Patel did confess that suspension training has helped him strengthen his core. In these pictures he is seen doing the TRX training

The speedster:
Ashmit Patel’s other passion is riding bikes. He owns a modified dirt bike for off roading in black colour and in 2007 he also bought a Kawasaki Ninja 650cc bike.