Being bulky doesn’t mean you are healthy: Tips from celeb trainer

  • Abhinav Verma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015 13:54 IST
Having huge muscle doesn’t mean you’re in ideal shape.

Getting big doesn’t keep your from being fit or damaging your health. If you think being bulky and healthy are one and the same thing, you might be wrong. Model with big muscles who is always ready to burst from his T-shirt, may not be the healthiest guy around. UK-based fitness trainer Nick Orton, who has trained ­several Bollywood stars and athletes, says, “Size has ­nothing to do with fitness. If you are fit, then you have the muscular strength and endurance along with agility, power and quickness to do cardio, core strength exercises and weight training. And this has nothing to do with size.”

The expert adds that fitness always takes priority over bulking up, which is not always healthy. “Being bulky may make you less flexible and you could also lose the power to lift,” he adds.

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We also asked Nick, who has trained Bollywood stars such as Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, that if celebs have an easy ride to being fit, as they have access to good trainers and proper nutrition. He says, “It’s never easy for actors to transform themselves. Actors really ­dedicate themselves to getting into shape. It demands a lot of discipline and patience. But of course it is easy for them to hire a good trainer. And they have time off from filming sometimes to get themselves into shape.” He adds that it’s not enough to have a trainer. “You need to be really ­committed to a training ­programme because it comes down to being consistent. Proper nutrition is also very critical to make sure you get fit,” says Nick. His advice for Indian youngsters: “Don’t get obsessed with body building. It’s a good idea to gain some muscles if you are too lean, but the bigger goal should be to get fit and healthy.”

John Abraham with Nick Orton.

Nick’s take

Indians are quite lean and don’t have much muscle mass naturally. So, a lot of people who want to get into shape need to add some muscle. But that doesn’t mean you have to bulk up and be massive. More and more athletes are looking to get into a good state of ­fitness and have a good ­physique rather than bulking up and only gaining muscles. People are finally getting over their obsession of bulking up. If you are training properly and ­eating correctly, then that’s your path to fitness.

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