I wouldn’t be as fit as I am today if it were not for my gym at home, says Jackky Bhagnani.
As a kid, I avoided all forms of exercise and sports. So, by the time I reached class 10, I weighed a whopping 99 kilos. I was pretty complacent about it till it was time to go to college, which in Mumbai is after class 10. I was excited about the prospect of a cool college life and meeting girls, but that reminded me: I needed to look good. I needed to lose a lot of weight. Or else I’d never make a good impression on women!
So I joined a gym. But I had no idea what a nightmare a gym can be for a fat kid. I was teased on a daily basis and the comments kept getting nastier. ‘You can’t even lift a dumbbell! Never played a sport in school or what?’ or ‘If you had put on one more kilo, you would have been a perfect 100’. Even my trainer didn’t spare me.
Let me explain. I had always wanted to be an actor and dreamed of flaunting six-pack abs. Since I was a chubby kid, I wanted to set up my own gym with the best facilities. Space was never an issue because my house at Pali Hill could house a gym. But I had only one condition – I wanted to do this with my hard-earned money. And I did.
My house gym has all the essentials for a perfect workout. I have a treadmill, cross trainer, Smith machine, cross-cable (pulley) machine and a regular arms and legs extension.
But an in-house gym can get monotonous because you work out alone or with a trainer. So you must try and make your workout regime as exciting as possible. I work out to my favourite Bollywood tracks, have life-size posters of myself around me, sometimes work out bare-chested and sometimes I even put on my sunglasses while admiring my body in the mirror. I make my gymming experience as exciting as possible.
When you work out at home, remember that you must update your regime regularly to avoid stagnation. Ideally, 50 per cent of your workout should be done using the bar and dumbbells for the simple reason that your core needs to be very strong.
For the last two years, I have been concentrating on Cross-fit, which makes your body agile. Cross-fit is like a military boot camp where you use your body weight to do various functional movements at excruciating speed. I do this 2-3 times a week for 45 minutes. I also lift weights and spend a good 25-30 minutes on cardio.
Apart from a good workout, your diet is very important. I eat small portions every two hours. I also eat a wholesome meal like chapati and sabzi. Ideally dinner should be eaten by 7 pm but since I can’t do that on a daily basis, I always eat light.
How to create your own home gym
Work out your budget. Choose your equipment smartly
Check out the space available to you and buy the most essential equipment: A treadmill, some dumbbells, a bench press and bars
Don’t keep checking your weight. Ditch the weighing machine. Inch loss is the actual fat loss.
Work your core. It is the most important aspect of your workout.
From HT Brunch, August 28
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