Lifestyle Awards 2013
Wellness & Relationship
It's not an easy life!
Building Biceps for Bollywood!
Imran Khan (THE FIT & THE FAMOUS)
I tend to wake up quite early, I'm a morning person. I wake up without an alarm clock or anything, generally by 7.00-7.30 am. I like to read the papers, have breakfast. I don't drink tea or coffee. Breakfast will usually be omelette's and toast and milk.
My gym timings vary. It really depends on the day. I prefer to work out in the evenings. But a lot of days you don't have time in the evenings, so I tend to workout in the mornings. After that the day really begins...
Some days it is shooting, some days you have to dub, some days you have interviews, promotions and publicity, there's no guarantee of what the day is going to be like.
I started off studying in Bombay and when I was 10-years-old, I left for a boarding school in south India. So most of my life, I've spent in the south, in Ooty and Bangalore after which I went to Film School – New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
I studied to be a director, worked there for a while then came back...now here I am. I had never wanted to be an actor. Acting was never a plan for me. I would say the only reason I thought of acting was because I met Abbas and liked the script so much.
Aamir has inspired me a great deal personally and professionally. Everything he does, he does with a great measure of belief, conviction and integrity. He leaves nothing to chance and he doesn't do anything by half measure.
I've seen the kind of respect people have for him, anyone who has worked with him will tell you this. And I do really aspire to be like that.
The name of a producer does carry a lot of weight. As a person and production house, Aamir Khan Productions do carry a tremendous amount of goodwill with the audience.
People do feel inherently if Aamir is associated with the project it will be good. It will be a quality film and a successful film. But that is only the pre-release hype and expectations. Beyond that ultimately the film does have to speak for itself.
If people don't like the film, just Aamir's name can't save it. And if people like it, it is because of the content and the film itself. So it all depends on before and after the release.
Now for my work out...most people start with cardio. I don't do cardio as I'm very thin to begin with and if I do too much cardio, I'll lose even more weight. So my warm up just happens with my walk to the gym.
When I have the time, I work out five days a week, sometimes six days. I focus on one body part a day. So one day, I'll do the chest, one day I'll do back, another day arms. I combine biceps and triceps. And another day I'll do shoulders and legs.
Most of it is designed by my trainer Pawan. I do really leave it all up to him.
I think it is a universal thing, no one likes to do legs. But you have to do it. My trainer is real good about it. He forces me, “No, you have to do it once a week.” I know it's for my own good. I also hate shoulders!
I'm not a great fan of working out. If I wasn't acting, I probably wouldn't! I generally work out with very heavy weights as I have a tendency to lose weight, my body-type is like that.
If I miss a workout, if I miss a meal, my weight just drops. I just deflate! So I do have to keep a strict tab on my diet and workout.
I don't like to go to most gyms as they are nice, comfortable, five-star air conditioned gyms. You don't sweat, you don't really feel you are working, and they are always blasting music as though it's a night club or something!
I find it very distracting. I don't listen to an iPod, I don't play music, I don't watch TV..nothing. I really like to focus on the workout. That's my taste, I guess a lot of people would disagree with me.
Normally I workout with a partner, my girlfriend's brother. We really push each other a lot, there's a slight competitive thing happening. That and my trainer Pawan. He's really amazing. It's a workout. You have to have people who inspire you, motivate you rather than music!
I don't like to work the legs and shoulders but have to do them for my own good. Though chest is always great fun, I love doing the bench press, that's probably my favourite.
Wide-grip pull ups is an overall great exercise. It builds up forearm strength, biceps, it is one of the best full body exercises. I think this and push ups are the best things you can do.
Now I have to build biceps. As you know, it's impossible to have a successful career in Bollywood unless you have very, very big biceps! I'm joking, I personally don't think you need to have an amazingly big body or big muscles to be an actor.
An actor is about the acting.
Which is not to say you shouldn't! You should always be fit and healthy but it is not necessary to be a body builder, unless the script demands it.
didn't require me to have this amazing body.
the director wanted me to build some muscle, so I did that. Now I've just started my third film, and the director wants me to put on more weight as it's an action film!
You base your entire workout around the script...what is the requirement of the film, what does this character need. The script is king! And I do keep a strong tab on my diet.
Most people tend to eat low-carb diets. That's not the case with me. I need to eat a lot of carbs to fuel my body as my body-type burns fat and then starts to burn muscle.
So for breakfast, I'll have brown bread, omelette's and milk. For lunch -
, chicken, (I don't eat red meat) any kind of vegetable,
and rice. I have an evening snack around 5.00 pm, again a protein boost – A chicken roll, sandwich, something like that.
Dinner is the same as lunch – rice,
, vegetables, chicken.
As you can see, my diet is quite simple. Mostly home food, I eat out occasionally but try to stick to the same kind of things. And after the workout, I normally have a protein shake.
My cool down is two-part: Stretch and the walk back home.
I never used to stretch and one day I woke up and realised I was very inflexible...I couldn't even touch my toes! So since then I have started stretching as part of cool down, it's a very important thing people.
A lot of people have told me about Yoga. I remember in school also they used to teach Yoga. It is supposed to be good for flexibility and relaxing. I might get into trouble for this but I hate Yoga! I never liked it, it never gelled with my personality.
But there are elements of it that come into stretching. So I pretend I don't know about it. If it is a morning workout, after I'm through I walk back home, have a quick breakfast, spend some quality time with my dog Kajri. And then the day really begins. It's not an easy life
hey yoga is so good yaar. u'l stay fresh n energitic for whole day! n u'l not feel tired at al. t...
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