Here are 10 fitness fundas or secrets of PV Sindhu that are bound to stun you:
- Sindhu’s never missed a single day of abs workouts – crunches, side planks, V-ups. “I’ve never seen another woman athlete work so hard. She’s not missed abs even one day,” the physio Evangeline says.
- At the CWG, it may have been just eggs and bread, but (on a cheat day) Sindhu can polish off an entire biryani and work it all off with added hard work, or munch on a Samosa and hours later get onto the court and still win, Evangeline says.
- Sindhu values fellow humans and few airs. Evangeline, her physio from Sirbur Kagazhangar in Telangana says, “Like if she goes out for coffee, she’ll casually ask if her staff wants coffee, and actually get coffee for us. She’s a big star, she doesn’t need to do that.”
- According to Vogue, Sindhu’s fitness regime “I start my morning session at 7 am, which goes on till about 12pm. This is when I focus on my game on the court, post which I head home for lunch at 1 pm and rest until 3 pm. I am back at the academy by 4 pm for endurance training and wrap up my day by 7 pm.
- Sindhu’s pre-workout routine? Begin with stretching exercises and finish with a run. There is no cast-in-stone workout regimen and the workout session varies every day – planned on a monthly basis, focusing on her back, abdomen, knees and shoulders. She also swims a lot.
- Sindhu’s diet is a good balance of carbs and proteins. In the mornings, it is milk, eggs and fruits for breakfast. Sindhu says the value of hydration – continuous and as and when needed – can never be overstated as it can make or break an athlete’s training and fitness. “For lunch and dinner, I eat meat with vegetables and rice. Also, I never leave for my workout without a snack in my kitbag — this is usually a small bowl of fruits, a few dried nuts and a sports drink, or an energy drink,” she told Vogue in 2017.
- Sindhu’s father
PV Ramana, himself being a volleyball payer who was a part of the national team that won bronze at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, had helped her in improving her game. For 12 years, the father-daughter duo would wake up at 3 am, and the father drove the daughter twice in the day to her training at Pullela Gopichand’s academy 60 km away. Sindhu’s mum was an international volleyball player too.
- Sindhu routinely undergoes blood work to let her doctor know her blood composition, body weight, heart rate, physical strength and stamina; and concentrates more on her physical fitness. Her nutrition and fitness plans are modulated accordingly.
- Endurance and strength training: Sindhu follows an alternate running session that includes two to three sets of ten 400m runs and a single 2.4 km run on the other day. She performs 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups in a day. This makes for 600 pushups and 2400 abdominal exercises in a week to activate her core and abdominal muscles.
- Extremely balanced and non-biased in her approach, incorporating the best of all worlds, Sindhu’s daily schedule also includes practising ancient and proven health techniques like Yoga, Pranayama, and Kapalabhati.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.