Ranveer Singh has always appeared to have a decent physique, which he effortlessly put on display in LADIES VS RICKY BEHL, leaving all his female fans swooning. However, it was his last release, GOLIYON KI RASLEELA – RAMLEELA that made not only the girls but also all the boys sit up and gape in awe at his well-sculpted body! The dude has had a complete body makeover, setting new standards for all body-building fanatics.
“Sanjay Leela Bhansali was very clear at the onset of the film that every person who watches Ram should fall in love with him. Boys should love Leela and girls have to fall for Ram! So he told me I would require to be in a particular shape for that,” says the ever exuberant Ram aka Ranveer.
Acquiring a chiseled look like that was no cakewalk, especially given Ranveer had badly injured his back a few months ago. As a result of the injury, he had to miss out on his regular training routine and was naturally not in prime shape.
“I don’t think it’s easy for anybody,” says the actor. “Unless you are ready to really work hard and commit yourself to it completely, it’s very difficult to get a physique like this. Having said that, I think people should do it once to prove a point to themselves, to at least know what it’s like to be that fit and to have that perfect body percentage.”
In order to get that 100 percent result, Ranveer had to undergo a 12-week long rigorous training session called Dramatic Transformation Programme (DTP), an exercise routine followed by Hrithik Roshan, designed by his celebrity trainer Chris Gethin.
“I was a big believer in functional training, but to get the look and physique for RAM LEELA, I followed the DTP. It involves 12 weeks of really hardcore training and takes a lot of commitment and discipline,” emphasises Ranveer.
The initial phase of Ranveer’s training involved the Y3T Principle developed by Neil ‘Yoda’ Hill, which involves low volume reps in Week 1, followed by moderate volume reps in Week 2 and high volume reps in Week 3 followed by DTP. DTP is a combination of a variety of rep ranges, weights, rest periods and techniques. “That apart, my training also comprised low intensity cardio,” adds Ranveer.
Sounds like a lot of hard work, and Ranveer continues with his exercise routine in order to maintain his physique and a healthy lifestyle… So, does he enjoy his work out sessions?
“I don’t mind working out - it is a professional requirement - but I hate dieting,” he admits truthfully. “You have to be disciplined even with your eating habits. During RAM LEELA, it was really difficult because I had to completely cut out sweets and junk food. I was not even allowed to have salt. It was so difficult and boring. I am a foodie and imagine, I was kept away from food!” he laments. “But again, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be shirtless in your introductory song for a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film! So you do your best. Even I tried my best to achieve the kind of physicality that I was briefed about. It required a lot of will power and hard work.”
MODERATION IS THE KEY
So is he still on a rigid diet?
“You do it once, but after that you have to take it easy. You cannot keep at it because for that kind of diet to be effective, you have to stay away from everything that you love. You can’t continue with that, it’s crazy! Ultimately, we are Indians - we love our food, yaar,” he grins, adding, “As long as you supplement your eating habits with a good exercise regimen, it works for you. It shouldn’t be that you are eating everything under the sun and not doing any exercise! Also one should know to eat in moderation and correctly. I think good food equals good life.” Ranveer puts this philosophy into practice on a daily basis. Though a food lover, he doesn’t ever go overboard with indulging his passion for good food and believes in maintaining a healthy balanced diet.
“I usually eat low carb food rich in proteins, fruits, and vegetables. That apart, I drink a lot of water and juices as it helps clean your system,” he avers.
Possessing an endomorphic body type, the sort that gains weight easily, Ranveer has to constantly keep an eye on his intake and output body and can’t afford to miss his gym trips for long.
“I do not usually miss out on my working out schedule. And though there are days when I don’t feel like it, I still ensure that I don’t skip my exercise routine,” he shrugs.
While staying fit and maintaining an enviable body is a professional demand, Ranveer feels that every person should take fitness seriously. “You have to maintain a healthy life. Of course it can’t be as intensive as what actors do, unless you aspire to it but it should be of medium level,” concludes Ranveer.
This article first appeared in February 2014 issue of Cine Blitz magazine