Fit for Life

An ac­tor fits ex­er­cise into his busy sched­ule to stay on top of his game.

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How ac­tor Vat­sal Sheth fits ex­er­cise into his hec­tic sched­ule

He is charm­ing, stylish, a fit­ness freak and sports lover. Known for his cute–boy-next-door im­age Vat­sal Sheth is ex­tremely popular amongst his fe­male fans and is wow­ing TV au­di­ences with his char­ac­ter Shau­rya in Ek Hasina Thi. Here Sheth re­veals the sweat that goes into main­tain­ing his sleek physique.

THE EX­ER­CISE

“Be­ing an ac­tor you have to stay fit no mat­ter what it takes. You have to adapt your­self ac­cord­ing to the roles. I was in­tro­duced to yoga when I was in pri­mary school and have been pract­cis­ing it ever since. When I turned 20 I took up weight train­ing and swim­ming. All those ac­tiv­i­ties got me in shape for Taarzan: The Won­der Car which re­quired me to per­form ac­tion scenes in a rac­ing car and even un­der­wa­ter stunts. There was one deadly scene that had me rid­ing down 60 steps on a bi­cy­cle! The movie re­ally tested my fit­ness lev­els, not just mus­cle strength, but also bal­ance and agility. “To me the pur­pose of ex­er­cise is not to build a mus­cu­lar body but to feel healthy, fit, en­er­getic and op­ti­mistic. He­roes (2008) is the only movie where I bulked up to show off my body. “I hit the gym al­most ev­ery day for 45 min­utes depend­ing on my sched­ule. My rou­tine is ba­si­cally split into push­ing ex­er­cises - bench press, tri­ceps push down, push-up, Arnold press, etc. – that tar­get the chest, tri­ceps, shoul­ders and pulling ex­er­cises - curl, pullup, ca­ble row, etc. – that tar­get biceps and back. Lower body work­outs in­clude squat, lunge, leg press, etc. “My trainer Prashant Sawant keeps shuf­fling my rou­tine to sur­prise my body so that the ex­er­cise doesn’t get mo­not­o­nous. One day he’ll say ‘let’s do 500 pull-ups’. The next day it’s 500 squats. “For sev­eral weeks my char­ac­ter in Ek Hasina Thi was stuck in a wheel­chair. To counter the in­ac­tiv­ity I kept mov­ing a lot be­tween shots. Even now I play bad­minton, walk around the sets. “Sports is a big part of my life. I’m a mem­ber of the Mumbai He­roes of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). I hit the nets when­ever I can, in the morn­ing or evening. You burn a lot of calo­ries in th­ese prac­tice ses­sions. “If I am trav­el­ling my ex­er­cise rou­tine goes for a toss. So I take a few laps in the ho­tel’s swim­ming pool or I walk.”

THE DIET

“I don’t be­lieve in starv­ing my­self to get a good body. Peo­ple should know that ac­tors don’t al­ways sport 6-pack abs; we only go for them when the role re­quires us to. “I’m built like an ec­to­morph. There was a time when I wanted to put some meat on my frame; so for a good 2 months I gave up ex­er­cise and stuffed my­self with pizza. I was still the same size at the end of 2 months! So I eat ev­ery­thing but I don’t take my body for granted. I carry a home­made tif­fin lunch to the sets and I don’t overeat. Af­ter ev­ery meal I sit in the va­jrasan pose for 10 min­utes which is said to help di­ges­tion. For­tu­nately I don’t have any vices – I am not into booz­ing or smok­ing. But I have a sweet tooth and can’t sur­vive with­out choco­late or a mithai. I feel guilty when I have 3 to 4 choco­lates at one go af­ter a meal!” As told to AISH­WARYA P. VAIDYA

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