Entrepreneur, sportsperson, theatre actor, philanthropist and Cross-fit champ, 60-year-old Madhu Singh aces in all that she does. Here’s what keeps her going…
What influenced your decision to participate in sports? My younger son Shaurya was a national golf player and I used to accompany him to tournaments when he was young. That encouraged me also to pick up the game and once I did so, I found it enjoyable. Also, golf is a good sport to connect with likeminded business people and entrepreneurs.
What was it like to win the All India 7th Army Ladies Open Golf Tournament? It was a great experience. It is the biggest annual Army Ladies Tournament, and for me, the win was surely a surprise but a confidence booster nevertheless.
I would encourage more senior people to take up exercise, path and follow the of fitness.
How did your journey in the field of fitness begin? It started very early in life, thanks in large part to my father who used to practice yoga religiously every morning. He inculcated the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in us. Also, as my husband was an officer in the Armoured Corps of the Indian Army, we travelled to many different stations. And cantonment life is very nice and women are given ample opportunities to participate in sports and activities like river rafting, trekking and the like.
What was the kind of training you went through for the Cross-fit Open in 2017? I was lucky to train under one of the best coaches for Cross-fit. The coaches at my training facility - Crossfit Life Performance, Good Earth Mall, Gurugram, which is run very professionally by young entrepreneurs - are very circumspect of the requirements for older athletes. I would encourage more senior people to take up exercise, and through my small achievement, am hoping to have my friends and family also follow the path of fitness.
How does it feel to be at the 5th rank in all of Asia in Cross-fit? It is a good feeling, and keeps me motivated to try and remain fit and mobile for as long as I can.
Give us a few pointers on how you divide your time equally among all the projects you have initiated – your NGO, the school, the furnishing line etc. Whenever I start a new project, I like to give my 100% and take care of it completely. Once it stabilizes, I like to move on to the next phase. After establishing six departments and marketing team for the school, I moved on to my next project. What is the secret to your zeal and the unlimited amount of energy you have? Lead a very disciplined and happy lifestyle.