Training at the gym to get fit is one thing but if you really want to get ripped and transform your body to resemble that of a WWE champ, Jinder Mahal has some tips for you.
What does it take to get the physique of a WWE wrestler? What is your fitness routine like?
I go to the gym for six days a week. That one day of rest is important because when you rest is when your body recovers. I hit the gym for a minimum of two hours:
Every morning before breakfast I do about 25 minutes to half an hour of empty stomach cardio, usually on the elliptical trainer.
Then I’ll have my first meal and strength train at the gym for an hour to hour and 15 minutes. All my workouts vary; sometimes I lift heavy followed by a few reps and then I start doing higher reps with shorter breaks and higher intensity stuff. You need to vary your workouts and keep your body guessing. You hit a plateau when you do the same workouts because your body just adapts and gets used to the routine. So, you have to constantly change and trick your body into adapting and changing.
Finally, I also have a stretching routine that I do every day for about 20-30 minutes.I also like to go to the sauna or the steam room or the hot tub to relax my body.
You eat 7-8 meals a day. Could you give us a break-down of what each meal comprises?
Ideally, I like to eat every two hours. I eat a balanced ratio of carbs and proteins — about 30-40gm of each. Before and after workout I consume foods with simple carbs such as banana and white rice. Then, later on in the day, I transition to slow burning, complex carbs (that is present in foods such as) brown rice, oatmeal and sweet potato. I try and eat every two hours; if I can’t eat a solid meal, I at least have a protein shake with oatmeal in it, or a piece of fruit.
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Basically, I am constantly feeding my metabolism. Sometimes when you eat a big meal, you don’t eat for a couple of hours and then you take a snack, it’s very unpredictable. When you eat every two hours, your body knows it’s going to be fed and it doesn’t hold on to fat. It actually speeds up your metabolism if you eat small meals throughout the day.
My dinner usually comprises a chicken breast, some veggies – asparagus, spinach and some brown rice.
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When did you give up alcohol and are you still off it?
I gave up alcohol last June, it was actually before I knew that I was coming to WWE. One day I said to myself that I had just had enough. So, no more drinking, I’m going to start training again and dieting again and giving in 100 per cent. Coincidentally two months after I started that, WWE had called me back.
But don’t you have your cheat days?
I actually went months and months without having a cheat day. I still haven’t had alcohol. But now, every couple of weeks, I’ll reward myself with a cheat meal; I’ll have a little bit of ice-cream, some sweets. And now, since I’m in India you know I might have some Gulaab Jaamun.
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What is the fitness tip you swear by?
Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than larger meals spread out through the day. Try to eat at an interval of every two and two-and-a-half hours.
Finally, who would you like to fight and why?
My dream opponent is John Cena just because he’s the epitome of what a WWE superstar is, in and outside of the ring. He’s a great competitor inside the ring. His strength is unmatched. His resilience is admirable; he never gives up. He’s amazing outside the ring too. The work that he does for Make a Wish Foundation and the amount of media that he does and he’s even crossing over to movies right now. He really is an inspiration.