Virat Kohli the current Indian Cricket Team sensation in all formats of the game is followed by a huge number of fans all over the world for his brilliant consistent performance and unmatched levels of fitness in today’s demanding competitive cricket world.
But this did not come easy for him, as he analyzed his performance and realized he had to work on a lot to be where he is today. Virat emphasizes on eating freshly cooked home meals and suggests avoid junk food and eating out. However, loves his “favourite nibbles” – dried fruits and nuts – along with a cup of steaming black coffee.
Also Kohli prefers lamb chops and salmon over other non-veg food for his meals. He has also been seen drinking only mineral water on tours which indicates the fact that he is very serious about what he consumes in his diet. Kohli’s biggest asset is his immense self-control.” So exercising self-control in what you eat on a constant basis is the first step towards achieving your fitness goals according to Kohli.
Virat Kohli was chubby with erratic food habits as a teenager. When he first made it to the Indian team, the extra weight had been shed but he lacked the overall strength which is such an important part of his fitness and game today. When Kohli realized the need for greater fitness, it became his priority.
Virat was introduced to weight-lifting by his RCB strength and conditioning Coach Shankar Basu, who also works with the Indian team, and has been the sculptor behind Kohli”s astounding transformation. Virat works on his legs more and his trainer Mr.Basu makes him do a number of squats, close to a 100 in a session that’s why you see him running well in between the wickets.
Virat hits the gym at least 5 times a week with the major focus being lower-body strength; that”s what gives him the explosive power in his legs. Working on his upper body, though, does not figure very high on his priority list.
Virat Kohli also uses the Technoshaper. This works around the midriff, boosting fat loss, resulting in slimmer waist and firmer skin. Virat uses the high altitude mask for better stamina and improved energy levels. Kohli also makes sure he consumes a lot of protein that gives him the required strength.
In a recent interview, Kohli revealed that he preferred the “boring” approach to batting as well as training, where he preferred to build his innings in the first 10-15 deliveries at a steady pace instead of going after the ball right from the start, out of sheer respect for the sport.
Kohli also revealed that if you want to be consistent, you need to be boring with your training, your food and your batting habit more like ‘Eat, sleep, train, repeat’, and one cannot take the sport for granted. Wishing the Best to the new Indian Cricket Team Captain hoping he helps the Team get home many more laurels in the years to come.
– by Cresinda D Costa