“I didn’t lose the gold. I won the silver and I can proudly say that my silver sparkles”
These are the words of P.V. Sindhu, who brought back home the silver for two years in a row in the BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Champions don’t need gold to prove their talent. They are talent personified. P.V.Sindhu is no exception.
Awards and medals have been a part of her journey right from the inception. She has been the first Indian woman to have won an Olympic silver medal for us. Be it Padma Shri in 2015, NDTV Indian of the year in 2014 or Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2016, she wears all these crown with ease. But behind all the accolades, the success and the glory, lies her hard work, grit and determination that make her toil every single day.
She started training under the famous coach Pullela Gopichand at a very early age and used to travel more than 50 kilometers a day to get to her training center in Hyderabad. She started her training at 4.30 am which went on till lunch, just an hour’s break for breakfast. She did everything it took to pave the road to success. Her attitude and her never say die spirit is what gives her the success she deserves
Let’s read about her journey in her own words as told to VOGUE.
My fitness regime
For a fast paced sport like Badminton , quick reflexes, excellent balance, good reach and boundless stamina are essential prerequisites. Extreme fitness is a must to withstand the long rallies. Sindhu’s workout revolves around this. In her own words:
“I start my morning session at 7am, which goes on till about 12pm. This is when I focus on my game on court, post which I head home for lunch at 1pm and rest until 3pm. I am back at the academy by 4pm for endurance training and wrap up my day by 7pm.
“My pre-workout routine starts with stretching exercises and finishes with a run. My workout session varies every day, and is planned on a monthly basis, focusing on my back, abdomen, knees and shoulders. In between practice sessions, I keep myself well hydrated since athletic performance is greatly improved when one is properly hydrated.”
Just like all of us who are serious about their fitness journey, she does not touch her favourite foods, like chocolate and Hyderabadi biryani. Quantified nutrition is what she follows.
“Nutrition for me is about balancing the carbs and proteins. My day usually starts with milk, eggs and fruits for breakfast. I then head to the courts and keep myself hydrated in between sessions with plenty of liquids.
“For lunch and dinner, I eat meat with vegetables and rice. Also, I never leave for my work out without a snack in my kit-bag — this is usually a small bowl of fruits, a few dried nuts and a bottle of Gatorade. All of them help me keep up my energy and provide me with endurance.”
My match-day prep
“Match day typically involves exercises that help me warm up and nothing too tiring. My diet for match day is calculated basis the match timing.
Her diet, sleep pattern, her training everything is strictly monitored by her coach and she follows them to the T. Consistency, determination, discipline, perseverance and dedication have got her to the place she is today.
We are confident that the Indian flag will be hoisted in every competition she plays.