New Delhi: Badminton star Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, more popularly known as PV Sindhu, won the nation’s hearts after she grabbed the coveted silver medal at the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympics.
Almost four months after her historic win, India is still gushing about it and Sindhu deserves every bit of the admiration for her dedication and spirit. Of course, the man behind her success - her coach Gopichand can’t be forgotten for his contribution in honing her talent, encouraging and believing in her.
The nation had barely got over the happiness of PV Sindhu becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, when she claimed the China Open Superseries title last week.
People do talk about Sindhu’s hardwork and dedication which got her the medal she evidently deserved, but not many people are aware of her fitness routine and regimen that she whole-heartedly followed for so long.
Proving herself at the Olympics at the young age of 21 and now at the China Open, her workout routine is nothing short of difficult. The stamina required for her to perform the way she did at both events could only be the result of pure dedication and grit.
To inspire you and to give you an insight into the efforts that athletes put in to achieve their goals, here’s a look at the badminton champion’s daily training routine:
3:30 am is the time PV Sindhu starts her day, beginning her training with her coach Gopichand at 4:30 am. Pausing only for an hour for breakfast, her training continues till lunchtime.
Zero sugar and high protein is what Gopichand allows her. No, not even artificial sweeteners are allowed when she’s prepping for a game. It was only after she won at Rio that Gopichand finally gave his nod and allowed her to eat sweet curd and ice cream.
Badminton is a full-time job:
In an interview to a website, Gopichand explained her daily schedule in detail, which consists of three sessions, which totals up to six to seven hours a day and six days a week!
Besides improving and working upon her badminton techniques, her fitness is also taken seriously. Sindhu’s daily schedule includes yoga, pranayam, running, and swimming, along with 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups per day. Gopichand revealed that Sindhu is not very fond of pranayam (a breathing exercise), however, he doesn’t exactly give her an option.
Coach Gopichand, however, is still not completely satisfied. He believes that her journey has just begun and she has a long way to go. With that, he continues to push her to give her 100 percent, not just in the badminton court, but also during her training sessions, which will help set the stage for future wins like these.