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👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
Hi, I am Nidhi Mohan Kamal. I am 35 years old and I am from Delhi, India. I studied to be a food scientist and my passion for fitness led me into becoming a nutritionist, strength and ashtanga vinyasa trainer. I have been training for the last 18 years now and been a trainer for more than a decade.
I co-own a company NidSun Wellness, nidsun.org with my brother, which primarily deals in nutrition planning, body shaping and weight loss.
I am also an online content creator and influencer. I am a trainer for Puma in India and have appeared on their PumaTrac training app along with trainers all around the world.
Besides workout, I enjoy traveling and reading. Meeting new people and exploring new places inspires me and keeps me going.
⏱ Describe a typical day of training
When you have been doing training for almost two decades, your biggest challenge is to avoid boredom. I have been weight training for 18 years now, which means I have tried everything and every now and then I need to add something to spice up my routine.
In the past, I have tried dancing, pilates but for the last five to six years I added yoga to my conventional bodybuilding routine. It has been a new challenge and a spiritual journey of its own.
My current routine is four days a week, conventional bodybuilding training with weights and two body parts each day including cardio vascular training mostly cycling, cross trainer or rowing for 30 mins each day that I do in the evenings.
Beside that, I start my days with 15-20 min yoga flows to recover from weight training soreness and you improve on my range of motions and flexibility.
I like to train alone because that way someone else’s laziness doesn’t come my way. But every now and then, I do yoga workshops because I believe my skills improve by teaching others.
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?
When I feel I am being lazy, I would usually keep a shoot with some photographer or a workshop, that way when I know I’ll have to push myself to train harder to look better on camera or stage.
Doing them is strange way to motivate yourself, but it sets a goal for me, since I don’t compete on stage, I have to compete with myself every time.
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
I feel at my fittest at 35, I wasn’t this fit in my 20s and I know my best days are yet to come. Of course, now my goal is to start a family, making and raising babies would take a lot of physical, mental and emotional work. My target for the next five years is to improve on all those fronts so I can give my best to my family.
Along with training my body with strength training and yoga, I am also working a lot on training my mind with regular meditation. It’s an effort to train my mental muscles in order to prepare me for the journey ahead.
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
Thankfully, yoga has been helping me a lot with recovery and injury prevention. The more flexible and mobile your joints are, the lesser injuries you have. So, there haven’t been many injuries but yes, I have fallen sick a few times and had undergone a bunch of dental surgeries last year.
Although, recovery and rehab are a lot to do with mental health as well, but I have put a lot of emphasis on my recovery diet. I have been on a 100% plant-based vegan diet for four years now, it has helped me tremendously with recovery and healing. Post illness, I increased my intake of raw fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and whole meals.
Plus, I have gone for healing massages to help me cope with the mental and physical trauma of illness and injury. But, these are still easy things, worst is going back to gym for training and being a beginner again.
I have convinced myself to not being hard on myself. I have started taking pleasure in being a beginner again and starting to enjoy this process of rebirth post breaks.
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
I am on a 100% plant-based vegan diet. I have been completely off any supplements or animal-based foods for four years now. I was a vegetarian before that so there was a lot of dairy and eggs in my diet, I stopped consuming both to improve my acne.
After turning vegan for two months, not only did my skin improve but also I was much more energetic and healthier than before.
My migraines disappeared, I read a lot about the impact of animal emotions in animal-based food and felt the most ethical and spiritual choice would be to give up animal products. And eventually it’s even for our planet’s greater good.
So now, I rely 100% on my food to provide me with all the nutrition that I need. The shift hasn’t been the easiest, but nevertheless beneficial.
My skin feels great, my energy levels are the highest they have been, and I don’t even need coffee. In fact, I now prefer to go without coffee most of the time. Instead I use a lot of herbs, spices, and flowers in my tea.
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?
I make sure I am surrounded by people who inspire me. If I can’t find anyone, I follow some sources of inspiration on Instagram and definitely I like to read a lot of books by people who have achieved super human tasks.
Reading books is my way to shaking off belief patterns that limit my capacity to do more. Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior was one such book that inspired me, and now I am reading Colin O’Brady’s The Impossible First.
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
Set very clear goals for what you want to achieve, write them down clearly and put them where you can see them, most people wouldn’t write their goals because they are scared to in case they don’t hit their target and this very act would keep them away from achieving anything.
Another weird thing a lot of people might not tell you is to distance yourself from anyone who puts you down until you haven’t achieved your ultimate goal. Once you get there everyone comes around, seeing the results.
This could be anyone even your loved ones close to you, sometimes you need to be your only support and keep pushing until others see the external change.
Last but not the least, invest in yourself. Get a good gym membership, invest in a good trainer, invest in a good nutritionist and invest in a good lifestyle — it’s better than buying an expensive handbag.
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?
One-on-one clients are not a possibility due to my already packed schedule. But, I do take clients online for a program that curtails to email communication with me, but I have trained an army for young, energetic and more capable team that can handle a greater number of clients than me and give a better one-on-one experience to them.
To add, with my online clients, I tell people to wait at least six6 weeks before they notice any significant changes in their bodies, well, the good part is that most of my clients don’t leave at six weeks as they get addicted to good results and continue much longer until they feel fit and free to be on their own.
📝 Where can we learn more about you?
I do make one video a week on YouTube: @nidhimohankamal