‘My confidence level is based on my fitness’

Debarati Palit
Sunday, 10 September 2017

Actor Salil Ankola says that he has been fit all his life. But his fitness regime has changed over the years

Sportsman-turned-actor Salil Ankola says his fitness regime has changed over the years. The actor who is currently seen in Colors’ fiction show Karamphaldata Shani says, “I have set different goals during different phases of my life. I started off with 40 km cycling and working on my muscles in the gym. In 2014, when I was doing bodybuilding, I would work out accordingly and also during my time as a cricketer. I like working on my muscles more than cardio.”

Not many know that Salil Ankola belongs to a family of sportsmen. “Both my grandfathers were into sports, one was a bodybuilder and the other played hockey. My father too was into sports. So I have been into fitness since I was eight. I have been fit all my life,” says Salil.

The actor who has worked in both films and television says that being fit doesn’t mean one stops enjoying life. “It doesn’t mean you eat boiled food. It only means having a healthy clean body. I am a typical Marathi man so I eat everything. During vacations, I loosen up,” says Salil who is not a ‘gravy person’ and prefers having rice and kebabs. “I can’t digest oily gravies.”

The actor, who was part of films like Kurukshetra, Pitaah, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne, says that he avoids food served on the sets. “I am very particular about my food. I usually don’t like changing my diet. I get my tiffin from home,” he says.

There was a phase in his life when he had developed several health problems and gained weight, but he vowed to get back in shape. “Honestly, my confidence level is based on my fitness. That’s why it matters a lot to me,” he quips.

My fitness regime: I wake up at 4 am no matter what. I hit the gym around 4.30 am. Post which, I have my breakfast which is the heaviest. I believe in the saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’. I always have dinner between 7.30-8 pm. I carry my tiffin to the sets.

My daily diet: I eat a lot of meat and egg. I am allergic to wheat, fish, milk, different kinds of fruits, as my stomach pains.

The body part I love training for: Chest.

The body part I hate training for: Back.

My best body part: Biceps.

I was inspired to workout by: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Salman Khan. Even at this age, they have the best bodies.

The best body in Bollywood: Vidyut Jammwal.

Fitness mistakes people make: Wrong eating habits. Most people don’t realise that we should consume food of our region. If you are born in Maharashtra, eat food that you have grown up eating. How is avocado or kiwi going to help us? Also, have seasonal food.

I have cravings for: Sweets and chocolates. In fact, my wife and son do not stock sweets at home.

On a cheat day, I love gorging on: I love eating Chicken Curry, Fried Chicken, Parathas with fried eggs. I usually go wild on a cheat day.

My fitness mantra: Eat right and sweat it out.

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