Chintu Sasmal is all of 21-years of age and is already a familiar face in the Mumbai running circuit. But don’t let his boyish looks lead you into thinking that he’s just another novice runner because he could give any veteran a run for his money. He is one of the few who is dedicated to the game completely and has molded his life around it. He has formulated a “Runner’s Diet Plan” that has helped him greatly and shown visible results when it comes to his body and his running game. He seems to have got the formula right because fellow runners and friends can’t seem to stop raving about this very effective diet plan. As a mobiefit Fitness Icon, Sasmal is very concise about his goals and has only one agenda on his mind- To Run. Here’s what his journey has been so far and what the future holds for this talented young runner.
What made you take Running and Fitness seriously?
Being fit makes me feel good about my body and gives me a sense of control. I run because it provides me the flexibility that I need and also as a basic exercise form, it easily covers all the bases for me. However my training is in full force now because I intend on participating in the Standard Chartered Full Marathon
What were the challenges you faced and overcame to be where you are today?
When I started running, it was like being thrown in the deep end of the pool. I wasn’t aware of the technicalities of the game and ended up making several blunders. What made matters worse is that I restricted myself given the novice that I was. My biggest challenge was overcoming these mental barriers, which I broke away from after lot of perseverance and stringent practice, day-in and day-out. The change in diet was another challenge that I faced since my family is vegetarian. To makeup for my dietary needs I had to start consuming meat and eggs on a daily basis.
What do you specialize in when it comes to fitness training?
I believe in eating healthy. That’s why I especially emphasize on diet and how crucial it is to build stamina. I have done a lot of research on diet plans off the web and through content that’s circulated within the fitness community. On the basis of this I have created my own diet, which is customized for my body and its needs. I have been following this diet for three months now and the results have been spectacular. My performance has improved tremendously and I have been breaking my own personal records.
Do you have any coaches or mentors?
I run with the Nike Run Club in Mumbai and the biggest support there, would be my mentor and renowned pacer, Sebastian D’Souza.
How many hours do you work out or run in a week?
Since I am a full-time runner, I can completely immerse myself in practice. In a week I run for 4 hours, out of which once a week I run a distance of 17 Km. When it comes to working out, I concentrate on strength and core workouts to improve my endurance and workout for a period of 2-3 days in a week.
Any advice to amateurs who want to adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle?
Running is a serious game and if you are not in it for the long haul then you are are wasting your time. The starting period is what is painful and you will face injuries and perpetual joint pain. The best advice would be to visit your physician and discuss these issues instead of taking a break from running.
And lastly, what is your fitness mantra?
Every sport is more of a mental game than physical; start slow and gradually increase pace.