100 squats, weight-lifting: Virat Kohli reveals his fitness regime
At a time when people are desperate to find out the secret behind Kohli's incredible run of form in the ongoing IPL, the man himself gave a hint by revealing his workout schedule.
At a time when people are desperate to find out the secret behind Virat Kohli's incredible run of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), the man himself gave a hint by revealing his workout schedule.
In an interview with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) mascot 'Mr Nags' on the team's official YouTube channel, the team leader revealed his daily work-out regime to contain at least 100 squads among various other rigours.
The run-machine added that his focus was only on lower-body, which he credited for his 'explosive power'. Kohli is known for incredible running between the wickets, aside from his exquisite collection of shots, an insatiable appetite for runs and an aggressive brand of captaincy.
Kohli credited RCB trainer Shankar Basu, who is also the Strength and Conditioning coach of the Indian team, for introducing him to weight-lifting.
The leading run-scorer in Twenty20s this year also praised team-mate and South African batting superstar AB de Villiers, whom he described "as the best".
"Fitness regime is pretty simple. There is a big role of our trainer, Mr Basu, who also trains the RCB team, and is the Indian team trainer," Kohli said in the interview.
"He introduced me to weight-lifting, and that has made me realise what actually one needs to do. It's a thing that one needs to get a knowledge of.
"I don't do upper body. I only work on my legs for explosive power. He [Basu] makes me do a crazy number of squats, close to a 100 in a session," added Kohli.
In a recent interview, Kohli revealed that he preferred the 'boring' approach to batting as well as training, preferring to build his innings in the first 15-20 deliveries at a steady pace instead of going hammer-and-tongs right from the start, right out of pure respect for the sport.
"It is a conscious effort, to be very honest. It is more like ‘Eat, sleep, train, repeat’. If you want to be consistent, you need to be boring with your training, your food and your batting habits," Kohli was quoted as saying in an interview earlier in the tournament, shortly after hammering his third ton of the tournament, and his second against Gujarat Lions.
"You cannot take the sport for granted. During the last match [against Mumbai Indians] I told Dan [Daniel Vettori, the Royal Challengers head coach] that I felt like I could hit every ball of the first over from Tim Southee for a six. But I stopped myself because I don't want to disrespect the sport. I want to build my innings in the same way every time I go in to bat," added the leading run-getter of the ongoing IPL 2016.
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