There’s evidence out there that the key to a healthier life is pretty much to workout in whatever way possible. If you stay active, your chances of enhancing your longevity go up significantly. Now we’re not saying that you need to go out and build a body like Chris Hemsworth, The Rock, or John Abraham. Chances are, unless you’re Chris Hemsworth, The Rock, or John Abraham, it’s practically impossible!
But for some people, having a great bod is not the goal in itself, but more a reward for the hard work of doing what they love. One such person is Rohit Reddy. With his busy schedule – he’s the founder of Signature Developers – one wonders where he finds the time to exercise, but he does. And if you’ve spent any time on RR’s Instagram, you’ll know that it’s a treasure chest of posts involving, but not limited to fitness, healthy food, stylish clothes, swagger… and more fitness! In this week’s Cover Story, we chat with him about his fitness regimen, inspiration and more!
What role does fitness play in your life?
Fitness, to me, is a way of life. It represents the nourishment of the body, mind, and the soul. Looking good is a mere by-product of fitness for me. It has helped me incredibly with my health, confidence, and approach to life. I first entered the gym when I was 18 and I haven’t left since.
How much time do you spend in the gym?
About 45 minutes every day.
What type of workout programme do you do to maintain your fitness level?
The credit for designing my workout programme, of course, goes to my professional fitness trainer – Faiyaz Ali Khan, who entered my life when I was 18. Not only has he taught me everything I know about the world of fitness and discipline, but he has also impacted my outlook towards life, which has helped me immensely in my professional workspace. He is more than just a trainer to me; I am blessed to have such an amazing teacher who has expertise in a range of courses to be training me for two decades now, and has become a brother, guru, and mentor. He is family.
Once I enter the gym, he’s the boss. We workout two body parts a day, hence focusing on the strength training of two separate muscle groups. We also do Muay Thai, a combat sport from Thailand, which is a great cardiovascular exercise. Outside the sphere of the gym, I do 75 -100 kilometres of cardio every week, in the form of either running, swimming, or cycling. I also follow the CrossFit training regime at times. My willpower and desire to stay fit hasn’t changed over the past 20 years, and nor has my waist size!
Do you ever deviate from that routine?
Every day my teacher has a surprise routine waiting for me, so it’s nearly impossible for me to get bored with it. The only time I deviate from my routine is when I travel. But even when I travel, I try to swim or run in my free time; but I avoid weights.
Any favourite exercises?
For me, it’s definitely swimming, running, and kickboxing! I’ve recently taken an interest in golf too, and I enjoy teeing off. Trekking is another physical activity which I delight in; the stunning views which one is gifted with after a long trek make it worth it, especially the views from the mountains of South America and the dense Amazonian rainforests of Brazil.
Moving on to nutrition – do you have a well-defined strategy?
I eat to live, and not the other way around. All that matters to me is that my food should be ready on time, along with being warm and spicy. Faiyaz has taught me to control my portion sizes. I avoid aerated drinks and desserts, and I have never indulged in alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs.
Are there any foods, in particular, that should be stressed in a diet?
I’d say that it’s important to avoid sugar, desserts, and having too much salt. Along with that, learn to control your portion sizes. Following strict diets and starving yourself are big NO’s for me. One mustn’t give into fads like KETO; they don’t provide lasting effects, especially since they’re hard to follow in the long run.
Do you take any nutritional supplements?
I make sure that my body receives all the nutrition it needs through my meals, instead of relying on supplements. I am eternally thankful to my teacher Faiyaz, who has shown me how to put in hard work and get lasting results.
What fitness advice would you like to pass on to our readers?
Consistency is key. As the adage goes, “If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.”
You’ve delivered your message of inspiration, but who inspires you to stay fit?
Tom Cruise and Rafael Nadal. I love people who show desire, determination, and dedication despite all odds.
Looking back on your years of training, what has impacted your progress the most?
When my body is functioning impeccably, and I feel strong, it changes everything in my life – my psychology, my confidence, and the way I approach things. My body is sacred for me and must be treated with love and care. Taking my fitness seriously has helped push my mind, body and soul to its best form – that keeps me going, that pushes me to train and work harder. The support I receive online, on my Instagram (@therohitreddy1) and Facebook (@therohitreddy), has also helped me stay enthusiastic through my fitness journey. It feels great to be in a position to inspire others, and I wish to continue motivating others to achieve their fitness goals.
Coming to your work, what would you count as your finest achievement so far?
I’d have to say that my most memorable achievement so far has been the launch of Signature One. Signature One features ultra-luxe apartments in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, and the company had taken the bold decision to build and sell, much against the prevalent trend in the industry. The project was announced with style through a grand fashion show by Manish Malhotra. With the timely completion and full selling-out of the project, I am confident that Signature Developers has established a new chapter in the world of Hyderabad real estate.
What are your plans for the future?
I have always believed in doing something different, which can easily be seen with each Signature Developers project. Our ongoing project, Signature Horizon, is already way ahead of its construction schedule, and is yet another landmark in the making.
Going strictly by the brand mantra of creating exceptional lifestyles, our next project, soon to be announced, will be nothing less than a masterpiece. Featuring, not apartments or villas, but mansions on plot sizes of an acre each, spread over 100 acres, Signature Estates is being conceived on the lines of several other such luxurious townships across the globe. It will have a golf course, a state-of-the-art club, and lush green landscaped areas. Signature Estates will be a project of magnitude and class, which Hyderabad has yet to see.
Faiyaz on Rohit: A student like Rohit is a trainer’s delight. I never let him reach a plateau because I constantly keep adding new variations to his programme and make sure that there is no fixed exercise or routine. My training system has been such that I make sure that he always eats clean, trains smart and recuperates well. I don’t believe in fads and trends, which are transitory.
What would you describe as the toughest moment of your life?
Losing my dad has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I was young and felt so lost. My mother, my pillar of strength, taught me not to lose heart. Faiyaz (my trainer, brother, and teacher) was constantly by my side and made sure that my body and mind would remain healthy through all that I was dealing with. I owe them both everything, and I’m sure they must feel proud, especially my dad, who must be smiling down at me and blessing me every day.
Any nuggets of wisdom for prospective entrepreneurs?
I recently came across something that the legendary Pelé said, and it perfectly encapsulates what I have always believed in: Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, LOVE of what you are doing.
Your favourite book?
Without any question, it has to be Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead. I read it when I was young and still attending school. The fiercely independent protagonist Roark made quite an impact on me. He has the courage to stand by his own revolutionary architectural designs, and he embodies the qualities of an ideal man who is not shaped by the world around him, but instead, by his own personal ideals. Like the book’s hero, I, too dream of building the biggest and best buildings, and dedicate my passion, energy, hardwork, and time to doing so.
A quote that inspires you?
I look up to my mentor Donald Trump for inspiration. My favourite quote of his would have to be, “Think big and make it happen.”