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Hrithik Roshan: My Biggest Challenge Has Been to Ensure That I Never Give Up

Hrithik Roshan is currently shooting for his next film with actors Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor.


Updated:April 27, 2019, 4:46 PM IST
Hrithik Roshan: My Biggest Challenge Has Been to Ensure That I Never Give Up
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Hrithik Roshan has been inspiring his 15.5 million Instagram followers with his work-out videos for a while now. Despite dealing with a thoracic slipped disc and a ligament tear in his right ankle since the last eight months, the 45-year-old actor hasn’t quit exercising and has found his way back to being fit.

Talking about his journey of recovery, he told Mid-Day, "I have faced various challenges over the years, whether it was being a physically weak child or the multiple injuries that I have sustained during film shoots. However, my biggest challenge has been to ensure that I never give up."

Interestingly, Roshan has now made himself fit enough to work out twice a day—cardio in the mornings and weight and functional training in the evenings. On his exercise regimen, he said, "I'm not a doctor or a physiotherapist, so I train by exploring and listening to my body. The primal movements of the HRX workout help in improving strength and agility. When I tried doing the painful movement at a slow pace, I realised that my pain was almost negligent. With these slow movement exercises, I could lift more and my pain-free range improved eventually."

However, Roshan says more than looking good, he uses his body as a tool to help him play his characters to the best of his capacity. "As an actor, I can't retain a uniform physicality. Imbibing the physical aspects of a character is as important as understanding the emotional aspects. I turned skinny to play Rohit in Koi Mil Gaya (2003), and put on weight for Super 30 and Guzaarish (2010). I enjoy the process of getting into characters," he said.

On the professional front, he is currently shooting for his next film with actors Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor.

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1st september 2018. . Behind the scenes. . Rehabilitating and re conditioning my body has taken almost 10 months now. And I’m still in the process. . Torn right ankle ligaments and a sprained left plus a thorasic slip disc. As if one wasn’t enough. . My coordination was incredibly messed up. I’d say jump and my body wouldn’t listen. Couldn’t load the feet or my spine. Needless to say i was losing muscle mass and gaining unwanted weight by the day. Couldn’t do any cardio or weights. Only thing I could control so as to not fall off the grid completely was my diet. Not eating the stuff I liked frustrated me further. . I’v been sharing a few clips here from that journey. ZmR’s with light weights, band work plus whole lot of other techniques I discovered. The most important being writing down each day’s progress. I’d aim to do 1 more than yesterday. . I hope it helps those who are currently in pain or injured. My rehab and conditioning has been frustratingly slow, after 3 months of a lot of effort and very little results, i was plagued with self doubt and a part of me wanted to quit. . But there is magic in consistency. . Trust it. And keep going. . All the best! . @swapneelhazare @kuldeepshashi #keepgoing #bethebestversionofyourself #nevergiveup #keepdiscovering #keepcreating #onelife

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