THE FITNESS VLOGGER : SUSHANT PRADHAN
Inspiration and motivation are crucial aspects to any fitness journey; you might find yours in this man. Sushant Pradhan was a frail kid. With a 5’9” frame housing 47kgs of skeleton, lean meat and skin, Sushant was far from an epitome of fitness during his high school days.
As much as losing weight is glamorized in the fitness industry, it is important to realize that stick-thin frames lacking muscle mass is a very real problem for many people. Sushant was able to conquer that shortcoming, and then some. His transformation has been tremendous, and his fitness journey is still going strong.
Today, Sushant Pradhan is a well known person in the fitness scene of Nepal. He works at his own gym, The Physique Workshop, as a trainer and puts in his work to help people on their transformation journey. In fact he has been an integral part of many people’s transformations.
Apart from working at his own gym, he has his own YouTube page where he regularly posts fitness blogs and does a pretty decent job of it. He even landed a spot as the Brand Ambassador of Diet Nepal.
He serves as an inspiration to many and his endeavors as an entrepreneur and vlogger are significant when it comes to fitness in Nepal. We met up with him to find out more about him and his journey.
“I ALSO WORK PASSIONATELY TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE TRANSFORM. VLOGGING WAS PART OF AN EFFORT TO REACH OUT TO A LARGER CROWD.”
TNM: HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE FITNESS SCENE? HOW DID IT START?
SP: I was a very skinny guy. So I started when I got out of high school because I wanted to look normal. I had already tried a lot of things but nothing worked and that’s when I started going to the gym and finally started seeing progress in my body. Then I basically never stopped. Eight years later, I am still into fitness and going at it strong.
The Physique Workshop was my project to get started into professional fitness.
TNM: WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES OF ESTABLISHING AND SUSTAINING A FITNESS INSTITUTION IN THE NEPALESE MARKET?
SP: If we look at the general market, the fitness market is relatively small compared to other industries in Nepal. The main challenge was to find the people who were actually into fitness rather than bodybuilding. So, there was this generalized concept of going to the gym once you have started gaining weight and that’s where it basically ended. Things are changing, the fitness trend is growing so people are aware of the fact that a healthy physique is necessary. The change in the thought trend is a major factor in any institution’s sustainability. People need to look at fitness as a lifestyle instead of a short term thing.
TNM: WHEN DID YOU START VLOGGING? HOW WAS THE INITIAL RESPONSE AND HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT IT?
SP: I have a background in IT and my passion is trying to improve my body. I also work passionately to help other people transform. Vlogging was part of an effort to reach out to a larger crowd. But I had no idea on how to start a business; actually I thought I was very bad at it. So, one day I picked up my camera and started to record myself during my training sessions. And I uploaded it in my YouTube channel.
Surprisingly, I got a lot of positive response from a large mass and that was what I wanted all along. So, that started my vlog life and it is still positive and I am glad about it.
TNM: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM THE MAJORITY OF OTHER TRAINERS AND FITNESS INSTITUTION OWNERS?
SP: This is also a part of what I struggled with, because when I started out people told me to do what everyone was doing. But one technique does not work for every individual. Not everyone has the same body or the same type of problems about their bodies. So, personally I prefer the scientific method which means I understand which body part needs which kind of exercise or routine. I don’t usually follow what has been traditionally accepted.
I research and find what would best each particular situation. I also do my best to give tips and advice regarding diets, supplements and overall fitness.
TNM: THE FITNESS INDUSTRY IS SHIFTING FROM THE BODYBUILDING MENTALITY TO MORE ATHLETIC, PRACTICAL, AND OVERALL FITNESS. IN YOUR OPINION, TO WHAT DEGREE IS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING AND HOW ARE YOU ACCOMMODATING THIS CHANGE?
SP: The fitness industry is going in the right direction. Everyone doesn’t have time to bulk up and be a bodybuilder and for most people looking fit and being healthy is a more attainable and sensible priority. People know more about the supplements now and are taking them as a positive thing to enhance their bodies. Also, a lot of stereotypes and myths regarding supplements are going away.
TNM: YOU ARE ONE OF THE BRAND AMBASSADORS OF DIET NEPAL, TELL US HOW THAT HAPPENED.
SP: I was elated to when Diet Nepal approached me to become their brand ambassador. It is a reputed brand which is one of the few that is an authorized distributor of good quality supplements. I was honored to be part of it.
I’ve always persevered to uphold my responsibilities as the Brand Ambassador. They have great products and genuineness is a major plus point. I always try and incorporate the resources that I have to help Diet Nepal and promote them as a brand and help them promote their products as well.
TNM: WHAT MISTAKES DO PEOPLE MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPLEMENTS?
SP: Firstly, supplements are not magic pills or powder that is going to transform your body. You still have to work out and maintain your diet in order to see proper results.
Also, women tend to think that protein supplements are going to make them look bulky and manly. That’s not the case; supplements help you in achieving your fitness goals. It is like eating a little more chicken.
And supplements are not drugs. You cannot get physically or psychologically addicted to it. It’s just your choice if you want to take it or not.
You have to balance your diet, your workout, and your supplements or you are not going to get any progress.
TNM: GIVE US FIVE TIPS THAT WOULD HELP A BEGINNER AT THE GYM START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT.
SP: 1) Find a gym that is located near to where you stay. It’s just easier that way.
2) Have a plan of what you need to achieve and go from there
3) track the entire fitness routines from day one, like what you drank, ate, or the time of the routine.
4) Get good work out gear because that affects a lot of what you do.
5) Don’t go overboard. Yes, you always feel like you can do more but there is a limit and if you cross it in the beginning you’re going to be in a lot of pain for days.
TNM: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE ON HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED TO BE FIT?
SP: Everyone has their own source of motivation and for me it was the progress I could see in my body that made me feel like I can be better and that is what pushes me to keep on doing what I do. Everyone needs to find their own motivation.
“SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT MAGIC PILLS OR POWDER THAT IS GOING TO TRANSFORM YOUR BODY. YOU STILL HAVE TO WORK OUT AND MAINTAIN YOUR DIET IN ORDER TO SEE PROPER RESULTS.”
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