Pusarla Venkata Sindhu born on 5 july,1995 is an Indian professional badminton player. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever
win an Olympic medal other being Saina Nehwal. P.V. Sindhu was born to P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. In 2000, Ramana
was awarded Arjuna Award for his sport. Though her parents played professional volleyball, Sindhu chose badminton over it because she drew inspiration from the success of Pullela Gopichand, the 2001 All England Open Badminton Champion.
She eventually started playing badminton at the age of eight.
Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top
20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. In March 2015, she became the youngest recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honor,the Padma Shri. Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian Shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. Sindhu used to follow daily routine for her fitness and diet. She starts her day at morning 4am. She has three scheduled sessions daily. First session starts at 4 AM and continues till 7 AM. Second session starts 8 AM and it continues for a couple of hours and it is a group session. Again, third session starts 11AM and it continues for an hour. During evenings, she has gym and court session or gym and running sessions. Gym workouts or running training goes for 2-3 hours a day.She followed it daily for six days a week without any compromise.Along with these daily sessions and workout she will usually do 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups,abdominal exercises and core strengthening exercises about 3 times a week.
PV Sindhu’s Fitness Routine
While Gopichand is Sindhu’s mentor as far as her court craft is concerned, her fitness game plan lies in the hands of her physiotherapist, Kiran Challagundla. He emphasized on the importance of constantly monitoring her fitness requirements by assessing her blood composition, body weight and heart rate. This gave him a clear understanding on how to tweak her nutrition
supplements to compensate for any deficiencies. “Sindhu is a tall girl. For her, balance and stability drills are essential. The routine has to keep varying and we tweak it each week. Graded loading is the key,” Kiran told Hindustan Times. He also spoke about the importance of leg days to build endurance and strength! “We do different things. Like two or three sets of 400m runs or one 2.4 km run. Some days, we push for a 10 km run. The point to keep the training varied, not let the body get used to it and therefore stop growing.”
Decoding PV Sindhu’s
For any champion it is imperative to eat what you are told to,
says Gopichand. There’s constant supervision and each meal is measured out.
” A challenge that we have with Sindhu is that her appetite is very less.
We monitor each meal and give her high calorie food when she’s not feeling
hungry enough.” says Kiran. That perhaps is the reason why lays so much
importance on supplements: ” Even during the Games she has been carrying
three types of nutrition supplements in her bag. These vary- high energy,
protein-based or recovery inducing.”