We talked with Roshni Sanghvi in December, 2019.
👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training
I am Roshni Sanghvi and have been a certified international body transformation specialist and plant-based fitness expert for a little over eight years now. My training style is a mix of strength training/plyometric/ashtanga yoga/animal flow and high intensity interval training.
I believe any program really can give you good results, as long as you have the determination to follow through with it. It is not really about a good program, but rather about how committed and dedicated you are to follow through with it consistently.
I train five to six times a week for 60 to 120 minutes. While the weekends are mostly dedicated toward skill development and plyometrics, the weekdays are more for powerlifting and traditional strength training.
⏱ Describe a typical day of training
On a typical day, I wake up to meditation and make time for at least 30 minutes of reading. I love reading/learning and the books I mostly read are about plant-based lifestyle, fitness or mental health.
I have a degree in psychology and I was a practicing clinical social worker before I came into the fitness industry. Thus, I try and combine fitness and therapy when working with clients too.
Wellness and lifestyle development is a huge part of my training style when working with clients. I want to be able to get deep into their daily lifestyle and find out about what really is stopping them from living a healthy lifestyle and what I can do to change that.
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?
You will only be able to push yourself harder if fitness is fun for you and not the most forced part of your day. Take up a new challenge every quarter that demands a different version of you in terms of fitness.
For example, if your goal for the next three months is to lift 2.5 times your body weight for deadlift, it will force you to work on explosive strength and power.
After three months, challenge yourself to complete a 10km in under 55 minutes. That will demand you to work on endurance and ‘keep going’ attitude. This way, you are constantly challenged and forced to stand up to a stronger you.
One of the biggest challenges I have faced in terms of fitness was learning animal flow with a broken wrist.
I have a childhood injury, which limits my wrist movement, and animal flow is such a form of workout that every step demands a stable wrist.
It was easier for my peers to pick up the flow but took me sometime because I had to keep stopping due to wrist pain.
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?
The last year has been full of learning and keeping a positive attitude in spite of ups and downs. Managing a fitness center full time besides my online business can sometimes feel like you have too much on your plate.
If at this time your attitude goes negative, it creates a ripple effect and everyone at the workplace feels low. My motive for the coming year is to grow and help people grow along the way.
In terms of bodybuilding, I now work with athletes and help them by their game through my meal and fitness plans.
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?
A good night sleep and never going too many days without meditation is my mantra to recovery. Unlike a few years before, I also do religiously take rest days, include cupping and sports massages and avoid eating too much junk.
Working around my wrist injury has taught me that I do not ever have to give up on my fitness but keep changing the form of fitness I do to accommodate my injury.
For example, when my wrist bothers me a lot I will skip yoga and rather go for a long run. Both ways I am still staying fit ☺.
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?
I of course do follow a 100% plant-based diet and do not intentionally consume any animal products weather I am in my home town or travelling.
With regards to supplements, I only take Unived Vitamin D3 and Unived Vitamin B12. I use a plant-based protein powder from Plix. I don’t use any other supplements.
My food is loaded in micro-nutrients because I consume a lot of fruits and vegetables in general so I am mostly covered in all nutrients. It is not about how many vitamins pills you consume but more about how much is absorbed by your body.
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?
You often end up going with your only option when you have no other choice, and the more number of hours you spend in an activity, you get better and want to get even more better ☺.
My case was very similar. I got into fitness because it was my family business and I had no other choice. But the more I saw the lack of good, educated trainers in my vicinity, the more it concerned me and I kept getting better to help more people.
Now every time I see the happiness on my clients face, when they are able to do things in the gym they were not able to do on day 1, it motivates me.
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?
Instead of trying to fix everything at once, try and work on one thing until it becomes a lifestyle change and you don’t go back to your old habits.
Let’s say you want to change your diet. Start with eating one meal, for instance, breakfast right every day for the next few weeks.
You will have ups and downs like late nights and early morning office but get breakfast right no matter what. Once you fix your breakfast, move onto meal two and so on.
It is not about eating the healthiest diet but making lifestyle change — that clean eating fits easily into your lifestyle.
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?
Yes, all the time. Through my online training platform I train with hundreds of clients annually and work with a selected few in person at my fitness studio.
I also work with a few corporates and collages where fitness experts trained by me. These are thousands of students and employees adding a fitness/fun hour to their daily routine.
📝 Where can we learn more about you?
My webpage RoshniSanghvi.com has links to all my social media forums.