The fit actors of Tollywood are thankful to Hyderabad’s Kuldep Sethi, whose celeb client list includes the young brigade — Sai Dharam Tej, Varun Tej, Aadi, Raashi Khanna, Pragya Jaiswal, Bellamkonda Srinivas and Sundeep Kishan, among others. He is also the man behind Kalyan Ram’s recent transformation for Puri Jagannadh’s film Ism.
Kuldep took to a career of a fitness trainer since he wanted to turn his passion into his profession. Right from his school, Kuldep was into sports and was fit. As an undergraduate, he took to body-building.
Kuldep’s first celeb client was Ram Charan. “I trained him for Chirutha and all his projects until Orange. I also trained Chiranjeevi before he got into politics and Anushka Shetty for Arundhati,” says Kuldep, who opened his own gym in the city in 2009. “I have been training Sai Dharam Tej. He wanted a ripped physique for Rey. I also trained Aadi for Rough,” he informs.
The recent and major transformation that has got T’town talking is that of Kalyan Ram. “Kalyan told me that the makers were looking for a new look. He was overweight and we had four months during which he lost 12 kg. We started with callisthenics, functional and boot camp training because we wanted him to lose weight. We then focussed on muscle growth. Nutrition also plays a key role. Raashi, too, underwent weight loss. For her, we did more functional training because her body type is different. Her frame is not too slim so her bone structure is good and it supports good muscle mass. We did minimum weight training and did a lot of agility, kickboxing, Muay Thai over a period of three months,” he says.
For people who want to lose weight, Kuldep has a word of advice: “Anybody who wants to lose weight must give themselves time. If it happens drastically, it will show on the face. I always tell actors to have a proper training pattern. One must look out for overall fitness. Actors have to undergo major transformation in a short period. I ask them to take a minimum of three months for it. Drastic change comes under a good guidance.”
“A minimum one-hour workout is important every day. Working out for five to six days in a week is good. But make sure that the programme is modified with your daily requirements,” he says.