The 43-year-old actor cycles 22 km daily, follows it up with a workout and plays volleyball twice a week
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 21, 2017)

Before he took off to Spain for a holiday recently, Farhan Akhtar told his trainer of 12 years, Samir Jaura, that he wanted to look like a lean, mean supermodel on the cover of an international magazine. He added that he only had eight weeks to transform himself and that he was willing to do whatever it took to get there.

The next 56 days involved waking up at 5:30am and cycling for 22 km, followed by a two-hour workout every morning and rigorous volleyball sessions twice a week. On Tuesday morning, along with his cyclist friends (he jokingly refers to the four member gang as “cycos”), Farhan broke his own record, pedalling from Bandra to Colaba, covering a distance of 42 km in 2.15 hours.

Now, for his next film which is still strictly under wraps, Samir promises that Farhan will shock everyone with his new ripped look. “He will be in the best shape of his life, beefier and more muscular,” he asserts.

For the last 18 days, Farhan began his day with a breakfast of six egg whites and watered dahi. It was a carb free diet which meant no rice, roti or bread. There was the occasional salmon and salad for the lean look. “He has a high metabolism rate and when he’s on a high-powered workout regime, he tends to lose weight. Since he now wants to flex his muscles and flaunt an envious upper body slant, we worked towards strength and functional training, while cutting the calories. His water intake was monitored too,” Samir informs, explaining the ‘one meal or snack every three hours but no salt’ routine. No parties or alcohol were allowed so he was in bed every night by 10:30pm.

This is the exact opposite of what Farhan achieved two years ago for his copturn in Bejoy Nambiar’s Wazir for which he gained around eight kg and had to look bigger than his body type. Samir admits that the 43-year-old actor-filmmaker has come a long way since they first met in 2004 during Lakshya when he didn’t need to work out. He recalls that when Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra described what he had in mind for Milkha Singh, describing it as the ‘Brad Pitt of Fight Club’, he had laughed and told Farhan that it was going to be hell for the both of them. “But Farhan was cool. There’s a simple rule he follows, no excuses, no temptations, and he lives by it,” the trainer applauds, saying that Farhan always maintains 70 per cent of his diet, which includes brown rice and sticks to his workout routine, with his meal portions increasing or decreasing according to the look he has in mind. “He’s become a lot more athletic in the last five years.”

On social media, Farhan admitted that he’s getting into the zone that he wants for his next film. “Details of what, when and with whom will follow soon. I have the coolest trainer whose expertise, care and encouragement makes it possible and fun. Samir says it’s always good to work with a student who gives his 100 per cent and I say no pain, no gain,” Farhan chuckles with the refrain, “Pedal karenge, pedal karenge, pedal karenge.”