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Noun: Vinesh Nagrani (@vinesh_nagrani)
Occupation: Documentary Film Maker
food: I eat a high protein, low fat, high carbohydrate diet (until sunset only).
Playing sports: I train bulking 4 times a week and run twice a week.
Q: Would you say you are an athlete?
A: Yes, I have played tennis, golf and soccer. I compete in almost everything I do, and football is the most consistent in growth. I can pick up a golf paddle or a tennis racket now and it warms up in 30 minutes though. It’s in my blood.
What does fitness mean to you?
Aside from editing and writing, fitness is the only other situation that can force me to be in the present. I can push myself in my art as well as in fitness. The need to transcend the limits of my country is what it takes to be truly in the moment. I still find meditation a challenge.
When did you feel the least confident in yourself?
During my first college days. I was 22, 23, still studying and feeling empty. I felt that I was not attracted in any way towards my potential. Socializing was an important thing in uni and I felt empty when I talked to women at that time.
I didn’t know what I was standing for or who I was bringing to the negotiating table. It was the culmination of isolation, lack of achievement and an identity crisis that eventually led me to give birth to Vinnie Sharp, trying to embody purpose and vision. Vinny Sharp offered me the platform to find tangible motivation in feeding the Inquisition through research and reflection.
Formulating my opinions about things is what made me feel identity. Reading and writing is what it took to find out who I am. Keep in mind that this person is constantly evolving, but at least that you developed a starting point was crucial to knowing where you came from.
I know what I know. And what I do not know, I do not know. Being comfortable enough to constantly prove this is what confidence means to me. Trust is not an issue today and it hasn’t been in a long time. I have enough to spare a constituency.
Are you satisfied with your body?
I feel good when I know I’m doing the work. Aesthetics are undoubtedly important, but the absurdity that really dictates my sense of satisfaction derives from how hard I push myself in the gym. The rest I leave to God. “Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh.” (Exclusive to God and victory to God).
Do you have any comments about your body?
It is very difficult for me to leave the house and return in peace without being bombarded with comments about my physique and aesthetics by members of the opposite sex. I received many comments about succulent cheekbones. Mystifying eyelashes. Small and narrow blankets are divine. And, of course, my luscious inner thighs to pick the head of who has access.
Comments I can cling to (forgive).
But that’s when women in public (especially employees at Sephora) put me off with their eyes. It can be very overwhelming. I finally know what it felt like to be Chunky La Funga in the ’80s.
Contrary to popular belief, I must say. It’s hard to look that good. If only A-levels would have prepared me for this kind of hardship. I mean, if only A levels would set me up for anything tbh.
Is there anything you would like to change about yourself?
What is the point in me going forward from day to day without wanting to change? I convert every day. Training with EJ Philips at alphabeastfitness helps me do exactly that.
Has being on Netflix’s Singapore Social change the way you think about life in any way?
Not right. This does not mean that I did not enjoy the process. Quite frankly, it was one of the most enjoyable three months of my life. In fact, maybe that was the problem – that I was having too much fun. Going every day to a bar/restaurant to have negative conversations about expensive Negronis rarely leads to a legitimate confrontation with mental models.
I can tell you what compels us to change our mindset though… Dating a married lesbian during the cycle break. Now this will give you a point of view my friend.