Kartik Aaryan's 'Chandu Champion' Trainer Challenges Those Who Criticised Actor's Transformation

Kartik Aaryan's trainer, Tridev Pandey, requested an 'Anti-Doping' test after the actor faced criticism about his drastic physical transformation in just 14 months and revealed his journey.


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Kartik Aaryan's 'Chandu Champion' Trainer Challenges Those Who Criticised Actor's Transformation

Kartik Aaryan’s sports drama film, Chandu Champion hit the theatres on June 14, 2024. In the Kabir Khan directorial, the actor was seen in the titular character based on India’s first Paralympic gold medalist, Murlikant Petkar. However, when Kartik began shooting the film, he had just finished working for Freddy, in which he was seen in a completely different physique. Thus, he had to drastically lose weight after rigorous workouts and a proper fitness regime to play 'Murlikant Petkar' on-screen.

Netizens alleged Kartik Aaryan used steroids to achieve the transformed physique in Chandu Champion

However, when Kartik shared a collaged photo on his IG handle, which featured his inspirational transformation, netizens were left divided. He shared two before-and-after pictures of his bare body, showcasing how he went from 39 percent body fat to just 7 percent. The actor shared that he became an ‘insomniac’ to a ‘fitness enthusiast’, which took one and half years. But as soon as Kartik dropped the post, while his fans were jumping in excitement to see his transformation, another section of the social media claimed that the actor’s physique was either ‘photoshopped’ or a 'result of steroid'.

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Kartik Aaryan's trainer requests critics to do an 'Anti-Doping' test on the actor to prove the truth

Now, in an interview with Indian Exprress, Kartik Aaryan's trainer, Tridev Pandey openly challenged those who pointed fingers at the actor's transformation. Tridev, who also trains actors like Wamiqa Gabbi, Sanya Malhotra and Shweta Tripathi, said that during the project, if Kartik had taken artificial supplements, then the process would be achieved within six months. However, explaining how Kartik trained extensively hard to transform himself, Tridev said:

“Whoever feels this transformation is not natural, I am ready to pay from my own pocket to take the NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) test. When you cast doubt on an actor, you also start doubting the coach, that, ‘Oh this is a result of artificial supplement, this is because of dope and injections.’ It is said by only those who themselves can’t achieve it.”

Kartik Aaryan's trainer reveals the journey of how the actor achieved the drastic transformation

For Chandu Champion, Tridev mentioned that initially, Kartik was completely novice when they started the training. Thus, Tridev then asked Kabir Khan to arrange more sessions to train him not only on how to lose weight but also on the other components of performing the titular role in the film. Explaining what advancements they took to achieve the goal, Tridev shared:

“When we started, Kartik was 90 kgs, he had just completed Freddy and wasn’t even training. When we began, he couldn’t do pushups, pull ups, all his basics were bad, the fundamentals weren’t good, there was no mobility for squats, no range of motion. I met Kabir sir and I requested him to give me as many sessions with Kartik as possible and he agreed. Kartik, who couldn’t do pushups when he weighed 90 kgs, by the end of the shoot, he would keep a 50-kg bag on his back and do pushups. The man, who couldn’t do pull ups, by the end of it had weights of 27.5 kg tied to his waistline and did pull ups.”

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Kartik Aaryan's trainer talks about his workout regime and diet

In the end, Tridev opened up in detail about Kartik's workout regime and diet. The trainer mentioned that in the journey of 14 months, Kartik used to train in cardio for one hour in the morning and another one hour in the evening, and he used to focus on strength. The trainer also revealed Kartik's strict diet and mentioned:

“He cut down sugar completely because we had to reach a single digit fat percentage from 39 per cent. It is a big task, so we stopped sugar and processed food. We slowly cut down the diet– we started with 2100 calories, then came down to 2000, then 1900. The decline was gradual so that the body is eased into it and not exhausted. The training was active throughout the shoot, so the focus was that the plan shouldn’t be such that Kartik’s body gives up in a month because it’s too intense. Whatever he would eat, we had to ensure that 750 calories is protein. It can come from protein shake, paneer, tofu, bean patties, 6-7 eggs a day and then of course fat and crabs to get him proper energy to function full day. Kartik respected my process and my knowledge and the result is for everyone to see.”

What do you think about Kartik's trainer's revelations regarding his drastic transformation? Let us know!

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