When Mohit Mayunk Bhutani decided to transform his body in 5 months, nearly every fitness trainer told him the same thing, that it was impossible without steroids. But instead of giving in and taking the easier way out, Mohit stayed on track, and in just three months proved every single one of them wrong while setting an example for the rest of us to never give up. Here is the story of the man who proved that getting a drool worthy body is possible, without giving in to the temptation of steroids.

My aim was to loose fat percentage, Gain Lean muscle, Shred and at the same time increase my running pace. Trainers had asked me to leave cardio in order to gain muscle mass, something which I clearly refused. Running gave me my share of endomorphin rush which i clearly wasn’t willing to give up. My transformation journey from 32% to 10% body fat has been done 100% naturally. During my journey to reduce fat percentage in my body I had to undergo different experiments with my diet and workout habits. It taught me incredible amount about my body and overall health. #transformationstory #transformationinprogress #transformationjourney #fitnessmotivation #fitness #iamrunnerin #mumbairunners #runnersofinstagram #runnersofindia #fitnessblogger #instagym #instarun #instagymfit #instapic

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The Race Towards Transformation

Mohit Bhutani’s love for running began nearly 3 years ago in the year 2015. Since then, Mohit has run 20 half marathons and 4 full marathons. In June 2017 he set two new goals for himself –  to complete the upcoming Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in under 1 hour 45 minutes and to gain lean muscle mass. All this in just 3 months!

Before his transformation, Mohit weighed 78 kilos with nearly 30% body fat. Clearly the path ahead would be difficult, especially without a mentor. This was when he approached numerous fitness trainers for guidance. He says,

Most of the fitness trainers said that it’s impossible without steroids, especially if I continued doing cardio.

Instead of heeding these imprudent advises, he resolved to stay on track and prove to the world that body transformation is possible without steroids. Thus, he began his race against time.

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Workout & Diet

Before the transformation challenge, Mohit used to run 40 kilometers per week. But to undertake a body transformation, he adjusted his routine. The first thing Mohit did was to reduce the distance from 40 kilometers per week to 30 kilometers per week. And then, he began focusing on developing the muscle mass.

Mohit balanced his cardio with weight training focusing on core strength, legs and muscle mobility. In an intense 1 hour gym session, he trained hard under the watchful eyes of a personal trainer. He also hydrated regularly and made sure he never missed pre-workout warm ups and post workout stretching.

Mohit also made sure that his diet was in sync with the workouts. He had divided his transformation journey into 2 parts: strengthening and shredding. Accordingly, he played around with protein, fat and carbohydrate consumption during each phase.

During the strengthening phase this was how his diet looked like:

  1. Breakfast- A double egg omelette cooked in desi ghee/ coconut oil with a slice of bread
  2. Mid Morning Snack- 100 Gms Oats + 1 Scoop Whey Protein Shake
  3. Lunch- 2 Chapati with Green Vegetables + 3 Boiled Eggs
  4. Pre Workout Snack 1 Slice Bread with Peanut Butter
  5. Post Workout Snack- Protein Shake
  6. Dinner- 150 Gms Chicken breast Cooked in Desi Ghee with Oats or boiled vegetables

During the shredding phase he followed a high protein diet:

  1. Breakfast Around 8.45 am – A double egg omelette cooked in desi ghee
  2. Protein Shake 10.30 am- 1 Scoop Whey Protein
  3. Mid Morning Snack- 11.30- 4 Boiled Eggs
  4. Lunch- Cooked Spinach with Boiled Eggs and Boiled Vegetables
  5. Pre Workout  Snack – 100 gms boiled Sweet Potato
  6. Post Workout Snack- Protein Shake
  7. Dinner- Chicken Breast 150 Gms with Boiled Vegetables
  8. Before Sleeping- 1 Scoop Whey Protein

Hard work is nothing without sacrifices. For Mohit, one of the most difficult things for the next 3 months was to cut down on sweets. He even carried home cooked food to the parties. Alcohol was absolutely banned and cheat meals were few and far in between (once in 3 weeks). He was also drinking close to 4 litres of water every day.

Set Back And Bounce Back

They say God has a way of testing your resolve. For Mohit, this test came in the form of a nasty accident in the month of October, just 6 weeks before the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. This accident resulted in a badly injured right shoulder which prevented him from training with weights. As if this wasn’t enough, Mohit had injured his toes so badly that he couldn’t even put on his shoes.

Such were the injuries that for a moment Mohit felt like he wouldn’t be able to make it. Even small efforts like slipping in and out of the gym outfit became a herculean task while the pain from lifting weights would bring tears to his eyes. But instead of giving up, the pain just made Mohit grow even more determined to accomplish his goal. The next few weeks were a blur as Mohit braved all the discomfort and concentrated on his core and legs. He worked out at the gym BAREFOOT! Throughout his ordeal, he had tremendous support from his family and friends.

Crushing It On D-Day

After months of hard work and a ruthless training regimen, the D-Day had finally arrived and all the blood, sweat and tears paid off. He beat his personal best by finishing the half marathon in just 1 hour 41 minutes, an improvement by 8 minutes over last year’s record. Not just that, he also went on to crush Tata Mumbai Marathon by completing the distance of 42.2  kilometers in 4 hours and 2 minutes, a massive improvement of 43 minutes over last year. Not just that, Mohit also brought down his fat percentage from 30% to 10% “100% naturally” as he puts it. A thankful Mohit admits, “This journey would not have been possible without the support I received from my family”.

Mohit’s Motivation and Advice For Others

One might wonder what keeps people like Mohit going. To this Mohit says,

It’s the sense of accomplishing something which no one thought was possible.

His advice for others is this: “You need to have a clear goal with a time frame written. One needs to mark a date in the calendar to remind oneself about the Goal.” Like most successful people who have undergone body transformation, Mohit holds the view that one should never aim to reduce weight; rather the focus needs to be on reducing the fat percentage.

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Plans For The Future

For Mohit Bhutani, healthy lifestyle has always been the first priority. Having achieved his objective last year, he has now set his eyes on gaining more lean muscle mass while improving his pace before the next marathon season begins.

A believer in spreading knowledge, currently Mohit is busy teaching the art of transformation to others like him. The personification of an educator’s spirit, we really hope that the tribe of people like Mohit increases in this country. We wish Mohit all the very best in his journey and would like to end his story with his favourite quote:

“The goal of running isn’t to make the pain go away but to learn to tolerate it.”

If you want to continue getting inspired or want to get in touch with him, follow his instagram account @ripped_runner26.2

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