The Indian national hockey team captain Manpreet Singh has featured in a promotional video for his sponsor brand Red Bull. The rising hockey star shares the importance of strength and endurance as he talks about his training scheduled.
Manpreet, through the video, also advises everyone to keep pushing the limits and make no excuses. The video forms the part of Red Bull #NoExcuses campaign. According to Singh, ‘No Excuses’ means winning on the field and off the field, there is no room for failure.
The Indian halfback is seen in the video performing a variety of strengthening exercises with a special emphasis on lower body and back and explosive plyometric workouts. He also indulges in barbell squats, one-legged squats, cardio routines, foam rolling exercises, lat pull downs and leg presses in the amateur video created for social media campaigns.
Manpreet is a Red Bull India Athlete along with cricketer KL Rahul, badminton diva Ashwini Ponnappa, footballer and Bengaluru FC player Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, rock climber (bouldering) Tuhin Satarkar, Motocross biker CS Santosh, Chess player Tania Sachdev, and single seater racing champ Mira Erda.
Manpreet also shares that how specific body strengthening is important for each player and sport. Like in his case, being a hockey player he needs a strong lower body. “Whenever I’m in the gym, I focus on my lower body strength as it is extremely crucial in a sport like hockey. So, leg presses, squats, and single-leg squat are very important part of my workout.”
The aim to win an Olympic medal and win the hockey World Cup for India is what keeps Manpreet motivated. “Keeping fit on a regular basis is very challenging. My dreams keep motivating me. Sometimes when I wake up early in the morning for training, I feel like making excuses. But a while later, I keep telling myself, ‘let’s do this, You’ve got to get up and practice,” says the star hockey player as he shares his experiences.
Manpreet also likes to play football and go swimming in his free time as he believes that incorporating variations are an important part of the training. The 26-year-old, surprisingly, craves for pizzas and burgers during cheat days and hates doing bench press.
Born to a farming family in rural Punjab, Manpreet has taken to playing hockey as a nine-year-old. The opportunity to win trophies is what attracted him to the sport, and he has gone on to achieve those targets since making his national team debut in 2011. The 2012 London Olympics was his first major tournament for India. He has captained the junior national team at the 2013 Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup and again at the 2013 Sultan of Johor Cup, where he guided the team to win a gold medal. He has been the member of the 2014 Asian Games and the 2016 Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy champion teams. He was part of the Indian squad for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He has led India to the 2017 Men’s Hockey Asia Cup title triumph and a bronze medal finish at the Hockey World League Final.