Sakhi Dodhia Case Study: How Sakhi Took It To The Next Level And Achieved A Fitness Model Physique In 11 Weeks

Sakhi Dodhia Case Study: How Sakhi Took It To The Next Level And Achieved A Fitness Model Physique In 11 Weeks

When Adam and I set up RNT, we aimed to solve three key problems we saw rampant in the online fitness space:

  • A lack of results
  • Cookie cutter programs
  • Poor customer service

Sakhi had experienced all of these in the past, but was looking for something that would allow her to break through her plateaus and take it to the next level.

While she was well educated, she didn’t have the time or energy to sift through all the information and try piece it together. A busy job in the City meant she wanted to remove the thinking and focus purely on execution.

During the consultation process, she outlined her goals as the following:

My fitness goals are to get stronger but to stay lean. Aesthetically I would like to go from skinny to more of a fitness model physique. I’ve never been sporty when I was younger and I have a petite frame. I currently do crossfit twice a week and gym twice a week too but feel the training I’m currently doing isn’t pushing me to my max (plateau in certain lifts). I also miss training with my husband Jas in the last few months as he is on a different training program! This may also give me the confidence to prepare for a couple’s fitness photoshoot which Jas and I have been talking about doing for years.

Right off the bat, Sakhi knew her goal, wanted to create a deadline (photoshoot), and instilled accountability into the process not only to myself, but also her husband and Ben Mark (the photographer).

This was a recipe for success, and it’s no surprise she did so well and achieved the fitness model physique she was after.

What’s really cool about this transformation is that both Sakhi and Jas proved just how powerful the ‘5 pillars of success’ can be. Of all the times to book in a photoshoot, they picked the first week of the New Year, which worked out to be 11 weeks away.

This meant no Christmas indulgences, New Year’s drinks, or holiday slip-ups – only a laser-like focus towards the goal!

Starting Point

Prior to starting at RNT, here’s what she was following:

Training – 2x Crossfit workouts per week, 2x full body strength training workouts per week

Cardio ­– No specific cardio

Diet – Sakhi was familiar with tracking her food intake, and was maintaining her bodyweight of 48-49kg on 1600 calories with a 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carb split.

This was a great place to start a diet – a good amount of food and no cardio!

Starting Bodyweight ­– 48.6kg

Starting Umbilicus – 69cm

Initial Changes

To start Sakhi off, here’s what we did:

Training – We kept the same training set up to begin with, using two full body workouts in the week along with her Crossfit sessions. The two strength training sessions were all geared towards increasing strength in the squat, deadlift and military press.

While Crossfit isn’t something we always recommend, Sakhi enjoyed it, so we kept it in. She was also well educated on training, and had sourced an excellent Crossfit box to work out of – where safe movement and correct technique was prioritised and taught.

This was an example weekly schedule:

Day 1: Strength Training

Day 2: Rest

Day 3: Crossfit

Day 4: Rest

Day 5: Strength Training

Day 6: Crossfit

Day 7: Rest

Diet – Her starting macros were as follows:

Protein: 120g

Fats: 55g

Carbs: 160g

Sakhi wanted a meal plan to use as a ‘guide’, but flexibility to adjust macros on the fly, especially on the weekends. Because she was well versed in tracking macros and calories, this worked fine.

Here’s how an example day looked:

Meal 1 – 2 Large Eggs, 50g Smoked Salmon, Any Greens

Meal 2 – 20g Whey, 10g Almond Butter, 50g Oats

Meal 3 – 75g Chicken Breast, 50g Rice, 1 Teaspoon E-V Olive Oil, Greens

Meal 4 – 20g Whey, 10g Almond Butter, 50g Oats

Meal 5 – 75g Chicken Breast, 50g Rice, ½ Avocado, Greens

Supplements – Here’s what we used to begin with:

  • Whey Protein (Reflex) – as per meal plan
  • Vitamin D3 (Reflex) – 2000IU with breakfast
  • Creatine Monohydrate (Reflex) – 5g with any shake
  • EAAs (Anabolic Designs) – 1 scoop during workouts
  • Fish Oil (Aliment) – 1 tbsp with breakfast

Cardio – No traditional cardio to begin with. All we aimed for was a daily step target of 10,000 a day. At the end of the two strength training sessions, we included some short interval sessions.

10 Week Out – 47.1kg

Strong start from Sakhi with no issues on any front.

No changes to training, diet, cardio or supplementation

9 Weeks Out – 47.5kg

A couple of wedding functions on the weekend skewed Sakhi’s weigh-in on the Monday.

She was only weighing herself once a week at this point, so I suggested weighing daily to spot any fluctuations and trends. Provided you look at the number on the scale as only data, this is an effective method of tracking. You can read more about why the scale isn’t the be all and end all, as well as how to best use it to track progress here.

Also, because Sakhi’s bodyweight was already quite low, her ‘margin of error’ for extra calories or dietary slip ups was much higher. One bad meal or a few days of untracked calories has the potential to wipe out a week’s calorie deficit! You can learn about this in Adam’s video here.

This week we made two slight changes. The first was to increase daily activity to 13,000 steps a day. The second was to introduce some carb cycling by reducing carbs to 120g on her three rest days from training.

Her macros were now:

Protein: 120g

Fats: 55g

Carbs: 160g or 120g (rest days)

Changes to be implemented: Introduced carb cycling by dropping 40g carbs on rest days. Increased steps to 13,000.

No changes to training or supplementation.

8 Weeks Out – 46.5kg

Despite picking up a cold, Sakhi got all her sessions in and nailed the dietary changes made last week. She was well on track, so no changes were made this week.

No changes to training, diet, cardio or supplementation

7 Weeks Out – 46.6kg

Bodyweight was sticking, and while ordinarily there would be no need to change straight away, there was only 7 weeks to go till the shoot.

This week we pushed on the diet front a little more by dropping carbs by 20g everyday, and lowering fats by 5g.

Her macros were now:

Protein: 120g

Fats: 50g (-5g)

Carbs: 140g (-20g) or 100g (-20g, rest days)

We also increased her daily step average to 15,000 a day with some LISS on her 3 rest days. This was to be done for 25 minutes with the aim to get her heart rate up to 120-130bpm.

Changes to be implemented: Lowered fats by 5g and carbs by 20g everyday. Increased steps to 15,000 and added 25 min LISS sessions on three rest days.

No changes to training or supplementation.

6 Weeks Out – 46.1kg

Work was extremely busy at this point with frequent 16 hour days and very little sleep making everything tough to fit in and follow. But as always with the clients who get the best results, no excuses were made!

I wanted to increase her strength training days at this point, and so we added in a third day.

Changes to be implemented: Extra strength training day

No changes to diet, cardio or supplementation.

5 Weeks Out – 46kg

Weight was fluctuating a lot throughout the week, but the overall trend was heading down.

Because of this, some of Sakhi’s lifts like the squat and press were becoming increasingly difficult. While it can be tough mentally to see strength plateau, it’s important to shift your mindset to focusing on the relative strength improvements made (being able to lift the same at a lighter bodyweight).

The only change this week was to increase the LISS sessions up to 30 minutes.

Changes to be implemented: Increased LISS by 5 minutes

No changes to training, diet or supplementation.

4 Weeks Out – 45.8kg

This was a cool week as I finally got to meet Sakhi at our RNT Christmas meet up, where we invited clients to train, have some food and go through some Q and As.

The only change this week was adding in 7.5mg Yohimbine HCl and 100mg caffeine before cardio.

Changes to be implemented: Added yohimbine and caffeine pre cardio.

No changes to training, diet or cardio.

3 Weeks Out – 44.7kg

Despite the increased work socials and Christmas parties, Sakhi wasn’t putting a foot wrong.

With a few weeks left, we decided to step LISS up to be done daily for 30 minutes. This way we could take advantage of the yohimbine and caffeine combination too.

Changes to be implemented: LISS up to 30 min daily.

No changes to training, diet or supplementation.

2 Weeks Out – 44.2kg

At this point check-ins were daily as I wanted to keep a close eye on both Jas and Sakhi in the final two weeks before the shoot. It was also Christmas week, so I wanted to increase the level of accountability and support!

While a few Christmas snacks crept in here and there, no real damage was done.

No changes to training, diet, cardio or supplementation.

1 Week Out – 44.2kg

Into the final stretch now. Sakhi was almost there, with only maybe 1-1.5 pounds of body fat left to come off.

We decided to pull the pin at this point by dropping fats down to 40g while lowering carbs to 100g on training days, and 50g on rest days. For 7 days only, I also suggested aiming for 20,000 steps a day.

Her macros were now:

Protein: 120g

Fats: 40g (-10g)

Carbs: 100g training days (-20g), 50g rest days (-50g)

This was a hard drop, but it was only to be done for 7 days before resting up in the final few days before the shoot.

Changes to be implemented: New macros of 120P, 40F, 100C or 50C, steps up to 20,000 a day.

No changes to training or supplementation.

Final Few Days

For the final week, we didn’t run anything fancy at all. All we did was taper the steps down from 20,000 right down to 6-8,000 over the course of the week, and introduce a little more carbs.

To peak for a Friday shoot, we did the following:

Saturday: Training Day – 120P, 40F, 100C. LISS 30 min, 17,500 steps

Sunday: Training Day – 120P, 40F, 100C. LISS 30 min, 15,000 steps

Monday: Rest Day – 120P, 40F, 50C. LISS 25 min, 12,000 steps

Tuesday: Training Day, Deload – 120P, 40F, 100C. LISS 20 min, 8,000 steps

Wednesday: Training Day, Deload – 120P, 50F, 175C. LISS 15 min, 6-8,000 steps

Thursday: Rest Day – 120P, 50F, 175C. No LISS, no step count

Game Day:

7am – 25g Whey Isolate, 45g Oats, 2 Whole Eggs

9.3am – 100g Chicken, 70g Rice, 10ml E-V Olive Oil, Soy Sauce

During shoot – 1 scoop easy digestible carbs

Lights, Camera, Action!

Final Stats/Testimonial

Final Bodyweight: 44kg

Final Umbilicus: 64cm

Sakhi’s weight dropped a little more before the end, going down to as low at 43.7kg, before coming up and settling at 44kg after.

These were here final comparison pictures:

Next Plan? 

Get stronger, set PRs in the squat and deadlift, and build some more lower body muscle!

What’s been great is that at the time of writing this, 2 months later, Sakhi is only 2 pounds up from her shoot weight.

She’s transitioned from the diet very well, and managed to maintain all her results, which is exactly the way it should be done!

To read how best to transition from dieting, check out this three part series here.

Here’s what Sakhi has to say about his overall experience with RNT Fitness, and training with Akash:

‘I started focusing more on my health and fitness several years ago. I was making steady progress, but in the recent months I felt I had plateaued. I wasn’t getting any stronger, nor was my physique improving. 

Akash was highly recommended by my husband who had been working with him, but I was quite sceptical having seen my fair share of generic gym PTs whose clients look the same month after month. However, seeing some of the actual results of RNT’s clients (and not just of themselves) it made think there was something more to them.

Akash was fantastic from the get-go. After taking the time to understand my goals we decided on working towards a photoshoot. This felt like a real challenge, with a deadline and accountability.

Akash assessed and tracked my progress every week, tweaking training/nutrition where needed, even reviewing videos of my exercises giving me more confidence.

As the photoshoot approached, Akash reviewed my progress even more frequently. He answered all my questions and provided reassurance when I was struggling both physically and mentally. 

He went the extra mile and came along to the shoot to give advice and support. I didn’t feel nervous and really enjoyed the day. It was so much fun.

Reflecting back, I cannot see how I would have been possible to achieve the results I did without his knowledge, support and encouragement. 

My focus is now on my performance goals and I’ve made sure Akash is there every step of the way so I can reach them!’

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