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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Men's Health profiles six social media stars who may not have eloquence
or traditional turn of prose. Yet, their photos and inspirational quotes
motivate thousands of followers to hang on to their every thought.
The father to a baby boy does not shy away from posting pictures of his wife (who is as fit) and son, and soon hopes to crack a big Bollywood deal. What few know, however, is that Instagram has given Zain far more than a huge fan following; it's actually where he met his wife!
"I had body image issues like most teenagers, and I was subjected to a lot of mental and physical bullying," he recalls. "And I was a very difficult person with a lot of irrational emotions. I found that working out made me calm and focused, but also happy and driven."
Now a personal trainer in Dubai, Khan uses social media as a "platform of learning," as a tool to "showcase his efforts" and mostly "inspire" others. For those who called him "stupid" when he first started- spending hours posting pictures on Instagram is a waste of time, they said. But for Khan, it was a matter of losing everything he believed in.
"Time, money and energy-I spent everything I had, working two part-time jobs, training four hours a day and still finding time to inspire others through social media.
"Since I'm a footballer, I have to always look after my body and that has kept me into fitness. As I worked harder, everyone started praising me and that is how I have kept it going till today. But when two years ago, I posted a shirtless picture, people started asking me about my workout and diet plan, which really motivated me. And from then on, I started sharing my fitness journey (on social media),'' he says. The icing on the cake, though, is that comments (from mean to plain annoying)make Prathamesh work harder!
"It is simple, you know in the next picture, you gotta look better to get more likes." On a note of advice, he says, that to get more of the latter, you gotta avoid posting similar pictures and add diversity to your profile. That way, the next time you will feel proud when somebody announces, 'Hi! I'm your Instagram follower, and I'm a big fan of yours!' Or who knows a ripped body might get you laid too, Maulingkar signs off.
And he realised the value of fitness back in college when drugs were a big thing. "It seemed cool at the time and everybody was doing it. I had a number of friends who fell victim to drug addiction but the only thing which kept me away from the scene was fitness," says the man who also has his own YouTube channel coming up.
Believe it or not, Sinha's first post was on Facebook when he was 15! Though he started getting recognised at a very young age, today he doesn't bother much with the comments as long as somebody is "getting motivated." The chubby kid who had body image issues says that his reasons for having a fit body may have changed, but not the realisation that people who achieve their goals are willing to do what most don't-i.e. make an effort.
"I initially started by posting my pictures, body shots and my training videos. Responses to my initial posts were decent, and once people started to know me, my popularity slowly increased," says Kaliwala, who's now a certified fitness expert.
For him, social media not only serves as a medium to showcase his efforts but also inspires others. Being the first athlete to represent India at the Arnold Classic competition in the US, he also commands a following of more than 5,000 followers on Instagram.
"There are many followers who directly message me to ask for advice. A lot of times, I have even received proposals," he adds. Before he signs off, he tells us that most people forget the importance of lighting in pictures.
"Using the right light to hightlight a particular part is a must. Overhead lighting in the gym works best." And lastly, he says don't understimate the fire in your belly, which can take you to places no social media platform ever will.
Mathur recalls the exact day he decided to add fitness to his list of passions. "I remember wearing a seat belt which dug into my stomach and made for a rather repulsive sight to my then girlfriend," he says. "It was when she pointed at it and poked fun that I really decided to do something about it."
Today, a model for Koovs, Mathur says that the trick to getting followers is actually simple: Be different. "I started seeing a rise in my followers when I started making funny videos which people could relate to. And don't be afraid of using hash tags; they are key to getting your posts noticed," he adds.
How to #GetMoreFollowers
Study and load up on #quality hashtags
The best filters? High contrast, high exposure and warm temps
Also, pictures with higher exposure were tied to more views, and the level of warmth had the biggest correlations with the number of comments.
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