Weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, fat loss, toning or strength – any excuse is good enough if it gets you motivated to get off the couch and start working out. The real ‘toughie’ however, is making up your mind about what kind of exercise you should do. Morning walks or yoga? Power lifting or aerobics? What about Zumba? Ever wondered about the Bollywood fitness secrets?
Your options are many but your means and spare time are limited. And then, you must also consider how easy it is to keep yourself motivated, in order to stick to your exercise routine. Fortunately, Bollywood can be a powerful motivator, especially when it comes to fitness and body goals. Today, it is not only possible but also remarkably easy for you to emulate the fitness routines of your favourite Bollywood stars. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the workout routines that these incredibly fit and impossibly gorgeous divas and heartthrobs swear by.
Pilates- Sonam Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Katrina Kaif
Pilates is a mind-body system of exercise that was developed in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates. Its goal is to build strength – especially core strength – without adding extra bulk, to give make your body sleek and toned. Pilates is great for enhancing flexibility and posture, giving you a more graceful appearance. Practitioners claim that it also helps to reduce back pain. Pilates emphasizes on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and smooth, flowing movement. Pilates gives more importance to the quality of movement than the overall repetitions.
Barre- Malaika Arora Khan
A more contemporary obsession with celebrities, which is focussed on the same principles as Pilates but traces its roots to dance is Barre. Barre is inspired by the Ballet Barre, which is the stationary handrail that ballerinas use while warming up. The exercise routine is also largely influenced by classic ballet poses.
In Bangalore, Transform Pilates offers Barre Fusion sessions.
TRX- Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt
TRX suspension training was developed by an elite Navy SEAL commando. It is makes use of the TRX suspension trainer, a portable performance training tool that leverages users’ bodyweight and gravity to take them through more than 300 exercises. The routine helps develop core strength, agility and balance.
If that doesn’t sound badass enough, consider this: Deepika Padukone switched from a predominantly Pilates-based workout to the more challenging TRX suspension workout to shape up for her Hollywood debut – XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. Alia Bhatt also credits TRX suspension training for taking her from chubby to trim, in keeping with stringent Bollywood requirements.
‘Hang out’ in style with TRX suspension training at Apple Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.
Tabata training- Neha Dhupia, Arjun Rampal, Ranveer Singh
Developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese scientist, Tabata training is a form of high intensity internal training. If you’re the kind that’s easily bored by long workouts, this workout may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. A typical Tabata session lasts for all of four minutes, but the intensity level means that these four minutes are more challenging than an hour-long of jogging. A typical Tabata session mixes up twenty seconds of high intensity exercise with ten second rest intervals.
Tabata is great if you are looking to gain lean muscle and take home that taut, ‘ripped’ appearance. Tabata is also the secret behind Hollywood heartthrob Chris Helmsworth’s awe-inspiring Thor physique.
Get ‘ripped’ in time for the year-end festivities with Tabata workouts at Zela
Zumba- Nargis Fakri and Neha Dhupia
First popularized by Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, Zumba has found a firm following in India. Celebrities such as Nargis Fakri and Neha Dhupia swear by this fun dance-exercise. Zumba borrows from various dance styles, including cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, cha-cha-cha, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, hip-hop and tango. Loyalists claim that Zumba doesn’t feel like exercise at all, but rather like a dance party, with its quick footwork and foot tapping beats. Zumba can burn up to 500 Calories per session.
If you’re on the lookout for a solid fun workout minus the monotony, head over to Aero and Kaizen Fitness.
Weight training- Kangana Ranaut and Sonakshi Sinha
Their body types could not be any more disparate but their choice of exercise remains the same – weight and circuit training. Sonakshi Sinha shed more than 30 kilos before her big Bollywood debut. She credits sensible eating, weight training, and Salman Khan with this inspiring weight loss. Contrary to the misconception that weight training builds unsightly mass, Sonakshi’s strength training sessions can be attributed to her gorgeous curves.
On the other hand, when waif-like Kangana Ranaut decided to join the Bollywood bandwagon, she realised it wasn’t a cake walk. Initially she was considered way too skinny and later, much too flabby when she overate fatty foods to compensate. The diminutive diva has since switched to strength and circuit training to keep fit, sassy and healthy.
With such incredible workout inspo to get you started and all the Bollywood fitness secrets revealed, we hope this fall will see you at your fittest, healthiest and energetic best!