Here’s how much it costs to train with Bollywood’s favourite fitness experts
There's something for every budget
Behind every Bollywood celebrity humble-bragging on Instagram about their intense workout, is a top-notch fitness trainer. From getting Katrina Kaif bikini-ready in weeks to helping Kareena Kapoor Khan back to peak health post her delivery, these unsung heroes have been slowly reshaping the fitness landscape in India.
So how do you get some one-on-one time with the best celebrity fitness trainers in the biz? From Namrata Purohit to Radhika Karle, we’ve rounded up all the trainers that Bollywood’s fittest actresses rely on and how much it’ll cost you to avail of their expertise. Read up and thank us later.
How much it costs to hire a Bollywood celebrity trainer
The former ballerina now spends her day whipping Katrina Kaif into shape for everything from her fighting sequences to bikini scenes. Her weapon of choice? Cindy’s Bootcamp, a unique mix of martial arts, yoga and ballet supplemented with kettle bells and battle ropes. If you’re up for the challenge, drop by her studio for Rs 1,200 per session, or sign up for 12 classes at Rs 12,000.
The Space: Near Harry's Bar, AB Nair Rd, Juhu Tara, Mumbai. Tel: 98920 35182
Personal trainer to Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi, there’s a reason why Radhika Karle, and her A-list clientele, swear by Pilates. “This exercise form works on realigning your body to the way it was when you were born. Bad posture and lifestyle destroy the body’s basic alignment and Pilates corrects this,” says Karle. Huma echoes the sentiment, “I don’t practise Pilates to look good; I do it to feel good.”
A life-enhancing Pilates session with Radhika will cost you Rs 5,000 (plus taxes). If you’re in it for the long run, sign up for a monthly package of Rs 48,000 (plus taxes).
Balanced Body: 313 'Tanaya' Ground Floor, Nanda Patkar Road, Ville Parle (E), Mumbai. Tel: 2613 8588/89.
As the youngest Stott Pilates trainer in the world (at the age of 16), Namrata was clearly destined for great things. That she made loyal, return customers of stars like Jacqueline Fernandez, Kangana Ranaut and Malaika Arora Khan among others, comes as no surprise.
A monthly roster of 12 one-on-one Pilates sessions with Namrata comes at Rs 32,000. That infectious smile and boundless energy though? Absolutely free.
The Pilates and Altitude Training Studio: 303/304 Business Plaza, SB Patil Road, Potohar Nagar, Santacruz (W), Mumbai. Tel: 98211 54492
New momma Kareena Kapoor Khan owes her fitness transformation to Anshuka’s brainchild, FlyFit: A mixture of anti-gravity yoga and aerial Pilates. Signing up for twelve one-on-one sessions will cost you INR 36,000. Oh, and there’s always the chance that you'll bump into Kareena, Malaika, Amrita and the rest of their fit girl squad on your way in.
Anshuka Yoga: Vandana Bungalow, Plot 360, 16th road, Bandra (W), Mumbai. Tel: 98208 73167
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With great effort comes great results: Here’s everything that Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and more did to get into the fittest shape of their lives.
Piling on the kilos and dropping them again can ring the deathknell for your metabolism, but Bhumi was up for the challenge. The first step involved pruning carbohydrates out of her diet. She was partial to chapatis, but soon swapped them out for rajgira aata rotis, easy on the oil. Aloe vera juice, spinach and eggs are the other superstars of her diet.
Sonakshi dropped 30 kilos for her breakout role in Dabangg, but claims that she never charts her weight on a scale. “I don't know how many kilos I lost; I don't get on the scale. As long as I am feeling fit and I can feel myself toning up, looking thinner, then what the scale has to say doesn't really matter,” she explains. Her twice-a-day gym sessions involve hot yoga, spinning, functional and weight training.
Sonakshi also follows the 20-minute rule for her binges. For those days when she absolutely can’t resist the brownies in front of her, she compulsorily clocks in 20 minutes on the treadmill after.
Parineeti’s journey from a size 38 to size 30 required her to make the ultimate sacrifice: “I gave up pizza! It’s my first love. I can let go of anything but not pizza. But I didn’t have a choice. The kind of clothes that I’m able to wear today, that's not something that I could wear two years ago. Obviously, if you have a fitter body, you can pull off different silhouettes.”
Parineeti admits that she isn’t a gym bunny, so hitting the treadmill on lazy mornings mandates a pep talk in front of the mirror. Alongside a heavily monitored diet, (milk and eggs don’t agree with her system) she also practices Kalari Payyatu. The South Indian martial art builds core strength, muscles and flexibility with gratifying results.
Before training with pilates expert Radhika Karle, Huma ensured that she charted her goals clearly: “I want to lose weight well, by building strength and muscle.” She is a dab hand at Pilates now, and clocks in 15 minutes on the unforgiving ladderbarrel.
Alia still recalls the first time she discussed her Bollywood aspirations with director Karan Johar. “It was sheer pain. I felt as if I was an ugly duckling. At first, I was embarrassed, but later felt angry that I had gone to meet a director in the shape I was in. I decided to shed weight first, meet him and take the role. Only that would redeem my self-respect,” she reminisces.
Alia went on to drop 16 kilos in three months using a mix of ashtanga yoga, bicep curls and tricep push-downs. Retaining her bikini bod for Shaandaar required some upgrades though. Celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala made Alia hit the trapeze, arcus (picture a gigantic bow suspended in mid-air) and attempt the Bodhi, an advanced suspension system.
Getting all that weight off mandated a disciplined diet, but Alia makes sure to account for a few cheat meals. Her detox recipe after a binge? “A light meal consisting of doodhi juice, sprouts and lime water.”
Sonam Kapoor can hit you with a verbal zinger just as easily as she can make you bite her dust in the gym. The lady beefs up her 30 minutes of cardio routine with an intense kettlebell session. Unlike an ordinary dumbbell, a kettlebell significantly ups your aerobic capacity. The small cannonball also accompanies Sonam on the Bosu ball where she pulls off a mean goblet squat. The kettlebell workout results in enhanced upper body strength, and those toned arms.
Kangana was identified as an ectomorph (someone with a delicate build) when she first made her entry on the Bollywood glamour scene. Unrestrained binge-eating led to her putting on weight, but only around her stomach. In a bid to correct the balance, she struck out all forms of sugary and processed foods from her diet. If you were to bump into Kangana in the gym, she will typically be found kickboxing for 45 minutes and spending 20 minutes on an elliptical hill workout. She is also very strict about giving her body some downtime; Wednesdays are off-days.