Watch Jacqueline Fernandez pull off this super-complex backbend
You go, girl!
Fitness is a journey with no expiration date — whether you’re a gym rookie or a seasoned weightlifter, you must never stop pushing your limits. And that’s the exact sentiment that the super-fit actor Jacqueline Fernandez is echoing in her new fitness video where she successfully attempts a backbend followed by a forward flip.
You may recall Jacqueline pulling off some slick pole dancing moves last year that she learnt especially for A Gentleman. But in no way was that the end of her learning curve — despite being extremely fit (have you seen her toned abs?) Jacqueline is crossing all her boundaries in her prep for her upcoming movie, Race 3. “It’s not about the physique, fitness for me has always been about the challenge and finally the feeling of accomplishment.. that’s where the addiction lies..” she says.
Attempting a backbend can be difficult for beginners as this is an awkward position that the back rarely encounters, but the key is to warm up your body for at least 10 minutes before you try one. And if you think it’s impossible for you, let the benefits of practicing backbends inspire you — not only do they help in opening the chest and increasing your flexibility, but they also stimulate the nervous system that in turn relieves depression. Still not sure where to start? Investing in a yoga mat will get you there.
Bollywood’s fittest couples:
Kareena Kapoor Khan has shown us that sincere dedication and perseverance can turn you into a national fitness phenomenon. The actress ensures her core remains strong and body flexible by following an intense workout that includes yoga, running, biking and swimming amongst other activities. A staunch disbeliever of crash diets, Kareena focuses on a healthy diet that comprises of 5 small meals in a day.
Saif’s balanced diet is quite in tandem with his wife, while his workout routine usually involves more power-packed activities. Kickboxing, punching and shadow training ensure those arms and abs stay toned; yoga keeps his body flexible; cardio and weight lifting tones his muscles. The secret to that body though lies in the time he invests in the gym—two hours each day.
Hardcore fitness enthusiasts Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani have often been spotted heading out of the gym together. The duo wowed us with their toned bodies in Befikre, which also gave us an insight into their shared love of dancing. Disha, for her film Kung Fu Yoga, learnt a new form of dance called square dancing, which the actress said had a calming effect on her mind. Meanwhile, for his film Munna Michael, Tiger trained every day for 18 hours with professional dancers who flew in from the US. Apart from dancing, both follow a serious fitness regime which includes loads of cardio, weight training and yoga.
Sonam Kapoor and her rumoured boyfriend Anand Ahuja may not hit the gym together, but their love for fitness can be seen through their individual interests. One look at the Delhi-born businessman’s Instagram profile will show you his professed love for sports—basketball, in particular. And he has Sonam’s full support as she watches from the sidelines.
Sonam, on the other hand, has followed an intensive diet and workout regime to shed the extra kilos she carried as a young girl. Her routine includes cardio, power yoga, dancing, jogging, weight training, swimming, playing squash—and most recently, pilates. Her workout tips include staying hydrated, eating healthy and working out on a daily basis.
The cricket world’s champion, Virat Kohli, has one secret behind his super-fit physique—diligence. The cricketer wasn’t always this serious about fitness—he openly shared that one of his turning points was his chat with Duncan Fletcher, former coach of the Indian team, who told him that cricket was about training and not the skill. This saw him change his routine completely, with a disciplined diet (which avoided gluten, wheat, cold drinks and desserts) and one-and-a-half-hour long workouts in the gym, which include a combination of weights and cardio exercises. His girlfriend, Anushka Sharma, is a self-proclaimed fitness freak who is addicted to yoga and dance (she dances for half an hour everyday), which she says rejuvenates her mind and makes her more flexible. Her gym routine comprises of weight and strength training, and regular walks help her clear her mind.
One of the fittest Bollywood celebrities, Akshay Kumar has studied martial arts and Muay Thai in Thailand. He also holds a black belt in Taekwondo, which is perhaps where his courage to perform all his movie stunts comes from. A firm believer of calisthenics, Akshay steers clear of picking up weight in the gym, and prefers exercises like walking, kickboxing, shadow boxing, yoga, swimming, trekking and playing basketball. His wife Twinkle reflects his ideologies and stays away from the gym—long walks where she can meditate and soak up some fresh air, along with a dedicated yoga routine, are her thing.
From being a chubby teenager to a toned star, Alia Bhatt has undergone a great transformation that serves as inspiration for anyone who is waiting to start their fitness journey. Though she’s not a gym freak, she still trains at least four times a week which includes a combination of weights and cardio. Her diet sees her skip all junk food with her focus being on vegetables, fruits and lots of water. Sidharth began working out from the age of 18, and he owes his toned physique not only to the gym, but to activities like running and rope climbing. He has also tried his hand at martial arts. He advises push-ups, pull-ups and running to build your body’s stamina.