No Pain, No Gain

Everyone knows the secret to looking fit and sporting a sexy body boils down to two simple things: being active and eating right. Most people have celebrity idols whose looks and physical beauty they admire. However, most people fail to consider the fact that these stars – with the exception of those blessed with stellar genes – work extremely hard to look the way they do. After all, they are paid to look gorgeous and emanate the picture of health. Going to the gym and eating healthy is not a luxury for these stars; it’s a necessity to keep in step with the competition in their profession.

Hollywood has long embraced the lean and fit look. However, it’s only recently that Bollywood too has embraced the lean look. In the past, actors and actresses did not have to necessarily be fit, and in fact the rather ‘healthy’ and curvaceous look was considered more desirable for actresses. As for the actors, sporting a six pack was certainly not the norm. Consider stars like Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor, who were no doubt good looking, but did not look like they were toiling away in the gym. In fact, that was a part of their charm.


Fast forward to 2017, and anybody who’s a ‘somebody’ in Bollywood makes sure to spend a chunk of their time in the gym and document their regimens on social media for their fans to gawk at. This is a hugely popular trend that has caught on like wildfire among celebrities. And the ones making the most of it are the celebrity trainers who themselves have become mini-celebrities by virtue of training the stars. Yasmin Karachiwala is certainly one of the hot favourites in this category.

Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Alia Bhatt, and Malaika Arora Khan are among the most popular fitness stars on social media, and collectively have over 15 million followers who watch them tone and sweat it out in the gym. Among the men, actors who make no bones about flaunting their regimens are Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, and John Abraham.


Deepika Padukone
She is hands down one of the most beautiful women in India, and apart from having won the genetic jackpot, she also has tremendous willpower and dedication to her workout routine. She is a relentless gym girl who never skips her Pilates workout with Bollywood’s favourite trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala. Even when she is on her extensive world tours promoting her films, she works out with local trainers who keep her fighting fit!


Jacqueline Fernandez
This Sri Lankan beauty is the most athletic lady in Bollywood, and has definitely got the best legs in the industry – toned, slim, and slightly muscular. Jacky is a very active girl who takes pride in her fitness level and healthy eating. She also works out with Yasmin and is a huge fan of boxing and Pilates.

Alia Bhatt
Alia has every reason to be proud of herself. This once chubby and overweight teenager is now one of the leanest and slimmest ladies in Bollywood, thanks in good part to her diligent visits to Yasmin’s Pilates studio in Mumbai.


Malaika Arora Khan
Known to have the best derriere in Bollywood, this hot mamma, who is well into her 40s, gives most 20-year-olds a run for their money. However, this certainly doesn’t come easy, because the lady spends a good part of her day on her favourite Pilates machine, working out with, you guessed it… Yasmin Karachiwala! She doesn’t let fashion go out of the window once she is in the gym, since apart from her fitness, her Instagram posts also do a great job of showing off her fitness fashion, which is spot-on.

Let these stars inspire you to get your act together and make fitness a part of your life, no matter what. As the adage goes: no pain, no gain, and for proof, we urge you to go stalk these stars on social media.      –Suneela