"For me, fitness is being primal."
Not only are Bollywood actors renowned for their acting abilities, but also their fit physiques and toned bodies.
No one takes fitness more seriously than our B-town celebrities.
Many of these stars are proof that when it comes to health and fitness, age can never be an obstruction.
Over time, the fit figure has become an integral aspect of the film hero’s persona.
Actors must train hard to have the classic chiselled physique and toned ab look.
Reading quotes for health and fitness inspiration is great, but reading alone won’t help you get healthier or fitter.
Setting fitness goals requires a significant amount of time and energy, ranging from a strenuous workout to a tight diet.
Some actors exercise solely for the sake of appearing in great shape on film, while others exercise for the sheer joy of it.
These actors don’t just exercise – they live it.
Therefore, without any further ado, DESIblitz presents the 18 best-toned bodies of Bollywood actors you must see.
From weighing 86 kilos in Kapil Sharma’s I Me Aur Main to turning 96 kilos in eight months for Nishikant Kamat’s Force and later shedding 15 kgs for Welcome Back, John Abraham has never failed to surprise fans with his body transformations, extraordinary physique and eight-pack abs.
John earlier credited his good health and enviable muscles to an alcohol-free, sugar-free and nicotine-free lifestyle.
The actor’s workout sessions are divided between two muscle groups – major and minor for maximum bodybuilding, with a focus on two body parts in a day.
He trains under celebrity trainer Vinod Channa four times a week while resting twice a week.
Shah Rukh Khan
While he was not exactly known for fitness, Shah Rukh Khan surprised us all with his six-pack in Om Shanti Om and eight-pack abs in Happy New Year.
Since then, he has been hailed as one of the fittest celebrities in Bollywood and maintains his strong physique with a rigorous workout.
The Bollywood actor has a set plan of workouts for five days of the week. He works on different body parts on different days.
Shah Rukh Khan does 10-12 exercises every day.
The exercises are divided into three supersets and a blowout for the chest, back, biceps, legs and abs.
His protein-rich, low carb diet includes mostly skinless chicken, juice, steak, eggs and green salad.
Hrithik Roshan’s workout routine is full of high-intensity strength exercises performed with short rest periods in between.
On Mondays, he does movements that target his chest, calves and back.
These include bench presses, incline dumbbell flyes, underhand cable pulldowns bent over barbell rows, back extensions and calf raises.
He devotes his Tuesdays to lower body exercises like leg presses, seated leg tucks, lying leg curls, leg extensions and squats.
On Thursdays, he works on his shoulders and abs by doing exercises such as marble military press, side lateral raises, upright barbell rows and weighted sit-ups.
On Fridays, he does arm exercises like dumbbell pullovers, tricep extensions and concentration curls among others.
One look at Varun Dhawan’s Instagram profile immediately reveals his love and unmatched commitment to keeping fit and flaunting a ‘picture perfect’ body.
When it comes to workout plans, Varun likes to experiment with his routine.
Along with bodyweight exercises and strength training, the actor swears by the benefits of Pilates.
He also performs martial arts and yoga whenever he gets time.
However, he suggests that it’s best to follow one activity, be it going to the gym, swimming, or even cycling, for effective results while experimenting with other activities on the side for added flexibility and stamina.
Tiger Shroff, the son of Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, made his acting debut with Heropanti.
The audiences were amazed by his acting skills and considered him on par with Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.
Tiger Shroff works out seven days a week. Every day, he focuses on a different body part.
On Mondays, he trains his back with exercises like pull-ups, lateral machine pull-downs and one-arm dumbbell rolls. On Tuesdays, he exercises his chest by doing dumbbell presses and chest flyes.
Wednesdays are for legs and entail exercises like squats, hamstring curls, step-ups and barbell lifts.
Thursdays are focused on arms and include dumbbell curls, barbell presses, press downs and skull crushers. Military press, lateral raises and rear flyes are shoulder exercises for Fridays.
On weekends, he works on abs with reverse crunches, plyometric push-ups, crunches and kneel and press.
Ishaan Khatter is one of those super underrated fitness enthusiasts who do it because they actually enjoy doing it, and not because they want to create a buzz.
Perhaps that’s why his name somehow doesn’t end up featuring in the top physiques of Bollywood, despite him being a strong contender for the same.
He has one of the strongest cores in the industry, along with a set of super defined abs.
While sporting a set of well-defined abs means you have a very low body fat percentage, Ishaan’s overall musculature and core strength also add up and indicate that he is at the peak of physical fitness.
Shahid Kapoor is known for his ever-changing physique.
He is known to work hard in the gym to stay fit and change his physique as per the requirement of his character.
Other than this, he is also known to have inspired his wife to stay fit and work out regularly.
Shahid Kapoor’s workout regime includes a lot of cardio exercises as well as body-weight training.
He also includes different exercises as well as equipment training in his workout routine.
The Bollywood actor begins his cardio workout with some running on the treadmill.
Shahid finds time to squeeze in a few hours of workout 6 days a week and takes a day off to rest a bit.
Actors are often required to lose or gain weight to play a particular character on-screen.
In a similar vein, Rajkummar Rao also had to gain weight and achieve a chiselled physique for his role in Badhaai Do.
While promoting the film on The Kapil Sharma Show, the actor spoke about the same at length:
“Firstly I am a vegetarian, so I had to work extra hard to get the physique.
“Our director and others would sit and ask for food saying, ‘what’s there for sweet? Moong daal halwa? Bring it!’, and I would be there eating boiled broccoli.”
Salman Khan has always been a fitness inspiration and an idol.
Salman Khan never misses his gym. He is very particular about his workout routine.
Even during his tight and busy shooting schedules, Salman Khan manages to squeeze in at least an hour or two of gym sessions every day. He also loves outdoor cycling.
Salman was the first Bollywood actor who set the trend for toned abs.
The actor says it is very important for a person to follow a healthy daily routine.
A good amount of sleep, eating healthy and on time, not skipping meals, and the most important one is staying hydrated.
Farhan Akhtar’s most memorable performance has been his portrayal of Milkha Singh in the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
To achieve the body of an athlete, Farhan used to do 12 sets of crunches involving 200 repetitions each.
Thus, each day with each session, he used to do 2400 crunches. He also did side benches, leg raises and several other abdominal routines.
Since Farhan Akhtar was playing the role of a sprinter, his legs had to be in perfect condition.
For this, his workout plan involved a set of 300 repetitions of lunges, leg press, leg extensions, squats and jump squats. This was followed by 100 calf raises.
Those incredibly pumped up biceps were a result of a rigorous workout plan including cable workouts, curls, concentration curls and preacher curls.
Siddhant Chaturvedi has made a mark for himself with his impressive performances in the web series Inside Edge, and the films Gully Boy and Gehraiyaan.
In a conversation with the Indian Express, the Bollywood actor said: “I am not a fitness freak, actually. I like to jump and play around.
“I was trained in Taekwondo. I love martial arts, gymnastics and football. So, my fitness comes from my lifestyle. It’s not something I’m trying to do.
“I’ve always been fit. I like to really play, that’s what it is.”
“For me, fitness is being primal. As we grow up, we don’t play as much as we used to. I just like to play, climb walls and things like that.
“Anyone would find it stupid to see a grown-up man doing it but I love it, so I do it.”
Sonu Sood is a fitness enthusiast who not only believes in staying fit but also inspires and encourages others to do the same.
That’s probably why on his birthday, the actor gave away free gym memberships to fitness geeks in Mumbai, Nagpur, Delhi and Punjab.
The Bollywood actor has been doing this for quite some time now.
Reportedly, he said: “It makes me happy when they send me pictures of themselves getting fitter, and a lot of their health problems healed.
“These are the things that give me a high and feel that I’m doing something good.”
Apart from his noteworthy acting chops and screen presence, Dhairya Karwa is also praised for his fitness.
He doesn’t play the quintessential shirtless, macho Bollywood hero in his films, but fans are still quick to point out that he is extremely fit.
Apart from functional fitness, Dhairya is no stranger to the drill as he is also an erstwhile model who is used to walking the ramp.
The Bollywood actor and model is very particular about his fitness and follows a strict workout regimen.
When he’s not in the gym, the actor often cycles.
Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan made his Bollywood debut with Tadap opposite Tara Sutaria.
The romantic-action drama film required Ahan to get into a particular type of physique and he had to maintain it.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, he opened up about how he had to gain and buff up for his role in his first film.
Ahad said: “It was quite difficult because Milan Luthria did want me to put a certain amount of weight on.
“Actually, I put on 11 kilos for the film in terms of muscle. So that took me a long time because it’s very hard for me to put on weight, so I was eating almost 9 to 10 meals a day.”
Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor is the latest fitness enthusiast on the block.
The star, who is dating Malaika Arora, regularly takes to Instagram to share glimpses of what he eats and how he works out with his followers on social media.
A typical day begins with Arjun eating his morning breakfast, followed by more than an hour of workout.
Then, he eats his lunch and finishes his work meetings, followed by an evening snack, 2 hours of exercise, and healthy dinner.
Sidharth Malhotra’s secret to an athletic body is his affection for football.
He reportedly prefers playing football to spending long hours at the gym. He credits his fitness to his trainer Satish Narkar.
The Bollywood actor’s workout sets are changed every four weeks by his trainer.
His workout sets are planned to maintain his muscular physique but also to keep him light on his feet. Attention is also given to his medical history of a knee injury.
Sidharth Malhotra starts his workout with a ten-minute warm-up exercise moving on to cardio and weight training.
Sidharth also likes going for a run and swimming twice a week.
Besides pull-ups and push-ups, the actor also believes in working on the core and lower back for optimum fitness.
All actors these days can change their body shapes at will to better suit a film role.
Kunal Kapoor had to bulk up for his film Veeram. Speaking about how he bulked up without going to the gym, Kunal said:
“It took me five-and-a-half months to put on 12 kilos of lean muscle.
“I dropped 12 per cent of my body fat, and it was not easy, considering I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth.
“I had to look physically intimidating and almost like I could bulldoze people, but Jayaraj sir didn’t want me to look like a warrior built in the gym. So he didn’t want any of that six-pack stuff.”
Ranveer Singh’s mantra is to stay healthy. He likes to work hard and doesn’t skip workouts.
Following him on social media will tell you how much time he spends in the gym and the amount of hard work he puts in to be in the best of shape.
The Bollywood actor focuses a lot on movement patterns that involved conditioning workouts like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with burpees, push-ups, power moves like squats and deadlifts, and mobility training.
Apart from spending time in the gym, Ranveer also likes to swim, go running, and cycle.
The biggest secret of Ranveer Singh’s diet is healthy home-cooked meals.
He tries to avoid junk food as much as possible and focuses on a high protein low-fat diet.
There is no dearth of stars in the Bollywood industry whose bodies are something of a source of envy for the males in the country, aspiring for fitter physiques.