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Super-effective workouts to get a celebrity body!

Last updated on: March 03, 2014 21:01 IST

Image: Malaika Arora Khan
Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/

Fitness expert Brinda Sapat tells you how to get that celeb body you've always wanted. Illustrations: Uttam Ghosh.

When you admire them you cannot help craving for the figures celebrities have. Dreaming about having Deepika's legs, Shilpa's abs, Malaika's derriere...

Here's the best news yet: It is not hard to get those delicious silhouettes if you put your mind to it.

Get a butt like Malaika Arora Khan's

Does my butt look too big in this?

To get the answer you really want to hear, tone your butt muscles with this exercise:

Donkey Kicks

Donkey Kicks

  • Strap on a 1 kg ankle weight onto your right ankle.
  • Get down on your fours and come down on your elbows for better support.
  • Pull the right knee in towards your chest and then in a controlled movement push it backwards and diagonally upwards as you squeeze your butt.
  • Do 12-16 reps, then hold the leg up and do 8 pulses. Repeat with the left leg and then do another set again with both legs.

Flaunt your legs in itsy-bitsy shorts like Deepika Padukone

Image: Deepika Padukone
Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani

Who wouldn't want pins like Dippy?

Thighs are a common problem area for most of us.

But it isn't difficult to get them into shape with some squats.


  • Squats tone up all the thigh muscles and the butt.
  • Stand with your feet a little more than hip distance apart.
  • Squat down by bending at the hips and knees, pushing the hips back as if you were trying to sit in a chair placed way behind you.
  • Press your heels into the floor and push yourself up to standing without locking your knees.
  • Do 2 sets of 16 reps. 

Get lean shoulders like Kangna Ranaut's

Image: Kangna Ranaut
Photographs: Brinda Sapat

A pair of lean shoulders can work magic for your figure because they make you look slimmer than you are.

Get the shoulders you deserve with Lateral Arm Raises

Lateral Arm Raises

  • Stand holding a pair of dumbbells (1 or 2 kg) in both hands, hanging down by your thighs.
  • Raise the arms out to the sides, up to shoulder height maintaining a straight line from shoulder to elbow to wrist, without locking the elbow.
  • Lower the arms.
  • Do two sets of 12-16 repetitions (reps).

Get arms like Priyanka Chopra's

Image: Priyanka Chopra
Photographs: Still from the film Don

Always wanted try on that sexy Manish Malhotra choli but weren't sure how flattering your arms would look in it?

Tone up your arms with these two exercises:

Bicep Curls

Bicep curls

  • Stand holding the dumbbells in both hands, either side of the thighs with palms facing up.
  • Support your elbows against your waist.
  • Palms face forwards.
  • Raise the weights up to the shoulder by bending the elbows and slowly lower.
  • Do two sets of 12-16 reps.

Triceps Dips

Tricep dips

  • Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the edge, fingers pointing towards your body.
  • Get your butt off the bed.
  • Walk your feet slightly away.
  • Now bend your elbows as your hip lowers down.
  • Then straighten your elbows using the strength in your upper arms ( triceps) and the hip will come up.
  • The important movement is in the elbow, not the hips.

Get a tummy like Shilpa Shetty's

Image: Shilpa Shetty
Photographs: Adeel Halim/Reuters

This is every woman's dream.

Know that the flab on the tummy is fat and will only be burnt through regular cardiovascular exercise.

So get your trainers on and 5-6 days a week, go for a 30 minute brisk jog/walk/cycle/swim/cardio workout, whatever you fancy.

And eat light foods to stop the bloating!

Now let's tone up the abdominal muscles.

Plank Hold and Inverted V

Plank Hold and Inverted 'V'

  • Get into a full push up/plank position and hold it for 30-60 seconds.
  • Head, hip and legs should be in one straight line.
  • Do not let your hips sag down.
  • Rest and then get back into the same position.
  • From there, raise your hips shaping your body like an inverted V, and lower down to plank.
  • Do 12- 16 reps of these.
  • Rest and repeat from the plank hold.

Get a back like Shruti Hassan's

Image: Shruti Hassan
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

Apart from being able to wear that backless dress you've been eyeing for the longest time, a toned back is quite simply crucial for your everyday well-being.

To strengthen your back muscles try these hyperextensions with reverse flyes

 Back hypertensions reverse flyes

  • Lie face down on your tummy.
  • Extend your arms out to the side in line with the shoulders.
  • Keep your head and neck relaxed.
  • Raise your upper body till your chest comes off the floor as you raise your arms up towards the ceiling squeezing your back muscles in the lower and upper back, as well as back of the shoulders and between the shoulder blades.
  • Slowly lower.
  • Do two sets of 12-16 reps.

Get calves like Alia Bhatt's

Image: Alia Bhatt
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar

Working out your calf muscles is important not just because they'll look great but also because they take a good part of your body weight.

Try heel raises

Heel Raises

  • Stand and raise yourself up on your toes as high as possible squeezing your calves.
  • Lower and just before your heels tough the floor, lift up for the next rep.
  • Do 2 sets of 12-16 reps.
  • Combine these exercises with regular cardio work and a low fat diet and see your body transform celebrity style!