Would you give Katrina Kaif’s intense fitness routine a shot?
Kaif’s trainer, Cindy Jourdain, spills the beans
It’s hard work being a movie star. You need to have the body to work that designer ensemble on the red carpet, the strength to shoot multiple action takes on location and look jaw dropping sexy in a song sequence. While most screen queens are genetically blessed, each and every one of them has a fitness fairy godmother who whips them (quite literally) into shape.
“I am the first one really developing the Bootcamp concept in India,” says Cindy Jourdain, trainer to Katrina Kaif, “which I have uniquely designed based on my previous career, knowledge and abilities.” She’s a former ballerina, a past member of London’s Royal Ballet Company and a CrossFit coach. Her workouts bring together the best movements from ballet, CrossFit, Thai boxing and yoga and are not for the fainthearted.
Jourdain, who now also counts model Diva Dhawan as a fan of her Mumbai-based Cindy’s Bootcamp programme, has us spend a week in Kaif’s gym shoes, breaking a serious sweat for her physically demanding movie scenes.
“Let’s say my actress is taking on a Thai boxing fight scene,” says Jourdain, “We will work on quality of movement, ie, precision timing and delivery of punches or kicks.”
‘Fight gone bad’ workout
One minute each of these five exercises makes one circuit; complete three circuits.
- Consecutive high kicks on the bags (alternate legs every 30 seconds): Targets the hips, glutes and hamstrings
- Skipping (freestyle): Gets the body moving, increases stamina
- Weighted jab/cross hooks combo (alternate hooks every 30 seconds): Great for toned upper arms
- Speed ladder footwork: Increases agility
- Burpees to toes-to-bar: Calorie burner
Jourdain focus here is “working on posture and fluidity of movement. Holding your shoulder blades together whilst pushing your shoulders down will elongate the neck, sending the chest slightly forward will show confidence. Hands-and-feet dexterity as well as a full range of motion when dancing will transform a good take into an amazing one.”
Bollywood mobility, flexibility and ballet workout
- Dead bugs (10 reps): Works on your abdominals and strengthens your core
- Cat and cows stretch (10 reps)
- Inch worms (10 reps): A full-body CrossFit exercise that warms up your muscles
- Push ups (10 reps): Builds upper body strength
Barre/ballet work (30 minutes):
- Grand pliés: Opens up the hips and stretches groin muscles
- Tendu, Dégagé, Rond de jambe à terre: Leg extensions to the front, back and sides that help loosen your hip joints
- Frappé, Rond de jambe en l’air: short, strong kicks that mobilise your knees
- Adage: Strengthens leg muscles and improves balance
- Grand battement: High kicks that elongate your hamstrings and quads
- Jambe a la barre: Great for stretching out your leg muscles
- Pied a la main, Split work: Vertical and horizontal splits that improve flexibility
“It’s probably the hardest one of all,” Jourdain admits, “because the camera and the eye will be attracted to the areas that most women feel self conscious about—the butt, inner thighs, waist, tummy and chest. The body has to look naturally beautiful, not too athletic to avoid losing its feminine shape yet somehow strong and lean.”
Bikini full body workout
- Run (400 metres)
- Spiderman push ups (50 reps): Helps amp up the intensity of your push ups and increases upper body strength
- Medball lunge twist (50 reps): Targets the quads, glutes and improves balance
- Double wave battle rope (50 reps): Builds muscular and cardiovascular endurance
- Squat jump (50 reps): A more intense version of the regular squat, this movement help workout your quads and calves
- V-ups (50 reps): Works on your core and abdominal muscles
- Ball slams (50 reps): Helps develop power, speed and strength
- Run (400 metres)
Get in touch with Cindy Jourdain on +91 7045476632 or over email at firstname.lastname@example.org