Bend it like Bipasha, at home

Published: 27 November, 2012 11:06 IST | Ruchika Kher |

Hrithik Roshan's biceps, Salman's six-pack or Ms Basu's toned figure. Who wouldn't kill to flaunt such sculpted physiques or figures by working out from home? If you're a fitness freak caught in deadlines and cramped gyms, do what our celebrities do. Loosen your purse strings and convert a space at home into a kick-ass gym. Ruchika Kher lists a selection of must-haves to keep you in great shape, a la Bollywood style

Smith Machine
fitness factor: Important
value for money: Average
Ease of use: Strenuous
This equipment consists of a barbell that is fixed within steel rails, allowing only vertical movement. New variations allow a small amount of forward and backward movement. A Smith Machine often includes a weight rack in the base to help stabilise it. The machine can be used for a wide variety of exercises, but is mainly used for weight training.
Cost: Rs 18,000 (approximate) onwards

Exercise cycle
fitness factor: Integral
value for money: Excellent
ease of use: Convenient
An exercise bike has several names. Some call it a Stationary Bicycle, while few also refer to it as the Exercycle. Although it resembles a regular cycle, with saddle, pedals and handlebars, it is primarily an exercise equipment. It is good for general fitness and it does not put much strain on joints. It is also effective in weight loss. 
Cost:  Rs 5,000 onwards

bench press
fitness factor: Ideal
value for money: Excellent
Ease of use: Tough
The bench press is a bench that aids the exercise of the upper body. While on his back, the person performing the bench press lowers a weight to the level of the chest, then pushes it back up until the arm is straight. The exercise focuses on the development of the pectoralis major (fan-shaped muscle situated at the chest) muscle in the body, as well as other supporting muscles. 
Cost:  Rs 2,800 onwards

Rowing machine
fitness factor: Useful
value for money: Expensive
Ease of use: Need supervision 
A rowing machine, called exerRow is designed to imitate boat rowing, so it feels as if you are pushing oars through water while using it. It uses hydraulic cylinders as resistance to combine the benefits of rowing on water and hydraulic resistance to improve your strength and endurance, making it a useful piece of equipment for a 100% safe and effective workout. The entire body gets a great workout in 20 minutes.
Cost:  Rs 25,000 onwards

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Elliptical trainer
fitness factor: Practical
value for money: Good
ease of use: Simple
This machine is an integral part of a gym and is required for the workout of different body muscles. It is also referred to as the Cross Trainer and is used for a low-pressure cardiovascular workout that can vary from light to high intensity based on the speed of the exercise and the resistance preference set by the user. Most elliptical trainers work on the user’s upper and lower body.
Cost:  Rs 7,000 onwards 

Celebs with home gyms
Many Bollywood celebrities have gyms at home and prefer working out in the confines of their house. Some of the home gym owners include:
>> Hrithik Roshan (reportedly, owns a gym worth a crore!)
>> Salman Khan
>> Shah Rukh Khan
>> Suniel Shetty
>> Aamir Khan
>> Shilpa Shetty
>> Rani Mukherji

Why gum at home?
“It is a great idea to have a gym at home. This saves travel time and hence increases one’s enthusiasm to exercise. Also, it gives an option to a person to train, privately, which is preferred by many. Having a gym at home increases consistency. However, it is very important to be educated regarding the use of machines and training methods. If possible one should keep a personal trainer, who will be able to guide you better and decrease risk of injuries,” says Satyajit Chourasia, who has trained the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji, among others.


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