When we talk about Bollywood’s fitness queens, Bipasha Basu cannot be left behind. The 44-year-old, who gave birth to a daughter six months ago, has hit the gym for her gradual postpartum weight-loss journey. In her golden words, Bipasha is working towards “rebuilding a stronger version” of herself “from scratch”!
In her latest social media post, Bipasha Basu is seen engaging in a vigorous exercise routine. She looks determined to return to her pre-pregnancy body frame and regain her stamina and strength through a variety of exercises.
“Mama don’t collapse,” wrote the actor, whose daughter with actor Karan Singh Grover is named Devi Basu Singh Grover. Bipasha’s post was accompanied by hashtags such as ‘love yourself’, ‘mama can do it’, ‘transform’, ‘post pregnancy weight loss journey’ and ‘nothing is impossible’.
Her fitness trainer Mahesh Ghanekar reveals that the goals of the actor’s current workout routine are building core strength and weight loss.
“There is focus on inch loss. One has to be very careful with post-pregnancy workout. So, we are trying to take things slow and steady. We do a one-hour workout session with a set of different exercises which are a part of functional training and strength building,” Mahesh Ghanekar (@maheshfitnessclub), who also trains celebs such as Kareena Kapoor Khan and Soha Ali Khan, tells Health Shots.
Check out some snippets from Bipasha Basu’s postpartum weight loss journey!
Apart from the fitness regime, he has also advised Bipasha to control carbohydrate and calorie intake post-lunch, as well as reduce salt consumption.
Considering Bipasha and her husband, actor Karan Singh Grover are fitness enthusiasts, adapting to the new workout plan may not be too tough for the new mommy. In fact, as Mahesh puts it, “The star is back with more power.”
Want to know the postpartum exercises that Bipasha Basu is doing for her inch-loss journey? Scroll down.
Bipasha Basu is following these exercises for postpartum weight loss
Here are some of the exercises that are a part of Bipasha’s transformation plan to reduce baby weight after pregnancy, according to the fitness instructor.
1. Warm-Up Dumbbell Lunge
A dumbbell lunge is considered a very good exercise to improve leg strength, which further helps to create better balance. They essentially target the glute muscles, and work on the hip flexors, abs, calves and hamstrings.
2. Plate overhead lunge
This variation of a classic also focusses on stability and balance, which can prepare the body for more strenuous exercises. A plate overhead lunge is a good core strengthening exercise, which engages the quads and hamstrings, as well as the shoulders.
3. Glute Bridge with Dumbell
Mahesh Ghanekar has built a fan following with the way he uses accessories and props to make exercising more fun! Check out his fitness sessions with Soha Ali Khan to know more. For Bipasha Basu’s fitness regime, he is making her indulge in glute bridge with dumbbell, which strengthens the glutes. Strong glute muscles are inherently important for a person as they help in improving any movement-related activities.
4. Bench Taps
Here’s one more exercise that improves lower body strength and is a great cardio movement for enhanced core strength. Since it requires you to keep tapping each foot on an elevated platform continuously, it also boosts heart rate and burns more calories while working on strength.
5. Half-kneeling Kettlebell Windmill
Pregnancy is be a life-changing experience for women, especially physically. So, resuming a proper workout regime must begin with exercises that help you to regain strength, co-ordination and balance. The half-kneeling kettlebell windmill is one such full-body exercise that also works on the abs and builds shoulder stability.
6. Elbow planks
Elbow planks are yet another full-body workout which focusses on core stability. It also works its magic on reducing the risk of lower back pain, which is a common complaint amongst new mothers.
7. Rod leg press
The combination of a machine and heavy weights make this exercise a win-win for the lower body. Your quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves get a collective workout with this exercise. It is said to be a good alternative to squats, lowers back stress while strengthening the legs and is also good to build abs.
8. Single dumbbell squats
When general strength development is one of your fitness goals, single dumbbell squats are quite effective. You can take your plain Jane squatting experience a notch up by adding dumbbell as resistance.
9. Plate push
A plate push exercise involves the use of a weight plate. Pushing this heavy plate works wonders for training the chest, shoulders as well as triceps. Along with this, this power move is also effective for the lower body. It is especially good for ankle mobility.
10. Dumbbell punches
Imagine punching with a set of dumbbells in your hands! Yes, that’s exactly what they are, doubling the power of a punch. A boxing move, it works on strengthening the shoulders and triceps, apart from shaping up the upper body. In the interim, your abs and core also get worked!