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Trends 2019: Workouts that kept sports stars fighting fit this year

From HIIT to Circuit Training, here's how your favourite sports icons did at the gym this year!

Written by Jayashree Narayanan | New Delhi |
Updated: January 1, 2020 11:34:38 am
shilpa shetty, shilpa shetty fitness, pelvic floor muscles,, indianexpress, wish to stay young pelvic floor muscles, pelvic floor exercising, how to exercise pelvic floors, pelvic floors muscles, pregnancy and pelvic floor exercises, kegel exercises, what is pelvic floor Sport stars have given us some major fitness goals this year. (Photo: Instagram; designed by Gargi Singh)

Fitness has been the buzzword in the field of sports and athletics for long, proving that a fit frame — both physical and mental — is needed to stay in the game. And this year, many sport stars from various sports including cricket, wrestling, gymnastics, athletics, badminton and tennisgave us major fitness goals. If you thought a sportsperson is only about how well they play the game, think again. From Virat Kohli to Sania Mirza, these popular sports icons have only gone on to show that fitness is an essential part of daily life, no matter, you are on the field or not. Some of the sportsstars have also highlighted the importance of a strong will during recovery periods, and sure, we are in awe.

From yoga to High-Intensity Interval Training, these sport celebrities have motivated us with their commitment and discipline. Don’t believe us? Take a look!

HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training

A good HIIT workout can deliver what you seek from traditional cardio workout — burning fat, elevating your heart rate, pushing you to sweat, and improving lung capacity — in a fraction of the time, making it especially useful for those who can’t spend all day at the gym. If you ever wondered how to do it, seek some inspiration from these celebs.

Bajrang Punia – Wrestling

Rani Rampal- Hockey 



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A post shared by Rani Rampal (@ranirampal4) on Nov 26, 2019 at 10:29pm PST

Sunil Chhetri – Football


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A post shared by sunil chhetri (@chetri_sunil11) on Aug 1, 2018 at 12:34am PDT

Maria Sharapova- Tennis


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A post shared by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) on Nov 25, 2019 at 1:28pm PST


Gymming is said to improve cardiovascular fitness by strengthening the heart and lungs, and increasing strength through creating lean muscle. Studies show that regular exercise and an increase in one’s strength and cardio fitness levels can help reduce the risk diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes (type II), depression and stress-related illnesses.



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A post shared by Sania Mirza (@mirzasaniar) on Dec 4, 2019 at 2:27am PST

Virat Kohli- Cricket 


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A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Aug 7, 2019 at 7:45pm PDT

Saina Nehwal- Badminton 


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A post shared by SAINA NEHWAL (@nehwalsaina) on Jun 20, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT

MS Dhoni- Cricket


Running, as an aerobic exercise helps develop cardiovascular fitness besides building strong bones. Both literally and scientifically, research has shown that exercise can instantly boost mood and help one start their day in full force.

Ravindra Jadeja- Cricket


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A post shared by Ravindra Jadeja (@royalnavghan) on Nov 19, 2019 at 3:45am PST

Pawan Kumar Saroha- Wrestling

Power Training

Power training is important for sports where sudden bursts of activities is required — sprinting, jumping, changing direction, moving solid objects quickly, and so on. You can see how football, basketball, cricket, track and field athletics, golf, and baseball rely on power for some elements of a performance. Specific training programs for these sports have a general preparation phase in which basic strength, muscle, and general fitness are the primary focus.

Yuvraj Singh- Cricket

Hima Das- Sprinting

Circuit Training

Circuit training is a style of workout where you cycle through several exercises (usually five to 10) targeting different muscle groups with minimal rest in between. The result is a workout that taxes your muscular strength and endurance, and your cardio-respiratory system.

Sania Mirza- Tennis

Dipa Karmakar – Gymnastics


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A post shared by Dipa Karmakar (@dipakarmakarofficial) on Jul 14, 2017 at 1:38am PDT

Suresh Raina- Cricket


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A post shared by Suresh Raina (@sureshraina3) on Nov 10, 2019 at 3:58am PST


From increasing flexibility to improved athletic performance, yoga has become to be a favourite among celebrities as they have incorporated it in their daily routine. From backbends to advanced postures, regular practice can help you manifold.

PV Sindhu- Badminton

Yogeshwar Dutt- Wrestling


From improving core muscle strength to aiding in recovery, this year saw the rise of Pilates. As a low-impact flexibility and muscular strength discipline full of endurance movements, Pilates emphasises proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Some sportspersons also took to Pilates this year in a full-fledged way.

Joshna Chinappa – Squash 


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A post shared by Joshna Chinappa Official (@joshnachinappa15) on Dec 4, 2019 at 1:29pm PST

Hardik Pandya- Cricket


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A post shared by Yasmin Karachiwala (@yasminkarachiwala) on Nov 16, 2019 at 11:28pm PST


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