How Farhan Akhtar got in shape for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Dec 05, 2012 16:01 IST

The duo will be seen together in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Farhan Akhtar is on a new high. First, his production Talaash has been raking in the moolah at the box-office and second, his phone hasn’t stopped ringing over the weekend. The director-turned-actor has been getting calls from people complimenting him on his chiseled body in the first look of his next, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB).
A source close to the actor says, “Farhan has worked really hard to achieve the perfect body for BMB.  He has been religiously following a fitness regime that athletes follow for almost two years now. He has been through various training sessions, which only sports people undergo.”

The teaser of BMB was attached with Talaash and since then, Farhan has been flooded with praise. The source says, “In all of his earlier films, Farhan has had a very lean look. This is the first time that he has worked on his body so much. And playing Milkha Singh meant that he had to follow the regime of runners, which is very difficult. He’s as fit as a sportsman now.”

Apparently, the shot that caught most people’s attention was when Farhan was shown running topless. The source says, “When Farhan was running shirtless on the track, you can clearly see his ripped body.”

Incidentally, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is set to release on July 12, which is the same weekend that last year's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara released on. The film, which is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, is an official biography of the legendary runner Milkha Singh.

A spokesperson on behalf of Farhan Akhtar says, “Yes, Farhan has been getting a great response after the teaser released. He has worked on achieving the look for a long time. There’s a lot more to it, which is yet to be seen.”

Run like Farhan

1. The Lydiard hill training workout: Involves running uphill, with high knee lifts and vigorous arm movement that best looks like sprinting in slow motion.
2. Altitude training: Training on mountain trails where you manage long runs, steep uphills, quick running in bursts downhill, and plenty of rest in between workouts to maximise recovery.
3. Cycling: A weekly session of repetitions on a bicycle up
a mountain. The principal advantage of such workouts is the absence of jarring of the legs in the downhill between each repetition.
4. Long repetitions: An excellent session for improving cardiovascular fitness in both the lead-up to and during the concentrated training phase is to do repetitions of a kilometre or more at slightly faster than 10 km race pace over flat or undulating dirt trails.
5. Stair running: A weekly or fortnightly session of repetitions on the stairs in a building of 12 or more storeys.
6. Biofeedback: A personal biofeedback monitoring to avoid illness and injury has to be a high priority and a daily training diary should be kept up-to-date.


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