So, Saqib Salim was confined to bed for nearly a month. Reason- His doctor had strictly forbidden him from getting up, or else...

He did, only to attend the Nature's call. Result- He put on 10 kg.

Talking EXCLUSIVELY to this afternoon, Saqib said, "When I looked into the mirror after a month when I could resume most of my normal activities, I was shocked. I knew I had put on because I was eating everything wrong during my convalescence, but like this? Every muscle and curve had gone out of shape. Bloody hell! I have been a sportsman and I surely couldn't take this lying down.

saqib saleem s amazing transformation
Saqib Saleem's Amazing Transformation

I had to do something pronto, but how? At this point, I start training rigorously with Vilayat Hussain. Viulayat trains the likes of Kabir Khan and Mini Mathur, and he is really very good. Actually, my sister Huma (Quereshi) had introduced me to him.

But wait a minute. Why had his back gone for a toss? "Well I had done excessive weight-training, much against the advice of Vilayat. You know how it is! We all get pretty excited in gym."

saqib saleem with sister huma
Saqib Saleem With Sister Huma Qureshi

Over to Vilayat's rescue act. "Well, he put me on a very different regime of Action Training, Yoga and even Weight Training. I realised that every body is different, so is mine- and let's take to this new course like a duck takes to water."

It took Saqib 3 months before he heaved a sigh of relief, but this sigh was accompanied by a 'Hurrah'. Saqib had got into great shape (as seen in the BEFORE and AFTER pictures).

saqib saleem poses for a photoshoot
Saqib Saleem Poses For A Photo Shoot

"And of course, I had monitored my diet all along. I remember when I hit the gym back after my injury, the results were not coming. I wondered why, but it is here that I was told that unless a particular diet- I won't achieve the desired result."

So for now, it's no carbohydrates, no rotis, no meat and no milk products for Saqib. "In fact, I have started eating a lot of vegetables, which I otherwise didn't. Strangely, Broccoli which I had never tasted in my life is now like my best friend."

saqib saleem bare chested
Saqib Saleem Shows Off His Chiseled Body

So, all said and done, how much time did he devote to his Return to Fitness? "Oh yes, you can call it Return To Fitness because when I put on weight, I had lost quite a bot of stamina. It's all back now. As for your question of how much time I gave to my hardcore training programme, the answer is 3-4 hours every day."

And is this all a preparation too for Race 3 (cast led by Salman Khan), we asked? had broken the story that Saqib and Daisy Shah play twins in Race 3

saqib saleem looks daper in suit
Saqib Saleem Looks Dapper In Suit

Saqib informs that Salman too helped him in a big way. "I look up to him. He is so fit. He is a legend. He pout me on to some action guys, because my role in Race 3 requires me to do a lot of dare-devilry. It was going to be fun I knew- but it required a certain method. That is where Salman's action guys came as a blessing."

And has he shown his NEW body to Salman? "Of course, I did. And he liked what he saw. I am raring to go now."

Go for it, Saqib! You must win the Race!

salman khan and saqib saleem
Salman Khan And Saqib Saleem

Image Source: Manav Manglani, APH Images, youtube/erosnow & instagram/saqibsaleem

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