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Watch: How Fitness Freak Bani J Debunks Stereotypes With Her Heavy Weight Training

The quirky VJ Bani aka Gurbani Judge has debunked stereotypes and transformed herself by working her way out into the sculpted muscular goddess that she has become.

‘Lifting weights will make you look manly’

‘You’re not a girly girl if you lift weights’

‘I don’t lift weights because I just want to ‘tone up’

‘Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys’ ‘So what steroids are you on’

‘That’s way too much muscle.. For a woman’

“I’ve heard it all. And not once because I actually cared enough to ask, ‘hey, what do *you* think of *my* body?’. I never entered the gym because of what people said I ‘should/ ought to/ must’ look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat = to feel better, and more ME.” believes Bani J.

Her sculpted muscles and abs did not come easy. She has undergone a tremendous diet and lifestyle change to look the way she is now and has managed to become the inspiration for many woman who craved to have a physique like hers but were skeptical because of the societal stereotypes that render women aiming for that slender, petite, less muscular shape.

“No matter how much people like to tell me lifting isn’t for me esp. being a girl.. It’ll never amount to how much I LOVE to LIFT” she writes on one of her Instagram posts.

“The only thing I’ve been able to find that really silences all the noise, all the static, all the inconsequential shit – is lifting. Lifting hard and heavy and dirty till you’re awash in sweat that really becomes a literal cleansing .. not just outwardly, but inwardly.”

Life is beautiful. Life is hard. Life is wonderful. Life is a bitch. Life is great. Life fucking sucks. ___________________ Life is a lot of things, but mainly, at the end of the day, it’s what you make of it. Of yourself, of those around you. ___________________ It’s so easy to give up on people, to give up on love, on situations, and go straight to fuck em’ who needs this shit. And there is a fine fine line between settling and understanding and accepting a situation. It’s tricky, but you gotta really LOOK at what’s inside you first. Be true to who you are. Stand for love, stand for truth, because really at the end of the day, we’re all sitting down with our demons. Recognise them, talk to them.. what’s the point Bani J? Where are we going with this? Just want to tell you all there’s so much more to everything. Try doing it unconditionally. For yourself. This is major sleep dep and well my jet don’t lag but if it did this would be it just talking. ______________ #baniJneedsherCarbs #andsleep #allthesleep #lookbeyond #whatevertheQuestion #liftingistheanswer #yingandyang #buildyouup #tearyoudown #liftlife #recognize #breathe #peaceout

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The TV actress never misses her workout and is very strict with her diet despite her hectic schedule.

“If you allow yourself to go there. There are no thoughts, only the feel of that sharp deep inhale, the slow hard exhale. Focus razor sharp. The mind isn’t allowed to deviate because the physical load is so overwhelming. It’s such a beautiful feeling. It’s funny because a thing like love makes you feel so light, and then you need something heavy to ground you back again haha. Amazing. Life, is so amazing. That’s all I got for y’all. Go lift heavy shit, reach within yourselves. And love from there. But start with yourself first. Always.”

Bani J’s workout is the key to her fitness and those sculpted muscles. She never hesitates in experimenting with her fitness routine and loves lifting extremely heavy weights in the gym. She is never hesitant of working on her muscles and simply loves the way her body has taken shape post her transformation.

You’re the only one holding you back, Pulling you in and then pushing yourself away. Building up the walls keeping people out, realisations out, growth out, awareness out – Educate yourself to sense resistance, emotionally unlearn conditioning we’ve been brought up with Unaware, asleep. Break down the programming, build a system of beliefs for yourself ground up – you’ll be surprised to see what you find. Marvel and the weightlessness you will discover without the baggage of gender/ labels / conformation/ settling/ but this is what is expected of me/ I can’t do this/ that/ the other/ because *they* said so/ but / but/ what if/ you can’t predict the next moment or what you’ll BE like tomorrow in that moment standing in front of him/her holding your heart out because guess what? You haven’t LIVED that moment yet. Why are we always in such a hurry? Slow it down. Just a gentle reminder to fuck *them* They don’t know what makes you happy, what keeps you up at night looking for direction, on a quest for inspiration – don’t let up though, keep at it. Keep searching Keep seeking for yourself – WITHIN- yourself. Looking for yourself in someone else… is poetic as fuck, but your questions and answers and the galaxies are all within that beautiful mind and soul of yours. Spend some time with yourself. Revel in the view✨ #straightup #youdontevenknow #fuckResistance #BeAllYouWantToBe #savageLove #savageRealization #represent #feelme #realtalk #postworkoutsleepdepClarity #clarityisthebest #soisperspective #gogetyourselfsome #highlyreccomended #foresight #insight #RealSight #mindGains #openyourEyes #openyourHeartUp

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“Yeah I train when I travel, I don’t see why I wouldn’t. That’s what makes it a ‘lifestyle’. You control your environment (@krisgethin) don’t be controlled by it. Be present, make your own choices, it’s your life. You’re in charge of making every single day count. For you. I’m just out here living this life I LOVE, every single day, doing things that make me happy and bring me SO much joy.”

“3 hours of sleep and you know I’m not going to use that as an excuse to not do what I LOVE!! Lift to uplift not just yourself, but those around you!” she the fitness enthusiast writes.

Her daily diet includes a handful of ingredients and she hardly deters from her strict diet regiment.

She follows a strict six meals a day plan, ensures that once she had her first three meals she hits the gym soon after.

For greens in her diet, she relies on broccoli, beans, zucchini, and asparagus.

The main sources of carbohydrates in her diet remain sweet potatoes, brown rice, and oats and for proteins, she relies on eggs, chicken and fish.

She does not deprive herself of cheat days and loves to devour salmon when she feels like treating herself and does not mind a piece of cake to satiate her taste buds. A small pizza or some Chinese delicacy of her choice also make to her list of cheat-eating options once in a week.

“Be a proud misfit and don’t let stereotypes put you down” she believes.

Whoa. Hot. Manly. Ew. Ugly. Wow. Beautiful. Wow. Goals. Bae. Wtf. Gross. Respect. Fuck. Hardcore. Be a girl. You’re becoming a man.? ?. . A lot of people like to throw these words/ emojis around. Just like they love to throw their opinions in your face, shove them down your throat and then stuff you until you suffocate into a neat little column or box and file you away where you can no longer serve as a threat to their narrow minded, never expanding nor evolving selves. ‘They’ don’t have the patience, the space in those tiny heads that are kept at alarmingly limited capacities by believing all the shit they have been fed. Beliefs of how one is supposed to BE, THINK, BEHAVE and ofcourse LOOK. If you’ve been following my posts, one thing you’ll know for sure is that I’m not necessarily fond of giving a fuck to that particular school of… nonexistantthought. Ha, the irony. Just felt like reminding you beautiful supportive lot that. Don’t look for validation from outside of yourselves, don’t get into that column and box just to make someone else happy, do what feels right for you, what makes you happy. look within, it’s there. All you ever need. Now go forth, give no fucks. If you’ve been tagged in this post it’s because I love you for allowing me to BE me and do what makes me happy and thus live more of what my goal is 🙂 <> #authentic #trueself #happy #beyouDoyou #always #religiousonanotherlevel #nxtlvlsht #nofcksgiven #unlabel #unapologetic #healthy #fitness #inspire #dowhatyoulove

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First Published: February 28, 2017, 11:53 AM IST