Celebs are different to us – and they certainly seem to have more time to work out than the rest of us who have to fit in an eight-hour work day. And they also have their own trainers. Here, the fitness A-list give their favourite tricks for getting their clients in Red Carpet shape.
‘Approach working out with gratitude.’
Exercise is not a chore; it’s a privilege. Think, How lucky I am that I found time in my busy schedule for myself and to take care of my body.
— Mari Winsor has sculpted the bodies of Vanessa Williams, Sandra Bullock and Jamie Lee Curtis using Pilates.
‘Be accountable for each mouthful.’
Most people eat emotionally. We constantly put food into our mouths unconsciously. Keep a food journal, and learn about portion sizes and the actual calorie counts in foods so you really understand what you’re eating. It’s not about starving yourself; it’s about being fully aware of what is going into your body.
— Teddy Bass has gotten Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz into shape; his workouts incorporate Pilates and dance.
If you knock out your workout first thing in the morning, you will carry a feeling of achievement and virtuousness with you all day. It sets the tone. This sense of virtue will influence other aspects of your life. You will make healthier and smarter food choices.
— Valerie Waters has whipped Jennifer Garner, Elizabeth Berkley, and Poppy Montgomery into shape.
‘Celebrate the body you have.’
You have to start by appreciating the body you have. Life is a gift, and we must rise to the occasion. You can become your potential if you focus on three things: mind-set, motivation, and movement. They encompass the emotional, the spiritual, and the physical. You have the right and the power to change your body. The more secure you are, the more you love yourself, the easier it is to make physical changes occur. With self-acceptance and clear intention, change will follow.
— Kacy Duke, cofounder of Equinox Fitness Clubs, has trained Iman, Julianne Moore, Mary J. Blige, and Kirsten Dunst.
‘Kick it up with kettlebells.’
I am a huge fan of kettlebells, especially for women, since they make you strong without bulking you up. You get a whole-body workout with strength training and intense cardio at the same time, so you accomplish more in less time. A 20-minute session can whip you into shape without an entire gymful of equipment. I love this teacup move for the shoulders, arms, glutes, and calves:
1. Start with feet shoulder-width apart, rotated outward about 45 degrees.
2. Holding a kettlebell by its handle with both hands, drop down into a deep squat.
3. Push down on your heels, squeeze your glutes, then stand up while pulling the kettlebell up to the midline of your body.
4. Once your legs are straight, push through your toes and stand up on your tiptoes, raising the kettlebell just under your chin with your arms and elbows straight across the front of your body, glutes squeezed tight.
5. Slowly descend back down and repeat. Try doing one minute of teacups followed by one minute of your favorite ab exercise for eight minutes total.
— Clay Burwell, a USA Boxing-certified coach, spars with stars like Anna Paquin.