How Lady Gaga Stays in Shape With Harley Pasternak

Get the Bod: Lady Gaga

If you can get past the wild outfits, ambitious hairstyles, and off-the-wall makeup, you'll find that Lady Gaga has a pretty rockin' bod. It's no surprise either — I mean, have you seen her live performances? The pop star sings her way through tightly choreographed dance sequences that require a tremendous amount of endurance, strength, and flexibility.

With a tour underway and being one of three female artists that lead the pack in Grammy nominations this year, Lady Gaga is on a high. And let's not forget that she's also looking pretty fabulous on the January cover of Elle. Not content to rest on her laurels, the star has taken celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak on tour with her as he reveals via Twitter: "About to "5-Factor-ize" the Lady GaGa tour...my luggage is packed with 5-factor snack bars, chips, and smoothies!"

To hear what kind of workout and diet Lady Gaga can expect from Pasternack, read more.

Besides Lady Gaga, Pasternack works closely with celebs like Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, and Vanessa Williams, and stressed the benefits of his 5-factor diet: three meals and two snacks daily that consist of lowfat protein, fiber, healthy carbs, and fats. There's also a sugar-free drink allowed with every meal. Pasternack's workout consists of a daily 25-minute session combining strength and cardio. Clients are allowed one diet "cheat day" a week and two days off from exercise.

On a recent episode of the Today Show, Pasternack revealed that the secret to Lady Gaga's killer abs were lots of crunches. He starts her on a basic crunch and modifies that into reverse crunches, ending with a double crunch — lifting both ends of your body toward your center at the same time. Pasternack says he and Gaga worked out together right before she hit the stage at the VMAs this year. The reason? It gives her an extra boost of confidence to perform well. I think many of us can attest to the high we feel after exercising, too!

Check in with Fit next week, where we'll be featuring Taylor Swift's and Beyonce's workout plans — Lady Gaga's biggest competition at this year's Grammy Awards.

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