Celebrities pay their trainers a lot of money to keep them in shape — even if it means that part of the process is giving up their favorite foods. We spoke to the trainers that work with high-profile clients like Jessica Biel, Brooklyn Decker, and Jennifer Garner to find out which foods were absolutely off-limits as far as they're concerned. While most of these might not surprise you, do you think you could give them up for good?
Oh, celebs. They are a glamorous and put-together bunch, but just like us, they love to sweat it out with a good workout. This week was no different. We saw the usual suspects — Julianne Hough, Ashley Greene, and Vanessa Hudgens — hit the gym, but there were also some surprising new faces in the bunch. Check out who they were, and which one paired up with a sought-after celeb trainer!
Curious what kind of exercises keep Sports Illustrated models in such great shape? Take a peek behind the curtain to find out which moves trainer Justin Gelband uses when getting the models in shape for the bikini-filled issue. Get ready to make like a superhero and travel around the world while becoming the strongest version of yourself!
"The number one rule for people who are trying to lose weight is to find a lifestyle that you can maintain for the rest of your life," Yumi Lee, co-owner of Reebok CrossFit LAB and CrossFit trainer to stars like Jessica Alba, told me at the recent IDEA World Fitness Convention. While her weight-loss rule rings with common sense, it can be hard to follow without daily goals. Yumi breaks down her weight-loss philosophy with these six everyday rules for healthy living.
- Start with a good breakfast: Yumi recommends either starting your day with a workout or a healthy breakfast within an hour of waking up. "One or the other is gonna jump-start your metabolism," she advises.
- Love your workout: Dreading your workout won't help you shed pounds, so take the time to find a way to exercise that is fun for you. "If you're fighting it the whole time, your body is smart — it'll lock on to everything," she warns.
- Think 80/20: "You can't be 100 percent all of the time, but you can be 80 percent all of the time," Yumi says. She recommends small, frequent meals throughout the day, aiming to make healthy choices 80 percent of the time.
- Listen to your body: Pushing yourself too much will only lead to burn out, so make sure you keep up a workout routine that's sustainable, not exhausting. "If you're trying to work out twice a day to lose weight, it's just not effective," Yumi explains. "Your body will burn out and you'll probably have injury, and then you can't work out for a week. And then you feel awful. It's a vicious cycle."
- Drink lots of water: "Most people are dehydrated, and they don't even know it until it's too late," she says.
- Have a positive attitude: "If you go into everything or anything you do with a positive attitude, then you can't help but have a good day. Smile a lot, and when you have a chance, make someone else's day," she suggests.
As a trainer to stars like Heidi Klum and other Victoria's Secret models, Andrea Orbeck knows how to whip a body into shape. If you're looking to step up your shape-up game, this 30-minute cardio interval plan she shared with us is a great way to boost the fat burn and tone the lower body.
The workout is simple — after a four-minute warm up, repeat the interval portion for what Andrea calls amazing "booty-lifting and metabolism-revving benefits." End with a cooldown and 10 minutes of stretching to soothe your muscles. Don't be discouraged if the speed you choose for your high-intensity intervals becomes too hard as the workout progresses. "If the two minutes becomes too hard to maintain, you can always lessen the intensity, lower the level or speed," Andrea suggests. "Over time, you will develop more conditioning and may even challenge yourself to a higher-intensity two minutes!"
Note there aren't speeds in the chart below; use the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) column to determine your speed. Here are some more guidelines for each cardio section:
- Warmup/cooldown: walking or light cycling
- Intense cardio: sprint, fast walking on a treadmill at 15 percent incline, hill sprints, or a challenging level on a bike or elliptical
- Recovery cardio: easy jogging or easy level on a bike or elliptical
*RPE = rate of perceived exertion
End with 10 minutes of stretches for your hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, back, and chest:
When we turned up to see Jeanette Jenkins film her latest fitness DVD, Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt, we discovered a mutual lovefest between her and singer Kelly Rowland. The two ladies both cite each other as inspiration for promoting a healthy lifestyle of clean eating, fitness, and "amazing arms." Keep watching to get a behind-the-scenes look at Jeanette's latest DVD and what to expect during Kelly's upcoming season as a judge on The X Factor.
Between the awards shows, film shoots, and vacations, some of our favorite celebrities still made time for fitness. Julianne Hough took to a Pilates mat, Reese Witherspoon pumped out two workouts in one day, Miley Cyrus went on a long walk, and that's only a couple of the fit celebs we spotted this week. Check out who else in Hollywood hit the gym this week and let it help inspire your own weekend workout!
Tomorrow marks the official start of Summer, which means warmer weather and shedding clothes. But you don't have to panic at the thought of getting back into a workout routine if you've slacked off. Start anew with these trainer tips for getting back into a healthy routine.
It's common sense: The thing about living healthfully is that a lot of it is just common sense, says celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. When you can make a few healthy changes, do it. It doesn't take much thought to know that moving around more burns more calories than sitting all day, or that you can get your exercise for the day by walking to the store instead of driving.
Every little bit counts: Harley also says that remembering this can also help you make the common sense decision. Instead of thinking of exercise as a huge daunting, boring task, think of your goals in smaller increments. When you walk around, every step or healthy food choice helps you to your goal.
See more expert tips after the break!
There's no way we could ever look as good as Cameron Diaz, right? According to Cameron's trainer Teddy Bass, that way of thinking is just plain wrong. "I wish that more people would look at celebrities and the trainers who work with them and use that as encouragement to work out," Teddy said at a recent event hosted by Asics America. It sounds easy enough, and according to Teddy, it is — and you can do it all in the comfort of your own home. "Everyone says they don't have time, but that's not true," he says. "These moves can be done in under 30 minutes, and all you need are basic household items — everyone has a couch; everyone has a table!"
If you're lusting after Cameron's arms and legs, then grab a chair and get ready to work. Do these moves throughout the day, or run through the exercises two to three times to get a solid strength-training circuit in one sweep.