Celebrity Fitness Secrets
Think celebrities arrive in the spotlight with effortlessly beautiful bodies? They don’t! When the pressure’s on to slim down for an awards show, get toned for the runway or bulk up for a new movie, models and actors put on their war paint and start training. Here are their secret moves.
Put ‘Em Up — Boxing is the Model Workout
What does Victoria’s Secret/Sports Illustrated model Marisa Miller do to get her body beach-ready for a shoot? She does kickboxing. “It’s good because you use your whole body and you work your legs all the way up,” she says. Boxing is also the fitness M.O. for Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who just trumped Megan Fox for an upcoming movie role. Enough said.
Try a brief boxing workout and you’ll see why this rigorous cardio-and-resistance mix gives Rosie and Marisa bodies fit for modeling.
Bring Out the Big Guns
Trainer Gunnar Peterson — the big gun in Hollywood fitness — makes his clients go all out with their workouts. “Everybody’s looking for a shortcut—a magic potion,” Gunnar says. “It’s all about the work.”
His clients (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz) may be top-tier celebrities, but Gunnar isn’t afraid to make ’em sweat. The workout doesn’t stop when they leave the gym, either: Gunnar enforces “active sitting” — either with a balance ball or simply an engaged core — all day long.
Gunnar’s fitness secret: Always have something to strive for and you won’t get lazy with your routine. The key to staying focused and progressing is to keep your body guessing, so try three exercises which Gunnar designed with plenty of twists to take them to the next level.
Celebrity Fitness Secret Weapon: Simplicity
When a trainer’s gym has Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson inside its walls, you know he’s a big deal in the body-sculpting business. All that’s in trainer Harley Pasternak’s fitness arsenal? Five factors (well, a set of 5’s, anyway). His 5-Factor Diet Program is based on 5 meals a day that take 5 minutes to prepare (made in 5 simple steps with 5 key ingredients, of course).
Having a simple diet means scaling back, too. One rule Pasternak drives home with his mega-fit clients: beware of “portion distortion, ” the American habit of consuming too many calories at every meal and surrendering to huge meals at restaurants.
Pasternak also keeps it simple his a fitness program which includes 5 short workouts a week. Catch his daily tips on Twitter @harleypasternak.
You may be sick of seeing Taylor Lautner’s tight wet t-shirt pix everywhere, but you know you want his six-pack. In order to play his Twilight 2 part (he turns into a werewolf), this DIY stuntman trained rigorously with Jordan Yuam. If you’re going to cop his fast track to ripped program, it’s doable, but be warned: you’ll have to commit to working really hard.
Jake Gyllenhal also did “stunt conditioning” to become videogame-character buff for his role in The Prince of Persia. His ammo: circuit training, alternating strength and cardio days, and gymnastics. Try his heroic workout.
Jeffrey Donovan stays in great shape to do his own stunts (at 41!) on Burn Notice. He does martial arts, eats a clean diet and has some serious self-discipline. “It’s hard work — regular exercise and being strict on set,” he told TV Guide. But it certainly pays off!
How to Get Red-Carpet-Ready in a Flash
Celebrity fitness trainer David Kirsch (who you may remember from the butt scissors exercise) is a pro at getting his clients to get serious. When the countdown to an awards ceremony or opening night begins, Kirsch puts them on a strict red carpet diet: no dairy, wheat, alcohol, or processed carbs allowed.
There’s no rest allowed, either (wimps!). When Kirsch’s clients get sleepy, he tells them it’s all the more reason to keep going! “Inactivity actually causes us to feel even more lethargic and mentally fatigued,” he says. “Physical activity is key to keeping your energy level high.” He says even 10 minutes of exercises can get our blood flowing and our brain back in action.
That’s why the old trick we use to get ourselves off the couch — “just workout for 5 minutes!” — always works: that 5 minutes turns into 45 and we usually have energy leftover to finish the laundry.
Get High (Helper’s High)
Here’s the trick to looking effortlessly fit post-gym battle: a sunny glow. But ditch your bronzer and sun tanning — the new way to get it is with a bit of goodwill. Scarlet auctioned an evening with herself for international relief organization Oxfam, VS model Marisa Miller is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, and Ciara works with kids through Give a Smile.
“Acts of generosity, research shows, don’t just lead to emotional satisfaction; they actually promote physical health and healing,” Mark over at Mark’s Daily Apple says about the health benefits of altruism. Giving to others causes a release of endorphins (called “helper’s high”) and also helps relieve stress, for natural radiance in the spotlight.
One of the loveliest models, Doutzen Kroes, has a realistic approach to fitness: she doesn’t shy away from muscle bulk or her curves (she has actually been sent home from Gucci photo shoots for it). Nonetheless, this realistic model is gorgeous and always in demand. Her fitness secret: “It’s not really a secret,” she says. “It’s working out, getting sleep and eating healthy.”
Celebrities have to work really, really hard to breeze onto the red carpet looking like they do, but they also know when to stop before overdoing it.
If they can stay healthy despite rigorous schedules and a smorgasbord of junk food on set, we can too! The real key to winning the fitness battle is covering all your health bases: exercise, nutrition, sleep, and a healthy mind.
(Doutzen has admitted to one workout secret: jump rope)