Tips from Fitness Trainers To The Stars
Madonna did not achieve her sinewy body alone. Nor did Angelina Jolie go solo in getting her physique. These hot female celebrities have honed a healthy lifestyle with personal fitness trainers at their beck and call.
Now hear such fitness instructors as they dish out the tricks of their trade, all tried and tested by the planet’s most popular female celebrities.
Trainer to Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Brooke Burke, Matthew McConaughey
Advice: Peterson advises women not to mistake strength training for bulking up. Women do not build beefy muscles as fast as men do, since the latter have more testosterone by default.
In both sexes however, strength training causes muscle breakdown. Conversely, muscle building happens just as you are recovering after a workout. So build muscle by eating properly at the right time.
Trainer to Reese Witherspoon, Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore, Toby Maguire, Christian Slater
Advice: Take time to get used to a new fitness routine. A new program would not give you dramatic results overnight. Expect shedding the fats two to eight weeks from the beginning of the program, provided you’re doing it right.
In fact, you may actually pile up some pounds when you first begin an aerobic and strength-training program. The reason: you’re shedding the fats slower than you’re acquiring lean muscles. To reverse this, try combining high-intensity training with interval training.
Trainer to Nicole Kidman, Amanda Peet, Tara Reid, Vanessa Marcil; fitness consultant to the Real-Life Healthy Life campaign of Redbook magazine
Advice: Go for high-intensity aerobic or cardio exercises. Then hike up your heart rate by 85 percent of your maximum. Granted, you drop more fat calories and less sugar calories if you train less vigorously, with your heart rate pegged at 65-70 percent. Yet you would burn more of both with a more intense workout.
Trainer to Alicia Keys, Eva Mendes, John Mayer, Kanye West, Zach Braff
Advice: If you must work out, then work out all areas of the body. Train your body uniformly. If you train your back, train your front too. If you train your right side, then train your left.
Often, women focus training what they perceive as their bodies’ “problem areas,” e.g. the butt, thighs and calves. This results to injuries, muscle imbalances and poor posture.
Host of Lifetime TV’s Fit and Lite and Daily Workout
Advice: You can do sit-ups on the sly! And you don’t even need to tote a mat everywhere with you. Whenever, wherever you are, try pulling your stomach in, as if you’re squeezing into tight pants. Hold it for five seconds. This is equal to one sit-up already.
Do a series of this behind your desk, while preparing your food, driving your car—anywhere. Try it daily and for three weeks, and you’d be belly gorgeous in no time.
Her pitch: Denise Austin: Hit the Spot – Core Complete
Trainer to Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger; fitness expert on NBC’s Today Show
Advice: Just because you worked hard at the gym does not mean you get a license to live in the fridge.
Exercising is only half the work; you also have to eat healthy. Nourish yourself with low-fat protein, complex carbos, vegetables and fruits. Remember to guzzle lots of water too.