When given the chance to talk to celebrity personal trainers, the first question you’d probably want to ask is this: how do actors and models get their knockout bodies?
It’s not all genetics. It also takes a lot of hard work. For most of them, that means working out with top personal trainers. So how do Hollywood’s most sought-after trainers help their clients get in shape?
Here are some tips straight from the celebrity personal trainers of Jennifer Aniston, Eva Mendes, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Zac Efron.
Workout secrets from the best celebrity personal trainers
- Exercise in the morning. This speeds up your metabolism for the rest of the day. You can do this on an empty stomach or after having some coffee (which will boost your metabolism further).
- Perform cardio for 40 minutes, at the minimum. Why? Your body will begin metabolizing fat only after burning off blood sugar for 35 minutes.
- Go for exercises that work both your upper and lower body. They’re more efficient, allowing you to burn more calories. Think swimming, a weighted jump rope and ballet arms as you jump on a mini trampoline.
- If you’re targeting a specific muscle, it would be best to work that muscle using four different exercises (with glutes, that would lunges, squats, roundhouse kicks and side kicks). Do three sets back-to-back without any rest in between. Now that’s thorough!
- Change up your workouts, from the sets to the tempo and even the weights. The same routine repeated for more than 10 days is bound to be less effective.
- Mind your breathing. Make sure you inhale and exhale completely and evenly during your workout. This delivers extra oxygen to the muscles and in turn better results. If you can keep count, 12 inhalations and exhalations per minute would be ideal.
- Set a specific target (e.g., number of repetitions you must complete) before you start. It’s important to have a goal to work towards. It keeps you motivated. And it keeps you going. Oh, and you might want to try counting backwards (10, 9, 8…). This could help more.
- Shut off the TV when you hit the treadmill or elliptical. This makes for a more intense and hence effective workout.
- Don’t stand up too straight on the elliptical. Make sure your butt sticks out. This way you’re working your quads along with your butt, outer thighs, hamstrings and quadriceps.
- Take long, deep steps on the stairclimber to work more muscles and burn more calories.
- Limit rest time between weight-lifting sets to three minutes. If your muscles cool down any longer, you might not be able to maximize the exercise’s benefits.
- To burn more calories while strength training, lift dumbbells on one leg or arm at a time. Your heart will be pumping just as hard if you use both arms and legs, so you might as well rest one side of your body.
- Don’t push yourself too much. Five days of working out should do it. Have a least two exercise-free days. Your muscles need some rest too.
- Go easy on the scale. Instead, monitor your weight-loss progress by fitting the same pair of jeans each week.
- Have a pre-workout snack 30 minutes before you begin. If you can’t prepare one with a 60/40 carb-protein mix (such as juice and chicken breast or juice with whey protein isolate), a protein bar will suffice. Quench your thirst with water instead of a sports drink, which has added calories.
- You can eat right after your exercise. Meals with 50 percent carbs and 25 percent fat and protein are recommended. What’s that like? Think one banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter and 16 ounces of chocolate milk.
- Eat slowly. One technique is to put down your fork and count to 10 after each bite. The result? You are not likely to overeat.
Not everyone gets one-on-one time with celebrity personal trainers, so it’s always good to hear some tricks of the trade. Following tips from the pros, you can work your way to a spotlight-worthy physique and gain the confidence of an A-list celebrity.
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