Written on January 23, 2013 at 9:57 am , by Samantha Shelton
One of the perks of working at FITNESS is getting the opportunity to workout with celebrity trainers. So when we heard Jackie Warner had partnered with Wisk and wanted to personally hand us a sweat-dripping, butt-kicking workout, we just couldn’t say no. After 30 minutes of nonstop circuits that left our thighs burning and core shaking, we took a breather to get the inside scoop from the star.
First of all, what a great workout! And we didn’t use any weights. If you only had 10 minutes and no equipment, what would be your quick routine?
I love to do a yard workout, something outside. I would tell you to sprint 50 paces, jump down and do sprawls. Here’s how you do it:
- Start in a standing position. Lower your hands to the ground and quickly jump back into push-up position.
- Shift your hips to the ground, then return to pushup position.
- Jump back to standing position.
So that’s a sprawl; it’s the name of my training technique. Do 15 of those in a row, then sprint 50 paces and repeat. Complete four sets – you could likely do that in about five minutes, and it’s really intense. So if you want to go for 10 minutes, do eight sets.
Why would you say that’s such an intense workout?
The sprinting is getting your legs in place and the sprawls are getting your upper body and core in place. Your whole body is being worked in a short amount of time.
For those who are just starting to workout, what tips do you have to help ease themselves into the gym?
You shouldn’t ease yourself into the gym if it isn’t something you like. Don’t force a type of training on yourself that you do not like because you will fail long-term. Go to Google and find something you’ve always secretly wanted to do. There’s a wealth of information and classes out there, as well as trainers, that will find that one thing you like to do, whether it be mat Pilates, bootcamp, Spinning, or Muay Thai. There’s so much out there. So find the thing you secretly want to do and do that.
What advice do you have for those who struggle with morning workouts?
I prefer morning workouts, but we all have an internal strength clock. It’s a biological thing; we’re all built with it and it’s a unique clock that allows us to be stronger through time periods throughout the day. Some of us are stronger first thing in the morning, some mid-morning and others in the afternoon or evening. You need to experiment with it to find out what’s best for you and try to workout within that time. For me, my strength clock is between 9am and noon.
So don’t feel bad if you’re not working out first thing in the morning?
No, absolutely not. The good thing about working out in the morning is that you’re burning all throughout the day, which is fantastic. And you release a lot of hormones in the brain, which can give you more of a balance throughout the day. But if it’s not for you, then it’s not for you.
Keep reading to find out which celebs she’s loved working with, and who she would love to train in the future!
Categories: Celebrity, Fitness, Motivation, The Fit Stop, Weight Loss, Workouts | Tags: Alanis Morisette, awards show, Celebrities, celebrity trainer, Jackie Warner, Julia Roberts, rihanna, workout
Written on February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am , by Karla Walsh
Katie Lee knows how to host one festive, tasty event. The food critic, cookbook author and former Top Chef host and judge has thrown countless parties and has big plans for Oscar Sunday this year! But before her big soiree, we caught up with Lee to snag her top three Academy Award-worthy tips:
- Get everyone involved. “Bring the glamour of the red carpet into your living room. Details as small as gold or silver cocktail napkins, draped red table cloths and glitzy champagne glass charms can make a big impact.”
- Add festive details. “Create simple ballots on festive stationery that allow your guests to predict the winners of each category. The guest with the most correct picks wins a fun prize!”
- Set up party stations. “Encourage guests to mingle by creating separate food and drink stations around the room. This will allow your party to flow well, but also encourage guests to meet one another throughout the night. For an added attraction, theme each station to one of the best picture nominees!”
Chili Parmesan and Peanut Popcorn (Inspired by Moneyball)
- 18 cups plain popped popcorn
- 1/4 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, melted
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- Put popcorn in large bowl.
- In small bowl, combine melted spread, chili powder and salt; drizzle over popcorn and toss until evenly coated.
- Add peanuts and cheese; toss.
Nutrition information per serving: 110 calories, 8 grams of fat
Now that we covered the savory, Lee passed along a sweet idea. Click below for the recipe!
Written on February 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm , by Karla Walsh
Actors and musicians don’t take a winter hiatus from their workout routines—in fact they often amp up the intensity since awards show season basically spans the first two months of the year. You too can sculpt a red carpet-ready shape with these tips from celebrity trainer Nathan Mellalieu! He has worked out with film casts (X-Men, The A Team, Get Smart and more) and has several high-profile clients, including Anne Hathaway, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
Tone your total body by kicking and punching. “Kickboxing helped Ashley Greene get in vampire shape for Twilight,” Mellalieu says. He recommends an hour of kickboxing three times a week and suggest including jabs and jab-cross combinations for the core and upper body as well as front and roundhouse kicks for the core and lower body. Click here to learn how to do these moves and more!
Challenge yourself with body weight. Knocking out one pull-up is a great goal for women, Mellalieu says, but by starting with this variation, he helped Olivia Wilde work up to completing five unassisted pull-ups by the end of training for Tron: Legacy.
- Loop a sturdy resistance band over a secured bar and lean back so your body is at a 45 degree angle, with arms extended and palms facing chest.
- Slowly pull yourself up until hands are parallel with chest, then relax all the way down.
- Keep adding reps until your muscles feel fully fatigued.
Try multitasking moves. “You can maximize the efficiency of your workouts by working multiple muscle groups at the same time, which keeps your heart rate up. Anne Hathaway did moves like these to tone her body for Get Smart,” Mellalieu says.
- Modified Thruster
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a pair of dumbbells at face height with palms facing in.
- Keep spine straight and most of weight in heels and bend knees to complete a squat.
- As you return to standing position, press arms overhead with palms facing in.
- Reverse Lunge with Lateral Raise
- With hands at sides, palms facing in, step back into a reverse lunge until front knee is at about a 90-degree angle.
- While lowering, lift arms out to sides until they’re parallel with shoulders.
- Curl and Press
- Hold dumbbells with arms at sides, palms facing forward.
- Keep a slight bend in knees, curl weights to chest, then press arms overhead.
Anne Hathaway photo courtesy of Shutterstock
Now tell us: Which red carpet star would you like to train with?
Written on January 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm , by FITNESS Editors
Who really rocked it on the red carpet at Sunday night’s Golden Globes? The stars that looked fit, sexy, sleek—and body confident. Here, FITNESS picks the 10 celebs who stole the show.
Best Body: Kate Beckinsale. Thanks to the intense training she did for the film Underworld, Kate, 37, looked slim and incredibly fit on the red carpet. Working with trainer Ramona Braganza, each of Kate’s exercise sessions consisted of 30 minutes on the treadmill, a circuit training routine and a core workout that included yoga.
Best Abs: Golden Globes winner Claire Danes wore a form-fitting dress that showcased her flat abs and slim waist.
Best Back: Heidi Klum. Her super-sexy backless dress showed off her beautiful back side.
Best Arms: Stacy Keibler. She’s known for her 42-inch legs, but in her red-hot dress, George Clooney’s significant other proved that her arms are just as sleek and beautiful.
Best Cleavage: Sofia Vergara. The Modern Family star looked va-va voom in a gown with a plunging neckline.
Best Legs: Charlize Theron—the slit in her gown showed off her toned, sexy legs to perfection.
Best Curves: Salma Hayek. Her black and gold dress hugged her body, accentuated every curve and made her waist look tiny.
Best Body After Baby: Jessica Alba. Jessica gave birth to her second daughter just five months ago, but you’d never know it. She looked slim, gorgeous and totally toned, thanks to working out regularly with her trainer (“He’s mean!” she has joked) who makes her do tons of burpees, a move that combines a squat, a push-up and a vertical leap.
Best Butt: Lea Michele’s curve-hugging metallic gown looked even better from behind. And she really worked it for the cameras!
Best Comeback: Jane Fonda wins this one for the second year in a row, hands down. She looks fit and fabulous at 74. No wonder she’s still making exercise DVDs!
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- Red Carpet Secrets to Looking Slim
- Pimp My Workout: Train Like a Hollywood A-Lister
- 17 Celebrity Fitness Secrets
Written on January 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm , by Karla Walsh
Sunday’s Golden Globes officially kick off the big awards show season, with the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars close behind. We’re looking forward to toasting all of the nominees this Sunday with these two cocktails from Nick Van Tiel, U.S. Brand Ambassador for English Gins.
The Iron Lady, inspired by Meryl Streep’s performance in the film with the same name
- 2 parts Plymouth Gin
- 1/2 part grenadine
- 1/2 part fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 part egg white (optional)
Give all the ingredients a good shake, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.
Nutrition information per serving: about 140 calories
Take the Reigns, inspired by Steven Spielberg’s hit film War Horse
- 2 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
- 3/4 parts fresh lime juice
- 1 part ginger beer
- 1/2 part turbinado sugar syrup
- 6 to 8 mint leaves
- Mint sprig to garnish
Shake all ingredients, except the ginger beer, vigorously with ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Nutrition information per serving: about 85 calories
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