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 February 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm , by Colleen Travers
Looking at Jenni Pulos’ resume would make any busy bee go cross-eyed. She’s starred in five seasons of Flipping Out with boss and interior design guru Jeff Lewis, she’s a rapper, an actress, planning a wedding, and is now embarking on a new show with Lewis called Interior Therapy, airing on Bravo in March. It goes without saying that a woman with a hectic schedule like hers needs a good deodorant! That’s why she’s partnered up with Secret Outlast in their latest campaign to protect women against odor and give them peace of mind (in a recent survey from Secret, women said forgetting deodorant would affect their day more than forgetting to put on makeup!) We chatted with Pulos on how she tackles her steep to-do list while getting in shape for her upcoming wedding.
We love the new ad! Tell us about the shoot and your partnership with Secret.
This shoot was so fun, but it was 15 hours! I used the deodorant before we started and was expecting to be sweating by 3 p.m. (what we refer to as the “hour of ick”) but I was dry as a bone. I can appreciate a product like this because of my lifestyle. I’m in the car all day with Jeff and he is not only OCD, but also very sensitive to smell, so this really saves any awkward car rides that might ensue. I don’t get a chance to look in the mirror that often at work since we are always on the go, and this gives me one less thing to think about.
What are some of your best time-saving tips you’ve picked up with your job?
For work and in my personal life, physically writing down a to-do list is helpful. It’s good to jot everything down and then start chopping away one thing at a time. It sounds silly, but small things like putting your keys in the same spot and making sure you put your credit cards away are the biggest time savers. Little things like that will help you keep it all together. If not, you’re spending ten minutes digging through your purse to find everything.
We learned from filming Interior Therapy that organization is key. After that I went home and cleaned out my closets and reorganized my entire house. It was time consuming but I knew that getting rid of the clutter would save me time in the long run. Also, don’t think too much about it! When you’re deciding what clothes to donate, just do it. The more you think the more you’ll start to second guess and then that shirt will end up right back in your closet.
Written on February 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm , by Colleen Travers
Esquire Magazine once named actress Minka Kelly the “Sexiest Woman Alive”, so walking in the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Fashion Show to raise awareness for women’s heart health should be a breeze, right? Not quite. “I’ve been nervous all week!” Kelly said, when we got the chance to chat with her on her new ambassador title with Diet Coke. We caught up with the brunette bombshell hours before showtime to get the scoop on how she lives a heart healthy lifestyle, the exercises she swears by, and more.
Tell us about your partnership with Diet Coke and Heart’s Truth Red Dress Fashion Show. What made you decide to get involved?
Before I started working with Diet Coke as an ambassador, I wasn’t even aware that heart disease is the number one killer for women. I figured this would be a chance for me to use my voice and let other women know to how important it is to eat right and exercise to keep your heart in good health.
How do you manage stay in shape, especially with such a busy schedule?
I try to do yoga every morning at 7 a.m.; it’s good to get your workout out of the way early. I also work out with my trainer Gunnar Peterson two days a week on top of that. I owe him a lot of credit for the shape I’m in because I love to eat! I have to workout extra hard to balance my love for food out.
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Written on February 3, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Colleen Travers
This Sunday Americans everywhere will plop down on the couch to see who takes home the title at Super Bowl XLVI as the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots for a rematch in Indianapolis.
But before you curl up, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees wants you to get up and make this your most active Super Bowl Sunday yet. Brees is teaming up with Xbox 360 Kinect and NFL Play 60 to unveil the Kinect for Xbox 360 Super Sunday Challenge, a program aimed at getting kids off the couch and moving with the help of video games. We got the chance to chat with Brees before the football madness began on how his own family stays active, and his predictions for the game!
Video games are typically pretty sedentary activities. What makes this one so different?
The great thing about Xbox 360 Kinect is that it’s interactive; you’re not sitting on the couch with a controller. It’s control free and you have to move your body to play the game. When you play table tennis you’re swinging your arms to hit the ball and the track and field game requires you to sprint in place to get distance. I just finished doing Kinect Dance Central for a TV segment and it really makes you work up a sweat!
Do you have a favorite Xbox 360 Kinect game?
After that last segment it might actually be Dance Central, it’s pretty fun! But they are all really great, there is an activity for everyone and you can play at your own pace, so you don’t have to worry about different ages or skill levels.
Click read more to see how Brees keeps his family fit, and his thoughts on the Super Bowl!
Written on January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am , by Karla Walsh
You picture celebrities shaping up post-baby or before a big role in a fancy personal gym, right? But certain down-to-earth stars (including our January cover girl Brooke Burke) sweat with the masses at popular group fitness classes. One favorite: JAM, or Juicy Athletic Moves, created by choreographer, group fitness instructor and physiologist Neda Soderqvist. JAM combines dance, strength and plyometrics, and is taken by an eclectic mix of individuals, including athletes, stay-at-home moms, Oscar-worthy actresses (Mira Sorvino and Minnie Driver) and music chart-toppers (Pink, who came to class seven months pregnant!).
“The message of the class is to be happy, not just skinny,” Soderqvist says. “You feel like you’re in a music video, and it’s a great workout! Brooke [Burke] came up to me after class and said ‘I won Dancing With the Stars and trained eight hours a day, but after this class, I have to go home and sleep!’”
In town to choreograph a Jamba Juice event—dancing bananas were involved—Sodeqvist took us through a few of the moves her celebrity clients love.
- Begin with weight on left foot and arms at sides. Shift weight to right foot, popping right hip out, while lifting left hand to head and placing right hand on right hip (1A).
- Keeping a quick pace, shift weight back to left foot, popping left hip out and lifting left arm in front of body and right arm behind.
- Repeat hip shifting and arm motions for 30 seconds, switch sides and repeat.
Standing Chest Press
- With knees slightly bent and hips tilted back, lift arms to chest height with elbows pointing away from your body (2).
- Push hips forward while punching both arms in front of your chest, keeping core engaged throughout the move.
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Written on January 19, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Colleen Travers
By the time February comes around, we’re severely lacking in the vitamin D department and we often find ourselves peeking into our bikini drawer, dreaming of the warmer days to come. If you’re in the same boat and looking for a mini vacation to reboot, recharge, and ramp up your exercise routine, get yourself to Golden Door Spa in Escondido, Ca. to shake off winter sluggishness and firm up flab off with Dancing with the Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff.
Starting Wednesday, Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb. 10 Smirnoff will be teaching her DanceFIT program during a spa getaway designed for any and all fitness levels while teaching guests about her inspirational journey on DWTS. Included with your stay you’ll get to choose from a personalized program of massages, fitness classes, skin care services, and healthy meals to help you get past those dreary winter months.
In order to participate, you must stay at the spa from Sunday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 12. For more information on Dance Week and to make a reservation, visit goldendoor.com.
Now tell us: How do you recharge during the winter months?
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Written on December 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm , by FITNESS Editors
Guest post written by Kathy Kaehler, celebrity trainer and co-author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Life Fully Charged
The holidays are here and I am hearing about and seeing the stress in everyone. From my kids, teachers, clients and even the random lady in the check out all have a strange look in their eyes. What can one do to lower the stress and stay on track?
Here are five tricks to stay healthy during the holidays, no matter how crazy your schedule:
- Keep your workout schedule at whatever cost. You never regret working out you only regret not doing it! Make it an appointment and stick to it. If you don’t regularly write it down on your calendar, write it down during the holidays. And if possible, bring a friend along for the sweat, as having a partner will add to the pressure of making sure you do it.
- Workout type makes a difference as well. It’s obvious that everyone’s time is limited, so kick it up by lifting weights. This blasts your heart rate and burns more calories. Plus, muscle cranks up your metabolism—meaning you burn more calories even when you’re not working out.
- Watch your beverages. The holiday seems to add liquid calories that many of us won’t consider until we see the numbers add up on the scale. Have glass of water before and after each cocktail to quench your thirst and keep you feeling full and hydrated. Try using extracts of almond or peppermint in your coffee instead of flavored creams or powders to help cut down on calories as well.
- Don’t make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get in shape—get started now! You don’t need to run a marathon by the time the ball drops, but you can be well on your way by fitting in exercise three times a week for 30 minutes. Walking, running, kickboxing, step aerobics class, and lifting weights are all great options.
- Throughout the holiday, pair carbs with protein when possible, to help you feel full and crush cravings. Some of my favorite combos: cheese with apple slices, peanut butter on whole-wheat toast and berries with Greek yogurt.
Be in the moment as much as possible, this holiday season of 2011 comes only once, so enjoy! Have a super holiday.
If you want to check out some easy work-outs that you can do at home (like right before you hit the parties), visit kathykaehler.net.
For a fun party-inspired move from Kaehler (she’s worked with Julia Roberts, J. Lo and Kim Kardashian!), click below.
Written on December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm , by Marianne Magno
He’s currently busy giving every person in the world a holiday present, but Isaiah Mustafa (aka The Old Spice Guy) doesn’t let that from getting in a good workout. We caught up with the fit spokesperson to talk about staying healthy even on a busy schedule:
What’s your typical workout routine?
I focus my workouts on specific body parts per day. Tuesdays are for chest and back exercises, Wednesdays are core and leg exercises, Thursdays are for shoulders and arms, and then it’s back to core and leg work on Fridays. I like to do sports or jog on the weekends and do plyometrics like jumping jacks and explosive lunges on Mondays to get in cardio.
How do you fit exercise into a hectic schedule?
If you’ve got just five minutes, you can still work up a sweat by doing as many push-ups and sit-ups as you can. Start with one exercise and do as many until you can’t anymore, then switch to the second move. Workout DVDs are also a great option. Before working with Old Spice, I did P90X videos at home. Now I’m fortunate to work with Tony Horton twice a week, but those videos got me in shape at home, too.
As a former NFL wide receiver, are sports still a big part of your life?
Definitely. I joined a flag football league and a dodgeball league and try to play on weekends. It keeps things interesting.
Do you have tips for eating healthy during the holidays?
I follow five rules for healthy eating on any occasion: no meat, no alcohol, no processed sugars, no gluten and no caffeine (Ed note: Wow.).
And as a treat for you ladies, here’s one present among many from the Old Spice MANta.
Written on November 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm , by Colleen Travers
For most of us, winter is a time to hole up in the gym, trading in our favorite trails for the treadmill. For Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter, it’s prime time to amp up her training routine. We got the chance to chat with Teter about her workouts in both seasons, her favorite moves to nail, and more. Read on and get inspired to hit the slopes this season!
Tell us about your training routines during in season and off?
My workouts during the off-season consist of slack lining (a variation of tight rope walking, with the rope being more slack than pulled tight), surfing, jumping on the trampoline and biking. Slack lining is insanely good for balancing skills, working your core, and mental strength. I love it because you can set it up anywhere, even between two trees. I usually warm up on the slack line and then do 360s, walk backwards, and 180-degree jumps.
Once the summer is over I snowboard pretty much every day, on top of traveling. I recently started to practice Ashtanga yoga, so I’ll incorporate that into my workouts during the winter as well.
Get Fit Like Jennifer Aniston: Yoga Instructor Mandy Ingber Shares How to Get Abs and Buns of Steel!
Written on November 9, 2011 at 10:27 am , by FITNESS Editors
Guest post written by Julie D. Andrews
When Jennifer Aniston’s Los Angeles-based yoga instructor of nearly 22 years, Mandy Ingber, tells you to surrender to the mat at the beginning of her yoga class, the phrase takes on a whole new (deeper and sweatier) meaning. After her 90-minute hot yoga session in New York City’s Pure Yoga on Saturday, I get it. You want Aniston’s abs and buns of steel? You’ll have to grunt and sweat your way to them.
Ingber’s hot class is unique in that it incorporates 12 exercises set to tone the body into the yoga session. Ingber’s “yogalosophy” (which she developed and coined in 2009) mixes traditional yoga poses with calisthenics. Each exercise was done for two sets of eight, with a third additional pulsing set. “Pulsing goes a little deeper to burn out the muscle. With those smaller, faster reps, you really feel the burn,” she explains. Ingber takes inspiration from the 1980s stretch and tone era, of leg warmers and thong leotards, and incorporates moves like the Jane Fonda-esque fire-hydrant leg (pulse that sucker for eight reps and you’ll feel the burn!).
After class, I sat down with Ingber, feeling amazing (with apple-red cheeks and my clothes saturated enough that they could be wrung out and fill half a bucket) to chat.
What’s different about your approach to yoga?
It’s light-hearted and open-minded. I don’t take it too seriously. Life is hard enough—exercise is hard enough! Yoga is detached in a way. It shows you that you shouldn’t let things bother you too much.
How are celebs like Jen different when they practice yoga?
They’re not. There’s no secret. Everyone has to heat up and sweat through it. I’m not here to feed spirituality. I’m no guru, and I don’t see myself as that. Spirituality is highly personal. But what I do with celebs is motivate to keep their workouts going. People need motivation on a daily basis.
What pose is hardest for Jen?
It may be plank. I hear her grunt with that one sometimes. Or bringing the knee to the forehead from downward-facing dog—the moves that really engage the core.
What poses does she like the most?
She likes sun salutations. Those are good for her arms. And she loves balancing poses. She’s very focused and graceful. She could stay in tree pose longer than I could! She’s learned how to stay focused amid a bunch of other stuff happening.
To learn about how yoga translates to other areas of life and what yoga poses are best for bad backs, Read more