Discover how the A-list keep in shape
As the old adage goes, bikini season waits for no-one (ok, so we just made that up, but it’s totally true and summer is literally here), and as these A-listers attest, being fit is a job for all year around. And whether we want to commend them, copy them or cry into our milkshakes as we look at their lithe limbs, there’s no denying that these celebrities have a few tricks up their sleeves that keep them looking healthy and feeling amazing.
Luckily, we’ve done some digging and discovered, with near-perfect accuracy, exactly what these fitness and eating tricks are. From Miranda Kerr’s special blood-type diet to Pippa Middleton and Cameron Diaz explaining why they love lifting weights and doing pilates, there’s a lot to learn from this lot. We’ve also got Gwyneth Paltrow discussing how celeb trainer Tracey Anderson really whips her into shape and Britney divulging her daily workout routine – these A-list tips aren’t rocket science, but they do sound pretty hardcore and will provide us with great motivation for revamping our own workout and eating plans when we hit that brick wall.
First up we have Halle Berry who has been blessing us with her artsy Instagrams as of late…
What’s her secret? Halle has always been known for her great body, and after posting an Instagram of her and her trainer Nat Bardonnet getting their fitness on at the beach, it’s clear she likes to couple it up to motivate her through those gruelling sets. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she gets to do it on a gorgeous beach – she captioned her stunning Insta, ‘Being in London makes me miss my workout buddy @natbardonnet.’
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Model of the moment, Gigi Hadid posted this gorgeous post-workout picture dressed in what looks like ballet tights…
What’s her secret? Gigi has been snapped at many the boxercise class in NYC – she took up the sport after moving to the city because she missed the horse-riding and volleyball she grew up with – but now it seems she’s also developed a penchant for Ballet Beautiful, the latest celeb fitness class from the ballet dance teach who taught Natalie Portman how to prance for the film Black Swan. If Gigi’s a fan then sign us up, because this is a girl who knows how to get her diet and fitness balance just right – she’s revealed that she still ‘eats like a man’ and ‘feels better when she eats burgers’. That’s our girl!
What’s her secret? Gisele is never afraid of a tough workout, and is often pictured in impossible-looking yoga positions – like this muscle-aching pose that she posted on Instagram, writing: ‘Getting it done! #afterwork #workout #hotelroom #iwillwhatiwant’.
What’s her secret? She’s famed for taking to the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, so it comes as no surprise that Miranda Kerr works hard for her model body. She praises the blood-type eating plan, devised by Peter D’Adamo. After reading his book she said: “It made a lot of sense to me so I started following the recommended eating plan and I just found I had so much more energy than I’d ever had; I was feeling really great”. The plan is exactly as it sounds, tailoring your eating habits depending on your blood type. To coincide with her diet plan, Miranda practices yoga every single day. We’re impressed.
What’s her secret? Royal bridesmaid Pippa Middleton sparked a thousand column inches when she sashayed down the aisle behind sister Kate at her wedding to Prince William. And the thing that got us talking? Her stunning shapely figure. Ms Middleton is a fitness fanatic, who works hard for her slim physique, taking part in a triathlon in June 2011. She also is a keen devotee of Pilates, calling classes a ‘weekly necessity’ to keep her ‘fit, happy and energized’. In a statement on her local studio’s website, Pippa lauded the low-key workout, saying: ‘As someone who is always ‘on the go’, Pilates has been a wonderful escape from my busy lifestyle in London. Whether it’s 7am in the morning or 7pm at night I always leave feeling calm, refreshed and invigorated.’
What’s her secret? Reese is a regular on the roads around her LA home, favouring running as her main method of keeping trim. ‘I like to run for about an hour and I’m big into working out with girlfriends,’ she told In Style.
What’s her secret? Rosie’s a long time supporter of James Duigan’s Clean And Lean diet, which means she sticks to fresh food and avoids refined sugar and caffeine. She starts her day with a smoothie made of fruit, almond butter, flax oil and coconut oil, and swears by Viyasa Yoga, which is a more vigorous take on your classic yoga.
What’s her secret? Pictured here running with former beau Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel is an exercise devotee. In June 2011, she revealed her slimming secrets to That’s Fit: ‘For me, getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water, having a healthy diet and staying away from alcohol are musts. It’s so boring, I know, but doing those things really helps.’ As for exercise, ‘Yoga is a constant for me because it keeps my muscles long and flexible. But now that summer’s coming around, I’m planning on spending more time outdoors playing volleyball and jogging with my dog, Tina.’
What’s her secret? Twilight star Ashley Greene embarked on a strict training regime to get in shape for the vampire franchise. She explained, ‘Oh, it’s so hard, but I know I’m going to love it in three months. I usually do Pilates, but I worked with an amazing trainer who really catered my workouts to what I like to do. He’d say, ‘you like to go kayaking? Let’s go kayaking’.’
What’s her secret? J-Lo revealed the biggest motive to keep her famous physique in check is a deadline. She told E! News that working towards a music video is always an incentive: ‘You can hide a lot with good clothes, but when you’re doing a video, you really can’t because the clothes get smaller. It’s like all of a sudden my stomach’s out and it’s, ‘Oh no! Is that what I’m gonna wear?’ Oh Lord. Okay, I better start doing Tracy Anderson [workouts] six times a week now.’
What’s her secret? Pictured here pounding the pavement in London in May 2011, Gwen jogs wherever she goes, to fit exercise into her busy life as a mum of two.
What’s her secret? The Hollywood starlet keeps in shape with a moderate approach that includes walking, running and hikes with her pet pooch! She runs for 30 minutes, five days a week, then does Pilates on weekends. She told Self Magazine: ‘If we’re so busy trying to change ourselves, especially aesthetically, we’re going to miss out on more important things. I used to live, eat and sleep by an exercise schedule and I couldn’t enjoy myself if I didn’t exercise. And then I realised, ‘What a waste of time!’ My soft parts are probably never going away.’
What’s her secret? She may be a busy mum of two, but Jennifer Garner still finds time for exercise. Speaking to Self Magazine, the actress revealed how she fits fitness into family life: ‘I started feeling like I didn’t have time or energy for (exercise), but now I realise I didn’t have energy because I wasn’t exercising. So I work out with my trainer or do an hour of Pilates at 6 or 7am. I’m done by the time my household is awake. I don’t do it every day, and if I need to cancel, I cancel.’
What’s her secret? She may have one of Hollywood’s most famous bodies, but Cameron Diaz works hard for her physique. Her long-time trainer, Teddy Bass, told US Magazine in 2011 that the actress uses a mixture of Pilates, cardio, and weight training to stay in shape: ‘That seems to be the best combination for women over 30,’ Bass explained. ‘Women need weight – it’s great for building the butt. And elongation and smallness is tapped by doing Pilates.’
What’s her secret? Anna Paquin swears by a varied routine, which includes jogging, boxing, Bar Method and pilates. ‘I’m obsessed with Pilates,’ she told US Magazine.
What’s her secret? Hilary keeps her Hollywood body in check with a varied routine, that includes circuit training and Pilates. She revealed to Health: ‘I was a gymnast when I was little, so I think Pilates is really important to helping me stay long and lean. I try to do it three times a week. I also do circuit training. Before I wasn’t doing much cardio – just Pilates – and I wasn’t getting the same results, so I bumped up my cardio and do circuits probably twice a week.’
What’s her secret? Following the birth of her son Milo in 2004, Liv Tyler tried out Pilates to ditch the baby weight and became a life-long fan. She’s been returning to classes ever since.
What’s her secret? A lifetime devotion to Pilates has maintained Kate Hudson’s amazing figure.
What’s her secret? Ever wondered how Jennifer Aniston gets her super-toned legs or impossibly pert posterior? The secret to Jen’s toned and taut physique has nothing to do with fad diets or hours on a treadmill, it’s all down to yoga. The star has revealed her favourite fitness pastime is Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy. ‘Mandy brought yoga into my life. I’m excited for you to get to experience her, too’ said the Friends star at the launch of Mandy’s fitness DVD, who started working with Ingber in the mid-Nineties. ‘This workout will change your body and your mind. This is one of the most fun, challenging workouts I’ve ever had,’ she added.
Designed to sculpt muscles and unwind the mind, the fitness programme – currently taking Hollywood by storm – uses ’emotional energy’ to motivate exercise – while providing the ability to ‘observe oneself’ during a workout. Along with Jen, celebrity fans include mum-to-be Victoria Beckham, who reportedly does the Yogalosophy workout at home, three times a week.
What’s her secret? Gwyneth Paltrow is such a huge fan of celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson that she not only follows her workout plans, but has opened a gym with the fitness guru. Famous for her body-transforming exercises, the personal trainer to the stars has also helped to sculpt the buff bodies of Courteney Cox, Madonna and Shakira – to name but a few. ‘By now, I think you all know how amazing I think my trainer, partner and friend Tracy Anderson is, how she kicked my twice pregnant ass into shape, and keeps taking me to new levels,’ wrote Gwynnie in her Goop newsletter. ‘Tracy’s dream has always been to be able to make her ingenious customised-to-your-problem-areas programme available to any woman who is up for the challenge – and now she has. It’s pretty f’ing great ’cause it works! Love, gp’.
What’s her secret? Ever since Princess Beatrice stepped out to show off her slimline new figure, we’ve been dying to know how the young royal achieved her super-svelte shape. The answer? Not a fad diet or punishing exercise routine – simply water, exercise and ‘plenty of fruit and vegetables.’ Bea has been hard at work shifting the pounds, working out with a personal trainer and running the 2010 London Marathon. And her hard work has definitely paid off!
What’s her secret? Kate famously shaped up for her two biggest film roles of 2009, The Reader and Revolutionary Road. Just how did she achieve the glam-over? An at-home Pilates DVD, that’s how. ‘No one’s looking at you or telling you to work harder,’ she says. ‘It’s my way of exercising in a time-efficient way’.
What’s her secret? Speaking on the red carpet to E!, Megan Fox attributed her famous physique to Pilates – ‘an immense amount of Pilates,’ to be exact.
What’s her secret? As she geared up to release comeback album Femme Fatale, Britney stuck to a strict fitness regime to get back to her best. As well as hours of dance rehearsals, the star revealed on her website that she trains for 90 minutes a day with a fitness instructor and loves swimming. In fact, Brit says that her perfect start to the day is: ‘two cups of coffee, a good workout, and taking a swim. ‘
What’s her secret? Agyness Deyn pushed herself to the extreme in 2010, running the London Marathon for charity.