Celeb personal trainers share fitness tips
Monday 04 October 2010
They put the likes of Eva Longoria and Gwyneth Paltrow through their paces and are the brains behind their sexy silhouettes. In fact, personal trainers are a must have fitness accessory for every toned and torte celeb. But what are the secrets these exercise gods hold?
Matt Roberts, who has trained Eva Longoria, The Saturdays and is currently keeping the Prime Minister fit, suggests in his column for Body Fit magazine: “In the course of the week an individual needs to complete around two-and-a-half hours a week of cardiovascular training and around two or more hours resistance training of various types if they want to achieve some seriously significant goals”
Matt, who charges £150 per hour, says it is all about the amount of time you want to commit, the kind of goals you want to achieve and in what time frame.
“A volume of work is needed to achieve a goal quickly exercising everyday provides a solution, but it does have its faults, too.”
He adds: “By training everyday, you are giving your metabolism a chance to rise every day…regularly raising your base rate of calorie burn, which in turn will make you more likely to burn fat away at all times.”
Patrick Murphy, who has also trained Eva Longoria, says he uses variation and high intensity bursts when working with Eva.
Talking to Nine MSN he said: “Eva works out at least three times a week for an hour each time and because she's not someone who loves to work out, so I try to make it interesting each time.
“She's also more into getting her butt and abs into shape.
“An average hour includes about 25 different exercises that involve old-school weight training, core training and balancing exercises.
“We do something every three to four minutes that involves high intensity bursts, like a couple of hundred jumps on the jump rope, three-minute hill climbs on the bike. I'll throw in circuits and high intensity cardio to strengthen her heart.
“Eva's favourite exercises are lunges from all angles. Reverse lunges, horizontal lunges, walking forward lunges and lunges with weights are great for developing a nice, round, beautiful butt. She also does cardio on her own, like jumping rope.”
Teddy Bass, who has trained Cameron Diaz, let the website in on the toned stars fitness secrets. He says: “She lives a very balanced lifestyle. She eats well, contrary to reports that she doesn't. She exercises all the time because she loves outdoor sports like surfing and snowboarding and she works out at least three times a week.
“If you're not genetically gifted like Cameron, you have to do at least three hours of gym workouts three days a week so it's spread out; doing 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights, you can accomplish a lot.
“To step it up, I tell people five days a week an hour each time: doing 20-30 minutes of cardio, weights and or Pilates and stretching and various exercises. It all depends on what you want. If you really want a body that's ripped and athletic, then for four to six weeks do 45-60 minutes of training each time.”
If your not genetically gifted like Cameron, Bass also has tips for improving cellulite.
He says: “Cellulite is genetic and a lack of blood flow. Spend 10 minutes a day in the shower really rubbing and loofah-ing the cellulite. Stimulate the area with hot water, then cold water. Jump out and massage a lotion into the cellulite areas. This gets the blood flow happening in those areas.”
For getting motivated to exercise and making sure you do it, rather than just talking about it he suggests exercising with a friend.
“Have a buddy system; get a friend to work out with you so there's someone who's helping you along the way. Everyone has a friend, so make each other accountable to go for that 30-minute walk. It's perfect: you get to kill two birds with one stone.”
Personal trainer Ariane da Costa has some good news for us all. She told Woman’s Own magazine: “Just as too little exercise can be unhealthy, too much exercise can be bad for you as well.
She also some good advice for new mothers|: “The last thing you want to do post-pregnancy is exhaust your body and over train. Your body’s hormones are all over the place and are just starting to rebalance, so try to assist them rather than work against them. Stick to 45 – 60 minutes training five days a week, to create negative calorie balance. That is more than enough.”
Yes, that sounds plenty to us! It looks like we better dust of our gym gear and get moving – we want to look fab at all those Christmas parties!
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By Heidi Vella
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