Why J.Lo's Butt Looks So Incredible (and More Celebrity Workout Secrets)
When a celebrity attributes her next-level physique to frequent workouts and a balanced diet, we get a little confused. But we work out frequently and eat well and still don’t look like Halle Berry, we think. There must be a secret. Turns out, there are lots of them. Here are six from some of our favorite celebs’ trainers.
Halle Berry's Legs
We typically assume that a lot of time and money go into getting a celebrity-level body, but Berry’s trainer, Harley Pasternak, says one of the keys to getting—and staying—in shape is totally free. In an interview with InStyle, Pasternak stressed the importance of logging at least 10,000 steps every day. "In the morning, ditch the coffee machine at home and force yourself to walk to a local café instead," he told the mag. "If you have a phone call, try to make it on the move." Hey, we can totally do that.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Abs
It’s undeniable: This lady’s got a to-die-for bod. And while we’re particularly envious of her toned midsection, her trainer Tracy Anderson told the actress’s website, Goop, that it’s more about training the whole body than spot training. “This involves working [muscles] evenly, rather than in patterns of overuse,” she said. “If we continuously call those muscles to work with resistance against the joint in the exact same repetitive way, we cause degeneration of the joints. When we over-strengthen certain parts of the body, we accelerate atrophy in others.” She did, however, provide Goop with a sneak peek at one of her ab circuits that we’ll be doing on repeat.
Kate Beckinsale's Arms
To stay in tip-top shape at 44, Beckinsale works with Gunnar Peterson, who has pretty much trained every celeb whose body you’ve ever been jealous of. He told Glamour that his philosophy with all of his clients is to constantly switch up the workouts they’re doing. “If you're doing the same workout every day, going for the same run, lifting the same weights, your body will know what to expect, and will do as little as it has to do to get you through the workout. Changing your routine forces your body to adapt to the new stimuli.” So Peterson plans a new workout for his clients ever single day, which, in addition to forcing your body to readapt, keeps you on your toes. “Mentally [my clients] stay more engaged (and don't dread the workout) when they don't know what's coming.” Smart man.
Jennifer Lopez's Butt
While we might not have J.Lo’s clearly superior genetics, we do have some insight into her routine from her trainer, David Kirsch. In an interview with People, Kirsch noted that J.Lo supplements what her mama gave her with good old-fashioned hard work. “She’s very connected to her body, and she’s got crazy discipline,” he said. “When she shows up, I get 500 percent. There’s no phoning in the workout.” As for her actual regimen, Kirsch combines strength training with cardio to see the best results. One move he loves is the platypus walk (seen above), which Kirsch says “focuses on her inner thigh, works on her butt, there’s a cardio element there because of the pace at which you’re going back and forward gets your heart rate up. So it’s a move that delivers right away,” he says. “You’ll feel it immediately." (We believe him.)
Jennifer Aniston's Legs
Aniston has been practicing yoga with her friend and instructor Mandy Ingber (whose Yogalosophy videos you can do at home) for years, but it’s what happens outside the studio that Ingber says makes the star look so amazing. In New Beauty magazine, Ingber suggests: “Continue to do things that are fun. Go boogie boarding in the ocean, take a dance class and laugh a lot. Don’t be so hard on yourself—when you feel lighter, you will always appear more youthful.” (No word on what role Smartwater plays in Aniston’s always-glowing appearance.)
Shakira's All-Over Tone
Have you seen Shakira dance? The Colombian superstar is in a physical shape we can only dream of. Luckily, her trainer, Anna Kaiser, is super up front about what it takes to get her in performing shape (hint: frequent two-a-day sessions). She told E! News, “We alternate between strength and cardio intervals. Some days we do just cardio and then strength and some days we start with strength and then do cardio, we like to mix it up." She also stressed the importance of thinking beyond the scale, adding that measuring Shakira’s level of fitness is “less about numbers…Weight is so subjective and it goes up and down a lot so you could drive yourself crazy weighing yourself.” Ditching our scale: That’s a philosophy we can get behind.