From Instagram to the red carpet, celebrities like Heidi Klum are totally nailing it in the hot bod department. We’re sure this supermodel learned a thing or two about striking the perfect pose on the catwalk of countless Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, but the real secret comes from working with A-list personal trainers that know all the ingredients for achieving a flawless physique.
While I won’t be walking down a runway any time soon, I’m always looking for ways to improve my fitness, and what better place to go for advice than the experts themselves!
Here are 10 health secrets some of Hollywood’s top personal trainers swear by.
Mix it up
Hitting the gym on a regular basis is a big commitment. That’s why FitFusion trainer Kenta Seki, who works with fitness guru Jillian Michaels, says it’s important to switch things up. He suggests using a platform like FitFusion — which operates like a Netflix for workout videos — to help you mix up your workouts. “FitFusion has hundreds of workouts available with many types of focuses, including cardio, resistance training, Yoga, dance, and more,” he told me in an interview. “This diversity gives the viewer endless options of other ways to burn calories.”
I recently gave FitFusion a whirl for myself and loved that there were many options — some as short as 10 minutes. Plus, working out with a celeb trainer in real life isn’t exactly affordable for most people, so this felt the next best thing.
Stay off the scale
When it comes to getting and staying in shape, there’s one piece of advice Chambers says he always gives his clients — and surprisingly, it has nothing to do with exercise.
“Stay off the scale,” Chambers said. “If your clothes fit comfortably, and you are feeling good, it doesn’t matter what the numbers are. It’s just not the best measure of weight loss. You may have lost inches and gained more muscle — you have to remember that muscle weighs more than fat.”
Sleep is underrated
Eating right and working out are super important when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. But there are two other big factors, Orbeck says, that are key to helping us stay in our best shape: sleep and relaxation. “You have to sleep well and deep and live a generally stress-free life,” she told me. “It is incredibly hard to out-eat and out-exercise a burnt out and stressful lifestyle.”
So, next time you feel guilty for sleeping in on a Saturday morning, remind yourself that it’s all in the name of fitness.
There are no short cuts
It all comes down to rest, nutritious food, exercise, and dedication. When it comes to looking and feeling our best, there’s really no other way to get there, says Seki. “It’s very common for people to expect fast results while doing the minimum amount of work,” he told me. “To see real change you need to make a lot of effort, and that means doing more than 2-3 workouts a week and making better decisions about your eating habits.” The payoff will be worth it!