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2011 October

From the monthly archives:

October 2011

Hugh Jackman Workout

October 20, 2011

Here’s a detailed article showing how different celebrities struggle to get into shape for their movie roles. Some good advice here.

Celebrities seem to get amazing results out of gruelling fitness programs but would they work for us?

Name a star and, inevitably, they’ve got a gimmicky fitness regimen.

Elle Macpherson’s trainer, James Duigan, is among those hyping the so-called 12-minute, or Tabata, workout. Consisting of three rounds of intense four-minute interval bursts of exercises such as jump pull-ups, kettle-bell swings and bench dips, the regimen claims to get people fit quickly because it combines muscular and cardiovascular stimulation.

Halle Berry, meanwhile, is reportedly a fan of the 3-2-1 method employed by trainer Ramona Braganza, in which an hour-long session is broken up into 10-minute segments: three cardio, two weights and one core workout.

And Kelly Ripa? The American talk show co-host swears by the Interval Overload training carried out at Los Angeles gym Physique 57, where isometric exercises, such as bench presses, are combined with orthopedic stretches in order to take muscles ”to the point of fatigue, then stretched for relief”.

But Mark ”Spudd” Carroll, Russell Crowe’s trainer and owner of Spudds Gym at Woolloomooloo, says there are many reasons to be sceptical of the claims and results of such regimens.

”Half the time you don’t know if they’re airbrushed and five chins have been turned into three,” he says of the celebrity pictures that turn our heads. Not to mention, he adds, that they have an unfair advantage that helps them stick with often-punishing routines: ”All these celebrities have their own chefs, so they can mix up their meals so quick, they can make 1000 calories [taste] like 3000 calories [12,540 kilojoules].” So for us ordinary folk who want to become fit and feel fantastic for life, Carroll – a former rugby league player – has a few guidelines.

”The main thing is you’ve got to enjoy training and look forward to training; lock it in your diary,” he says.

Carroll practises what he preaches. While we’re on the phone, he squeezes in 30 minutes of exercise on a cross trainer, which he says burns off what he ate for lunch.

Michael George, a celebrity trainer who’s worked with everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Meg Ryan, also notes that not all workouts are created equal. And settling on the right regimen depends on what result you’re after.

For instance, when actor Dennis Quaid sought George’s help to go from being near emaciated (for his part as gunslinger Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp) to ridiculously ripped (for his role as a dragon slayer in DragonHeart), the trainer prescribed ”a bodybuilding-type approach” and steered clear of cardio, which would burn too many kilojoules.

By mixing intense periods of bench presses, pull-ups and push-ups – in addition to a strict diet of lean meats, vegetables and fruits – Quaid was able to accomplish a total body overhaul.

For Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, however, a regimen of plyometric exercises – which focus on creating lower-body strength, with seated twists and double stair jumps – were prescribed. These helped him get him ”functionally fit” for life on tour and trained him to ”twist, bend, grab, carry and squat … in a much more precise, uniform way”.

Both trainers say ordinary people should not be disheartened by all those stories of celebrities accomplishing seemingly instantaneous body makeovers, apparently without much effort.

They struggle with training, too.

When actor Tobey Maguire came to see George, for instance, in order to become fitter for his role in Pleasantville, ”it was a mental hurdle”, George says.

”He wasn’t really that into it. So I incorporated things he liked to do, like basketball. I told him to bring his friends and he ran sprints, did basketball drills and shot hoops on the street.”

And Hugh Jackman recently told Men’s Fitness he struggled with keeping super-buff for his film roles, whether taking on the body of a broken-down boxer for his latest movie, Real Steel, or beefing up to play Wolverine in the X-Men movies.

”I don’t really enjoy training,” Jackman said. ”People say it’s addictive but I’m like, ‘not so much’. If I weren’t getting paid or didn’t have a character like Wolverine to maintain, I would just be a tall, lean, fit guy.”

The key for anyone wanting to remain fit for life, say both George and Carroll – whether celebrity or not – is mental toughness.

”Training is highly psychological … it’s not brain surgery,” George says. ”Until people make eating healthy and exercising a consistent part of their lifestyle, it’s always going to be challenging.”

His tip?

”Too many people are focused on the end result [with a workout],” he says. ”I tell my clients all the time, ‘Go into a workout with a neutral mind.’ If you don’t visualise how well or how poor your workout’s going to go, if you go into the gym with zero expectations, you just show up [and do the best you can, which is what’s needed].”

Meanwhile, Carroll’s mantra is, ”Don’t let fear hold you back.”

”The main thing I say to people is, ‘You’ve got to back yourself.’ So you’ve had a shit day at work. You say to yourself, ‘Tomorrow won’t be the same.’ At the end of the day, the only person you answer to is the person in the mirror.”


Lean and mean

We seem to be forever hearing celebrities gush about the latest life-changing exercise regimen. Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, has called Los Angeles-based trainer Tracy Anderson ”the exercise genius of all time”.

The Oscar-winning actor, who has opened a gym with Anderson and collaborated on fitness DVDs, says the workout guru has ”changed my DNA”.

No wonder. Follow Anderson’s instructions and you’d have to be the size of a sumo wrestler to avoid ending up matchstick thin.

In her 30-Day Method – ”the weight-loss kick-start that makes perfection possible” – the trainer, who also coaches Madonna, advocates a minimum three hours of exercise a day, six days a week, with an emphasis on high-intensity, non-stop intervals of cardio, such as treadmill sprints and jumping rope. Ouch.

Meals recommended in the first week are mainly blended, including a ”Power Juice” made from kale, spinach, beetroot and apple, and a sweet potato pudding.

Sounds painful – and it seems the demanding exercise program could do damage.

Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, warned the online magazine Oh No They Didn’t! the regimen could result in severe health problems, including hyponatremia (low sodium levels in the blood), anaemia, balance difficulties and exhaustion.


Easy does it

Forget the latest crazy workout schemes, says a top celebrity trainer, and then you’ll see results.

Michael George, who has whipped Reese Witherspoon and Dennis Quaid into shape for film roles, says exercising consistently while paying attention to what your body needs is the key to improvement.

“Give it 10 minutes and start by walking,” George says of those times when you simply don’t feel like exercising. “If in that 10 minutes you aren’t enjoying working out, you should go home, because there’s a very good chance that you really do need a rest.”

If your mood improves, however, ”You will get the gumption to do different things and before you know it you’ve done a full workout.”


Don’t believe everything you read on websites!!

There are so many companies out there trying to sell you expensive weight loss gizmos and gimmicks, many of them using celebrities to endorse their products, that is easy to get sucked into the marketing.

Remember, you don’t need to buy gadgets to lose weight. Eat less calories than you burn off and do a bit of exercise. That’s it. That’s how Jessica Alba does it and I don’t blame her for suing any firm that uses her without permission to sell products.

Here’s the article:

JESSICA Alba is suing a weight loss company for over $1million in damages for allegedly using her likeness to promote their product.

The actress has taken legal action against the makers of Belly Bandit — an aid which is said to help women lose their post-pregnancy weight — for using her image without permission to boost sales of the product. Her legal team also claim the product’s packaging carried her name stating it was “Jessica Alba’s #2 Secret for a Fast Post Pregnancy Slimdown!”

The lawsuit also accuses the company of prominently featuring her name and photograph “under the Celebrity Testimonials section of their website”.

Since legal action was taken Jessica’s picture no longer appears on the web page where stars including Kourtney Kardashian and Minnie Driver give statements praising the product.

According to TMZ, the 30-year-old screen beauty — who has two daughters, three-year-old Honor Marie and two-month-old Haven Garner, with her husband Cash Warren — is also seeking a percentage of the company’s profits as well as the damages.

Since giving birth to Haven, Jessica has revealed she has adhered to a regimented 45 minutes a day exercise regime and has calorie-controlled meals delivered to her home

“I have a hard time with portion control, so I have 1,200 calorie meals delivered,” she said.

“But I also work out, so basically I’m starving-it sucks. I drink a lot of water … I’m working out every day, even just for 45 minutes is good for my mental state. Getting dressed and actually doing it is the worst. It’s hard to get motivated.”


Following on from yesterdays article about how celebrities over 40 stay in shape, today we look at what the younger stars are doing… and it’s pretty much the same thing.

Here’s the article:

THEY say pop will eat itself – but what have music’s biggest stars been eating?

These chart-toppers have the hottest bodies on the planet and they’re totally prepared to flaunt them in a range of ever-shrinking sparkly and outrageous outfits.

Here’s the skinny on how the top popstrels hit the right notes with their diet and fitness regimes.


Diet: The 26-year-old tried out the Five Factor Diet to slim down in time for walking up the aisle.

Unlike many new brides, she’s stuck to her new regime.

Devised by celebrity personal trainer Harley Pasternak, the plan encourages you to eat five small meals a day and to work out five times a week. Off the menu were her favourite fast foods, replaced by wholefoods, fruit and veg, and lean proteins.

“It is just a nice, organic diet where you eat stuff like brown rice instead of white rice,” she said. “Brown is a bit boring and white is all white, sugary and delicious. I am missing the naughty foods a bit.”

On the diet, your five meals are each made up of five simple ingredients from five groups; protein, such as chicken breast or seafood; low-to-moderate GI carbohydrates, like green veg, beans, sweet potatoes and wild rice; fibre, like wholegrains; healthy fats, like oily fish or flaxseed oil; and sugar-free beverages.

Fitness: Katy does a 25-minute circuit workout incorporating cardio exercise, ab work and upper and lower body strength training.

What’s Her Vice?

Before it was all about brown rice, Katy loved nothing more than to indulge in fast food: “My fave things include barbecue chicken chop at CPK Chinese, chicken salad at Chinchins and a double double at In-N-Out Burger,” she said.


Diet: The Barbadian songstress made headlines when she shed pounds for the release of her album, Good Girl Gone Bad, by ditching the carbs. But now she’s found a more balanced approach.

“Carbs are the enemy but if I go three days without them, I start getting weak,” she said

“I have egg whites and pineapple for breakfast with hot water and lemon. For lunch I have fish and potatoes. I hate vegetables but I make myself eat them.

“For dinner I have fish again.

“What matters is being fit and healthy; being slim makes me feel better about myself,” she adds.

“It boosts my self-esteem and having a toned body helps with my job, because I wear a lot of skimpy costumes.”

Fitness: 5ft 8in Rihanna, who weighs 9st 7lb, works out religiously with her personal trainer Ary Nunez.

What’s Her Vice?

Rihanna’s personal trainer recently revealed the star loves to tuck into ice cream.


Diet: She may sing about being Born This Way but it takes quite a lot of hard work – and calorie counting – to look as great as Gaga.

“I’m on a very strict healthy pop star diet,” says the 25-year-old.

“I don’t eat bread, just vegetables, salad and fish. Eating like that is much better for me but on Sundays I sometmes eat pasta.”

But she still needs her energy to be able to give her all on stage, so she certainly doesn’t starve herself as some reports have suggested.

Her choreographer, LaurieAnn Gibson, revealed how much the talented singer-songwriter does tuck into before a big show.

“It’s all about salsa with grain chips, tofu, turkey slices, hummus and coconut water,” says LaurieAnn.

Fitness: That flat stomach and those toned abs are the work of trainer-to-the-stars Harley Pasternak. While petite Gaga, who is 5ft 1in, doesn’t stick to his eating plan to the letter, she’s more than happy to follow his workout programme as it yields great results.

Her five-part regime consists of a jog, three exercises as a circuit – back rows, deadlifts and side bends – before a five-minute skipping session.

What’s her vice?

The Lady is partial to a wee tipple – a toast or two with a little white wine before a gig.


Celebrity Workouts over 40.

October 12, 2011

Here’s an interesting article about how, and why, so many of our aging celebrities manage to stay looking so good.

Basically, they work really hard at it! They have to constantly watch what they eat, they exercise like paratroopers, and they hardly booze at all. But there’s some good tips in this article and, as ever, moderation is the key.

It might have been Helena Rubenstein that said “there are no ugly women in the world, only lazy ones,” but it’s the sort of quote that Madonna probably has as her screensaver, J-Lo has on her fridge and Courteney Cox has printed on her work-out T-shirt.

A legion of tight-tummed, fresh-faced Hollywood forty-, and in Madge’s case fifty-, somethings are sending out a clear message to women in their peer group: “Don’t blame your age if you don’t look your best, blame yourself.”

And before anyone rolls out the standard excuse of “how we could all look like celebrities on a film star’s budget and schedule”, it has to be said that the basics of what Hollywood’s over-40s are doing are within the reach of everyone. Essentially, it boils down to doing the right exercises, the right diet, a bit of skincare knowhow — and plenty of motivation.

In order to look hot enough to snare younger men in her Cougar Town role, Cox (47) works out fiendishly.

She follows the infamous Tracy Anderson method four times a week which involves between one and three hours of exercise a day, doing a complex series of 40 toning Pilates-style moves, aerobic leaps and star jumps.

It’s a punishing workout but according to Dublin-based personal trainer Siobhan Byrne from BodyByrne gym, it doesn’t have to be that way.

She says: “I would never want to diss another trainer but I don’t think Anderson’s workout is necessarily good for older women. One style does not fit all and while someone like Madonna has a very good body, I think it’s extreme.”

According to Byrne, older women would do well to avoid plyometric exercises like star jumps because of the potential harm it could do to joints and instead she recommends alternating between weights and cardio.

Anderson frowns on running but Byrne believes interval training — alternating between one minute fast running (or swimming) and one minute slow for no more than 20 minutes — is an excellent heart strengthener.

Regular load-bearing exercises are well documented to stave off ageing by improving bone formation, building muscle, burning fat and improving skin elasticity.

Anderson’s epic toning exercises can be adapted to Byrne’s five-minute workouts mixing reps of lunges (for glutes, quads and burning calories), mountain-climber moves (holding a plank stance and bringing alternate knees to the opposite side of the chest, great for core toning) and press-ups for upper body strength.

Yes, you have to work hard, and regularly. As a recent picture of Mariah Carey (41) working up a sweat in a bid to lose her pregnancy pounds recently proved, weight loss after a certain age really is a case of no pain, no gain, but staying fit shouldn’t be endless hours of discomfort.

Siobhan says: “I don’t believe anyone should be working out more than an hour a day — any good fitness professional will agree with this — and I always have a rest day.”

Looking good also means living well.

You’ll never catch J-Lo necking glasses of chardonnay or Courteney Cox chowing down carbs at more than one meal a day.

In a typical day, the former Friends star consumes a diet of coffee for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and steak, chicken or fish with vegetables for dinner.

Best pal and former co-star Jennifer Aniston (42) follows a similarly vegetable-filled regime and both women drink lots of water. Water is a big anti-ageing weapon, with women over 40 recommended at least six to eight glasses a day to keep the body hydrated and prevent against dry, flaky skin more susceptible to wrinkles.

Aniston may confess to enjoying the occasional glass of wine but none of Hollywood’s hot over-40s are big boozers. The kidneys get overworked processesing alcohol and remove too much water from the body leading to wrinkle-prone skin.

The actresses’ meals might sound tiny but it’s worth bearing in mind that portion sizes should get smaller as you get older as the body no longer needs, or burns off, as many calories.

Aveen Bannon of the Dublin Nutrition Centre says: “Healthy eating in our 40s isn’t too different to any other age but you do need to watch portion sizes and include more of certain foods to look and feel good inside and out.”

In particular, women in this age category need to be including oily fish, like salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines or tuna in their diet twice a week for good heart health, joint health, memory and good skin.

Glowing, youthful skin also comes from foods rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E-filled nuts, seeds and avocados and Vitamin C-rich, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables that help with collagen production.

Iron-rich foods such as lean red meat help build muscles (keeping bingo wings away) and boost energy levels. But don’t be lulled into adopting fad diets that endorse cutting food groups.

Bannon says: “Avoid carbs and you’ll reduce your fibre intake; avoid dairy and you run the risk of a low-calcium intake possibly leading to osteoporosis; cut out red meat and extra care needs to be taken to ensure an adequate iron intake. Balance is key.”

When it comes to beauty routines, every celebrity has their own can’t-live-without product — Kylie Minogue (43) credits bargain-buy Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser with keeping her skin fresh; Jennifer Aniston loves organic skincare range Dr Hauschka and Sandra Bullock (47) wakes up looking younger thanks to Declor Aroma Night Regenerating Cream.

“A really good skin care regime is very important at this stage of life to rejuvenate the skin that will often have been environmentally damaged and lost some of its glow,” says Dublin-based make-up artist Adele Miley (adelemiley.com). “Cleanse the skin morning and evening, using a gentle, alcohol-free product such as Nimue cleansing gel or Bobbi Brown Extra Balm rinse.

“Use night cream and eye cream to keep crow’s feet at bay and toner to remove excess make-up and freshen the skin. Exfoliate skin once a week, get a facial every six to eight weeks and most importantly never, ever go out without SPF.”

Get the skincare routine right and it’s easier to nail the right make-up look. Skin changes over the years and the products and routine that have been your ‘go to’ look in your 20s and 30s won’t work in your 40s.

Miley says: “Less is definitely more. It’s vital to get a foundation matched to your skin colour, if that’s wrong it can make you look older. A good concealer, such as Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer, can take years off, as can a nice fresh blusher, such as Mac Dollymix, applied to the apple of the cheek and blended back towards the hairline.”

She adds: “Don’t use eye shadows that are glittery or very shimmery as they can emphasise fine lines and wrinkles and very bright eye shadows can be quite ageing — I find neutrals more flattering. Fill in eyebrows and use a liner to define the lips.

“If it all seems too daunting, treat yourself to a professional lesson and find out what colours and products now suit you, you’ll soon be looking and feeling younger.”