Celebrities, just like the rest of us, have to workout and eat right to score a flawless physique. A-listers though, can pay an entourage to help craft that seemingly-effortless look. But just because you can’t afford to have Halle Berry’s trainer on speed dial doesn’t mean you can’t follow her advice. We’ve rounded up a collection of workout tips from some of the most accomplished personal trainers in the world, all of whom have made a name for themselves by sculpting the physiques of your favorite Hollywood stars.
1. Work out in the morning
Celebrity trainer Teddy Bass, whose clients include Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Lucy Liu, tells Allure to take up a morning routine: “You’ll boost your metabolism for the day. If you wait, something else will come up.” It’s all too easy to find an excuse not to hit the gym at the end of a long day — and while you may feel groggy in the morning, you’d be surprised how quickly a jog will wake you up. Not only does it pose the advantage of getting your gym routine out of the way, but a morning workout will also give you a healthy adrenaline kick. This will keep you awake more than any cup of coffee could!
2. Do more than just cardio
As L.A. trainer Ramona Braganza tells Glamour, “One of the biggest fitness mistakes women make is just doing cardio.” Braganza knows a good workout when she sees one: The trainer’s celebrity clients include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, and Kate Beckinsale.
While Braganza acknowledges that cardio alone can get you looking thinner, it will not add to your body’s overall definition. In other words, you’ll wind up skinny and completely lacking in muscle tone. To avoid this problem, try incorporating some strength workouts into your cardio routine. Pilates is a great way to feel the heat, especially when compounded with definition-building squats and lunges. With enough variation in your routine, you’ll be seeing noticeable changes within weeks.
3. Don’t starve yourself
Kathy Kaehler, personal trainer to Jennifer Aniston, warns in Marie Claire that fasting won’t do anyone with serious toning and weight loss goals any favors. Cutting a substantial amount of calories from your diet will slow your metabolism, making the dieter feel deprived. This typically ends in a binge eating session and subsequent weight gain.
Rather than cut calories so drastically, try eating smaller meals on a more frequent basis throughout the day. Kaehler also recommends that you eat slowly: Count to ten after each bite. Are you hungry, or are you just eating for the sake of eating? Give your body and brain time to decide!
4. Don’t watch TV on the treadmill or elliptical
Tracy Anderson — who trains Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicole Richie — tells Allure that gym goers should avoid being distracted by the screen in front of them: “You don’t work out as intensely, which means you burn far fewer calories than if you go hard for that same amount of time.” Turn off the TV and get more results out of your precious minutes at the gym! Anderson also suggests that after a heavy workout, drink water rather than a sports drink or coconut water. Save yourself the calories (without risking hydration).
5. For Fast Results, Try Intervals
Ramona Braganza emphasizes how much interval training can add to your standard cardio workout. If you alternate your cardio — biking, running, whichever suits you best — at your normal pace with just a minute or two or all-out quickness, you’ll be burning fat faster than ever. Braganza also tells Glamour that intervals can be especially effective when combining strength and cardio: Try doing ten minutes of cardio, then adding three or four strength and conditioning moves to your regimen — think lunges or bicep curls.
6. Make time for fitness every day
According to Allure, Gunnar Peterson — who has worked with Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, and Sofia Vergara — believes that “Doing a little bit all the time is so much better than doing a lot once in a while.” A consistent routine — no matter how insignificant it may feel — will give your metabolism an ongoing kick in the right direction. Set your daily workout goal at a reasonable measure and time so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the need to race to the gym; a little bit done consistently will go a long way.
7. Strengthen your mind and your body with yoga
Tara Stiles, who has trained Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, incorporated yoga into Decker’s workouts for a change of pace. As Stiles tells Fitbie: “[Brooklyn] liked that it was challenging and that she felt really good afterward—de-stressed, positive, and happy.”
Working out isn’t always about self-punishment and a “no pain, no gain” mentality: It can also serve as a retreat from the stresses of everyday life. If you’re considering taking an off day from your usual routine, yoga is a great way to keep the body and mind active, while also reducing the risk of overexertion and injury.
8. Change up your routine
Jackie Warner, television personality and author of two New York Times bestsellers on fitness, tells Glamour: “Your body is very smart; it’ll adjust to any workout routine in six weeks, so you’ve got to switch things up.” This doesn’t mean a complete overhaul of your routine every week: Simply make minor adjustments and tweaks to maintain your body at a peak level of strength.