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Let’s talk about celebrity fitness tactics. Are you inspired by magazine cover stories about celebrities’ fitness short cuts? Are you envious of the sculpted physiques of movie stars? If you answered yes, or if you simply wish to learn a few insider celebrity secrets, then keep reading. I’m going to share some celebrity fitness tactics with you.
First, let me assure you that you don’t need to have a full-time nutritionist or fitness trainer on hand to achieve your own celebrity fitness status. Hard work and dedication are the keys to success to achieve your dream body.
We are all celebrities in our own lives, so let me help you get started on your own path toward achieving your personal celebrity fitness goals. Here are some do’s and don’ts of four common celebrity fitness tactics.
Don’t: Resort to using any dangerous nutritional tactics. Many celebrities rely on last-minute plans to get ready for their big screen debut. With a few million dollars at stake combined with the promise of fame, it’s not surprising that they will go to extreme measures. Engaging in practices such as long arduous cleanses and starvation is a terrible tactic, unless directed to so by a physician.
Why: Any extreme dietary measure will only give you temporary results. There are many health risks associated with extreme low-calorie diets, and the long-term health risks are just not worth a temporary slim waist.
Do: Take a good look inside your kitchen cupboards and reassess your eating habits. Finding your own personal caloric balance, allowing you to lose weight while providing your body with essential nutrients, is the best and safest way to slim down. Take a look at Susan Bowerman’s short video showing what 100 calories can look like, so you can start to make informed food choices.
Don’t: Jump straight into a seven-day intense exercise routine. I can hear you sigh out loud with this advice, because we often think that more is better. However, this is not always the case when it comes to fitness. Yes, headlines might say your favorite celebrity worked out twice a day for hours at a time while eating like a mouse, but what they don’t share is the pain and suffering that often accompanies such intensive schedules. Many rely on pain relief medicines, and I’ve read of many cases where celebrities are hospitalized for exhaustion. Just because something appears to provide magical results, don’t be too quick to believe it. Chances are that it’s just another temporary fix. Trust me when I say there is no quick fix.
Do: Steadily increase your fitness routine, because in order to get continued results you must increase your workouts. Our bodies are very good at adapting to increased physical demands. When something starts to feel easy, then work a little harder. If you’re new to exercise, start out by focusing on your exercise duration. As you become fitter, you can begin to adapt the intensity of your workouts to get more results in less time.
Don’t: Buy every new gimmick or fitness tool, or believe that you can wrap yourself into a state of improved fitness with bandages or shaking machines. It’s easy to think that just because there’s a fit celebrity on the box, then it must work. It’s highly likely that the cover model prepared for the photo shoot with traditional fitness techniques first.
Why: Gadgets can look much more appealing than the hard work and sweat associated with exercise. So, honestly ask yourself this question: When can you achieve anything without doing some hard work first?
Do: Invest in some inexpensive fitness essentials, such as hand weights, resistance bands and a yoga mat. There are many incredible new tools in the fitness market that work. But before buying, assess each new tool to see how practical they really are. If they’re based on the general principals of fitness, such as cardio, flexibility, endurance or strength, they may be worth a second look. Alternatively, if they promise improved fitness from standing still, they will most likely waste your time and money.
Don’t: Spend more money than you can comfortably afford on a gym membership or a personal trainer. Just because the stars do it doesn’t mean that regular folk need to spend a fortune each month.
Why: If you choose something that you can’t afford—and even worse, don’t use—then it’s too easy to drop the gym membership, deciding that fitness is too much effort and too costly. That needn’t be the case. A jog around the park or an at-home workout routine can help build fitness just as much as an exclusive gym. I fully believe in the power of personal training, but some insider advice will suffice if you can’t afford one.
Do: Discuss your financial situation with a trainer and work out a sustainable plan to get you in peak shape. If you have a set budget, let your trainer know—most of the time they will find a way to work with you. As fitness trainers, it’s our job to teach you the basics, help you stay motivated and, most importantly, help you to train safely. A good trainer will help you transition to working out on your own.
I admire celebrity physiques and appreciate the hard work and effort they put in to maintain their look. But remember that looks can be deceiving, and the external is not always an indication of good health. That’s why I suggest finding your own inner movie star, using the best plan of all: a consistently good diet and a consistent activity plan.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).