For all the jokes about plastic surgery and dangerously thin actresses, many celebrities today look toned and tight because of one thing: They exercise regularly. And they work hard at it. See for yourself February 26th, on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Sure to be there is Emma Stone, whose film The Help is nominated for Best Picture. We asked her personal trainer, Armando Alarcon, about her routine ‘ and how you can emulate it.
Maximize your body 100 per cent
The first tip is to never single out one exercise. Full-body training will make you use more muscle and burn calories.
“The body does not move as one single entity,” says Alarcon.
“Constantly change your routine with a mix of Pilates, basic weightlifting, yoga and plyometrics combined into one so that the body changes as a whole rather than one particular muscle group.”
Identify, target and fix problem areas
When standing tall, a man will look stronger and a woman more elegant, but everyone has a problem area that can affect overall posture. Identify these and bring the body back to its original state before building it back up again.
The most common problem occurs when your chest pulls you forward and your back doesn’t have the strength to hold the shoulders back, rounding the shoulders and causing a squatted forward lean of the head.
You need to focus on working the back muscles (Pilates is great). Doing so also flattens out the stomach and brings the chest and the shoulders back and down and correctly aligned with the head.
Weights don’t need to weigh you down The celebs use weights ‘ well, light ones.
“Think of it this way: walking is good, jogging is better and sprinting is best,” says Alarcon. “Adding five-pound ankle or arm weights to any exercise is hard as heck but causes more of a burn, as it maximizes the effort and shortens the time needed to gain the maximum amount of muscle. You can go from doing 20 reps to 10 to 15, and get the exact same results,” he continues.
If it’s bad, don’t eat it
Alarcon doesn’t believe in diets. Allow yourself to eat what you want to eat or you will crash.
His food rules are simple: If you think it’s bad, it probably is, so don’t eat it. If you think it’s too much, then don’t eat it all. Whatever your vice is ‘ carbs, fat or salt ‘ change it.
Then eat breakfast. Proteins. Vegetables and water. And a flat stomach will follow, which you can then tone up with ab exercises. Sounds like a lot of work? For the results, check out Emma this Sunday night.