It's the time of year when many of us resolve to get fit. So let's take a look at what some of our favourite celeb parents do to stay in shape. Obviously, most of us don't have the kind of time or resources they do, but just for fun....
Let's start with Reese Witherspoon! The This Means War star has been doing Pilates to get back into shape since the birth of baby Tennessee. She's photo'd here on her way to class the other day, in Brentwood California. We also know Reese enjoys running, even during pregnancy. She's often spotted running with friends or with hubby Jim Toth.
“I don’t know if I’m bouncing back," Reese recently told Extra. "I’m slowly crawling back...."
Note: Some of the following fitness secrets are totally over the top. This is for entertainment purposes only!
Kourtney's looking great just six months after the birth of baby Penelope. In this week's issue of Us Weekly Magazine (left), Kourtney reveals she's lost 44 pounds. How'd she do it? She started with gentle yoga and then nabbed celeb trainer Tracy Anderson, who came to the house at 7 a.m. (the early time, she said, helped alleviate "mom guilt") for a 90-minute workout including dance cardio and a series of toning exercises. When she's not working out with Tracy, Kourtney says she jogs, practises yoga, and even does "a few situps" when she's playing on the floor with Penelope.
As for diet, Kourtney enjoys lots of salads, fish, the "occasional cookie splurge," and a protein smoothie for breakfast — featuring banana, apple, nonfat yogurt, milk, almonds, cinnamon, ice and a scoop of vanilla QuickTrim.
How does the world's toughest trainer stay fit with a baby and a toddler in tow? The Biggest Loser star recently shared her secrets with Babble.com:
...I work a workout in wherever and whenever I can. Some days Heidi and I will take turns watching the kids so the other can go to the gym. Or my mom will come over for some grandma time and I’ll get exercise in then. While not ideal, I will even hit the treadmill while I answer emails.
Getting active with the kids is key for Jillian, too. "I take my daughter out with me on the paddle board, or the baby for a hike in the Bjorn," she says.
As for her diet, Jillian says she tries to "eat extremely clean, organics when I can," with the "proper balance of protein, fat and carbs."
By now, most of us know Jessica lost tons of baby weight on the Weight Watchers program.
Now that she's pregnant again, she may no longer be counting Weight Watchers points. But, as she explained to USA Today, while on the program she was allowed 28 points a day (34 when breastfeeding). She also said she met regularly with a Weight Watchers group consisting of 14 friends and family members.
In addition to dieting, Jessica worked out four times a week with celeb trainer Harley Pasternak (whom I had the pleasure of training with for a day back in 2011 — remember that?). She said she couldn't run because her "boobs are way too big...," so she walked an hour a day.
Everyone wants to know how Jennifer Lopez does it (or is it just me?) — especially ever since she showed up at New York Fashion Week in that amazing Max Mara jumpsuit last September (left).
According to Shape Magazine, Jennifer's fitness regime includes Zumba (the girl can dance), triathalon training (yeah, that would do it), and sports (the competitive star loves a good game of football).
Just to make you feel better.... A source for UK's Heat Magazine (July 2012) says Jennifer works out "like crazy" for that bod: “She gets up at 4 a.m., six days a week and does 90 minutes of Pilates and dance cardio [à la Tracy Anderson]." As for diet? Looks like it's the low-carb Dukan Diet, which Kate Middleton made famous, all the way.
There's Heidi Klum heading to the gym with her new man, bodyguard Martin Kristen (left).
The supermodel obviously has genes on her side. But she does work hard to stay so gorgeous. A recent issue of Health Magazine highlighted Heidi's best leg-shaping move: the Sumo Lunge. As her trainer, David Kirsch explains, "It shapes and tones without building bulk." Want to try it? Here are the instructions. Go for it, and they say you'll be firmer in a month! Sweet.
As for diet, Heidi's into healthy eating. Here she is making some of her favourite healthy snack foods (nice ideas!).
To get her body back after the birth of baby Samuel, Jennifer relied on trainer Valery Waters, who recently shared Jennifer's diet and exercise regimen with People Magazine: 40-minute workouts, three or four days a week — twice a week cardio and lots of strength training; a diet of organic whole foods and easily accessible fruits and veggies for when cravings strike.
When I interviewed Jennifer a while back, she shared her secret for making time to workout (love this!):
The only way to workout . . . is to do it before the kids are up. And I know it hurts, and I know it's early. I try for every day. Sometimes it's half an hour, and sometimes it's an hour — never more than that.... I don't get it done every day, but I try to.... If I miss a couple of days in a row, then I really make an effort because, if you miss a week, then you're out.
We know most men just have to jog around the block to lose weight, grrrr. But Mark Wahlberg had to take it a little further for his role as pro boxer Micky Ward in The Fighter....
In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Mark said he had to lose 30 pounds in five weeks at one point. "We’d run eight miles in the morning, most of it uphill, and then we’d have breakfast,” he said. “Then we’d go in the ring for 30 rounds…, and then another 15 rounds of jumping rope and hitting the mitts. Then we’d eat lunch. Then we’d play basketball, and then we’d do a bunch of other exercises.”
Whew, that's hard work!
At 40 years old, Gwyneth's never looked better. While she admits good genes play a part, she works hard to stay so slim. Like Kourtney Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth loves Tracy Anderson. She swears by Tracy's dance cardio DVD series, in particular. "It changed my body forever," she told Glamour Magazine. And, by now, we all know...Gwyneth loves to DANCE!
As for diet..., Gwyneth's diet has been a subject of curious fascination for years. And it just so happens her second cookbook, It's All Good, is about to be released (April). In it, she shares the details of her current "elimination diet," which involves eliminating caffeine, alcohol, dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, sugar, shellfish, deep-water fish and processed foods.
Check out Oscar award-winner Jennifer Hudson on the set of a Weight Watchers TV commercial in downtown LA. Fabulous!
It's, of course, well known that, like Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson lost tons of weight both on Weight Watchers and working out with trainer to the stars, Harley Pasternak (who's Canadian, by the way). She went from a size 16 to six!
"[Harley] was the one who started me out with walking," Jennifer told the Toronto Star. "He said, ‘All I need you to do is make sure you get up and you walk,’ and you start that out, and also strength training.” Indeed, when I interviewed him, Harley said he encouraged Jennifer to walk while her baby napped in the stroller.
Since the birth of baby Luca, Hilary has constantly been spotted walking to and from Pilates and yoga classes. She's really serious about Pilates, in particular. Check out this photo she tweeted of herself in action on a Pilates machine!
In addition to yoga, Pilates and fierce boxing workouts with trainer Gabe Johns, Hilary relies on Freshology's Fresh Mommy meal-delivery program.
When I interviewed Ellen Pompeo a while back, she lit up when she revealed her fitness secret at the time with me.
"I do a combination of Pilates and dance cardio in a hot room," she told me. "It's super hard for an hour and a half, but it's fun because it's dance cardio, so I'm learning dance steps and everything, and it's really fun. And that's my me-time. That's what I do, I go to the gym."
Mr. Jackman is the talk of the town right now with all the Oscar buzz! He's been nominated for Best Actor for his role in Les Miserables. Turns out the actor had to completely transform his body for the role of Valjean.
"He's actually written as an ox of a man," Hugh told Vulture. "So I had to eat seven times a day with no carbohydrates, but then you had the exercise. I'd wake up and do 45 minutes of card on an empty stomach, eat something, go to the gym, do a vocal warm-up, and then after lunch I'd go back to the gym again. Otherwise, I'd just become skin and bones."
Immediately after Les Mis, Hugh was ready and ripped to shoot The Wolverine. No, Hugh insists, those posters are NOT photoshopped!
Here's a recent photo of Jessica heading to the gym with a friend (left)!
In the September 2012 issue of Self magazine, Jessica shared how she tones up her "bubble butt": "I do jump lunges and squat jumps. They make me want to vomit, but they’re the best for getting my legs in shape."
HollywoodLife.com dug up more of Jessica's fitness secrets. According to their sources, she doesn't diet but eats well — loading up on veggies, fruit, lean proteins and grains. For exercise, she does Flywheel, sprint-interval training on her treadmill and dance classes.
Their sources also say Jessica goes for a "non-invasive laser liposuction" treatment called i-LIPO to tone, smooth cellulite and reduce fat on her thighs and stomach.
Jennie reportedly lost 20 pounds after her split with husband Peter Facinelli.
Her secret is circuit training at the local gym, as well as running, hiking with the kids and their dog (left), and horseback riding.
Gym co-owner Shannon Stewart gave Us Weekly a taste of Jennie's thrice-weekly gym workout: "She'd push over a tractor tire, then do push-ups, then jump rope, do deadlifts and run for a bit."
As for her diet... "I eat a lot of Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt in the morning, salads and proteins the rest of the day and maybe a cupcake if I've been a good girl," Jennie told the mag at an event last summer. "I don't believe in depriving yourself of things you want."
Well, this isn't so much of a secret because, at one point, everyone was talking about it. After baby Bing was born, Kate lost a ton of weight by working out six hours a day.
I guess that's what they do on The Biggest Loser....
"I would do 45 or 55 minutes of cardio then an hour of Pilates or yoga, three times a day," Kate told Star Magazine. Wow.... Now that she's lost the baby weight, Kate stays fit by biking, doing Pilates and dancing.
See what the stars say about their post-baby bods>
Julianne Moore is 52 years old, and look at her (see slide #4)!!
Here she is jogging last January in the West Village of New York City (left).
I guess, no matter what the weather's like, the Emmy award-winning actress doesn't miss a workout. According to Shape Magazine, Julianne also relies on her stability ball for ab work and modified yoga poses. Like Heidi Klum, Julianne works with fitness trainer David Kirsch, who prescribes these core stability-ball exercises for her. Give them a try!
Here's Nicole sweating it out on a Sunday morning last October, in beautiful Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. She was taking the day off from filming her latest flick, Grace of Monaco.
When Nicole's not on location, she relies on personal trainer Jenna Phillips, who, according to Sofeminine.co.uk, recommends to her clients 45-to-60-minute workouts consisting of a mix of cardio and weights, lots of reps, and "enjoyable" exercise like running, as well as a diet consisting of five small meals a day, good cooking (to foster a healthy relationship with food — I like that) and dessert at lunchtime.
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