You want an A-list body, so you need an A-list fitness regime – right?
Well, maybe. You might aspire to a red carpet bod, but could you really embrace a Hollywood workout? The buff and the beautiful dedicate serious time and cash to their physiques. And some of their fitness regimes go way beyond bizarre.
We’ve uncovered strange fitness secrets behind some of the most beautiful bodies in La La Land. So if you want to know how Matthew McConaughey got so ripped or what Jennifer Aniston did to get stripper-fit, then read on for fitness inspiration – Hollywood style.
The Fear Factor – Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey uses fear to put a serious spring in his step. Seems the Magic Mike star gets a major kick out of running for his life. McConaughey discovered the trick in Mexico. He ventured inside a dark cave along his regular running circuit and got seriously freaked out. McConaughey ran like a bat out of hell.
He told Men’s Health Magazine: ‘your mind’s going ding ding ding. It’s a different workout.’ McConaughey tries to reproduce the fear factor of ‘the Cave’ wherever he runs. And his freaky fitness secret clearly makes him train to his full potential. We say – this kind of adrenaline rush is sure to unleash your animal flight instinct. But don’t push it – you’ll need to stay alive if you’re going to enjoy looking this ripped!
Yogalosophy – Jennifer Aniston
Just how did Jennifer Aniston get into stripper shape for her role in We’re the Millers? Well, it’s down to eating a lot of kale and practising Yogalosophy – brainchild of yoga guru, Mandy Ingber. So what is it exactly? Well you can guess at the yoga part – although this is a hybrid form of yoga, mixing traditional poses with toning and cardio. The ‘osophy’ bit covers Ingber’s unique addition of astrology (yes, really), mindfulness and aura realignment.
According to Ingber, we should think of yogalosophy as ‘loving your body into shape’. Well then, Aniston’s been giving her body some serious love. Jennifer confesses she’s hooked, practising no less than six times a week. And we’ve got to admit, we love her body too.
Drunk Triathlons – Ryan Kwanten
Ryan Kwanten isn’t afraid of mixing business with pleasure. The 37-year-old Aussie actor has been known to turn up drunk to triathlon races and still do sickeningly well. His fitness motivation is competition. He’ll sign up to anything and everything, and often does so after a few too many beers.
But before you crack open the tinnies, think on this – Kwanten works out for around 2.5 hours a day, every day to keep himself in top condition. He’s also one of those annoying blokes with a talent for just about anything. No wonder he thrives on competition – he’s so darn good at it. But drunk triathlons? That’s just showing off. We say – don’t try this at home.
Couples yoga – The Beckhams
He’s 39 and she’s almost 40, yet the Beckhams are one of the hottest celebrity couples around. Believe it or not, they claim tandem power yoga is the secret behind their buff bods.The couple – who have been married for 15 years and have 4 kids – say yoga sessions at the Beverly Hills Sports Club have brought them closer together too.
So what’s the deal? Practising yoga with a partner means you have to rely on each other to achieve some pretty challenging strength poses. It’s a great workout for improving body tone and aligning mind and body. Probably helps if you’re practising with Posh or Becks (delete as appropriate).
Facial pilates – Gwyneth Paltrow
When it comes to looking A-List, it seems facial pilates is a must. Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow are devotees of this facial workout. And devotees claim it does as good a job as Botox or plastic surgery in banishing lines and saggy bits. So, what’s the deal?
Well, basically you get to pull a sequence of, frankly ridiculous, faces – let’s mention the ‘Satchmo’ and ‘Smiling Fish’ to give you a flavour – for up to an hour a day, six days a week. If vanity gurning seems a little old hat, it is – glossy mags have lauded facial exercises for eons. However this time round there are some serious business minds behind the trend, charging around £65 an hour for instruction. We say – too much time and dosh on your hands, surely?
Wacky fitness trends aside, we all know that every A-list body is built on serious cardio and toning work and great eating habits. Whatever your fitness goals, you can raise your game with quality supplements such as creatine, anabolic protein or fat burners. Good luck!