Gigi Hadid. The Naked Chef. Nicole Winhoffer. Celebrity health and fitness stories dominated headlines this week, but between work, play and working out, it can be hard to keep up with fitness news. Here’s our latest roundup of the celebrity fitness stories you might have missed over the last few days.
Gigi Hadid is jumping and punching her way to better fitness
Gigi Hadid might be a supermodel, but she’s a fighter at heart—and always up for a good spar. Her favorite form of workout (and the one that’s currently taking the nation by storm) is boxing. Between some super toned arms and a crazy six pack, the athletic model is winning at more than just the catwalk.
Hadid throws some mean jabs and uppercuts during her training sessions at Gotham Gym in New York. She works hard with her trainer to focus on continually carving the six pack that she’s readily bared for Calvin Klein ads.
- Her workout: Boxing takes work, and Hadid trains hard to be great in the ring. To get her lauded six-pack, she throws some punches around for a good 10 minutes before launching into three sets of 40 crunches. She follows it up with another 10 minutes of boxing and three sets of 40 bicycle crunches. She wraps up the ab portion of her workout with 10 more minutes of boxing, a minute-long plank hold and four sets of 25 straight leg raises on each side. She adds in 25 minutes of cardio and leg workouts like squats, donkey kicks, plié squats and banded squat walks to ensure that she’s balanced, fit and strong all over.
- Her diet: Hadid keeps a fairly balanced diet, and enjoys bacon and eggs, toast, coffee and orange juice. Arugula salads for launch and generally home-cooked meals for dinner keep her feeling at her best. But she’s not against an occasional “cheat day,” as her motto reveals: Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.
Naked Chef says the chunk has got to go
Naked Chef Jamie Oliver is setting his sights on a new goal: losing the extra weight he’s acquired over the last 12 years. Already an anti-obesity activist, the British chef realized he could use some help and dove right into fitness.
Oliver plans to lose 13 pounds over the next few months to get him back into his pre-30s shape. What’s his secret? Sleeping at least six hours every night (he often sleeps just three), and hiring celebrity personal trainer Jamie Sawyer, who has worked with celebrities like Gerard Butler and Boxer David Haye. Sawyer’s methods for getting his clients in shape includes a combo of workouts drawing from weight training, boxing and Pilates.
Oliver has been trying to create a healthier U.K. by proposing sugar taxes—adopted in 2016—and a 13-point plan to fight obesity. If accepted, the plan would ban “buy one, get one free” junk food deals, relegate ads for fatty meals until after 9 p.m. and raise taxes on unhealthy foods.
Some of the biggest names today, including Madonna and Kate Hudson, didn’t get their bodies by accident. They work hard and maintain certain habits to keep them feeling and looking great. Celebrity trainer Nicole Winhoffer recently shared 3 Golden Rules that her famous clients live by. Her three keys are intermittent fasting, refueling with electrolytes and keeping snacks on hand.
If you’ve never tried intermittent fasting, now’s your chance. It not only gives your body time to process food and gives your digestion a break; it also amps up your workout results. Your body utilizes glucose first during a workout, and if there’s none available, it draws on your fat reserves. When you work out in the morning on an empty stomach, you’re ensuring that your body is using up fat instead. If you want to boost your weight loss results, intermittent fasting has got our thumbs up.
After a major sweat session, beat the fatigue and lethargy, and calm your racing heart, with some electrolytes. Electrolytes are vital to keeping your internal minerals balanced and your body feeling its best.
Having a nutritious snack on hand can keep you from giving in to the onset of cravings, especially when you’re in traffic or trying to decide what to have for your next meal. Winhoffer suggests keeping a small baggie of almonds or a protein bar low in sugar.
We can’t all achieve the fame of Hollywood elite. But thanks to social media and content from celebrity trainers, we can follow their workouts.