Now that swimsuit season is here to stay, the pressure's really on at the gym. Bobby Strom, trainer to the stars, knows exactly how to help A-list celebs achieve fantastic results. The 54-year-old recently worked Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds during the shoot for The Green Lantern, preparing their meals and whipping them into superhero shape.
No, the secret to their hot bods doesn't include a rendition of Gwyneth Paltrow's starvefest. And I promise that his tactics work, I've even tried them myself! Read on to see Blake Lively's workout secret, revealed:
Two words: Circuit training.
I know, I know -- you've heard it before. Most likely, you just don't know how to go about putting together a plan for yourself without the help of a personal trainer. Well let me tell you something -- it's easy, I promise!
It's a proven fact that a combination of strength training and cardio leads to results you can see. If you do one without the other, then it's like having the peanut butter without the jelly. The lemonade without the vodka (I'm not an alcoholic, I swear). The Bob and not the Jillian. You get what I'm saying.
For years now, I've been a dedicated runner. I went from half miles to half marathons -- and while I did lose weight with the acquisition of my new hobby, it wasn't until I incorporated strength training into my routine that I really saw the results I wanted. I'm talking better sculpted arms and definition in my thighs (and even a reduction of the C-word I won't dare utter) all because of an extra 15 minutes at the gym. Strom talked to Daily Mail about the benefits of circuit training:
It's all about short bursts of exercise. When you do circuits you're running through all the moves without stopping. And you're working all of your body parts. Plus you're getting your cardio and your strength training in the same session.
So how can you shape up like the stars? Circuits don't need to be that complicated. For starters, try running 800 meters (a quarter mile), followed by 15 squats, 15 push-ups, and 15 sit-ups -- then repeat four times. If you're like me, and don't want to start off too strong, try doing your push-ups from the kneeling position. Too tired to do the whole set of 15? Then start with 10, and work your way up. Circuit training is all about progression. Soon you'll see your quarter mile time increase, and seek out new workouts with different moves.
What is your workout routine like? Have you ever tried circuit training?
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