Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are easily the most enviable couple in Hollywood. Which is a little unfair, because Lively, 30, also happens to have one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood.
And if you thought that having two babies had taken a toll on the fabulous physique we first saw in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, you would be very much mistaken. The blonde beauty recently hit the red carpet at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City for the screening of Final Portrait, and fans couldn’t help but notice that she looked better than ever.
So, how exactly did she manage to get so fit? As Lively herself recently wrote in the caption to a photo on Instagram with her trainer, Don Saladino, “Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through Instagram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models. Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud.”
Saladino is a celebrity trainer and the owner of an upscale, members-only gym named Drive, where Ryan Reynolds has often been spotted doing walking lunges with heavy gym bags and subsequently crying. He recently gave W Magazine some of his top tips for working out, and they are good ones to keep in mind as we transition from winter flab to spring’s strong core. So read on, and give them a shot, yourself! And for more fitness tips from top celebrity trainers, check out How to Get Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider Abs.
Focus on Weight Loss in the Summer and Weight Maintenance in the Winter
A lot of people just “let themselves go” when it gets cold outside, which just makes it harder to get into a good fitness routine once it warms up again. Saladino keeps things realistic by suggesting that “for general fitness I would focus on getting the body strong and resilient during the winter months and more work capacity and leaning out in the summer months.” Try exercising outside in the wintertime, as your body’s thermogenesis means you end up burning more calories than you would in the summer.
Eat a Low-Carb Snack Before Your Workout
“I prefer low carbs one hour before the workout because this helps with brain function. I make sure that my clients have enough carbs in their body prior, but find that they are less lethargic from consuming protein, healthy fats and some veggies an hour pre-workout.” And speaking of: Here are the 10 Healthiest Carbs That Won’t Derail Your Weight Loss.
Don’t Overdo It
In spite of the stereotype of super intense celebrity trainers, Saladino says that he takes the energy levels of his clients into account when planning the day’s workout, and that “the coaches that try to push 100 percent all the time are usually the coaches you should steer clear from.” In fact, “sometimes ten minutes a day is all we have and all we can handle. Just getting the body moving is a great reset for the mind and body.” According to him, you can achieve quite a lot with just three days a week of working out. Hey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg only does two days of working out a week, and she’s in better shape than most millennials!
It Doesn’t Matter If You Sweat or Not
If you don’t have a trainer, then it’s your responsibility to be honest with your body’s limits. “Gauge how you are feeling that day,” he said. “More intensity does not necessarily mean better. Not every exercise is for everyone and this is the problem with most group training. The idea that the more you sweat, the better the training, is completely false. Sweating is not the result of how good of shape someone is in.” Indeed, there’s lots of research that supports the fact that you don’t need to sweat to get a great workout.
What Does Blake Lively Do?
Getting into specifics, Saladino said that his workouts usually start with some breathing and foam rolling. He then moves on to “a dynamic warmup which focuses on corrective work, followed by strength circuits. We finish with energy systems work, which is a fancy word for cardio.” If you’re looking to tone up at home, Saladino recommends the following exercises: Forward to reverse lunges, one-legged Romanian dead lift, pushups, rows, and kettlebell swings. “These five are tough to beat and are a great formula for a terrific full body workout,” he said.
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