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Kate Moss hits the barre

Kate Moss' March 2010 Harper's Bazaar coverSupermodel turned prima ballerina Kate Moss will trade in her couture fashion for a leotard and tights as she is set to co-star in a ballet movie with 62-year-old Mikhail Baryshnikov, the famous Russian dancer and choreographer who played Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend in the final season of Sex and the City.

To prepare for her role, the already pin-thin model is taking private ballet classes and “has to be fit, healthy and looking good, so her late nights and heavy partying have to be reduced,” the Daily Mail reports.

The film, rumored to be named Baryshnimoss, will first be screened at a fund-raising event, then shown as a gallery installation British Vogue says.

For being such a health and fitness junkie I apparently have quite the obsession with the too-thin Kate Moss, but I think she looks the part!



Oldie Yogi

Good genes aside, journalist Tom Brokaw is pushing 70 and looks incredible! Although he admitted to Conan O’Brien on Jan. 12th’s The Tonight Show that he didn’t know about “abs” before he moved to L.A. (apparently he didn’t mix with the right crowd during his early career while living in middle America) he shared his secrets to keeping healthy, trim and active at his age – bicycling and yoga.

“I like bicycling. Last year I was bicycling in the south of France and also in South Africa. I’m getting ready to go to New Zealand and Australia to do some bicycling,” Tom says. “I do workout with weights to some degree although my wife is pushing me back into yoga again. I wear a pained expression when I’m doing it.”

Yep, this nark does the downward dog, just not in a tie like Conan expected. I realize 70 isn’t that old, (you can’t blame me, the post’s title had such a fun ring to it!) but the only form of exercise my grandfather does is walking up/down the flight of stairs in his house, so it’s great to see Tom staying so active amidst his busy schedule.

How can you make Tom’s workout routine work for you? In Tom’s case, he talks about that “as you go through life you’re much more conscious of trying to stay energetic and trying to stay mentally alert” but in reality, yoga is the perfect complement for biking and cycling. Yoga guru Sadie Nardini (of NYC’s The Fierce Club) put together a great video that demonstrates stretches you should add to your routine. Yoga For Cyclers.

Namaste.



My Workout With Celeb Trainer Gunnar Peterson

He’s responsible for making some of Hollywood’s sexiest celebs like J-Lo, Matthew McConaughey and Kim Kardashian hot and sweaty – and into red carpet ready shape! And for one steamy NYC morning I had him all to myself… well almost. As one of the lucky few who won an invitation to FITNESS magazine and Silk soy milk’s tweet-up workout with trainer Gunnar Peterson, I (and about 12 other fitness enthusiasts) was put through a 10-exercise workout with one of Hollywood’s most sought after trainers.

Gunnar’s philosophy is to create an exercise program that keeps your heart rate elevated, your body guessing and builds strength. So what did we learn? Well some of the moves can be viewed HERE but the 10-exercise workout program was designed for busy people who can’t spend hours training, but want to have the body that looks like they do! Best way to do that – incorporate total body moves like a plank/push up or my favorite, the advancing side lunge with wood chop, so that you can make the most out of limited time.

Looking for some moves to include in your workout routine? Try the dumbbell squat that goes into an upright row. Always remember proper form when squatting – keep your chest up and don’t lean over your knees. Imagine that there is a string attached at your chest bone and someone is tugging it up as you squat down. Incorporate other upper body moves into the exercise by switching out the upright row for a push press or lateral shoulder raise.

While celebs may fear Gunnar’s workouts (expect to sweat!) I see why they love him! His tongue-in-cheek personality shined during the Q&A session that followed the workout. One girl who is trying to shed a few pounds asked if she should hold off on strength training (and focus on cardio) until she drops the weight? Gunnar’s response, “I see a lot of fat people on the treadmill.” Harsh? Maybe. Honest? Completely! But for those looking to lose weight, the reason why Gunnar stresses that workouts must include resistance/strength training is that it builds lean tissue which is active, and active muscles burn calories faster.

So what does Gunnar keep in his workout toolbox – the rowing machine and stairs! Simple but effective workouts. I like to use the rowing machine on Monday nights when I get to the gym after work and it’s so packed that there is a wait for any cardio machine because more often than not, the row machine is open. Gunnar suggests mixing it up when rowing by including an overhead row or underhand grip.

His other favorite – stairs! He claims they are another underused component in an exercise program, especially considering you don’t even need a gym to use them … and I agree, check out the earlier post I wrote about stair climbing as a great budget workout! Keep your heart rate up and your body challenged by speed intervals, climbing two stairs at a time or even climbing climb sideways.

And his advice if you’re in the market to hire a trainer – the best workout program is one that keeps you challenged and makes you want to come back. Being pushed to the point you want to throw up, not being able to walk the next day or hating yourself and your trainer isn’t motivation to come back for another session.

The only piece of equipment we used during our morning workout with Gunnar was a set of light dumbbells (I used 8lbs.) and a yoga mat. So even if you can’t afford a gym or trainer, Gunnar proves you can still get a body like Hollywood’s hottest celebs!



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