Jolie bit the bullet and joined a gym this week. Apparently my “eating spaghetti and watching The Bachelorette diet” is not necessarily conducive to losing weight. (Who knew?) I used to frequent Equinox West Hollywood, where the equipment gleams with the pampered sweat of the preening celebrities–but that baby is expensive! As a compromise between practicality and fun, I joined Crunch West Hollywood, which has high-octane classes and a killer view of the Chateau Marmont, but won’t require you to sacrifice your first-born child in exchange for membership fees. Everybody wins!
Now that I’m in Operation Bikini -mode–dude, I actually bought a package of personal training sessions–I’m naturally on the hunt for workout tips. This morning, the following popped into my email box, as if personally delivered by the “Don’t Even Think About Skipping the Gym for the Margarita Bar” gods. So, please enjoy 5 Tips to Get-and-Stay Svelte from Declan Condron, the co-creator and exercise physiologist of PumpOne FitnessBuilder, an iPhone app with over 400 workouts and 4,000 exercise videos/images.
Declan’s Top 5 Tips to Be and Stay Bikini Ready:
1. Try to do something everyday: no matter how simple it may seem. Declan says that “this does not necessarily mean you have to be at the gym everyday for hours. By making some smart decisions you can add in exercise in short spurts throughout the day, like taking the stairs.” 2. Don’t get caught in the “Spot Reduction” rut: spot reduction does not exist, according to Declan. It refers to the idea that if you do a ton of exercises for a certain body part, it will become beautifully sculpted. This is unfortunately not the case. The best way to lose weight and gain muscle tone is to perform a total body conditioning program and eat a healthy diet. 3. Focus on a small goal: don’t psych yourself out by trying to lose 25 pounds. Concentrate on a smaller number like losing 1 to 2 clothing sizes. 4. Avoid those tasty summer thirst quenchers: come summer, people break out the blenders and mixes to whip up margaritas and daiquiris. But all that sugar and alcohol can play a very detrimental role in losing weight and gaining muscle. Declan notes that “alcohol is empty calories with no nutritional value. It also can increase fluid retention, which leads to bloating”- the last thing anyone wants when in a bathing suit! 5. Don’t stick to the same workout: have an “all-round conditioning program that includes strength training, cardio and flexibility training. An ideal plan has three days of strength training, two-three days of cardio, and stretching as often as possible.”