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Lady Gaga, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other celebrity fitness workouts

May 26, 2011

Imagine that your career depends on your ability to pack thousands of admiring fans into a concert arena, or that you’re driven to become the next Mr. Olympia. Let’s say you’re a middle age actor going back into the ring to make one more fight movie, and this time you’re going to take the punches and drip real blood, not stage makeup. Perhaps you’re going to play Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, and perform some of those impossible stunts yourself. Maybe your passion is to be an example of health and fitness, inspiring people to get up off the couch. This is a motivational post. Just relax and enjoy the entertainment. Later you’ll get the details on how to do a quick hardcore workout that doesn’t waste a single motion.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga took celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak on the road to keep her in shape, and followed his 5-Factor philosophy of diet and exercise. He claims that all you need is 25 minutes a day of resistance training and cardio to keep your metabolism and heart rate elevated throughout the workout. Doing a five  minute cardio warmup, and five-minute cardio cooldown keeps you in your fat burning zone for the entire 25 minute workout. Do this every day, five days a week. To see the moves Harley gives to his celebrity clients:

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Despite all the current controversy, and some past rumors of rampant steroid use, Arnold will always be an icon for muscular development and body building. At age 21, beaten by 54 yo Jack LaLanne in “a contest”, he went on to become Mr. Olympia seven times, and gather many other titles as well as starring movie roles.

Sylvester Stallone

Sly Stallone was inspired to pursue exercise and nutrition when he saw Steve Reeves (a former Mr. Universe) star as Hercules. Much later, at 50 in the movie “Rocky Balboa,” he was an inspiration for middle age men. He put up a good fight against pro boxer Antonio Tarver. There was a rumor that he was caught smuggling steroids across the Mexican border to prepare for this most recent Rocky movie, but that’s no excuse for anyone to stay on the couch every evening.

Tomb Raider: Interview With Angelina Jolie.

Angelina Jolie could really kick your butt after those daily three-hour workout sessions and protein drinks to play cyber-babe Lara. Getting some solid muscle mass wasn’t easy. “I was drinking wine and smoking cigarettes and having a great time. Then I got to the ‘Tomb Raider’ set and they had me up at seven each morning and, a nutritionist was giving me five meals a day. But I liked the intense training because there is only one way to do something and for me it’s in extremes.” Her warrior tendencies worried director Simon West. “For one scene where Lara surfs through the air on a thin log, her stunt double refused to do it. Angie said ‘no problem’. Within a week, she was going, ‘I love it! Let’s go again!'”

Having an A-list body is not only for celebrities. Here are a few superstar fitness secrets:

Functional full-body training is the A-list choice for working out and staying in shape. Jackie Keller, wellness  coach, nutritionist and trainer has worked with Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Charlize Theron, and Penelope Cruz. She says, “Our celebrity clients do combination moves that involve multiple muscle groups at the same time, such as  walking with bicep curls. They do core balance exercises combined with isometric contractions.” Combination moves such as doing squats with overhead presses engage both lower and upper body while strengthening core  muscles. This is very appealing to celebrities, who don’t have a lot of time to spend at the gym. Celebs don’t get a pass on training — they are required to be  diligent or they won’t be hired. When they are getting ready for a photo shoot  or a film, they will regularly do two-a-day workouts and really cut down their  calories.” There are no shortcuts or quick-fixes in this business — long-term success means a solid commitment to staying in tip-top shape.

Jack LaLanne

The “godfather” of fitness and health, his famous TV show aired 1951-1985. See link for his basic routine, but don’t laugh – somebody needed to try to get our parents and grandparents off the couch. His motivational approach is fun to watch. The picture is Jack in 1947, before steroids were in common use. In his more advanced routines, he was doing some of the movements seen in moden core exercises.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2012 3:43 pm

    Arnold never was never even in a contest with Jack La lanne, he was beaten by three men in his career, in 1967 he lost he took second to Chet Yorton in the Mr Universe contest, in 1968 he took second to Frank Zane, at the Mr Universe contest and last in 1969 he took second in the Mr Olympia to Sergio Olivia. He then went on to win 5 Mr Universe titles
    and 7 mr Olympia titles. I love Jack but get you facts straight.

  2. tombell85 permalink
    August 31, 2011 3:14 pm

    Great information! If you don’t mind I am going to link this article from my fitness website.

  3. June 21, 2011 12:43 am

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    • June 21, 2011 10:37 am

      Mike, thanks for representing the other side of the controversy on anabolic steroids. We need information on both sides to make an informed choice. My 36 yo brother-in-law has been using steroids for years, stays pumped up, healthy, and has a happy marriage. I have a sports background as a competitive athlete who worked out with many power athletes, and as a doctor who treated them. Supplementation to enhance performance is common, and can improve life especially for someone who has low levels of natural testosterone. It’s very individual however. Some get side effects on low doses, while others push the boundaries beyond the body’s capacity. There is also the moral issue of doing something that’s illegal, or if it’s legal, the trial-and-error it takes to find a product that’s as effective as advertised. One of my memorable moments was working out at a Chicago YMCA. We had a weight stack in the corner where only the big boys would go, most of them juicers. At age 30 and a weight of 175, I could bench press 360 five times. My friend Bill had a huge chest and arms, and could toss that weight around like candy. “Hey doc, let me hook you up! You won’t believe how big you’re gonna get” he would always say. “Naw man, I’m good, thanks anyway!” I’ve often wondered since then – when is enough enough?

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