It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to become a supermodel. Let’s talk about the sweat. These five models swear by these not-so-typical workouts.
On Her Toes
The Dutch Victoria’s Secret model enlisted Mary Helen Bowers, a ballet dancer who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, three or four times per week to keep her workouts en pointe. The routine is great for thighs, abs, arms and butts. “Every morning after a workout with her, I feel so sore in places I didn’t know I had,” she told the Daily Mail.
To prep for her second Sports Illustrated cover, Upton jumped on the boot camp bandwagon, meeting with her drill sergeant David Kirsch seven days a week and rotating through high-cardio exercises such as running, rowing and elliptical training. “The most difficult for her was the sprinting,” Kirsch told CNN. “And the easiest was the boxing and kickboxing, mostly because she loved kicking my ass!” If someone had you in the gym seven days a week, wouldn’t you?
Beauty and the Beats
The mother of two daughters, Valentina and Sienna, has perfected the speedy shape up. Eight weeks after Sienna was born last September, Lima was stomping the Victoria’s Secret runway (above left). She beat the baby weight off by boxing for six hours a day—three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening—in the five week lead-up to the show. Clearly it was worth it. Lima says the workout “gives you the best shape ever.”
She’s armed and glamorous: the world’s highest-paid model maintains her shape with thrice weekly, 90-minute Kung Fu classes. Stances and high kicks work the lower body, blocking and hand movements work the upper body, and together they strengthen key core muscles. Plus, Bündchen knows her way around an arsenal, working out with swords, spears and bows.
Rock The Plank
Mrs. Orlando Bloom is a devout yogi who credits her sculpted core to plank workouts. In an epic show of stamina, she will hold a plank pose for seven minutes, listening to music to pass the time. She concedes this move isn’t for everyone. “Every body is different,” she has said. “You have to find what works for you and stick with it.”