Another trend in celebrity fitness is mind-body integration. Harvey Walden, fitness expert of VH-1's Celebrity Fit Club and author of No Excuses! Fitness Workout, says "Celebs are doing a combination of yoga, Pilates, and cardio training. These modalities work because they are the healthy way of getting fit and getting it done right."
According to fitness expert for America Online Fitz, "Alicia Minshew who plays Kendall Hart on ABC's All My Children does a lot of Pilates, yoga and weights. She also runs four miles twice a week." She adds, "Sasha Cohen, US Olympic Silver Medalist in ice skating does an extremely advanced stretching routine that helps improve her balance, keeps her insanely flexible and injury free."
In addition, stars are looking for workouts that work for them -- mentally and physically -- and are enjoyable. Celebrity trainer for a national fitness program called "Novo Nordisk Presents: Divabetic - Makeover Your Diabetes" Kathy Dolgin, best known as High Voltage, who has worked with cheery CBS news anchor Katie Couric and high-energy performer RuPaul says, "I get my clients to figure out what moves them. Music is a big motivator because it involves body and mind." Getting in tune as you get fit offers other mental benefits as well, says Dolgin. "There is an exercise program for everyone and incorporating music into it makes working out fun instead of a chore."
"The biggest celebrity fitness secret," Walden says, "is the hard work and hours needed to get to that point." Fitz seconds that, saying, "The secret to celeb fitness is that their profession forces them to pursue true fitness. If they want to 'look the part,' they have to exercise frequently and watch what they eat. Celebs don't get a pass on training -- they are required to be diligent or they won't be hired."
And according to Dixon, "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.
According to Keller, the best bodies belong to the stars who consistently workout and eat healthy. She says, "Our star clients follow a balanced diet along the line of our general NutriFit recommendation of 60% favorable carbs (fruits, vegetables and whole grains), 20% lean protein and 20% healthy fats."
A fit body requires a commitment to long-term healthy eating as well as sensible diet modifications when necessary. Dixon says, "Looking good takes a lot of work and dedication to a nutritious diet plan." When stars need to get fit for a role, their diets reflect their goals. Dixon adds, "A high-protein diet that is low in simple sugars is an efficient way to drop weight." However, some celebs will go to extremes. According to Dixon, "Cleanses are very popular right now, although I don't think they are good for you. Why starve your body and slow down your metabolism in the long run?"
In addition, some celebrities follow specific diet plans. Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, author of the F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight-loss, says, "Macrobiotic, raw food and vegan diets have gained tremendous popularity in the past ten years. Followers of these diets include Madonna, Alicia Silverstone and Demi Moore. Gwyneth Paltrow used to follow a strict macrobiotic diet, but gave it up when she became pregnant with her first child." She adds, "[These] diets all can be effective, as they are based on plant-based protein and whole grains, which will improve overall nutrition and health."