Her celebrity trainer reveals the sexy star's butt-blasting secrets and more!
Revenge star Emily VanCamp is officially a Hollywood “It” Girl, thanks to her leading lady role on the hit ABC series, and she definitely wears it well! The 26-year-old femme fatale just so happens to be in the best shape of her life, due to regular workouts with celebrity trainer Lalo Fuentes, CSCS.
“I’ve always loved yoga and Pilates, but Lalo has taken my workouts to a different level. Combining work on land mixed with pool exercises, we have found an incredible routine that really works for my body and gets me into shape fast for upcoming projects,” VanCamp says.
We went one-on-one with the powerhouse fitness pro (who has worked with slew of other sexy stars from top models to famous actors), where he dished on VanCamp’s butt-blasting workout and more!
SHAPE: Thanks for connecting with us! How long have you been working with Emily VanCamp? We’re such big fans!
Lalo Fuentes (LF): I’ve been working with her a little over a year. She always looks great on camera, but for Revenge, she wanted a dancer’s body and to be a little more toned with a stronger core. She is such a hard-working young woman! She absolutely gives 100 percent during every workout.
SHAPE: What is your fitness technique?
LF: My technique that I use with all of my clients is the “freeze technique.” It’s basically about stopping on each point of the move for a quick second, which permits your brain to connect with the muscles you want to work. For example, if you are doing a squat, you want to stop on the lower part of the move, focus on the muscle you want to emphasize (in this case your glutes), and stand up or finish the move, squeezing your muscles from there. When you're in a standing position, you'll want to keep squeezing your butt until you start the next repetition. The trick is not to finish “X” amount of repetitions, but instead to make the move more efficient, burn more calories in less time, get a burn with less weight, and get in shape faster!
SHAPE: So what type of workouts do you do with Emily VanCamp that utilize this technique?
LF: Her workouts are always changing, but they tend to be half on land and half in water. We’ll focus on things such as Pilates, planks, pushups, or side extensions—just basically a lot of body movements using her bodyweight. But we won’t do any squats or lunges.
SHAPE: How often do you train her and how long is each session typically?
LF: It depends on her shooting schedule, but on average, three to four days per week, for an hour to 75 minutes per session.
SHAPE: What about nutrition? Do you recommend that Emily follow any particular diet?
LF: I could go deeper and deeper on nutrition, but the key is to start simple and take it from there. There are two very simple ways to start seeing results tomorrow. First, with every meal you eat (breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks), you need to have four things: lean protein, good carbs, good fat, and fiber—lots of fiber!
Portions are also very important. Some clients have a big social life and are always at events, so it is difficult to have them eat the regular ABC’s of a healthy diet. I've found that portion control works wonders. Our bodies don’t need as much food as our culture thinks. Our stomach is the size of our fist, or at least that’s how it started. It has an elastic property so we can teach it to reduce its size the same way we taught it to expand. Start by reducing your portions by 10 percent every two weeks until you reach the right portion size. You’ll see your weight dropping on week four!
Now, get ready to tone your tush, define your core, and sculpt your legs and hips! Check out the awesome routine Fuentes shared with us on the next page.
Emily VanCamp’s Butt-Blasting Workout
How it works: These butt-blasting moves will target the glutes from all different angles in order to give your bum the perfect shape. Not only will it give you a smokin’ hot booty, but the rest of the body (hamstrings, quads, inner legs, lower back, etc.) will follow too! The first half of the routine will be on land, while the second half will be in the pool.
You'll need: An exercise mat, pool
1. Stand tall with one foot in the air. Once you feel comfortable and stable, reach for the tip of your standing toe with the opposite hand. While you reach, let your standing knee bend a bit, keeping your chest up while pushing your hips back. This will force your back to straighten.
2. Freeze on the bottom of the move for a quick second, squeeze your glutes, and slowly stand up. When you reach the standing position, keep your glutes squeezed, your shoulder blades together, and your palms facing forward. Complete 15 reps.
Tip: This is a great exercise to work on the insertion point between your butt and hamstrings (in other words, it will help lift your booty!).
Side Leg Raises:
1. Stand tall and extend one leg to the side as if you are kicking sideways but without kicking, just extending (kicking to the air is not beneficial for your joint muscles, and it won’t give you the time to connect with the muscles you want to work). To extend your leg, you want to bring your knee up first and then extend, toe pointing forward.
>2. Once your leg is fully extended, freeze for 1 second and connect with your butt muscles on the outer side of your leg. Your arms should be in front of you and parallel to each other. Alternate legs and do 15 to 20 reps on each side.
Tip: This move will target the sides of your butt, making it smaller. It will also work on your core muscles.
>1. Lie faceup with your arms by your sides, palms facing down, and your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor. While keeping your knees parallel to each other, lift your hips up and freeze at the top of the move, concentrating on your butt.
2. Bring your hips down, and barely touching the floor, freeze for 1 second and lift your hips again. Complete 20 reps.
Tip: This exercise works great on your glutes and core. To increase the intensity, after 20 reps, hold your hips up and start extending one leg at a time, keeping the quads aligned to each other. You can also pulse on the top portion of the exercise (15 times). If you don’t feel this much on your glutes, place a yoga brick under your feet.
Over and Over:
1. Lie on your side with your legs stacked, your bottom hand supporting your head (beach position), or your head resting on your arm. Lift your top leg up and then move your leg as far back as you can and down to almost touching the floor behind you. From there, lift and move your leg forward and down to almost touch the floor in front of your body (this move assimilates the letter U but upside down).
On every point of the move, freeze for a quick second and engage your butt to intensify the burn. Complete 20 reps (if needed, strap 2.5lbs to your ankle).
Tip: This move targets your glutes in areas that neither squats or lunges can. Fuentes uses this mostly with people who already have a good base and just need to trim the last bits to make a perfect butt.
Now it's time to hit the pool! The pool permits your body to go on angles that you can’t on the ground, and that’s why Fuentes likes to mix things up. Begin by treading water for as long as you can, then try a few variations below.
Fuentes likes to start with the famous “egg beaters” and then quickly continue with the same but with both legs moving at the same time in opposite directions. The left leg goes clockwise and the right leg counter-clockwise at the same time. While doing this, you are also working on your shoulders and triceps when you move your arms around.
Kicking with Hands Up:
This targets your glutes and core muscles in a very intense way. If your legs stop moving for a second, you will start sinking. VanCamp has been able to do this move for 15 minutes straight! It is a very difficult and challenging exercise.