How Zoe Saldana Got Fit for Colombiana
As one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, 33-year-old Zoe Saldana is gorgeous, smart, talented, and a true fashion icon.
With her starring role in the new action flick Colombiana (in theaters August 26), the fearless female can officially add “kick-butt action hero” to the list of adjectives fans might use to describe her. In the movie, Saldana plays Cataleya Restrepo, a babe-you-best-not-cross assassin who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who murdered her family.
Moyer, who has worked with Saldana since 2009 and also trains Amanda Righetti and Shannon Doherty, was inspired to become a personal trainer after injuries ended his professional basketball career in Europe.
“I started giving individual basketball lessons to kids, and that evolved into personal training,” Moyer says. “My passion is not just training people, but helping them establish a healthy lifestyle.”
For Colombiana, Saldana wanted to maintain her toned, flexible, athletic body while remaining injury-free and healthy. Although Moyer has an extensive certification in nutrition (check out his Moyer Method, a wonderfully healthy lifestyle you can individualize), he didn’t need to put the sexy starlet on a special diet for the role.
“I give her a lot of credit — she knows how to eat healthy for herself,” Moyer says. “I give her tips and suggestions when she wants them.”
Moyer recommends having a main goal of being of good health rather than just trying to look fantastic, because you won’t necessarily be healthy with the latter.
“Exercise is a big part, and so is nutrition. What’s often overlooked is balance,” Moyer says. “You don’t have to be extreme with either to look great and feel great.”
So you can feel like a kick-butt fearless female (and look like one too), Moyer shares some of Zoe Saldana’s workout secrets, here.
You’ll Need: An exercise ball, a resistance band, a cable rack, and an exercise mat.
How it Works: Moyer’s workout for Saldana is a great one for toning because it works the whole body with a definite focus on the legs. The upper body moves will help define without any threat of getting bulky, as well as working the core hard.
“It hits the main problem area of the upper body that all my female clients tell me about — the triceps,” Moyer says. “You could also do this workout minus the cable push-pulls with just an exercise ball.”
Before beginning this workout, start with a 5 to 10 minute warm-up on an elliptical machine or treadmill to get the body warm.