How to Get "The Body" like Elle Macpherson
She may be a Fashion Star on her new show, but she'll always be a fitness star to us!
Supermodel Elle Macpherson may be a Fashion Star on the new show she hosts and executive produces (premiering Tuesday, March 13 on NBC), but to us, she'll always be a fitness star!
After all, the 6-foot-tall stunner is nicknamed "The Body" for a reason. With curves in all the right places and long, lean legs that seem to go on for miles, it's safe to say the 5-time Sports Illustrated cover girl has one ah-may-zing bod.
But we admit. It's easy to assume Macpherson's famous physique is the result of hours upon hours of intense daily workouts and some serious calorie cutting. Well, here's the good news-according to her superstar trainer James Duigan, that's not the case!
"My approach doesn't involve calorie-counting or spending hours in the gym. Rather, it's creating a way of life," Duigan says. "Exercise is there to make you feel better, but to be constantly exhausted and tired is not what it's about."
Duigan, who has trained the 47-year-old beautiful Aussie for the last 15 years, has designed a metabolic program that can be done in as little as 20 minutes. Knowing most of us have very busy lives, his program is devised of a series of resistance exercises to burn fat and calories, improve posture, and increase strength without having to put your body through unnecessary stress, or worse-burning out.
Combined with an organic, natural, and very simple approach to eating with lots of green veggies, fruits, and lean meats, "you'll always feel empowered and good about yourself. You'll never feel hungry and you'll actually be having fun!" Duigan says.
"My motto is work smarter, not harder! Elle is one of the busiest people I know. We do what we can, when we can. Sometimes that will be 20 minutes a day, other times it will be an hour-long session. She's not obsessive about it."
For Macpherson, with two boys, a new show, and several other successful businesses to run, it's clear she has a very organic approach to her health. The key, says Duigan, is all about balance… in a non-gimmicky, straightforward way.
"Take up some tennis, swimming, or surfing lessons," he says. "Do something to add value to your life. You're never going to look back and say, ‘if only I had more time on that treadmill in my basement.' If you have a healthy relationship with food and exercise, the results you want will come."
There's no question we are lovin' that philosophy! For a sneak peek at Duigan's fabulous 20-minute Elle Macpherson workout, check out the routine he shared with us on the next page!The Elle Macpherson Workout
Movement Prep: 2-minutes
Disco Lunge: 15 reps on each side
Y's, T's, and Pushups: 10-20 reps each move
Tube Walking: 10-20 reps each way
Mountain Climbers: 10-30 seconds
That's one set. With this workout, start with one or two sets, and then try to do it faster and add another set once you improve and get stronger.
"Any transformation that happens to your body, happens to your mind first," Duigan says. "You need to commit to changing your life… then the change to your body will be forever."
And don't forget to check out Elle Macpherson starring on Fashion Star, Tuesdays on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.
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