The supermodel just started working out two years ago.

August 27, 2019
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At 49 years old, Naomi Campbell looks just as goddess-like as she does in the #naomiarchives photos she posts on Instagram from her earlier modeling years. That said, you might be surprised to learn that her love for the gym is fairly new.

“I got into working out two years ago,” she recently said on the talk show Lorraine, according to People. “I like it. Not so much machines. Like, circuit training. It’s not the same. I need to keep doing different things."

Recently, she gave fans a rare sneak peek into one of her workouts on Instagram—and it looks anything but easy.

"Back to business," she captioned the video, tagging celebrity trainer Joe Holder, who Campbell says has been key in sparking her passion for fitness.

"I have a great trainer called Joe that I love working out with," she said on Lorraine. "I also work out here at [London gym] BXR, and kind of a community of trainers that come under Joe that…work with me around the world when I travel, so I get to keep it up."

The following day, Holder, who is also a Nike Master Trainer, took to his own Instagram to share a more in-depth look into what a gym sesh might look like for Campbell.

First, he posted a video of Cambell crushing some battle rope slams. "The key component to a successful workout program, whatever that means to you, is making sure to still have fun," he wrote. "One of Naomi’s favorite exercises is battle ropes!"

As the name implies, battle ropes are serious business. On top of adding major resistance to any plyometric or bodyweight move (have you ever tried doing jump squats with them?!), they're great tools for scoring both a cardio workout and strength workout in one, as well as boosting your mental fortitude, and improving your overall coordination. (These 7 battle rope exercises to slam, strength, and sculpt your body are proof.)

Plus, on top of strengthening your upper body, you can use battle rope exercises to work ~everything~ including your abs, arms, shoulders, and legs all at the same time while delivering some serious heart-rate-boosting benefits. (There's a reason why battle ropes are used in some of the best metabolism-revving strength moves.)

Holder also gave a preview of some other equally challenging movements from Campbell's workout, each of which he shared to his Instagram Stories. Take a look:

Jump Rope with a Mini Resistance Band

This high-intensity move—jumping rope with a mini resistance band looped around her thighs—is something Cambell does every day, according to Holder.


Around the World Toe Taps with Resistance Band

In this move, again, Campbell has a mini resistance band looped around her thighs. Then, she does a forward lunge, lateral lunge, and reverse lunge all with the same leg, returning to standing in between each.

This movement, Holder says, puts, "much of the focus on the non-moving leg so it can stabilize with dynamic changes in the environment." That means better control when you're running, jumping, hiking, etc.—and, bonus, it's also great for sculpting your booty. (Check out our 30-Day Butt Challenge That Seriously Sculpts Your Booty)


Medicine Ball Circle Squat

Campbell started by holding a medicine ball at her chest and dropped into a squat. Then she stood and pressed the ball forward, arms parallel to the ground. She squatted again, bringing the ball back to her chest, and stood to press it to the left. She repeated the move, each time pressing the ball to a different point in the "circle" around her. (Related: Also try this 8-Minute Medicine Ball Mayhem Workout.)


Resistance Cord Single-Arm Reverse Fly

Campbell held the handle of a weighted resistance band with one arm. She started with the arm extended straight forward in front of her chest, parallel to the ground at shoulder height. With her arm straight, she pulled the band to extend her arm fully to the side, then slowly released it back in front of her body.

This slow, targeted exercise is super useful for reinforcing good posture. As Holder says himself: A good workout isn't always about kicking up the intensity, but about making sure an athlete understands their body and learns to engage it properly to reap the best results.



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