Find out how Lauren Conrad stays camera-ready!
Jarett Del Bene has been credited with getting Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port and Lo Bosworth from The Hills in photo-op shape. Here, he shares how he helped sculpt the reality-TV stars and what you can do to get a red carpet–worthy body.
Q: How did you help Lauren get trim and toned?
A: We started off doing circuit-training three days a week and she did cardio workouts on her own. In the past couple months, Lauren and Lo and I have been combining cardio kickboxing and circuit-training into one workout. We start with 20 to 30 minutes of high-intensity boxing. The girls hit my focus mitts and do jumps and kicks. Then we mix in weight moves, such as lunges, squats, push-ups and sit-ups. It's a great full-body workout that relieves stress and builds confidence.
Q: Lauren and Audrina are regularly filmed in bathing suits. What tips do you have for getting bikini-ready abs?
A: My philosophy is to train the body as a whole and the abs will come. People think they need to do hundreds of sit-ups a day to get six-pack abs, but if you're doing the right kind of strength-training moves (exercises that challenge your body to stabilize itself while you're working with resistance), you're constantly using your midsection.
Q: How can people make the most of their time at the gym?
A: Definitely have a plan when you walk in. A lot of people waste time trying to figure out what exercises to do. Go in with your workout mapped out. As you're commuting to the gym, decide if you're going to do cardio. If so, what machine, for how long and at what intensity? If you're planning to do weights, decide if you want to work your whole body or focus on certain muscle groups.
Q: If someone doesn't have access to a gym, what kind of routine can she do at home or on the road?
A: If you're on the road, bring your running shoes with you wherever you go. You can always go for a walk or a run . You can also pack lightweight resistance tubes and target your entire body with them in your hotel room. (You can do this fast hotel room workout without getting out of bed.) If you don't have a gym membership, you can buy some bands or free weights and a stability ball at a local sports store. I do lots of lunges, squats, step-ups, push-ups and sit-ups with my clients—and you can do those anywhere.
Q: What's the best way to stay motivated?
A: If you're getting bored with your workout, exchange fitness tips with a friend. Also, try working with a trainer or a partner since everyone has different routines and it helps to constantly switch it up. Lauren and Lo love kickboxing together. It keeps the girls focused and it's a great stress reliever.
Q: What celebrity workout secrets can you reveal?
A: Consistency keeps my clients camera ready. You never know when the next role or interview is going to come up. A lot of celebrities get in shape for a specific role and then they take a break and lose the benefits from all that hard work and have to get back in the gym again. The most important thing you can do once you've lost weight or toned up is stay active.