Find out how the Modern Family star maintains her amazing figure

By FitSugar
January 23, 2012

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is known both on and off the red
carpet for her enviable figure, and award season is definitely a time when
the actress can shine. Between her glamorous gowns and camera-ready
makeup, Sofia always looks the part. But the self-described gym hater also
 works hard to keep fit. We spoke to her trainer Gunnar Peterson (whose 
clients have also included Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Angelina Jolie), to
 learn more about how Sofia gets award-season ready.

Make it fun: How does Gunnar keep his celebrity clients sticking to
their routine? "I try to keep it fun. I try and put a little bit of levity
in it, but at the same time, I don't sacrifice the work. We may goof
 around and stuff, but we're definitely going to goof around while we're 
working." A boring workout is one you won't want to stick to, so read our
tips on how to
 keep a workout fun.

Whole-body workout: Gunnar doesn't like to waste time with isolated
moves. Burn more calories and work more of your body at the same time
instead. "I don't do that many isolation movements, like single joint
stuff," Gunnar says. "I do bigger movements. If we're going to do a lunge,
we're probably going to add an upper body component to it, like a lunge
with a wood chop, a side lunge with a wood chop, or a rear lunge with a
lateral raise, or a forward lunge with a front raise." Try it yourself:
incorporate this me
dicine ball wood chop the next time you do lunges, and check out Gunnar's cutting-edge double-duty gym equipment here.

Pressed for time: Think you're too busy to exercise? Put it in
perspective: you can be done with an effective workout in less than an
hour. "Five minutes for a warmup, 30 minutes for a workout, and five
minutes for a stretch and a cooldown. By the end, that's 40 minutes,"
Gunnar says. "You really don't have 40 minutes? The President is far
busier than you, Kim Kardashian is far busier than you, and she can make
time. It's about prioritizing." If you just don't have time to devote that
much time to a workout every day, it's OK to cut back, says Gunnar. Just
don't skip out on the warmup in an effort to save time. "I'd rather have
you do a short walk and an abbreviated workout than just bag the warmup
and get right into the workout because now you're courting injury, which
is going to sideline you [and will] set back your whole fitness goal and
program," Gunnar says.

A careful diet: Gunnar's not one to forbid an indulgence, but he
recommends a pretty disciplined diet for best results. He himself usually
avoids alcohol and sugar late at night, and recommends that his clients
skip carbs later in the day -- especially if they're getting ready for an
important event. Gunnar recommends cutting out foods like rice, grains,
pastas, oatmeal, and potatoes, as well as sodium, since all of these make
your body retain water, "which blurs, to a certain degree, definition and
muscle separation," he says.

Read more about 
Sofia's fitness and diet routine here!

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