A page dedicated to my unhealthy obsession with celebrities. I promise it will at least be loosely related to fitness.
If Pippa can do it, so can you!
Pippa Middleton competing in the Highland Cross Challenge in Scotland on Saturday. So much more than a pretty face and flawless fashion sense; she trekked her famous heiny through a 20-mile run and 30-mile bike.
A little fluff
Kristin Cavallari of reality t.v. fame looking smokin’ on the beach. She may not be super fit, but she also isn’t scary skinny. I think she looks like a real girl, albeit an extremely gorgeous one.
Gwen Stefani, age 42 (!) and mother of two (!), shows off some great abs and a little shoulder muscleage. Love that she seems strong and fit, not just a stick.
Check out those arms! And I don’t mean his. Cameron Diaz shows us what a real workout looks like, and does.
And another, just for fun.
This last photo is of Sean Penn (and some chick sporting nice quad muscles), who I don’t particularly like, but have to admit looks pretty fit.
Do you have a celebrity body inspiration? C’mon, you can admit it. I know it’s silly and shallow, but it’s still kind of fun. I only like the ones who look like they’ve actually seen the inside of a gym once in awhile.
Julianne Hough works it out!
While I’m not entirely sure Julianne Hough has the best judgement–she is dating Ryan Seacrest, after all–she’s got the fitness thing down. I’ve always thought she was cute, but I recently came across this little slideshow, and now I’m completely impressed. This girl knows how to work it, and she’s not joking around (well, maybe a little bit)! Check her out, and prepare to feel lazy.
This is not easy, people. Try it sometime. Squat jumps for 1 min. (heck, even 30 sec.), rest 30 sec. – 1 min. Repeat. Do this on it’s own as a mini cardio blast, or work it into your weight training circuit.
How to: squat down as far as you comfortably can, making sure feet are about hip-width apart and knees stay behind toes; jump up as high as you can, squeezing your glutes and throwing your hands above your head; land into squat position with weight distributed evenly between both feet, and bam! Go again.
Riding your bike is a fun summer activity–like a stealth workout because you burn calories while getting where you need to go. Only one thing wrong with this picture–she needs a helmet. I know, I know, I’m such a mom.
Uh . . . ok, I’m not sure what the heck is going on here, but it does look like fun. Did you hear rollerblading is totally back in style? Mike is dying to try it.
Another good high-intensity, outdoor workout. It looks like she’s doing some kind of plyo step jumps here. The powerful, explosive movements of plyometric exercises help improve quickness, stability, athleticism and balance. Plus they make your butt look good in spandex. This is definitely a more advanced movement though, so make sure you have a base level of fitness or help from an expert before you try.
Looks like all of that hard work is paying off.
I know there are a million better ways for me to spend my time than checking out the celeb gossip magazines and websites. But I do it for you, people, I do it for you.
Btw, all photos are from people.com.
We have a winner
I’ve decided Fridays are for fun. We can talk about science, and exercise and goal-setting on those earlier, more serious days of the week. But Friday, well Friday is going to be reserved for the frivolous, silly, gossipy or whatever else I feel like, because it’s my blog and I can.
Today I’m thinking all about the last two nights of So You Think You Can Dance! I can’t believe it took me seven seasons to finally get on the fan train. What was I doing with my life before I started watching this breathtaking show? I can hardly remember, though I’m sure Mike thinks back on the pre-dance days fondly. Years of football makes me say, “deal with it buddy.”
So glad Melanie won. I kinda called that one a long time ago, not that I’m bragging or anything. I’ve liked her from the beginning, and she just got better and better. Don’t you think she kind of looks like Ginnifer Goodwin?
Anyway, I was thrilled she won. The last several weeks, I started really liking Sasha too, and I think it could have gone either way. But Melanie just seemed more versatile. That girl could do an-ee-thing, anything. Except maybe Disco. The guys weren’t bad either, but really, I never thought one of them had a chance. Most of the time, no matter how good the guy is, it’s the girl I’m watching. They just draw your eye more, I think. The guys are like the backdrop! Like that Queen number that Tad and Lauren did; he was just there to make her look good. Sorry Tad.
And another thing: how freakin’ awesome is Cat Deeley? Love her, want to be her, am a little bit obsessed with her.
She is gorgeous, obviously, and her hair is enviable. But I love how she is so chic and sophisticated, and then the she opens her mouth and this enormous, gusty laugh comes out, and you realize she is a total goofball.
And finally, sadly, I feel I have to address the elephant in the post. Katie Holmes totally sucked. There, I said it. It was hard for me because I used to watchDawson’s Creek (whatever, if you are in your 30s you know you watched it too), and I liked her so much. But then the whole Tom Cruise thing, and I’ve tried to keep liking her, I’ve really tried. I’ve forgiven her a lot. But her guest judging was so craptastic, I don’t even have words. Way to go, Katie, way to go.
Whew. Ok, anyone still reading? I know I probably lost some people with this post, but that can’t be helped. If I can’t dance, at least I can gush about it. Anyone else have any thoughts to share? Were you happy Melanie won? Do you try to recreate the routines in your living room? Are you planning to try out next season? If you think you’ve got what it takes, send me a video. I’ll post it!
Celebfit–if you can’t do it, gossip about it
It’s Friday, which is usually fun and frivolous day, so you get a celebfit to start the weekend off right. Plus, I’m still too beaten down by my bout with strep throat to do any exercise of my own, so the next best thing is to check out famous people working out!
I don’t know why, but I get the impression Jessica Biel actually runs for real.
Oh yeah, that’s why.
Could she be any more awesome? I have a girl crush. If there was any celeb figure I’d really want to have, this is it. Strong, ripped but still feminine. Who needs Justin Timberlake when you look like this?
Heidi, on the other hand, looks like a goofball. Sorry, I know she has four kids, and she’s sooooo in love with Seal, and she’s been running around NYC with other skinny models all summer, but she looks like she’s fake jogging straight out of an 80s LA Gear commercial or something. Auf wiedersehen, Heidi.
This is Kellan Lutz, who, as all you Twihards know, is like, the buffest vampire around. Obviously, he is a specimen. Good for him.
Ahhh, now this guy is much more my style. Love ya, Jake! Though I could do without the facial hair.
Remember when Reese used to run with Jake? Now she’s with this guy, who I’m sure is very nice, but definitely not an upgrade. Sorry Jim.
Here comes Pippa. We know she’s the real deal, not that she has a choice now that everyone has their eyes on her bum.
And finally, Renee Zellweger, who sometimes seems a little bit scary in her zeal for running. Still, in this photo she looks like a gazelle, don’t you think? Long and lean and fit, not gaunt like she often does.
Ok people, if those bods don’t at least get you thinking about pounding a little pavement this weekend, I’m at a loss. Jessica Biel would be enough to motivate me, if I wasn’t planning on a nap instead.
Have a great weekend!
Btw, all photos from people.com.
I had a nice post planned out for you today, really I did. Something important, something relevant, something helpful and informative. But then, just as I was getting ready to start a writin’, I was smacked in the face with this beauty of a photo slideshow, and I just couldn’t help myself. I had to share with you the celeb-
fit fright that is LeAnn Rimes. I’m sure most of you are much to intellectual to be trolling msn’s Wonderwall website where I found these pictures, but you may enjoy them in spite of yourself. And if you’ve seen them already, well, a little re-hashing is always fun.
Wowzers. She looks like Skeletor. I normally wouldn’t make fun of people for how they look (at least not in such a public way), but she brings it on herself. She tweets pictures of herself in bikinis night and day, and is always talking about how she isn’t too skinny and eats lots of pizza and ice cream, etc. Big old WHATEVER!
Totally natural pose, not at all designed to show the armpit cleavage she probably paid a lot for. Notice the pointed front foot? How it sets her leg off oh so nicely? And then ba dow! Booty shot.
She is definitely working out–ab muscles are insane, and her arms and shoulders have definition, but what else is she doing to get such low body fat? This picture is probably the best of all of them, but still, something is just off.
I have no words.
- Photo: http://www.skinnyvscurvy.com
This photo is from a shoot she did for a swimwear line she is representing. I can’t even bother to tell you the brand name because we are all going to agree to never buy it!
This is LeAnn’s Shape magazine cover from 2010. Can you see the difference? Please tell me you can. There are two big ones right up top! I don’t think she was any nicer when that cover was shot, but she sure looks a lot healthier. She still has muscle, and is definitely lean and fit, but you can’t count the bones under her skin.
Ok, then. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I can spend the rest of the week on much more serious topics. Stay tuned and I’ll see you tomorrow!
celebfit–Heather Morris, I heart you
Hi, my name is Trish and I watch Glee. I don’t care about the plot, I don’t care if the story line makes sense, I just want to see some singing and dancing. As you may have already guessed from this post, I have a weakness for dancing, and Glee hits the sweet spot.
I especially love Heather Morris, the actress who plays Britanny S. Pierce. She has the greatest deadpan delivery, and she is far and away the best female dancer on the show.
Monday’s episode took it to the next level with her performance of Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls).”
Check it out.
And if you didn’t catch her turn as the real Britney Spears, this one is worth a watch too. She is a.maz.ing.
As if that isn’t enough to make you fall in love, she was also featured in the most recent Fitness Magazine, looking awesome and talking about her healthy habits. She also revealed she recently had her breast implants removed because they hampered her active lifestyle.
“Implants were something I thought I wanted when I was younger, and now I don’t,” Heather says. “It was hard being active with them, because my chest was always sore. It hurt a lot, and I didn’t like always being in pain, so they had to go!”
Nothing against breast implants, ladies. If they work for you, rock ’em. I just love her honesty.
Too bad Heidi Montag wasn’t listening.
Back to Heather.
Both photos from Fitness Magazine.
Celebfit–Red Carpet ready
I hope you enjoyed this ode to Heather. I realized I hadn’t done a celebfit for a while, and Heather is certainly worthy. I hope you also notice, that I only profile people who appear to lead a healthy lifestyle, and have a toned and fit body, earned through exercise. I don’t go for that skinny minny crap. Show me some MUSCLE! Obviously, celebrities are notorious for presenting the image they want you to see, so it’s possible I am being mislead and really, they are sitting around eating Cheetos and smoking (which is why you won’t see the real Britney Spears featured here). I do my best.
Sunday, I’ll be sitting on my couch, having a (red) carpet picnic and watching the Oscars. I love me some award show season! Lucky for me I can wear my jammas and not worry about fitting into a couture gown, all my parts on display for the world to critique. But it got me thinking; how do Hollywood ladies prepare for E’s Red Carpet Glam Cam 360?
Turns out, Glamour Magazine has the answers!
BioSlimming Active Wrap is touted as a way to lose those last few inches. At $180, it’s not cheap, but I hear being in the movies pays pretty well so . . . The process uses an infrared heated wrap and essential oils, active algae extracts and caffeine to minimize cellulite, boost metabolism and melt a few sizes off of your waist. Does this really work? It is possible to temporarily improve skin’s appearance, so for an important event, a wrap might help a little (or at least make you feel like it does), but long-term the effects won’t last.
Result Wear helps stunners like Halle Berry, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sofia Vergara and Cate Blanchett keep their curves contained. The latest brand in the Spanx-like suck-it-in category, Result Wear has a style for just about any dress silhouette, and is much more affordable than a body wrap. Plus, you can use it more than once. Remember ladies, shapewear is your friend.
Juice Cleansing is something we hear a lot about in Hollywood. Gwyneth Paltrow comes to mind as one of the most vocal proponents. There are lots of different cleanse options out there, from homemade juice fasts to pre-packaged, celebrity-endorsed cleanses. And while cleansing can be done safely, it’s not really necessary to “cleanse” the body. That’s what your liver and kidneys are for. However, anytime you limit calories, pee a lot and cut out processed foods with loads of salt, sugar and other additives, you’re going to see some temporary weight-loss. Is it healthy? That really depends on a lot of factors, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
So there you have it: a few star secrets to sizzling on the Red Carpet.
Btw, I don’t endorse any of these practices (except the shapewear, which is an excellent idea!), but I do enjoy watching the results parade in front of the cameras on Oscar night. Mike enjoys making fun of me. We all have our vices.
Happy Friday, and have an Oscar-liscious weekend.
I don’t watch American Idol. Never have. I don’t watch The Biggest Loser either, which seems odd now that I think about it.
Anyway, I didn’t see Carrie Underwood when she was on Idol, and I’ve never been a huge fan. I mean, I like her fine, but I don’t seek her out or anything. The last couple of years though, she’s sung her way into my heart a little. Why? Because she’s always hooking up with Brad Paisley for duets, and Brad, well Brad I love. Plus, the two of them are just hilarious when they host the CMAs.
So a couple of months ago, Mike and I went to see Brad at the Pepsi Center. I was beyond excited; number one, to see Brad, and number two, to be leaving the house after 7pm. On a weekend.
Now if you listen to country music, you might be familiar with a little Brad and Carrie number called Remind Me. It was in pretty heavy rotation on the radio around the time we went to the concert, and I was wondering how Brad would handle it. Would he do a solo version? Bring Kimberly Perry lead singer of the Band Perry, and tour mate out to sing it with him? Both decent options, but somewhere in the back of my mind I thought, “how cool would it be if Carrie Underwood showed up to sing it with him.? Unlikely, sure. So is me going out on a date with my husband but there I was, so I figured it might happen.
Suddenly, the arena went totally dark. Brad walked out singing the opening lines of the song, and then, shimmering across the stage in a sequined dress, there was Carrie. They stood on stage, each in a different spotlight, each broadcast on a different screen, singing their hearts out. The crowd went wild. Mike and I went wild (he thinks she’s hot). The song ended, and she walked off without a word. Amazing.
A few days later I was reading a review of the concert in the paper, and the first line said something about how everyone knew that the “Carrie Underwood” at the concert was a hologram. WHAT??? A freakin’ hologram? Well, Mike and I sure didn’t know, and we were fairly close to the stage. When I texted Mike the news, he was just as shocked as me.
I’ve never felt quite the same about Carrie since.
Still, she is hot. Maybe that’s why she’s got all that wind blowing on her. To cool her off.
She’s changed a lot since her Idol days.
She was cute then, but she’s smokin’ now.
She went vegetarian, and then vegan, logged her daily calorie consumption, and started working out. She says she still religiously tracks her calories, and other weight-loss winners will tell you that’s a highly effective way to manage your weight.
Another key component to a bod like Carrie’s? I’ve said it before, and I’ll let her say it again: strength training.
There’s just something sexy about feeling strong.
There is nothing sexy, however, about pulling a fast one on your fans. It’s gonna take some time to earn my trust back. Geesh.