Not just another celebrity fad… The amount of celebs that stay in shape through Pilates is endless! From our Hollywood starlets Liz Hurley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna to the legendary John Cleese and Ian McKellen. Pilates is a no brainer to celebs in the spotlight.
Reach your ultimate celeb body goals with the core challenging workouts in Pilates, watch your transformation to a longer, leaner, and more-toned you! And if you keep with it regularly, you’ll be showing off a set of sexy, sculpted abs, just like LA’s Pilates obsessed Kate Hudson. So why Pilates? It’s the kind of workout that delivers a body that looks great on camera, wave goodbye to your everyday stresses, improve your posture (gain a few centre-metres in height), tone-up the hard to get arm muscles, release tension and injured muscles, and you can even practice through pregnancy. It’s A life free from back pain!
Here are a few quotes from a handful of A-listers and their amazing trainers:
“I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.”
– Jennifer Anniston
“Pilates is my go-to on the weekend for stretching and toning and being long and lean.”
– Amanda Seyfried
When Anna hooked up with LA Pilates instructor Nicole Stuart, she thought she was the last woman in Hollywood to discover the workout! Anna claims Pilates has “completely changed her body.”
– Anna Faris
Cameron’s longtime trainer says that Cameron uses a mix of Pilates, cardio, and weights to stay in great shape: “That seems to be the best combination for women over 30,” he explains. “Women need weight — it’s great for building the butt. And elongation and smallness is tapped by doing Pilates.” When it comes to Pilates, Cameron does a combination of mat work and the Reformer.
– Cameron Diaz
For Mandy, Pilates is as much of a workout as it is a way to keep her happy. The actress swears by Pilates three to four times a week and it’s one of the ways she achieves balance, good health, and happiness.
– Mandy Moore
During a red-carpet interview Megan gave away her secret that she stays fit by doing a lot of Pilates — “an immense amount of Pilates” to be exact.
‘You don’t get shoulders like Sandra’s by eating bon bons all day. The actress states that whenever she’s in LA, she makes a point to take Pilates classes. She also relied on the workout when she wanted to get in shape for her role in The Proposal; the idea was to look strong, but also keep a feminine-looking bod for her swimsuit scenes.’
– Sandra Bullock
“I was doing Pilates before people even knew how to spell Pilates. I started with (Pilates guru) Mari Winsor after my first child, 22 years ago. She used to come backstage and do a mat floor workout with me when I was doing Kiss of the Spider Woman on Broadway. Core strength balances your entire body. It pulls your shoulders back, tucks in your pelvis, makes you walk straighter, and gives you great posture.”
– Vanessa Williams
Chelsea maintains that Pilates is the one thing that keeps her motivated to work out: “I was a fitness fiasco — until I found Pilates . . . It’s been the most gentle on my body . . . I’m longer and leaner and much more graceful. I can honestly say it’s changed my body — and my life.”
– Chelsea Handler
“What do I like most about Pilates? ‘The fact that I can really feel my body working. I might do 250 crunches but my body is so used to them that I don’t really feel them. With Pilates, I can really feel my abdominals even if I only do six or 12 repetitions.”
– The late Joan Collins, who first started doing Pilates over 30 years ago
“You have turned me into a Ferrari; my husband thanks you.’”
– Ruby Wax
Just to name a few! Now we all know how phenomenal the Victoria’s Secret models are with their super long legs and washboard tummies – the real ‘secret’… Pilates! Displayed by the gorgeous Alessandra Ambrossio on the reformer…
Moving away from some of Hollywood’s finest bodies, here are some quotes from our very own Brits”
“Now I have muscles of steel and could easily deal with giving birth.”
– Hugh Grant
“I have done every diet in the book over the years. What made the big difference was the exercise. Now I do a lot of walking, Pilates and some running and swimming.”
– Lorraine Kelly
“Athers suggested I try daily Pilates exercises. He swore by them.”
– Andrew Flintoff, ‘former England fast bowler, on the advice he got from Mike Atherton, former England cricket captain, on how to tackle his back problems. Flintoff took the advice and was soon back to fitness and form.’
So, whether you might be inspired by the perfected Hollywood bodies or the strong injury-free athletes, Pilates is your answer! Get started with combining your mat classes with some equipment sessions and watch the celeb’s quotes come to life in your own body!