Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Pilates: Hollywood's Best Kept Secret?
Is it just me, or does it seem like every celeb that gets interviewed after having a baby or getting ripped for a movie role credit "pilates" as their best kept workout secret? Pilates isn't just popular among dancers, actors and athletes (although let's face it, it is getting a lot of press from it), its also for individuals who are recovering from an injury or who are just bored of high-intensive, sweat inducing workouts. And its not just Hollywood's best kept secret--it's the way for a healthy "eat-that-chocolate-chip-cookie-and-not-see-an-ounce-of-it-on-my-thighs" way of life everyone desires! My point is, it's not just good genes...it's pilates baby. Pilates has been reputable for many years among the entertainment community as the "way of life" for that slim and toned physique everyone wants and can't quite figure out how to get. Having an instructor critique your body and form as you move is SO important because it gets you to the results you want--and so much faster! Yes, its pricey. But having a killer bod? Now that's priceless. Let's take a look some of Hollywood's most devoted pilates followers... Angelina Jolie has been getting back in shape after giving birth to twins Knox and Vivienne back in July (08). “She tries to get in an hour of Pilates three times a week. She’s picking it up pretty quickly and is already doing advanced work," a close source says. Paris Hilton has hit the Pilates mat in a bid to shape up for her new fragrance ad campaign. “I didn’t have to lose weight, but I just wanted to look really good. I started doing Pilates." How did Brooke Burke prepare to win Dancing With The Stars and regain her Sexy figure after Baby No. 1-2-3 and? How Did Susan Lucci and John O’Hurley get in shape for Dancing With The Stars and to perform against competition that was half their age? One word: Pilates. Burke credits Pilates with carving out her killer abs. ”She used to practice yoga every day, but for the past 5 years, she has done nothing but Pilates three times a week and cardio workouts three times a week." Gisele Bundchen's amazing body has earned her well over $38 million a year and the undivided attention of the NFL’s best QB and biggest stud Patriots Tom Brady. She earned almost four times more than PILATES BUFF KATE MOSS (who is in second place with an annual income of $10.25 million). How does she keep her body looking and feeling great? “I’m not obsessed with diet rules and nothing stops me from enjoying a calorific pastry. The question is balance. I like to eat, but I compensate with exercise [including surfing, Pilates, yoga, and dancing],” she tells Vogue. Faith Hill started taking Pilates classes back in 2007, and the routine has given her a body that outshines most 25 year olds! As a result, she’s secure enough to bare her belly in a bikini on the cover of Shape magazine. Jennifer Aniston is another pilates devotee. "I'm a Pilates person. It's great. I had a hip problem. 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." How do the 'Sex and the City' ladies maintain those smoken hot bodies? By incorporating Pilates into their exercise and diet routines! "They follow a comprehensive diet, changing up their exercise routines and incorporating Pilates into their workouts." Despite Sarah Jessica Parker's dislike of the gym and not being a fan of tough exercise regimes, she does go running and practices Pilates and yoga to stay in shape. It was actually Parker's affection for pilates that got her co-star, Cynthia Nixon, to try it out. "I take Pilates classes. Pilates is a kind of mixture of yoga and weight training. It has stretches and poses, but you use springs that are very hard to move. I am rather a novice at it, but Sarah Jessica Parker who got me involved in Pilates is kind of an aficionado." Professional cheerleaders need pilates to keep their legs toned and bellies lean, which is why its no surprise most professional cheerleading squads have their own personal pilates coach and training! “I know the demands of being a professional dancer and have put together a workout that will help the ladies improve their core strength and flexibility, but most importantly it will help to prevent injury,” says Amber Yancey, Pilates instructor of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. “Traditional high impact gym workouts are not always ideal for dancers, because they add additional impact to already overloaded joints and ligaments. Pilates is known as ‘the dancer’s workout’ because while it is an intense form of body conditioning, there is absolutely no impact." “Pilates helps to sculpt the body into long-lean looking lines. These ladies already look fabulous and adding the Pilates method to their strenuous rehearsal routine helps them.” Thanks to Amber, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will be in top shape when they leave for Cancun, Mexico for their annual Swimsuit Calendar photo shoot. But don't think pilates is only for women! When you are the hubby of the fabulous Katie Holmes you better stay fit! That is apparently the attitude of Tom Cruise who reportedly is working hard to shed some pounds and tone up his body. According to a report from Star Magazine, the megastar keeps his body in action-hero shape with a grueling 90 minutes of Pilates every single day. “This is a really tough workout, and it isn’t for the squeamish, but Tom likes to really challenge himself,” a friend tells Star. “He works out with a trainer at home seven days a week, and he’s been doing Pilates for years. He has all the Pilates equipment right there at his house!” “Tom says he feels younger and stronger with Pilates,” a friend adds. “It gives him more stamina. He also likes to do his own stunts in the movies. Katie loves the results – her hubby outshines guys half her husbands age.” For all you golf and basketball fans, check out these top athletes who incorporate pilates into their exercise regime for better athletic endurance and performance: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Last but not least, for those of you who are interested, here is a list to name some of the top Hollywood celebrities and sports icons devoted to Pilates exercise: Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Bell, Pat Cash, Kim Catrall, Kim Coles, Joan Collins, Courtney Cox, Cindy Crawford, Michael Crawford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristen Davis, Susan Dey, Minnie Driver, Hilary Duff, Kirsten Dunst, Daisy Fuentes, Sarah Michelle Geller, Danny Glover, Hugh Grant, Shalom Harlow, Cleveland Indians, Jessica Lange, Lucy Lawless, Sienna Miller, Madonna, Carrie-Anne Moss, Martina Navratalova, Cynthia Nixon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stefanie Powers, Lisa Rinna, San Francisco 49ers, Claudia Schiffer, Martha Stewart, Rod Stewart, Sharon Stone, Hillary Swank, Uma Therman, Charlize Theron, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, Reese Witherspoon, and Kristi Yamaguchi. Now is that motivation or what?! (*information provided by pilates blog, pilates insight, google images)