To amp up for summer, I’m now going to the gym about 6 times a week. But as I started paying more attention to working out, I realized that I didn’t know the answer to some very common exercise questions. So I turned to David Kirsch, celebrity trainer to the uber hot and uber famous to settle once and for all those nagging concerns.
Kirsch has shaped some of Hollywood’s hottest bodies including Anne Hathaway (did you see how amazing she looked in her post-breakup pictures), Liv Tyler and Ellen Barkin. He is also famous for getting Hedi Klum from baby weight to runway ready in three weeks for the Victoria Secret fashion show back in 2005, just eight weeks after birthing her child. (The show was recorded November 9 and Kirsch arrived in LA to train Klum on October 13.)
Kirsch has also developed a series of workout related products. His newest book, David Kirsch’s Butt Book, is out July 13, but we’re giving you a sneak preview of how to do one of his signature butt exercises. Read below for the tips this master trainer shares with TDO readers to make your own workout more efficient:
The Daily Obsession: I often hear that women shouldn’t use weights over 3-5lbs because it builds bulk. Yes or no?
David Kirsch: I think women can use up to 10 pound weights for exercises. It is important that they choose the proper exercises for their body type and they should keep the repetitions high – 15 to 20.
TDO: The world’s most fit women (Gwyneth, Madonna, even Michelle Obama) all seem to swear by yoga or Pilates. Those exercises do NOTHING for me. A mat Pilates class isn’t even a challenge – what’s the deal?
DK: I think Pilates is a great compliment to other forms of exercise – cardio sculpting, plyometrics training, and interval training. Pilates is great for strengthening the core. I know that Madonna and Gwyneth also weight train and do other forms of exercise and not Pilates alone.
TDO: I hate lunges. They make me feel like I’m going to fall over. Can I do something else instead?
DK: I think lunges are one of the better leg and butt shaping exercises. If you cannot stand the thought of doing them, then I might try some of my signature moves – plie toe squats, platypus walks and frog jumps – all are in my new book – The Butt Book.
TDO: What is the most effective way to get rid of stomach fat?
DK: The best way to get rid of belly fat is to combine a good, clean diet – low on processed carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol – along with 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least 4 times per week, and one of my express 10 workouts for abs found in my New York Diet.
TDO: Working out early AM on an empty stomach is more effective than any other time during the day. True or False?
DK: Working out early AM is the optimum time to train, but not the only time to maximize your workout. If you can do it in the morning, do it.
TDO: I work out in the evenings either before or after dinner and then get hungry again around 11pm. If I eat (even if it’s something healthy), is this sabotaging my weight loss efforts?
DK: 11 is definitely too late to be eating. Sometimes, when I am up late and still hungry, I will make a protein shake (blended with water) and that will take my hunger away.
In addition to working out, Kirsch also advises a strict diet of No ABCDEF – that is, No Alcohol, Bread, starchy Carbs, Dairy, Extra sweets (including artificial), bad Fats or Fruits. Sound hellish? No one said looking model hot was easy.
For more tips, check out David Kirsch Wellness.