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Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Here’s How To Work Out Like Your Favorite Artist

Fitness
Running
Personal Training
Massage
Cardio

When our favorite artists hit the stage, we’re floored by not only their voices, but of course, their rockin’ bods. Whether they’re on the road touring or playing a star-studded award show like the Grammys, finding time to stay fit and healthy can be a challenge.  

Wondering how these divas get their sweat on? Check out how they stay healthy on and off the stage! 

Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

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Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

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Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

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Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

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I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!