The Fit Momma: Gwen Stefani
Her Routine: Gwen Stefani is known for bouncing back from pregnancy at the speed of light (no fair!), but has a personal trainer to help with the process. She favors old-school style exercise (and has famously said to Elle magazine, “I’m not into Yoga or Pilates… they don’t work for me. I’m more like a man: I like going to the gym and lifting weights”), so try creating your own bootcamp workouts just like Gwen…
* Bump Up Cardio: According to Gwen’s trainer, cardiovascular exercise is the key to keeping Gwen lean and mean, and she favors traditional forms like jogging (put baby in a stroller) or boxing (try an exercise video).
* Mix It Together: If you simply don’t have time to go for a run as a new mom, try combining strength training with your cardio to create an intense circuit (alternate 30 seconds of a fast-paced cardio like jumping jacks, squat jumps or high-knee runs, with 30 seconds of a total-body toning movement like mountain climbers or walking lunges).
* Add Weights: All it takes is one look at Gwen’s toned arms and stomach to know that weight training is part of her routine, but in order to see continual results, never do the same routine for days in a row. Switch it up with body-weight exercises one day, free-weight dumbbells the next (lifting until muscles are fatigued), or even using your baby or toddler as a weight the next.
* Get Moving: Part of the reason why Gwen slims down fast after pregnancy is because of impending rock or solo tours, which keep her thin and trim with hours of running, singing and dancing. Try to burn calories all day long by staying active with your kids, popping in a dancing aerobics tape (or simply dancing to music), or dropping down (like Gwen) to do push-ups periodically througout the day.
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