By Kelsey Murray
Zoe Saldana is a beautiful, talented young actress who is really starting to gain the attention and fame she deserves. Her newest movie to hit the big screens was Colombiana, which opened in the USA on August 26, 2011.
In the film, Saldana plays Cataleya, an assassin who is in killer shape (no pun intended). In order to get the fantastic physique to portray Cataleya, Saldana trained three or four days each week with her personal trainer, Steve Moyer. Saldana has worked with Moyer since 2009; the trainer also works with Amanda Righetti and Shannon Doherty.
Moyer and Saldana both wanted to keep her already athletic build, but also wanted to keep her injury-free and healthy while training for and shooting the film.
“I give her a lot of credit – she knows how to eat healthy for herself,” Moyer said of Saldana. “I give her the tips and suggestions when she wants them.”
In addition to a healthy diet, workouts were a huge part of her transformation as well and there was a lot of toning involved in Saldana’s preparation for the role. So, Moyer created this workout for Saldana and anyone else who wants to get into better shape.
Warm up on an elliptical machine or treadmill for five to 10 minutes. Then, Moyer recommends doing squats with an exercise ball and resistance band for 12-15 slow, controlled reps. Move next to cable push-pull exercises which tone your entire body, followed by plank push-ups, walking lunges, ball hams with an exercise ball, and finally cooling down with more walking on the treadmill or elliptical.
Moyer offers one more piece of advice to keep in mind when you are trying to get into better shape:
“Exercise is a big part, and so is nutrition. What’s often overlooked is balance. You don’t have to be extreme with either to look great and feel great.”