When you think fitness, what comes to mind – fun or drudgery and effort? Do you imagine dragging yourself to the gym, dreading every work out? Do you make up ways to avoid getting it done? Are you tired of using the same equipment over and over?
Fitness doesn’t have to be an effort. You don’t have to dread the cardio equipment and fear the weights. Boredom is one of the top reasons that those who begin a fitness effort stop. If you’ve just begun your fitness journey, take heart. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of fun activities that do double duty, getting your heart rate up while being enjoyable. A workout that teaches a new skill can build self confidence, and the reality that you are improving in your new area of study makes you more apt to stick with it.
“Exercise doesn’t have to be boring,” says Shawn M. Arent, director of the Human Performance Lab at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “It can be fun and addictive in a good way.”
Angelina Jolie’s stunt trainer Simon Crain spilled how she got secret-agent strong for her role in Salt. Ashley Mateo of SELF gets the run-down.
Running around in stilettos is not something you should try without a professional spotter. “Women look great in stilettos, but they are totally impractical.” said Crane. “We had to have several other shoes standing by, ranging from same-colored sneakers to slightly lower heels.”
“I know her strengths and how to capitalize on them,” said Crane, who has previously worked with Jolie on a number of movies. “For her fight training, we got her learning a combination of Muay Thai and Krav Maga very early on. We would then pick the moves she was best at and combine them into a sequence. The training, at the early stages, took up about three to four sessions a week, lasting approximately two hours each.” Once filming started, they trained during lunch breaks and on the weekends.
Krav Maga is not some new health drink or Super Food. It’s a hand-to-hand military form of combat that was started in Isreal and used by the Isreali Defense Forces as a form of self-defense and unarmed combat. Krav Maga has been gaining popularity here in the states as a form of exercise and self-defense. Krav Maga fans include Jennifer Lopez, Christian Slater and most recently, Bar Rafaeli, Leonardo DiCaprio’s current squeeze who just happens to be the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model. (more…)
Most of us do a little last-minute toning work before we head to the beach. So imagine what we’d do to prepare for the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue! For current cover model Bar Rafaeli, it was cake. Literally. The 21-year-old Israeli supermodel admits she ate whatever she wanted and didn’t do any special workout to prepare for the shoot.
“They tell you ‘you better not go on a diet before the shoot’. Girls tend to think, ‘Oh my God, I have to be in swimwear, I have to look amazing’. They just say, ‘You better not, girl!’ And they just let you eat all the time during the photo shoot. They love that; they love their girls healthy,” said Rafaeli.
When asked about her typical regimen, her answer was simple, “exercise and eat right.” (more…)