ICYMI, there’s a new celeb trainer in town, and he’s helping the It Girls get their dream bods.
If you follow Anne Curtis, Solenn Heussaff, and Belle Daza on social media, you’ve probably noticed a few things. They’re fit AF, but can be just as lazy as any of us when it comes to following a religious workout routine. They’re also prone to whining and negotiating their way out of a sweat sesh. But you’ve probably also noticed that they’re working out extra hard these days—thanks to Arnold Aninion.
The Fil-Aussie bodybuilder is a mainstay on their daily IG stories. Clearly, his routines are working—Solenn is as fit as ever, Anne’s clearly marathon-ready (and her abs are a killer), Belle is upping her fitness routine, and Raymond Gutierrez (who occasionally joins their group sweat sesh) is getting thinner and fitter by the minute. Arnold let us in on the program behind the social media posts so we can join their workouts and achieve our dream bods, too.
Fasted cardio is your best friend.
“Fasted cardio is a great way to kick start your metabolism and quickly ignite the fat burning process,” says Arnold.
Here’s his favorite formula: Walk on a treadmill at medium intensity and at the highest incline for about 25 minutes. Arnold shares, “Usually, it’s around [five to six miles per hour (mph) for me, [but] it also depends on your treadmill.” Next, do a 15-minute ab workout comprised of three sets of crunches (30 reps each), three sets of hanging leg raises (20 reps each), and three sets of cable crunches (30 reps each). Most of this will depend on your fitness level make adjustments accordingly.
If you don’t have access to a treadmill, you can always go for a brisk walk around the block of your neighborhood. If you live in a condo, you can walk up and down the stairs of your building for the same length of time. If you really want to be accurate, you can always buy a heart rate monitor to measure your calories burned and set a target heart rate. Not having access to gym equipment is no excuse!
Do some intervals with a friend.
Have you seen the videos of Anne, Isabelle, and Solenn sprinting through the streets on social media? Yep, they were getting their interval training done together. “Interval training combines high intensity exercise with low intensity exercise as a recovery period. It yields greater results for both weight loss and improving your overall athletic ability,” says Arnold. He recommends that you follow a formula that combines short distance sprints with calisthenic movements like mountain climbers, burpees, and vertical jumps. Start with 10 vertical jumps. After the last jump, run a full distance of 50 meters. Walk back to the starting point and repeat for three sets, resting only for two minutes after each time. Do this for three to four rounds and change up the low intensity movement.
Take a cue from the It Girls and do your intervals with a friend or two. Race each other during the sprints, and challenge each other to go all in. The best thing about this is you don’t need any exercise equipment. Just find an empty road, field, or even a parking lot and let loose!
According to Arnold, “weight or resistance training is by far [the] number one choice for weight loss. Not only do you burn fat, you also build strength. Your body literally has no choice but to recruit more muscle fibers, and the more muscle fibers, the greater the intensity you can train at.” In short, weight-training is a key ingredient in improving or making gains as a result of your workout. You won’t see much progress if you refuse to do any kind of resistance training. But to do so, you will need to go to the gym regularly, put together a specific workout split that meets your fitness goals, and get the right tools like a training belt and some lifting straps to protect your hand.
If you’re not sure about form and exercise terms, do some research! Gyms usually have a couple of free sessions with a trainer when you enroll, so maximize it by coming to a sweat sesh prepared. It’ll be easier for you to learn proper form if you’ve already familiarized yourself with different exercise movements, and the trainer can just help you adjust where you need to.
At the end of the day, whether you go after your fitness goals by yourself, with some friends, or with a trainer, you have to be consistent. “The choice is ultimately up to you, says Arnold. “The main ingredients are commitment, consistency and desire. Your desire to achieve your goal must be unmatched, and you must remain committed. You must be consistent whether it’s in the gym or out there on the track. The main thing is to have fun. [When it comes down to it,] it’s all about you and getting the body and the quality of life that you deserve.”
BRB, going for some fasted cardio RN.