Kate Upton looks pret-ty darn good on the front of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but her slimmed down appearance was no accident. The model "worked her butt off" for three months prior to the shoot with celebrity personal trainer Justin Gelband, who has also helped stars like Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway get into perfect shape.
Before dishing on the strategic approach he took to mold Kate's body into cover model material, Gelband advised that anyone looking to improve their body image themselves shouldn't look to other's workouts, explaining:
“Get the best body for you. Be fit for you, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.”
While Kate told sources she worked out every single day leading up to the shoot, Gelband says he exercised with her 5 days a week, during which Kate ran through a circuit training workout that resembled an obstacle course.
With a 30-second rest period between sets, the circuit consisted of roughly 8 to 10 exercises of "movement and motion" including a light run on the treadmill to start, kickboxing, elastic bands, quick feet movement, work on the BOSU and core board, plus the use of a step ladder.
The key, however, was to change the workout up as much as possible, as he told sources:
“The more you change your exercise the better off your body will be because you’re working different muscle groups.”
This could mean doing something as simple as changing the angle of one particular exercise each set. For example, if Kate ran one time through the circuit, she might run backwards or sideways the next time to work different muscles in her legs.
It's always inneresting to learn how others got in such great shape, but at the end of the day, Gelband advises first and foremost,"functionalize your program to work for yourself.”
That means don't worry about the models you see on the magazine cover and certainly don't compare your fitness routine to Kate Upton's. Different bodies have different needs and since you probably won't be posing for Sports Illustrated in a bikini any time soon, you probably don't need to take the same approach to fitness.
[Image via WENN.]