Top advice for nutrition, fitness, and weight loss from A-list athletes, trainers, and celebs.
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We get it: After a while, all those early mornings at the gym and plates full of Brussels sprouts can start to take a toll. But fear not, fellow fitness fanatic. You're not alone in this fight. For proof, we got advice from ultra-fit people from across the A-list spectrum—athletes, trainers, actors, and every other authority on sweat—to see what powers their goals. And you know what? Most of their advice comes down to a few simple, common-sense tips that you can put into practice, too. Click through the gallery to learn about all the small changes that have paid big dividends in their lives.
Terry Crews: Find What Works for You
Whatever form your workout takes, make sure it fits with your life, Terry Crews says in his cover interview with fellow Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg. Not everyone is built to train like a pro athlete. You just need to fully commit. “If you do Zumba and you love Zumba—you want to be the badass Zumba chick or Zumba guy—it’s going to keep you in shape. I know bicycle guys who are in better shape than NFL players. You’ve just got to find out what you do, man.”
Damian Lillard: Be Disciplined With Your Diet
"I don’t eat as much sugar and salt and fried food," says Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. "Just for health reasons, to feel better, and take better care of my body, and treat it like the machine that it is so it can function better and longer."
Ryan Hall: Get the Right Gear
“I think the biggest mistake that people make is not having the right pair of shoes for the workout they're doing," says marathon man Ryan Hall. "When I was younger, I would have just one pair of shoes that I would wear for every single run. Now, I literally have five or six pairs of shoes depending on the workout I'm doing. For example, if I'm doing a long run, I like to wear a midweight shoe, something where I'm callusing my legs—getting used to running in lighter-weight shoes similar to what I'm going to race with in a marathon.”
Jay Cardiello: Portion Control
Celebrity trainer Jay Cardiello, a recognized fitness and nutrition expert, offers this tip on portion control: "Make sure chicken breasts (and) meats are no larger than your palm" and that "spaghettis (and) pastas are no larger than your fists."
Hugh Jackman - Tech Helps
“My latest trick is to wear a heart-rate monitor when I’m lifting," says Wolverine and X-Men franchise star Hugh Jackman. "I never let the rate dip below 140. It’s full-on."
Mark Harmon: The Power of Pilates
Mark Harmon, the longtime NCIS star, credits Pilates with helping to rehab an injury and helping him stay in shape: "It completely kicks my ass," he says. "[I had a] shoulder injury [that drew me to Pilates]. The physical therapist I went to was all about that. They kick your ass on these machines. I was a big runner after college—I used to do 60- to 70-mile weeks every week. I wish I had some of that back now. [Pilates] is all about controlling the machine, and that's twice as hard.”
Jason Khalipa: Don't Deprive Yourself
Jason Khalipa, the famously shredded CrossFit star who claimed the title of "World's Fittest Man" in 2008 and routinely dominates the NorCal regional, has some easy-to-implement advice on nutrition: “It’s really meat and vegetables—keeping it simple. It’s the old-school way of eating, the real way. But I’m not going to be that guy who, if it’s my birthday and someone brings me a cupcake, I’m not going to eat it. You’ve got to not take things so seriously.”
Sofia Vergara: Work Around Your Injuries
“I have bad knees,” says Sofia Vergara (or, as you might know her, Joe Manganiello's better half.) “Since I was young, I couldn’t do the typical workouts that everybody does. I can’t do normal squats. I can’t run." To work around this obstacle, Vergara took to the Megaformer, a low-impact, full-body fitness machine. “I really got into it,” she says. “With this machine, I was able to figure out a way to work out that worked for me." If you have an injury that prevents you from doing specific activities, find one that accommodates what you can do.
Kenneth Faried: Core Power
“I like working on abs," says bruising Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried. "Everything starts from your core. It’s not so much from your legs or your arms or how big your upper body is—it’s from your core. I like doing a lot of ab workouts to make sure my core is strong enough.” Whether you're training for the NBA or just trying to improve your functional ability, core training is integral in helping you attain your top level of fitness.
Rob Gronkowski: Greens Are Good
Tight end Rob Gronkowski needs his body to be in top shape to perform for the New England Patriots. And since Gronk needs huge quantities of fuel, he makes sure a lot of it is high-octane veggies. "First off, I usually make sure I have some greens and vegetables on my plate. Broccoli contains lot of vitamins, especially vitamin C, and it has lots of antioxidants, which is huge because after practice you’re all flamed up and need something to calm down your muscles and take care of all the swelling and all the pain from practice and lifting. I’ve also got some carrots, which are rich in vitamin A and help your eyesight. You always want good eyesight. You’ve got to see to catch the ball."
Russell Wilson: Go Carb-Free
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made one change to his diet that has helped improve his performance on the field: “I’ve been trying to cut carbs late at night. I’m a big pasta guy, but I’ve cut it out to stay fast and lean.”
Casey Neistat: Make Fitness Your Time
Filmmaker Casey Neistat, who is arguably the top storyteller on YouTube, breaks down his workout regime: “I run 50–70 miles a week and lift five or six days,” says Neistat. “It’s my time.” Find some physical activity you enjoy and make it a time for you to rejuvenate your spirit, as well as your body.
Andre Ward: Pilates Power
Pound-for-pound, Andre Ward is one of the top boxers in the world. He's also a huge fan of Pilates. “Pilates is phenomenal. I go hard in my boxing training, strength and conditioning training, and track work, but [Pilates] keeps me supple. It keeps me injury-free, and it also keeps me strong.”
Colin Goddard: Make Time for Working Out
Colin Goddard, who famously survived four gunshots in the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007, doesn't have as much time to work out as he would like, but he values playing team sports. "It’s hard to maintain a good routine with all the traveling I do for work, but I’m very competitive,” says Goddard. “I play in soccer and volleyball leagues and work out when I can otherwise.”
Gio Benitez: Schedule Your Entire Day
Emmy-winning ABC correspondent Gio Benitez loves to stay fit, but his 18-hour workdays force him to plan everything—even his down time. “Every single day is a whole new puzzle, and I just need to figure out where all the puzzle pieces go,” he says. “I fit play into the puzzle. Obviously you need rest, because otherwise work is going to suffer. So I try to keep in mind the time I need to relax." Plan your day so you can start on track for your fitness goals and get everything else done as well.
Keith Mitchell: Eat Quality Food
When former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell suffered a spinal contusion during a game, doctors told him he'd never walk again. He had different plans, however, and with the help of meditation, yoga, and philosophy, he eventually got back on his feet.
The journey also taught him about the importance of proper nutrition. "I’ve learned to raise the quality of foods I put into my body,” Mitchell says. “My motto is ‘eat to live,’ not ‘live to eat.’”
Jarret Stoll: Stay Agile
Center Jarret Stoll, who won two Stanley Cups with the LA Kings, is a big fan of agility ladder workouts. “When I travel, I take the ladder with me,” he says.
Mike Dolce: Make Your Health a Priority
“Once we make long-term health our immediate priority, every decision becomes obvious,” says UFC fitness coach Mike Dolce.
Danny Green: Strike a Balance
San Antonio Spurs guard DannyGreen dishes on what he puts on his plate to stay in game shape:
PROTEIN: I go for a turkey burger on a whole-grain bun with lettuce and cheese. I usually eat something like that for my protein. I do eggs on a constant basis.
FRUIT: I wouldn’t say I eat fruit all the time. If I’m in the mood for fruit, I’ll eat it. I try to get some kind of fruit throughout the day or every couple of days. I usually go for bananas to keep the cramps away.
BREAD: I don’t stay away from bread, but I don’t load up on bread either. I just eat it if it’s around.