We couldn’t help but notice how hot Emma Stone looked in her Giambattista Valli and Chanel gowns at Sunday night’s Oscars. We asked her personal trainer, Armando Alarcon, about her routine — and how you can emulate it without the hefty trainer’s fee.
First: You’ll look leaner if you have the proper posture
Everyone has problem areas that affect their overall posture. Identify these and bring the body back to its original state before working on it more. One common problem occurs when your chest pulls you forward and your back doesn’t have the strength to hold the shoulders back, rounding the shoulders and causing a squatted forward lean of the head. You need to focus on working the back muscles; Pilates is great for this. Giving your posture a little TLC also flattens out the stomach and brings the chest and the shoulders back, down and correctly aligned with the head.
Make use of your whole body
Never single out one exercise. Full-body training will make you use more muscle and burn calories.
“The body does not move as one single entity,” says Alarcon. “Constantly change your routine with a mix of Pilates, basic weight-lifting, yoga and plyometrics so that the body changes as a whole rather than one particular muscle group.”
Weights don’t need to weigh you down
The celebs use weights — well, light ones.
“Adding five-pound ankle or arm weights to any exercise is hard as heck but causes more of a burn,” Alarcon says. “It maximizes the effort and shortens the time needed to gain the maximum amount of muscle. You can go from doing 20 reps to 10-15 and get the exact same results.”
If it’s bad, don’t eat it
Alarcon doesn’t believe in diets. Allow yourself to eat what you want to eat or you will crash. His food rules are simple: If you think it’s bad, it probably is, so don’t eat it. If you think it’s too much, then don’t eat it all.
“Emma is the perfect example of someone who controls her eating very well,” Alarcon says. “She doesn’t go on diets and does indulge once in a while; but overall, she eats very little meat and fatty foods and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. And she does Pilates for tone.”
Emma’s best combos
Lie facedown on the floor with your palms at shoulder level, fingers pointing forward. Squeezing your glutes, push yourself up until your bodyweight rests only on your palms and toes. Lower yourself and repeat.
The hop up and back
After three reps, hold the plank position and begin to hop both knees in one motion toward the chest. Pause — and in one motion, kick both legs out again to end up back in the plank position.
The squat jump
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower yourself into a squat, with your back straight and feet fully on the floor. Rise onto your toes and hop two or three inches into the air while maintaining your squat position.