What’s the secret to looking like an A-lister? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. This weekend is the CanFitPro Expo, and celebrity fitness expert Eric “The Trainer” Fleishman, will be giving a presentation on Friday about how Hollywood stars transform their bodies for the movie and TV roles and the red carpet. We got a sneak peak at his session and got a few of his secrets to looking beautiful to share with you: Eat, sleep and exercise. 1. EAT Eric gives his clients the red, white and blue diet. But don’t let the name fool you. This diet isn’t restricted only to our American neighbors. The colours simply represent the different food groups that should be included in your diet. “Red represents the vast array of colour that should be represented in fresh fruits and vegetables that you should be consuming every day,” he says. “The darker the hue the better; so blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, really ruby red tomatoes, all of those darker colours are higher in antioxidants and they’ll promote beauty,” explains the trainer. Think white for protein. “There has to be some sort of protein represented in each meal. A serving of protein is no larger than a deck of cards or the palm of your hand.” Try Salmon on a bed of sautéed spinach, mushrooms, onions and garlic. With a glass of unsweetened iced tea. Blue is for water, and “Hydration is the key to beauty,” he says. Eric recommends drinking 12 to 16 glasses of water a day. 2. SLEEP According to “The Trainer,” sleep is the most important element because that’s when the “transformation” happens. You should get about eight hours of sleep every night. But it’s not only how long you sleep, it’s when you sleep. “From a beauty stand point, the hours before midnight are worth nearly twice as much after midnight,” he says. “You can actually change more if you sleep during 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., rather than at midnight to 8 a.m., because you’ll burn the remaining energy from the day during sleep transformation.” 3. EXERCISE And no toned body is achieved without exercise. But Eric adds that you don’t need weights to get the results most stars have. “These exercises are done on a mat. No equipment. You don’t have to touch a weight, a machine or elastic bands. You use your body and that’s it.” Here are a few exercises that Eric includes in his female celebrities’ workouts.
Kick-ups 3 sets 30 reps each leg While on your hands and knees on a mat, drop your elbows to the floor so you are on your forearms. Kick your leg up to the ceiling, as if you’re reaching for a button that you need to push. Bring your knee back down close to the floor (but not touching). Complete one set on one leg and then switch sides. This will target your glutes. Hydrants 3 sets 30 reps each leg Get onto your hands and knees. Lift one knee out to the side of your body and then extend your foot as if you are karate kicking someone next to you. Return your bent knee to just above the starting position. Complete a set, and then switch legs. This is great to tone your abs. Walking Lunges 3 to 4 sets 20 reps each leg Take a giant step forward and lower your body, keeping your torso upright. If you can lean your upper body back slightly so you can feel a stretch in the hip flexor and quad. Stand back up and take a step with the other foot so you alternate legs for the lunges. —Alyssa Tria