And when it comes to maintaining her slim physique, the designer has formulated a jam packed daily fitness regime that is just as comprehensive as her beauty routine.
Besides keeping a fairly clean diet, the 44-year-old also ensures that her body is receiving all the nutrients it needs in between means. She also manages to squeeze multiple workouts into her day—and she still manages to leave ample time to spend with her family.
Here, we detail everything you need to know about Victoria Beckham’s everyday diet and exercise routine.
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DIET: Nutrient-Dense Breakfast
Every morning before having her breakfast, VB preps her gut for the day with apple cider vinegar. “Be brave! Two tbsp first thing on an empty tummy!” she revealed on Instagram.
Then, she makes herself and her family one of her signature ‘green monster’ smoothies. According to Hello!, she takes a mix of chopped apple, kiwi, lemon, spinach, broccoli and Chia Seeds and blends them all in her Nutribullet.
According to Women’s Health she also starts her day with a bowl of sprouted grain cereal. Her go-to pick contains wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, which she then tops with “unsweetened organic almond milk.”
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DIET: Greens and Clean Eating
While this may not come as a surprise to you, Beckham is a stickler for healthy eating. “I enjoy eating healthily,” she told The Times. “And I’m in the fortunate position where it’s easy for me. I can afford to eat well.”
She insists that her wholesome diet is what gets her through her workouts and her day in general: “I expect a lot from my body,” she said. “And I’m never sick. You have to be kind to your body if you expect a lot from it.”
The designer loves her vegetables, particularly broccoli, beans and peas, and typically pairs them with fish. She tends to favour salmon, which has also been responsible for clearing her skin. She also has a huge love for sushi, which her family also shares.
In terms of what she has cut out of her diet, she shared with Vogue UK that she has completely cut out milk and cheese.
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As well as packing her diet with nutrient-rich foods, Beckham also takes supplements to give her daily energy supplies an extra boost. I’ve got the vitamins and the collagen pills… and I need a lot of energy to be buzzing about!” she told Vogue UK.
She’ll also eat a spoonful of pollen each day, and has boasted about its benefits. “Twenty-two amino acids, 12 vitamins, 28 minerals,” she said. “We can’t have wrinkles!”
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To start her day, VB goes for a 5km run each and every morning. “I go for a three mile run every morning and I work out for an hour with a PT, which gives me just enough time to get to the kitchen to puree Romeo’s avocados,” she told Vogue Netherlands.
According to Vogue UK, she typically completes her PT session with celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson, at 6 o’ clock each morning, five days a week. According to Anderson, she often completes this session on the treadmill.
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EXERCISE: Multiple Workouts A Day
As mentioned before, Beckham will sneak her workouts in at 6am each morning, but that’s not all she does each day. “I get up quite early, around 6am, and do an hour in the gym before the kids get up, then I give them breakfast and David or I take them to school,” she told The Times.
“I’ll then fit in another hour’s workout before I go to the office. I’m very disciplined, I have to be. It’s really the only time in the day I get to myself.”
Beckham’s routine is definitely not for the feint hearted, squeezing these workouts in almost every day of the week. “I work out every day, six or seven days [a week],” she told ELLE UK.
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To keep her workouts fresh and interesting, Beckham also loves to attend classes.
She’s been spotted multiple times at LA’s cult-fitness studio, SoulCycle. According to Vogue UK, she’ll also fit in a workout at Barry’s Bootcamp when she can.
If you have to pick your chin up from the floor every time you see Jennifer Lopez’s absolutely ripped body, then you’re not alone.
And while we’ve all been in total envy of her sculpted physique for quite some time now, we’re only all the more impressed by it with the knowledge that the triple threat talent turned 49 just days ago.
But if you thought for one second that Lopez’s body was the work of blessed genetics, or a casual Pilates class, then you are sorely mistaken. Unsurprisingly, a whole lot of work went into the body J.Lo has today, including a clean diet and a strict workout regimen.
Here, we run through Jennifer Lopez’s exact diet and fitness routine.
DIET: Water, water, and more water
Beyond any other diet or health rules she lives by, Lopez’s number one rule has always been to keep well hydrated.
“Drinking plenty of water, especially before a workout, can help you push harder and get more out of your exercise routine,” she told Hello!.
While going into her workouts well hydrated is key, she also makes sure she’s replenishing her supplies right after she exercises: “I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout,” she said. “That way, I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day.”
DIET: No Caffeine or Alcohol
As important as it is to know what you should be putting in your body, something that’s perhaps more important is knowing what not to put in it. In JLo’s case, she steers well clear of caffeine.
While she does drink coffee, she always makes sure it’s decaffeinated. “I haven’t had caffeine in years,” she told Hollywood Life.
When it comes to diet, Lopez is pretty strict. She sticks to a balanced, nutrient rich diet, and has cut out all processed and refined foods.
“I have her eating very clean because she needs really good fuel for all the things that she’s doing,” her trainer Tracy Anderson told People. “It’s all organic and it’s all very well thought out, with the balance of very high quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food… everything is fresh.”
Even when dining out, the singer likes to keep her diet in check. “I’m a very social person and love spending time with my friends and family, so when we go out to eat I try to make healthy choices,” she told Hello!.
“Most restaurants offer healthy, low-calorie meals so I watch for things on the menu that fit my lifestyle. I’ll have a salad or some fish with veggies. And I make sure I drink lots of water throughout the meal.”
DIET: Clean Eating
When it gets to lunch time, Lopez fills her plate with a tonne of veggies. “By lunchtime, I’m starving,” she told Hollywood Life . Her mid-day menu typically consists of either salmon paired with a broccoli, zucchini and capsicum salad dressed in vinaigrette
When it comes to dinner, Lopez typically eats a protein paired with quinoa. “It feels like rice and beans, which I grew up with. And I like pork and chicken — especially Puerto Rican style!” she said. While her diet may sound a little restrictive, JLo has never starved herself to stay slim. Instead, she eats foods that will properly fuel her for the day.
According to nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, who spoke to Prevention Magazineabout her Metabolism Revolution diet plan encourages positive metabolism function, Lopez’s diet consisted of lean proteins and non-starchy veggies along with some healthy fats and complex carbs—like brown rice and sweet potatoes—while she worked with her.
DIET: Smart Snacking
While snacking for most consists of a packet of chips or a few squares of chocolate, JLo doesn’t let herself get tempted by junk foods. Instead, she opts for healthy snacks between meals. “I also love to relax with my kids after a workout and share a healthy snack with them,” she told Hello!. “I always carry fruit and veggies with me to give me something to snack on between meals.”
Or if vegetables just won’t cut it, the singer will reach for something slightly more substantial. “Protein is my go-to whenever I start having cravings,” she said. “It fills me up and keeps me full longer. It’s a great muscle fuel.”
EXERCISE: Never Skimping On Her Workouts
Most people can agree that exercise can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore—Lopez isn’t most people. In fact, getting her heart rate up three to four times a week is a great source of joy for her. “I am 100 per cent convinced that working out is part of what makes me so happy,” she told Hello!.
“Dance has always been a huge part of my life and taking the time to move my body and do something that’s so good for me is key to my happiness. And I really believe that when you take care of yourself and work to stay healthy, you’re better able to take care of those you love. So working out is definitely a priority for me.”
Never one to skimp on her daily sweat session, Lopez finds that the best way to work exercise into her day is doing it in the morning. “I don’t like doing it later; it’s harder to get there when I have my day going already,” she told Hollywood Life.
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EXERCISE: Mixing Up Her Workouts
The key to Lopez’s tireless dedication to exercise seems to lie in her tendency to mix up her workouts.
“When I’m in New York, I work out with David Kirsch—he’s an amazing trainer,” she told Hollywood Life. When I’m in LA, I work with Tracy Anderson. I like the balance that they both give me. They have two totally different approaches. I like switching it up with my body.”
When working out with Anderson, she takes a slightly more relaxed approach to her routine, freestyling her sessions, and incorporating arm weights with moves that corporate the butt, thighs and core.
In comparison, Lopez’s workouts with Kirsch are slightly higher in intensity. The trainer spilled Insider that their workouts typically consist of kickboxing, circuit training, lunges, burpees, and ab workouts. She also incorporates HIIT workouts into her training to target the stomach.
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EXERCISE: Her Go-To Butt Workout
According to her trainer, David Kirsch, the one move JLo incorporates into her workouts to sculpt her butt is a platypus walk. Kirsch told Insider that this move is “the quickest, most effective workout for your butt.”
The low squat technique, which can be seen in one of Lopez’s Instagrams, works on “the inner thighs and lifts and tones the butt.”
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EXERCISE: Her Go-To Upper Body Workout
Also courtesy of Kirsch is JLo’s go-to move to tone her upper body: Spiderman push-ups.
This move incorporates a stability-testing bosu ball to blast the arms, chest and core (you can see exactly how it’s done here.
“This is a pretty comprehensive exercise,” Kirsh told SELF. “If you’re short on time, you can do it as a standalone move and feel like you accomplished something. You can also incorporate it into your regular upper-body or core workout.”
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EXERCISE: Her go-to full-body workout
If Lopez is after a full-body workout, she turns to Kirsch’s signature 32-minute express workout, over a workout which lasts for ours.
“The key is less is more now, truncated workouts,” he told Insider. The two hour workouts are gone.”
Incorporating gliders, resistance bands, dumbbells and medicine balls, this express workout is low-impact and super sculpting. Kirsch let People in on the details of the workout, which contains 16 individual moves.
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EXERCISE: Her go-to full-body workout
Wide Stance Squat
Plank on a Medicine Ball – 30-second plank.
Dumbbell Row to Tricep Extension – 10 reps on each side.
Overhead Slams with Medicine Ball
Torso Rotation with Resistance Band
Squat with Row and Bicep Curls with Resistance Band
Tricep Extensions with Resistance Band
Medicine Ball Sit-ups
Push-ups with Glider
Pike-up PlanksUnless advised otherwise, you should complete 20 reps of each move.
“The other day, Alex was across the lawn, and I brought him something, and then I ran away. And he said, ‘You run like you’re 25 years old,’ ” Lopez recalled. “I haven’t stopped that pace, so I’m still at that pace, I guess. When things start aching more, it’ll be different.”
Her intense workout regimen likely helps. The Shades of Blue star does everything from Tracy Anderson classes to boxing to private sessions with trainer — and PEOPLE’s Health Squad member — David Kirsch.
“She’s amazing at everything,” Kirsch, the owner of Madison Square Club, previously told PEOPLE. “She’s genetically blessed, she’s physically gifted with an incredible amount of physical energy, but also this beautiful amount of mental and emotional energy.”
“She’s very connected to her body, and she’s got crazy discipline. And I’m not just saying that — it’s a pleasure to work with someone who is as dialed into her overall wellness as Jennifer is. When she shows up and I get 500 percent. There’s no phoning in the workout.”
Today is Jennifer Lopez‘s birthday, which is an event that’s especially easy to forget given that the triple threat looks exactly the same as she did when she released her debut single nearly 20 years ago. (Cue up “If You Had My Love” for a delightfully earworm-y trip down millennium-era lane.) So, how has J.Lo mastered the art of being totally ageless, you ask? Well, her healthy habits certainly haven’t hurt her case.
Over the years, Jenny from the Block has made her well-being a top priority: Not only is the new 49-year-old completely glowing with skin that’s basically like “wrinkles, who?”, but her dedication to fitness has also worked in her favor. After all this time, she hasn’t slowed down a bit, doing choreography with which her twenty-something self might even struggle to keep up. But, good news, normals: Everyone can incorporate her superpowered secrets into their own busy lives, and most of ’em don’t cost a thing.
If you tell yourself you’re ageless, you are ageless, right? Well, the affirmation seems to be working for Lopez. She previously revealed she uses the power of positive thinking to boost her self-confidence and ensures she stays radiant. “Affirmations are so important. I am youthful and timeless. I tell myself that every day, a few times a day. It sounds like clichéd bullshit, but it’s not: Age is all in your mind. Look at Jane Fonda,” she says.
3. She’s all about high-vibe facial oil
Aside from telling herself she’s youthful and timeless, she has a go-to product: Her makeup artist Mary Phillips says Lopez is a fan of Själ’s Saphir Concentrate, a facial oil that not only contains aquamarine—the stone of eternal youth—but also botanical retinol, soothing blue chamomile, and a biomarine complex. At $175 a pop, it’s certainly pricey, but hey—it seems to work.
4. She drinks a ton of water
During an interview with Dr. Oz, Lopez revealed she doesn’t drink alcohol, and instead opts for chugging hydrating H2O. “For me, it feels good. It’s mostly what I drink all the time. I don’t count [how many glasses] I drink, but I drink it all day,” she says. She also gets between six and eight hours of sleepevery night and stays out of the sun—two more easy and unbeatable healthy beauty habits to start ASAP.
5. She eats a clean, healthy diet
J.Lo is all about fueling her body with wholesome foods, and she’s definitely picked up some metabolism-boosting tricks from celebrity nutritionist Haylie Pomroy along the way. Pomroy’s main goal is helping her clients change the way their bodies use food as fuel through a few different techniques: eating only real food (AKA plenty of fruits and veggies!) and nothing processed that contains artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives, not counting calories or cutting portions, and eating within 30 minutes of waking up as part of a total of three meals and two snacks every day. Easy enough, right?
Appearing as youthful in your forties as you did in your twenties is impressive. Looking even younger? That’s some Benjamin Buttons-style magic.
Ask your standard celebrity how they maintain an ageless appearance and you’re likely to get a rote answer about drinking lots of water, using sunscreen and getting plenty of sleep. (All arguably important when it comes to skin care.)
But Jennifer Lopez swears her secret potion boils down to the power of positive thinking. And since she’s turning 49 today and looks like that, we’re inclined to listen.
Stitched onto a pillow at her estate in L.A. Bel-Air neighborhood are the words, “I am youthful and timeless at every age,” a phrase she repeats to herself several times a day. “It sounds like clichéd bulls–t,” she recently admitted to Harper’s Bazaar, “but it’s not: Age is all in your mind. Look at Jane Fonda.”
And, okay, she also guzzles water, enjoys regular facials and is “a firm believer” in sunscreen. “She really leans in to the big fundamentals,” boyfriend Alex Rodriguez explained to Harper’s Bazaar, “like getting her rest, eight to 10 hours. She doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke. She lives a very clean life.”
A disciplined one at that. Because despite a schedule that would fell mere mortals—the multi-hyphenate juggles producing and appearing on three TV shows with a film career and a Las Vegas residency that will wrap this September—she exercises a minimum of five days a week to maintain her famed curves. (You know, the same ones some misguided manager once instructed her to shed.) And skipping out on a scheduled session is not an option. “Sometimes I work too late the night before and I’m like, ‘Ugh, I can’t do this,'” the mom of 10-year-old twins Max and Emme admitted to Us Weekly. “But I tell myself, ‘Just do it. It’s only an hour.’ It’s just talking yourself off the ledge of being a lazy bum.”
We’re going to go ahead and assert that’s a phrase that’s never been applied to Lopez. Even her boyfriend, a retired professional athlete, marvels at how hard she trains. “We work out together all the time,” he told E! News of the former track star last year. “She is a fitness enthusiast and she’s a much better athlete than me. She does all types of workouts which I don’t try to keep up.”
Ms. Do It All subscribes that same line of thinking to her fitness. Depending on the day, you might spot her sweating with Rodriguez at the hot yoga-bootcamp blend TruFusion, which the sports analyst invested in last year, or running alongside him, waiting for her moment to best the baseball player in a sprint. “He and his friends laugh at me,” she told Harper’s Bazaar, “but in my head I really believe I can.”
Other days, she calls in the pros. With a bicostal lifestyle she relies on the wildly varying methods of trainer David Kirsch in New York and Tracy Anderson in L.A. While filming her role as corrupt NYPD detective Harlee Santos in Shades of Blue (the third and final season is airing now) “I do Kirsch,” she told E! News. “It’s a different feel. It’s more lifting and doing core stuff and planking and all of that.”
At NYC’s Madison Square Club, Kirsch (he’s also trained Heidi Klum and Kate Upton) leads her through a full-body routine using free weights, medicine balls, TRX straps and resistance bands. If Rodriguez has tagged along, they double up with partner exercises such as two-person sit-ups passing a medicine ball and partner pushups along with reverse crunches, dumbbell rows and triceps extensions.
In Las Vegas, her grueling Planet Hollywood show seems reason enough to skip a workout. Presumably she’s torching enough calories dancing her way through hits such as “Let’s Get Loud,” “On the Floor” and “Booty” to feel okay with ditching the gym. But the World of Dance executive producer tells E! News she actually uses her morning session as pre-performance warmup. “Because it’s a physically demanding show, think of it like a basketball player, they do a morning practice and then at night, they have the game,” she explained. “We do the same thing. We have our morning workout. We don’t kill ourselves, but we get loose, the body gets ready to move around because you just can’t get out there and shock yourself.”
This is where Anderson’s dance-based method comes into play. “With Tracy it’s more dance choreography-type stuff,” noted Lopez, with a side of toning using light weights.
No matter the workout, she appreciates its effectiveness and efficiency. “For me, who doesn’t want to be in the gym three hours or two hours,” she said, “they get it.” In an hour or less, she insisted, “They get it done. They understand the body.”
Perhaps most crucially, Lopez understands how to fuel her 5-foot-5 figure. Twenty-plus years in Hollywood ingrains in a person a certain low-sugar, no-caffeine, no-alcohol, low-fun type of diet. So despite an affinity for chocolate chip cookies and ice cream, she keeps it clean, or, as Anderson describes it, all organic, “very well thought out, with the balance of very high-quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food.”
That often means a protein shake for breakfast, salmon and salad (piled high with veggies like broccoli, zucchini and peppers) for lunch and protein-heavy Latin food for dinner. “I like pork and chicken,” she told Us Weekly, “especially Puerto Rican style!” And like any good celebrity, she totes fruits and vegetables around for snacks. “I do try to eat right,” she told People, “and I don’t always want to.”
That discipline has helped her avoid caffeine (she sips decaf coffee in the morning) and alcohol for years—two indulgences she labels as skin-wreckers.
The rest of her beauty routine is tried-and-true. She avoids the sun and certainly never submits herself to the harmful rays sans SPF. Before bed, the L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman always removes her makeup and layers on a night cream and for cleansing purposes she relies on “glycolic acid to get that healthy glow and clear skin,” she told People.
When it comes to maintaining that glow, fans wouldn’t be faulted for believing rumors she lathers herself up with $325 a pot La Mer but she confessed on an episode of Watch What Happens Live that it’s actually Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream from her local Whole Foods. As she told In Style, “I am pretty low-key when it comes to my day to day beauty routine.”
For those looking to go full J.Lo, she now has a capsule collection with Inglot Cosmetics—a mix of lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, bronzers and highlights that she recommends using with a light touch. “People want to see your natural beauty shining through,” she stressed at an April launch event.
She enhances hers with regular mediation, swearing that it can help anyone look, while maybe not Lopez-esque, certainly the best version of themselves. “I also definitely think beauty comes from within—you have to have keep your mind, soul, body and spirit in sync,” she offered up to In Stylewhen asked for her best advice. (Though her top tip remains her non-negotiable eight hours of shut-eye per night.) “When you are happy and feel joy and love,” she said, “you radiate beauty.”
So maybe that’s the true secret of it all. After a few stumbles in the romance department, Lopez does seem to be living her best life with Rodriguez, the athlete who grew up mere miles from her Bronx neighborhood and seamlessly entered her life last year with daughters Natasha, 13, and Ella, 10, in tow.
With four divorces between them, the duo insist they’re not in any rush to become Mr. and Mrs., but their attempts to bat down rampant rumors of an impending engagement are half-hearted at best. And Lopez’s decision to release a song titled, of all things, “El Anillo” (translation: The Ring) felt like a not-so-subtle hint, though she insisted to E! News, “I don’t like to pressure anybody for anything.”
Because when you’re a quadruple-threat multi-millionaire whose fame has permeated every inch of the globe, there’s no need. Lopez simply has no qualms about being upfront when it comes to what she wants.
“Women get more confident as they get older,” she detailed to W magazine last year. “Men in their 20s are very confident and cocky, and women are super insecure. And then it flips: Men get super insecure, and women get comfortable in their own skin, in a way that makes them more beautiful.”
Back when she was transitioning from In Living Color Fly Girl to Selena star to Jenny From the Block, “I never appreciated my body or my looks,” she admitted. “Now I’m like, ‘Look at me! Look at you!'”
Tracy Anderson is one of today’s hardest hitting fitness pioneers. Through intensified dance cardio, bodies of all types are sculpting long, lean, muscle tonnage using the Tracy Anderson Method. New this summer at her East End studios and now offered year-round, is the deTAil Band class. Open to all levels, the class is a 50-minute workout entirely using the patented natural latex Iso-Kinetic Band System suspended from the ceiling.
“DeTAil Band is the perfect way to make sure that you reach all of the important transitional muscles in your upper body that help with your heart health and muscle definition without causing the stressful damage that lifting heavy weights can cause. My band systems and the content I have created for their use create a healthy, strong, lean muscle with very tight skin tone. By way of including all muscles as a unit to work together to control the buoyant resistance, this class builds a flexible muscular structure that is ready to move and less prone to injury,” Anderson said.
Aiming to keep workouts both entertaining and challenging, routines, in all class types, switch every seven days.
Having never taken a TA class before, I decided to challenge myself by taking the most difficult offering as my introduction to the popular TA Method. I entered the 95-degree room, with 75 percent humidity, to find three level color bands above me — blue being the most resistant, with green and red on the easier side. Using a pole to pull the bands down, I began my full-body workout with light arm movements to the beat of the music. What began as a simple side to side while standing intensified to pulling the bands in various directions.
Eventually, I found myself on the floor, kneeling on a mat with three-pound ankle weights, moving things to the next level. I kicked up, down, side to side, and contorted myself like a marionette through the resistance bands, targeting my abs, glutes, and lower body. It was dance cardio meets a Pilates boot camp on steroids, resulting in me red faced, drenched in sweat, and absolutely exhilarated. I must’ve drank my weight in water because I was successfully pushed to my limits — and I loved the way it felt.
The deTAil Band class is a unique workout that is certain to challenge even the fittest body types. Between the heated atmosphere, heart pumping playlist, and ever-changing movements it’s 50 minutes of pushing it to the limit. Personally, I suffer from joint and muscle pain in my hands when too much pressure is applied and the bands triggered a mild level of discomfort. For those with a similar condition this might not be the class for you, but Tracy Anderson has other mat-based formats that are sure to challenge you just the same.
Get the deTAils for yourself and sign up. Tracy Anderson’s East Hampton studio is located at 30 Park Place; call 631-604-6529. You can also visit the Water Mill location at 903 Montauk Highway; call 631-617-5621. Visit www.tracyanderson.com for more information.
From boot camps on the Algarve to yoga in Malibu, wellness tourism is all the rage this year.
It’s dawn and you are unfurling your yoga mat on to white sands that are already being warmed by the sun, preparing to awaken body and mind before a two-hour hike along mountainous trails led by an impossibly glowing instructor. All of this before breakfast — a blend of energising smoothies and dairy-free bircher muesli — and merely in preparation for the hours of high-intensity workouts and weight training still on the agenda.
If lying on a sunlounger while sipping a cocktail is your idea of getting away from it all, then this level of exertion will seem extreme. Yet for a new breed of holidaymaker it is aspirational. For them a holiday needs purpose to be worthwhile and their goal is to return with high glutes and defined abdominals, if not a six-pack.
Wellness tourism is the fastest-growing sector in travel, with Lonely Planet revealing a 10 per cent rise this year, giving it a £380 billion market worldwide. Furthermore, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), an organisation that publishes statistics on the industry, predicts that what it labels the global wellness travel market will grow to a value of more than $800 billion by 2020. Within that, the area that is growing most rapidly is “transformational travel”, holidays that promise to send you home with a renewed sense of positivity and, crucially, a better body.
Gone are the days when the extent of a holiday workout might stretch to running on a treadmill in a dark and dingy hotel basement. You’d be hard pushed these days to find a high-end hotel gym that hasn’t undergone drastic refurbishment or one that hasn’t hired a star trainer to oversee a menu of on-trend workout options. Yet the new statement fitness holiday is a step beyond this and the one-dimensional spa stay geared towards all-out pampering.
Paul Joseph, the director of the UK-based agency Health and Fitness Travel, says that in the eight years since the company was founded, the rise in demand for workout breaks has been the most dramatic. “We are seeing a much bigger rise in fitness holidays,” he says. “There is huge demand now from clients who want active holidays with top fitness facilities and programmes with venues around the world having to adapt to this new market demand.”
As the bar has been raised, so too have our expectations about what we want from an exercise getaway. In a 2018 report the GWI concluded that this year “more people will train like an Olympic athlete” or choose “tough-out” extreme training regimens in place of a relaxing break. “People are now seeking everything from jungle gyms to beach boot camp workouts and guided coastal swimming camps, as well as bespoke fitness retreats run by leading experts,” Joseph says.
Quite how far we have travelled along the road to accelerated fitness is evident by the move towards gyms launching a string of dedicated fitness hotels. Next year the upmarket global gym chain Equinox will open a fitness hotel in the fashionable Hudson Yards, on Manhattan’s West Side.With its Yabu Pushelberg-designed interior and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the 225-room hotel’s USP will be its 60,000 sq ft gym, the largest Equinox has built at an estimated cost of $2 billion. Clearly, the aim is to attract the same well-heeled and muscularly taut clientele who can afford the steep membership of its gyms, which, at the London branch, housed in an art deco building in Kensington, runs to £210 a month on top of a joining fee. According to The Wall Street Journal there are plans to open an Equinox Hotel in Los Angeles in 2020 and ultimately 75 worldwide as demand for this type of holiday increases.
Sculpting your body in an exotic and far-flung location does not come cheap, but for corporate high-flyers the opportunity for guidance by some of the world’s top trainers is money well spent. Unless you are an A-lister or world leader, for instance, it is usually impossible to book an appointment with the Mayfair-based trainer Matt Roberts, but for £5,000 or more you can join a select group who are guided by him to superior fitness over seven days on one of his regular retreats at the ultra-luxe Ananda Spa in India. The non-stop schedule of hard workouts, mountain hikes and yoga is aimed at leaving participants leaner and rejuvenated.
“On a fitness retreat, people get a break from their normal, stressful existence,” Roberts says. “Because they get to recover well, they can work out more intensively. The result is a body that is less inflamed and able to achieve a lot more than it would at home.”
Many of Roberts’s clients are executives who realise that improved fitness brings benefits beyond the aesthetic. In 2015 researchers at the University of Cologne found that top-flight US companies whose chief executive officers had finished a marathon from 2001 to 2011 were worth 5 per cent more, on average, than business leaders who had not run one. All the more reason to forgo a relaxing holiday by the pool.
Among the most sought-after transformation breaks are those run by Taryn Toomey, a former Christian Dior executive who trains Christy Turlington Burns and Naomi Watts using her trademark yoga-cardio-strength work out called the Class, which, she promises, produces an “incredibly strong, lean, resilient body” if you do it regularly. Toomey counts Jennifer Aniston among the devotees who have joined her on five-day “retreatments” in various venues from Martha’s Vineyard in the US to Whistler in Canada. You can join them, provided you are quick off the mark. Slots for Toomey’s event in the Dominican Republic last year cost $5,000, yet sold out within an hour. It’s a similar story with Tracy Anderson, the diminutive trainer who shapes the butts of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez; her intimate weekend gatherings in Aspen and Miami are swiftly snapped up.
Eric Walters, the director of Wildfitness, a British company that holds outdoor boot camps in remote locations, says that, as much as they seek results, people also want luxury, scenery and warm weather from a workout holiday. When the company tried a location in Scotland, the response was less than positive. Its clients — a mix of City professionals and glossy-maned women in their thirties and forties — instead run, hike, swim and climb trees in the Crete mountains or on the south coast of Menorca. “They are looking to escape everyday routine,” Walters says. “They want to be immersed in wellness and to emerge with a new lifestyle and physique.”
Who could want more? A package holiday with six-pack included.
Where to shape up
Olympic fitness Where: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz (from £215 a person a night; resortragaz.ch)
Those after serious fitness gains head to this resort, which lies across a 187-acre site in the foothills of the Swiss Alps and attracts top sports people (and celebrities). Roger Federer is a fan and footballers from Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool as well as the Spain, Russia and Portugal national teams have used it as a training base. It has unrivalled fitness facilities and a sports medicine department recognised as a Swiss Olympic Medical Centre and headed by the renowned doctors Christian Schlegel and Christian Hoppe.
Deluxe Bootcamp Where: Conrad Algarve (£4,175 a person for seven nights; conradalgarve.com)
Launching in September 2018, the bespoke boot camp package in Portugal is already selling out. Little wonder when it includes a fitness consultation, four hours of intense workouts every day, a fitness diet package and recovery massages that promise to provide a complete overhaul. An added draw is that you get to refuel in the Michelin-starred restaurant Gusto by Heinz Beck, although with your personal trainer for the week watching you like a hawk.
Matt Roberts fitness retreat Where: Ananda Spa (from £5,040 for seven days; mattroberts.co.uk)
A retreat hosted by the sought-after trainer Matt Roberts, who has worked with Amanda Holden, Naomi Campbell and Samantha Cameron, at this plush spa situated at the Himalayan foothills in northern India. A mix of daily workouts, treks through sal forests and the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, yoga and meditation, plus a carefully planned Ayurvedic diet tailored to your dosha (or body type).
Taryn Toomey Retreatment Where: Various locations (taryntoomey.com). Next is a one-day retreat in Malibu (£570) or a five-day retreat in Whistler (from £1,500)
Toomey hosts retreats based on two-hour sessions of her trademark fitness method, the Class, which combines dance and yoga with breath work and fast-paced boot camp-style circuits to ramp up strength and cardiovascular fitness, plus dawn meditation, restorative yoga and meals free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.