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Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Here’s How To Work Out Like Your Favorite Artist

Fitness
Running
Personal Training
Massage
Cardio

When our favorite artists hit the stage, we’re floored by not only their voices, but of course, their rockin’ bods. Whether they’re on the road touring or playing a star-studded award show like the Grammys, finding time to stay fit and healthy can be a challenge.  

Wondering how these divas get their sweat on? Check out how they stay healthy on and off the stage! 

Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

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Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

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Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

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Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

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I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

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Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.