Get in Shape for the Summer: Fitness Tips from Victoria’s Secret Personal Trainer

We all know that The Victoria’s Secret Angels and Models are probably the most beautiful women on Earth, but what some might not know is that it takes them a lot of hard work to maintain their flawless sculpted physiques like that. Being born tall and gorgeous is only a half way of success. The other half is constant training, diets and extra effort.

Here are some advices from Doutzen Kroes‘s and Adriana Lima‘s trainer, Michael Olajide, Jr. who is a published author and former professional trainer. He took his training tactics out of the ring to establish Aerospace NYC,  which is one of Manhattan’s best and most elite fitness spaces. Now, Michael is sharing his 10 hallmark fitness tips that are quite useful not just for supermodels!

1. “Make your workout athletic emulation”. His favourite Angel-approved technique is shadow boxing which can be supplemented by jumping rope, ab work, and push ups. For those, who are not big fans of fighting, Michael also approves of ballet, running, and cycling.

2. “Create your playlist so your song selection gets more motivating as you workout. Adriana loves new electronica for her workouts. For Doutzen, her husband is a DJ, so he works with incredible electronic and house music, which is extremely motivating. It has a great pace, so you can really move to it. Some of the girls also like hip hop, such as Jay Z or Rick Ross. The last song should be the most impactful.”

3. “If you are a high energy individual, learn to be still. Take a yoga class. Do something that’s counterintuitive to your personality. If you’re dedicated to yoga, try a strength or speed program.”

4. “Work out at least 6 days of the week'”. No matter how busy you are, always take some time to concentrate on your body. There is a healthy mind in a healthy body, they say.

5. “Do mostly cardio. Healthy blood flow is the cure to what ails most of us”. Some people underestimate cardio and soon regret it. Not only it helps you lose weight,  it also reduces risk of heart disease and some types of cancer, increases bone density and strengthens your lungs. It is a key to longevity and stress-free life.

6. “Do a workout with a learning curve, or something that requires developing a skill”. “Think boxing, ballet, or kick-boxing. Doutzen loves ballet and Adriana does everything from bootcamp classes to boxing.” Just pick any sport and discover your talents. Acquisition of new skills and outlook development are always important.

7. “Hire a personal trainer once in a while to boost your abilities and teach you new things,” says Olajide For some people, planning a workout can be the bigger challenge than the actual workout itself. Fitness experts call that “gym-timidation.” Personal training is a solid first step to conquering your fear and kickstarting a routine that works for you. A trainer will cater to your needs, abilities, and desired results. All you have to do is show up! If you already belong to a gym, ask one of the staff members to tell you more about the training packages they offer. If your gym doesn’t offer training services or if you don’t have a gym membership, look into personal training gyms in your area.

8. Make a date of it! “Train with a friend. Whether he or she is faster or stronger than you or not, you will learn from teaching as well as being taught,” Olajide says. They say misery loves company, you know…

9. “Take one day out of the month where you don’t eat or drink anything processed or manufactured,” Olajide says. That’s right—we’re putting away our Kit-Kats. Eliminating processed foods starts will aids your internal organs all the way to the most external (not to mention the largest organ of them all, your skin!). Pay attention to how your body feels the morning after eliminating processed flour, chips, and other bad-for-you ingredients. You just might be surprised.

10. “Master the jump rope,” Olajide insists. “It’s the most convenient, efficient, and effective workout ever!”


photo credit: Victoria’s Secret