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A workout fit for a Victoria's Secret model: How to train and diet tips to follow

A workout fit for a Victoria's Secret model: How to train and diet tips to follow

Fantasy to reality

Text: Janice Sim


Year after year, the world watches on (some more religiously than others) as Victoria's Secret Fashion Show puts on a parade of sorts — a gawk fest of supermodels fronting the label's latest array of padded collections. It's quite the fantasy to be honest. Through the fleeting years, our sentiment remains the same: how does one achieve a body like Liu Wen, Behati Prinsloo, Barbara Palvin or Alessandrio Ambrosio (who strutted down her swan song just last year)? We found out, the goal isn't entirely unreachable. 

Victoria's Secret Angel Barbara Palvin

Celebrity personal trainer, Mohamed Elzomor has the answers. Based in NYC, he has trained Ambrosio, fellow VS Angel Elsa Hosk, and celebrities like Ashley Graham. The training isn't so much of a body transformation that can be attained in a day's work. That would be the perfect world. "Training for the VS Fashion show is honestly a year-round job, but it gets real hectic about three months before the show. Diets start to get more strict and the girls begin to train five to six days a week," says Elzomor.

Grub wise? Elzomor recommends eating a light meal about 90 minutes prior to training — that should include protein, good fats, and a little bit of carbs. Post-workout meals should involve three to four ounces of lean protein, along with vegetables and some good fats (i.e. avocado and cashews).

Now, it's time to get to work. Try these five VS Angel-approved workouts, as listed by the man himself. 

1. Bosu Ball Unilateral Crunches

How to do it:
Place the BOSU ball on the ground with the inflated side up. Sit right in front of the center of the Bosu Ball, and put your right hand behind your head. Take your left foot off the ground, bend your leg, bring your knee in, and then up to your elbow. Repeat 15x, then switch sides

What it's good for:
This is a great way to challenge your entire core. It forces you to turn on muscles you wouldn't normally fire, simply because of the stability required to perform this exercise.

2. Static Beast

How to do it:
This exercise requires you to be on all fours. Hands under shoulders, and knees under hips, pushing into the ground with your toes and hands so your knees and shins are lifted off about an inch off the floor. 

What it's good for:
A wonderful exercise because it fires your legs, core, arms, lats, and gets challenging very quickly. It's great as a warm up exercise as well. 

3. Stability Ball Plank with Elbow Roll

How to do it:
With your feet on the ground, place your elbows on a Swiss ball. Raise your hips off the ground forming a straight line from your shoulders to your feet. Brace your abs and squeeze your glutes. Begin to roll your elbows forward and back while maintaining a straight spine. 

What it's good for:
It's a great ab exercise that really fires the stabilizers in your core. A great way to add some spice to your regular old planks.

4. Stability Ball Glute Bridge

How to do it:
Lie face up on the floor, with your knees bent and feet flat on the Stability ball. Keep your arms at your side with your palms down. Lift your hips off the ground until your knees, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Squeeze those glutes hard and keep your abs drawn in so you don't overextend your back during the exercise. Hold your bridged position for a couple of seconds before easing back down.

What it's good for:
This does a wonderful job of hitting your flutes and hamstrings, especially since now you have to stabilize your whole body just to keep yourself centered on the ball

5. Alphabet Leg Lifts

How to do it:
Lie flat with your hands under your butt/lower back (palms facing the ground). Keeping your legs straight (with a tiny bend in the knees), keep your legs together, think of them as a pen and spell out the alphabets from A-Z in capital letters.

What it's good for:
This is great for hitting your abs from different angles that you may not be hitting while doing conventional exercises.

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