I Lift Heavy: Who Helps Victoria’s Secret Models Get Toned
And the workout was no joke – Lift Heavy
Move over Kate Upton Instagram’s and you will find stunning photo outtakes, behind the scenes wild, adorable puppies. You’ll also find a Sports Illustrated model epic weight lifting. As in, hundreds of pounds. We are talking pulling a rope attached to a sled 150-pounds, and a lifting crane with 215 lbs at the end. Blow your mind to mama cry, type your text, gym books in the balance.
Chelsea Handler’s article paints a similar picture: Yes, we found the comedian pushing a sled piled with half a dozen weight plates. . .with her male coach standing atop it. And then the other comic, Whitney Cummings, hip-pushing 315, feminist satire that comes with pulling a man around the gym on a metal sled. How’s that for equality?
Considering that women have been told that our mistakes should not lift heavy weights, this feels like a sign of a fitness revolution -overthrowing old, ideological exercise fatigue by energy brute. But who is behind all the training that raise, and how he convinced the model, actress, and all around the stars to go heavier, go harder, or go home eff? He was Los Angeles coach Ben Bruno. WH enlist a (very brave very fit,) the writer to his common experience for myself. (Learn how to improve as a badass with women’s health to Get Lean Lift by Holly Perkins.)
Into the Underground – Lift Heavy
I double-parked on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills when Bruno-a dark-haired, tight muscles bear of a guy, run out and pointed me towards an underground car park would take me to the gym Granite, a -appointment by private training only collect hidden from paparazzi and tourists.
As I wind down the level of the road a lot, my nerves creeping more I received myself what on? (After all, I’ve seen Instas above from sweat session our customers. They have no illusions.) It’s too late. While pulling on one of the six parking spots, I looked at a range of 30 to 40 green lawn, a rowing machine, some weights, a treadmill and shoved off into the corner. No fancy hot towel, locker room luxe product, or liquidation proceedings in sight. Not exactly where I imagined model of Victoria’s Secret runway work out. But in this dim light, bare-bones basement of a gym, Bruno was brought to light that a physical theory lasted so long in the dark.
Training Day – Lift Heavy
Now for the sake of context (not #humblebrags), perhaps I should disclose that I was pretty consistent. Okay, in fact, most people would consider me very fit. I am a fitness writer, I learned under triathlons, I rode a ton, and I picked up regularly. So I somehow convinced myself that one-on-one training session today with Bruno will be difficult, but not too difficult.
After a quick start, we jump over to towing weight, personal favorite piece of equipment Bruno. He performed the appropriate form, then upload the strong metal frame to 100 pounds. Now, it’s my turn. I lean forward, grab the handle and drive with the legs to push them on the grass, then immediately turn around and use the tether, pull it back to where I started this is not bad I said to myself. Then I immediately regretted smug thoughts because he got me to do it again. And again. Every time there is more weight.
Five minutes in, the lungs and quads I feel like I just ran up five flights of stairs. After 15 minutes, about 10 or so rounds, Bruno gives me a break. Grasping my breath, I can not help wondering, Kate Upton Does this stuff really work? Bruno pulled out his phone and showed me a video. Oh yes. Well, she-except she does it with 500 pounds. Twice what I was pushed around by the final episode. Damn, girl. Respect.
That is only the first phase of the exercise. Now we’re through the parking lot in the weight room for 30 minutes the total body lift heavy. Small space, but not cramped, even with two other customers have worked out one-on-one with a personal trainer. We returned around the outside of the gym floor using terms of weight plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, and squat racks. We wrap up with a series of squats and deadlifts use a mine, another one of the favorite tools of Bruno (picture a barbell with a fixed top floor). “Kate will usually three sets, but I do not want to wear you out,” he told me. I do not hit it. He’s right; a kit is sufficient.
As we have cooled down and go into the cafe upstairs for lunch, my body felt tired but not destroyed; I feel complete and empowered, not demoralized and defeated. Mad props go to Bruno for this; he had a way about him that just makes you feel like you can take on the world, or at least different weight plates.
Sculpting strategy – Lift Heavy
For lift heavy or not lifting that really is not the question. Or, according to Bruno, is not the right question. But somehow, even half of 2016, it continues to be one of the biggest points of controversy in the gym. “There’s still a lot of things that women are discouraged from strength training,” Bruno said to me as I inhaled protein packed my omelet vegetables. (Gotta fuel for the muscles, we just built!) “You have a lot of coaches tell women to avoid weight to just pick up the three pounders or set-weight only because it would amount them aloud. Then, almost to fight it, you have other people say that it is impossible for women to grow up because they do not have testosterone that men have. “And this, dear readers , where Bruno could surprise you. “But it is not impossible. Some women tends to add muscle easily than others, so it’s not as simple as having everyone raise as much as they possibly can.”
Bruno’s approach centers on a middle ground. Barons heavy lifting, but not for every single exercise. “My client wants to look lean and toned and slim yet powerful,” he said. (This clearly resonates with women: A WH survey shows that our readers want to see these words as muscular, lean, and strong. On our cover) To get them in that, Bruno closed the point that women ask again and again: “it is quite common requirement is:” I want to work on my ass, the area around the bra strap, and triceps”, Bruno shares.” So guess what? I work on the buttocks, the area around the bra strap, and triceps. I like Captain Obvious of Gymnastics”, he joked.
Almost, his clients are hesitant to haul hundreds of pounds -until they start to see results. “And the next thing I heard them say to me:” Hey, I went down two pants sizes! “Bruno chalk it up to a proper training style”. You must be more powerful to change your body, which means you have to challenge it. But there are certain things that I pushed women to get really strong on, and make sure I do not do with women. ”
Please deadlifts and rows. He’s not afraid of the women load up on these exercises because they enhance muscle metabolism-boosting big on the back of the body, improve your posture, shape your buttocks, and stomach flattening yours . And let’s talk about pushing sleds that Bruno loves so much. The push and pull really primarily targets the butt and hamstring-brings a perkier, after tighter and firmer, leaner legs. In addition, it sends your heart rate hikes in a few minutes, so you get the benefits of calorie burning in your heart when you do your strength training. And even if you throw in as many weight (which, if you Chelsea Handler, which means up to 500 pounds!), It will continue inching closer you lean your body because it targets must exercise to go heavy. However, Bruno lightens the load on the barbell squats and avoid moving as shrugging the shoulders, can overdo it on the already strong quads or build shoulder muscles can make your neckline appear larger.
It’s a yin-yang formula which obviously worked to his famous clients.
This article was first published in July / August 2016 issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.