Personal trainer Kevin Adams (Fame Academy, GMTV) has one of the most ripped bodies outside the Olympic stadium, but it doesn’t come easy.
Days are spent training celebrities. ‘I have to be ready to do whatever move or workout they want, no matter what I’ve already done that day,’ he says.
Kevin is too discreet to name names, but we are talking mega-star A-listers. In his days as a professional dancer, he worked with acts including the Spice Girls and Take That.
And on the rare day when he’s not actually training a star, he keeps himself in tip-top shape with a disciplined fitness routine.
He starts every day (yes, that’s EVERY DAY) with a series of what he calls ‘rolling sets’.
‘First thing in the morning, I drink a glass of water before I get out of bed. Then I literally roll onto the floor and straight into my rolling sets: sit-ups, then plank, then sit-ups, then plank.’
You don’t even want to know how many of these moves Kevin does or how many variations on the plank he performs.
But he recommends that we can follow his example with 20 sit-ups per set and by using a timer to make sure each plank lasts for a consistent period of time.
‘No one should be planking for less than 20 seconds,’ he insists.
More fitness tips from Kevin Adams:
On teeny tiny celebrities: ‘I watched I’m a Celebrity… the other night, where they’re all complaining about not getting enough food to eat. I tell you, compared with some actresses, those guys in the jungle are eating like kings!
‘Getting yourself down to a size zero is not something that anyone normal is going to want to do.’
On keeping it interesting: ‘My clients are always looking for something new. Every time I turn up for a session, they want me to show them new ways to work out. That’s where apps can be really useful if you don’t have a PT.
‘Try MapMyRun if you’re a runner. Daily Cardio Workout is good because it gives you masses of different moves but you can add your own soundtrack. The Workout Trainer has a really good yoga section, plus moves are split into body parts so you can target different areas on different days. Mix it up, keep it interesting.’
Zest’s favourite fitness apps
On #strongnotskinny: ‘My perfect body for a woman? It’s got to be Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. She’s got the muscular look just right.’
Find out more about #strongnotskinny
On playlists: ‘I love a bit of Guns N’ Roses when I’m in the gym. For a long run, I start with ballads – I love them because they help regulate your breathing while you’re getting your stride, rather than starting off hell for leather.’
Zest’s favourite playlists
On working out every day: ‘Even if you’re not doing a whole workout, make sure you do some moves every single day. At home, do step-ups, using either a Reebok Step, or the stairs in your house. Work it for five minutes, doing a double bounce each time – brings an extra burn. My clients love it!
‘At work, do a chair workout: tricep dipsx10 and leg extensions and lifts x10. Sit straight and lean back while you’re doing the leg work to extend your core.’ More desk workout ideas
Zest’s best at-home moves
On pre-run warm-ups: ‘Never run without a warm up. It juices up your joints. I always do hip circles to help limber things up.’
Best warm-up moves
How I fuel my run: ‘I eat a banana. That’s all. Doesn’t work for everyone but it works for me.’
Eat right tips from the running chef
On running: ‘I try to get all my clients to run – it’s great for fat burning. Some clients don’t want to – mainly women – so instead we do interval training. After a hard interval training session, many of them decide they’d prefer running!’
How to run and lose weight
On carbs: ‘I don’t lecture on nutrition – everyone is so different. But I will say, don’t go to bed on carbs. You don’t need them when you’re asleep. If you’re eating carbs for supper then going out dancing all night – you’ll burn them off, so OK.’
Kevin recommends the Motorola RAZR i mobile for perfect on-the-go training apps. Gorilla glass keeps the phone safe from scratches, bumps and bangs, while Kevlar and splash coating mean you needn’t worry about the odd tumble or rain shower while you’re training outside.
Find out more about the RAZR i
Particularly useful is the workout mode, that auto-launches relevant functions (that you can personalise) when activated. So no more faffing about before you start a run. For example, you can ensure it switches into playlist, GPS and relevant workout app (such as MapMyRun), engages auto-reply text to missed calls etc to avoid interruptions, and disengages WiFi to extend battery life. We like!
- ^ Zest’s favourite fitness apps (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ Find out more about #strongnotskinny (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ Zest’s favourite playlists (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ tricep dips (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ More desk workout ideas (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ Zest’s best at-home moves (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ Best warm-up moves (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ Eat right tips from the running chef (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ How to run and lose weight (www.zest.co.uk)
- ^ Find out more about the RAZR i (www.razri.com)
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