Whether we look up to fit celebrities, models, personal trainers or yoga gurus, we all wonder what our fitness role models do to look the way they do—usually because we wish we could have their arms, legs, abs or [fill in the blank]. And while we’re constantly confronted with articles about easy ways to get there, the truth is: It’s tough to look the way they do. Not only are many of them blessed with great genes, but many of them spend a lot of time working out, eating right, and making other lifestyle choices that maintain their healthy appearance. So we asked around to find out exactly what it takes–no b.s.–to look like some of our own fitness role models. Today, we’ve got the dirt on what Equinox personal trainer and nutrition counselor Tiffany Boucher does to stay in tip-top shape.
Being a personal trainer at any gym is tough work, but Equinox fitness clubs are especially discerning about the way their trainers look (along with the recent news that their uniforms would be changing came a memo that all trainers should get their flab in check). So we know that Boucher walks the walk. But along with the ins and outs of what she does to maintain her fit figure, she reminds us that we shouldn’t adopt her routine–or anyone’s–so that we can imitate their results:
You have to do it for yourself, your health, and your goals. You can’t do it because you want to look like someone on a billboard; that’s not a healthy mental concept going into it, and that’s what leads to disordered behavior. It’s all about learning what your body is telling you to do, and accepting it and being ok with it.
So with that goal in mind, here’s a look at what it really takes to look like all those personal trainers on the floor of your gym:
My normal fitness routine:
- 30-60 minutes or more of cardio, 6 days per week: I usually run three times/week, spin once or twice/week and do the step mill/ellyptical/some kind of cross training once or twice/week, always with stretching and abs
- pilates at least once per week
- 30 minutes of weights, twice per week
My normal diet:
I try to eat as whole as possible; basically as much unprocessed, natural food as possible. I eat a few time a day, and have to work around my schedule, so if I need a bar of some kind
- Breakfast: piece of toasted Ezekiel sprouted grain bread with almond butter and sliced banana, and maybe some other piece of fruit or berries
- Mid-morning snack: I usually work out mid-morning, so I have a shake after that with fruit, whey protein, and almond milk.
- Lunch: Big salad of some kind with as many vegetables as I can find, and either eggs or salmon.
- Snack: Greek yogurt or veggies and hummus.