Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What types of workouts do you do with the celebrities you’ve trained?

Simone De La Rue: My method is dance-based, so the way we do our cardio is through dance routine. So we’ll often do twenty-five to thirty minutes of high-impact jumping with cardio dance moves. Then the rest of it is a mixture of yoga and Pilates. Each hour is a full-body workout, but focusing on the dance cardio is the signature move from my workout.

RP: Any tips for maintaining a healthy diet?

SDLR: I think the best thing to do is try and graze and do lots of little meals. The big mistake I think women make is that they starve themselves because they believe that at least this way I don’t eat, but it actually works in reverse, slows down their metabolism. You need to think about grazing like a cow all day. Doing three small meals and then three snacks so you’re constantly starting the metabolism and you’re firing your metabolism, which in turn will help your body function the way it should. I eat Paleo, so I don’t really have gluten or dairy. I find that that’s much easier on the body to process. So I try to encourage my clients to do the same.

Protein and carbs are great an hour before you work out, because it gives you energy, and then an hour after you work out, it’s great to have protein. It helps you to heal and build the muscle. If you can, try to stay away from dairy. That’s really hard for your body to process. Try to stay away from gluten. It causes inflammation in the gut. Drink lots of water. Try to limit alcohol intake. That’s a big one, for women especially.

RP: Do you recommend cardio?

SDLR: Yes, especially as we’re getting older. Women, we need to be doing cardio, not only for our heart health. There are so many workouts out there. You’re going to tone muscle and give your body definition, but at the end of the day, cardio is where you’re going to shed the fat. You really need to get your heart rate up, do interval training.

With all my clients, I always have an element of cardio in the workout. It’s a great way to start with cardio, whether you’re doing the dance cardio or doing jump rope so that you’re getting the heart pumping, the blood flowing. You’ve picked your heart rate up, and then you’re going to continue to work in the calorie-burning state throughout the workout. I do ten minutes at the start and then ten minutes in the middle and then ten minutes at the end. It’s like interval training, keeping the heart rate up and down constantly.

Simone De La Rue is a celebrity trainer whose clientele include Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, and Anne Hathaway.


Photo: Keith Munyan Photography

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