Justin Gelband | Reveal Magazine

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This was originally published in a January issue of Reveal Magazine.

Get In Shape – The Angel Way

Personal Trainer Justin Gelband, the man behind the chiselled abs of Victoria’s Secret models Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanpoel and Irina Shayk, shares his tips on getting an angelic body

 1. Don’t overdo it

Justin doesn’t work out with the models more than four times a week, for an hour at a time, although sometimes they will For him, it’s all about the quality and not the quantity of the models’ gym time.

‘Some people believe in two, or three hour workouts or double sessions,’ he says. ‘But unless you’re a professional athlete, you don’t need to train like that. All you will do is feel over-tired.’

 2. Hit the gym early

Getting a workout done by 3pm leaves the models energised, and ensures their bodies have enough time to recover before the next day.

‘Unless they have work, the girls train in the morning,’ says Justin. ‘Not everyone likes waking up in the morning, so if I have to I’ll do it in the afternoon or evening.

‘I do advise eating before, just something small. Nothing acidic – maybe a banana or eggs.’

3. Cheat meals are OK

Justin recommends all his clients pay a visit to Doctor D’Adamo, who created the Eat Right 4 Your Type diet, a diet plan built on the idea people should eat different food according to their blood type.

Even when they’re focused on eating well, Justin says it’s alright to have a cheat meal once or twice a week.

‘Nobody should feel like they can’t have a cheat meal once or twice a week.

‘It’s important to vary your foods too, just like varying your exercises.’

4. Don’t expect instant results

Justin isn’t a fan of ‘quick fix’ exercise programmes that promise you a whole new body in a matter of months. Making a commitment to getting a better body should be a lifestyle change, according to the fitness guru.

‘Serena Williams is someone I’ve looked up to my whole life,’ he says. ‘She won her first Grand Slam at 17 and a half. She practiced tennis for 14 years. If it took her 14 years, how are you going to get in shape in 14 weeks? ‘There is no quick way to get in shape.’

5. Listen to your body

The VS girls don’t try to do everything at once – and neither should you. Feel free to take things down a notch if you’ve missed out on some sleep, or focus on toning if you feel like your body needs it.

‘If they’re feeling stressed out about their day, we’ll do a bit of boxing,’ he explains. ‘When they feel like they need to tone up, I’ll do a bit more weights with them. If they’re tired from a shoot, we do pilates. Every day is different.

 6. Ditch the comparisons

It’s difficult to watch the statuesque VS girls sashay down the runway without secretly wishing you looked a little bit more like Candice Swanpoel. But according to Justin, comparing yourself to one of the long and limby models isn’t a good place to start.

‘I don’t like it when people look at other people’s bodies and say “I want to look like that person,”’ he says. ‘You will never be that person.

‘A 5ft 3in person will never look like Karlie Kloss. She’s 6ft 2in!’ he adds.

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