Trainers can be a good investment, and besides the expertise that comes with a trainer you get a workout buddy to keep you motivated. So what's better than that? When a friend joins you to make training even more fun! Lauren Conrad started working out privately with trainer Jarett Del Bene and then her BFF Lo joined in on those sessions, and Shape chatted with him about the techniques he uses with The Hills stars.
Because the ladies are often filmed poolside, Shape asked Jarett for his tips on getting bikini-ready abs, and his answer is my favorite of the bunch. Instead of telling his clients to do "hundreds of sit-ups a day," Jarett's philosophy is to constantly challenge the core through strength-training moves, and that by training the whole body, "the abs will come."
To see what a typical workout entails for Lauren and Lo,
Jarett incorporates basic fitness moves into his training regimen and combines cardio with strength training for an effective total body workout. When Shape asked him how he helped Lauren get toned, he said,
We started off doing circuit-training three days a week and she did cardio workouts on her own. In the past couple months, Lauren and Lo and I have been combining cardio kickboxing and circuit-training into one workout. We start with 20 to 30 minutes of high-intensity boxing. The girls hit my focus mitts and do jumps and kicks. Then we mix in weight moves, such as lunges, squats, push-ups and sit-ups. It's a great full-body workout that relieves stress and builds confidence.
These are all things that you can do with a workout buddy to mix up your routine and have more fun while getting fit.