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Advice From Lauren Conrad's Celebrity Trainer

Advice From Lauren Conrad's Celebrity Trainer

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.


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Veronix Veronix 8 years
I agree with mydiadem. My friends want to sit and chat when we're at the gym together, not really work out. But I like working out alone so that's not so much of a problem for me. It gives me time to think and I always push myself, I like that.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Actually, for people who are not familiar with working out and are just getting into it, I would recommend for them to get a trainer. It doesn't have to be for every session! When I worked at the gym, I would often suggest for folks to have a PT session once a month. Then it is not so financially burdensome.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I wish any of my friends were actually motivated enough at the gym to be my 'buddy'. They are the go 4 days in a row and then don't go for a month kind of girls. If I don't go at least 3 times a week I feel like crap. I was thinking about a trainer just to try something new, but I agree with previous posters, a workout buddy would work just as well .
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
I have a trainer and for me its a good investment. Half of the time, I split the session with a buddy. I would never push myself as hard as she pushes me.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I am my own personal trainer. I pick various moves and exercises from different sites and magazines and I try to mix it up as often as possible. Really, all a PT is going to do for you is pick some exercises for you and help you with your form and how many reps to do. If you have a buddy to watch your form and you know how many reps/sets to do, you should be fine without a PT.
honeyhoney77 honeyhoney77 8 years
I should also mention that I don't plan on staying with a PT forever. Actually, not very long at all. For me it seems easier to go from a PT to figuring out my training program. I think having one helped me create a lifelong habit. It'll be up to me to keep it up!
honeyhoney77 honeyhoney77 8 years
Hmmm I'm not sure that I would call hiring a personal trainer "wasteful" though it might not be at the top of everyone's priority list right now, I definitely think that it can be helpful, especially for people with bad form. For some, a couple of sessions can help them develop healthy habits that they normally wouldn't have developed so quickly... However, on the other hand, I agree with all of you ladies, if you are well informed, there isn't much that hard work, determination and sweat won't accomplish. The number one thing that will help you get into great shape is determination and motivation. I've had multiple workout buddies and such, and always believed that I didn't need a trainer until recently when I got one to jump start my exercise plan. Looking back, I was so overwhelmed with info from Shape, Fitness, Self and all of the others, I was making the whole process entirely too complicated. So for me, a trainer helped me simplify, but I was responsible for staying motivated and committed to a healthier lifestyle. So I guess I say all of that to say, for some maybe a PT isn't the most cost effective idea, but for others like me, I'm so happy I found one =)
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
Thats exactly how I do it cmd. I do my research online and try them out in the gym. It works! I've been to all of those websites and more. Many of them show you exactly how to do those exercise moves with either a video or animation. Many other site have forums where you can interact and learn from others. You can also find an encouragment forum. The only encouragment I need is me. Working out is not only to look good but its also your overall well being. Its a win win no matter how you look at. Its so easy to just sit on the couch and do nothing; get out there, challenge yourself, get fit and health for yourself & loved ones and your feel so much better about yourself. Watching your body and attitude change is amazing - its the best reward ever.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Yea i just make my bf come with me know. naturally, because he's a guy, he's a lot stronger then me and can run longer and lift heavier weights (even though I have been going to the gym for 2 years) so he really pushes me and motivates me to work harder then when I go alone! It's not as expensive and works pretty good!
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Trainers can be a good investment . . .but in this economy- I think it's wasteful. With enough determination and drive, anyone can use advice from Fit and also Shape and Self and Runner's World and Women's Health (to name a few resources) to develop their own effective training plan . And asking a buddy to join will give you the motivation to keep it up in the same way a trainer would- but instead of paying someone you are enjoying time with a friend. I get frustrated when getting trainers is encouraged . . . I feel like it suggests that if you can't afford/don't want a trainer that your fitness goals are a lost cause . . . .
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