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Celeb trainer David Kirsch took time out of his busy schedule — his days start with a 5 a.m. workout before training clients at his gym in Manhattan — to speak with me yesterday. David helped Heidi Klum walk gorgeously down the runway eight weeks after having her third child. His client list also includes Anne Hathaway, Liv Tyler, and Faith Hill.

He launched his Summer Slimdown program for free, so I decided the time was right to ask him for more fitness advice. Always curious what personal trainers do for exercise, I asked David his favorite core move; he recommends planks, and planks rolling into a T-position, as well as work on the stability ball. Kirsch believes in fitting fitness into a busy life, and when pressed for time push-ups are the one move he thinks you should do.

When I asked him how I could increase my metabolism he told me:
“You have to move your body faster to burn more calories. Combine good strength training exercises with a form of cardio, and it doesn’t have to be running. It can be circuit training or one of my boot camps as long as it keeps your heart rate up.” He follows his own advice. His early morning 45-minutes workouts are heart pumping circuits, which he does four to five days a week.

Learn David’s favorite foods and what he thinks about “cheat days,” when you


When it comes to diet, David believes in eating well and listed salmon burgers, quinoa, and beans among his favorite foods. I asked if he believes in cheat days and he wholeheartedly replied, “Sure! But be smart about it. Pick a meal, or a certain food, but don’t eat five million pieces of it.” Once again, we learn from an expert that moderation is key. David also loves to cook and prepares Thanksgiving dinner for 30 to 40 guests every year. I asked him if he used butter for his T-day dishes and he said, “No” before I could say the second syllable of butter. His stuffing does sound divine: cornbread with chestnuts, herbs, turkey sausage, red peppers, apples, and apricots.

David does have a couple of suggestions on how to get beach ready. First he suggests that you fine-tune your diet, limit dairy, get rid of cheese completely, and stay away from processed carbs. Secondly, he says, “You should assess your body and see where you need work and be strategic. Do more plié squats if the inner thighs need toning. Do more Pilates if your abs need toning. Do push-ups if the triceps need toning. Maybe you need a little bit of all over toning so do it all over. Be strategic and come up with a process that is good for you."


SaucySassy SaucySassy 8 years
Oh my god. Dairy is not eaten in certain countries because of lactose intolerance which is GENETIC. There is no sufficient proof that it is linked to any cancers, osteoporosis. my god when will people stop spouting nonsense on these things - yes we all know cheese (reg) is high in fat but has good things going for it as well. Just eat like a normal person. Eat all your food like a normal person.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
Anon - It's not accurate to say that "dairy in the US is loaded with the rBGH hormone," because stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's sell all kinds of organic dairy products without any hormones. Also, the Horizon brand is produced without rBGH, and it's available in all mainstream grocery store chains.
It's a cheese war!!!!! To cheese, or not to cheese??? Frankly, it's as addictive as crack (for me) and probably really bad for you. But it's delicious (yum). So I prefer to compromise and have low fat to fat free cheese.
carmela83 carmela83 8 years
Jabbadoo - How did you manage to give up all of that?! I am trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I eat, but I have found it to be SO difficult. Any tips?
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
Love how an anonymous commenter is suddenly an authority on everyone's nutrition. you don't think dairy is good for you? fine. i'm a vegetarian who gets a good chunk of my protein from dairy, and i'm a (successfully) competitive runner in VERY good shape. what doesn't work for you may work for someone else
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm not much of a cheese person anyway, so eating it isn't really a problem for me. Now, those damn Quaker rice cakes are another story entirely...I have to restrain myself around them because I eat a LOT more of them than is a serving. Pushups rule, btw...there's nothing better for toning up your entire upper body.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
Let me clarify the cheese tip: If you're trying to tone up and drop a few pounds before heading to the beach, David suggests giving up cheese for a few weeks.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 8 years
Even after studies have come out showing that those who consume dairy in moderation are more successful at losing than those who don't? I like my Babybels (light version) and will continue eating 2 of those/day in addition to my cottage cheese (nonfat) which is a fabulous source of protein AND my yogurt (greek please). I feel filled up with those and it's working.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I was with him till he said no cheese! But I do like the workout tips.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I like my cheese and yogurt thanks.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Three months ago I gave up sugar(real & fake), dairy, wheat/gluten, caffiene, eggs and alcohol. Granted there have been little bits of each here and there, but I'd say I've eliminated that stuff 90% of the time. I have never felt better and people constantly tell me that I'm glowing. So yes, you can give up groups of things. I'm eating all whole and organic foods... amazing the difference.
tyffi tyffi 8 years
I like cheese and won't giving it up. In the end it does way more for my health than stupid squats. But, then again, my knees are screwed since I was born, so...
Anon - cheese is not a food group, it's a part of dairy. Giving up cheese is doable if you're still having milk and yogurt. I go for low fat and fat free cheeses. Tasty, but without the lasting cottage cheese thighs.
telane telane 8 years
I agree, anon- Moderation is absolutely key, and just a little bit of self control, too. It's amazing how some people don't have that.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 8 years
He's my favorite!!
Mariana48 Mariana48 8 years
no cheese? no thank you
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