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Get the Bod: Michelle Pfeiffer

Seeing all these photos of Michelle Pfeiffer, who is nearing 50, looking sooooooo good at the Hairspray premiere piqued my curiosity and I had to find out what she has been doing to maintain her radiant glow and lithe, little body.

Lucky for me, W Magazine recently featured her trainers, Jerzy and Aniela Gregorek, so I can share with you the inside scoop.

The Gregoreks run The Happy Body, a gym in Woodside, CA where Michelle relocated from LA a few years ago. Jerzy and Aniela, both Polish born retired competitive weight lifters, don't mess around. Their workout philosophy is all old-school resistance training with a bit of meditation thrown in. They have created a unique, if somewhat limited in my opinion, approach to fitness.

Here are some highlights:

On cardio: “Original treadmills were created to punish prisoners. Exercise should not be punishment. The more you run, the weaker and less flexible you become.” Jerzy discourages all endurance workouts, except for occasional walks, hikes, and swims.

The workout:
Customized series of anaerobic training, involving 3 sequences of exercises, taking no more than 30 minutes to perform. Exercises are performed 7 days a week. Exercises are familiar gym fare: squats with light hand weights, the bicycle move for abdominals. The breathing has been tweaked so you inhale before the repetition and exhale after, as well as other alteration create a subtle changes.

Meditation: 5 minutes of meditation with lavender oil dabbed on the forehead – since anxiety “burns muscle tissue.”

If you want to see how Michelle has been eating

The Diet: Clients are encouraged to eat only 2 low carb, low sugar meals per day. Almost no dairy fat and only limited fruits. 3 daily snacks are permitted – ½ a Clif bar or ½ Kashi Go lean Bar or a piece of hemp bread with soy cheese.

The Goal: 13% body fat for women and 10% body fat for men. To provide a little reference for how extreme this goal truly is - the body fat percentage for general fitness is 24% and below, and 14 – 18 % body fat considered the percentage for elite female athletes.

My take: Way too extreme on the food front. Fat is important for women’s body to function correctly. Low body fat is associated with menstrual irregularities and fertility problems. I also believe in a well rounded fitness regimen – cardio (working the heart and lungs is important!) and resistance training mixed with flexibility training. Me? I am sticking to a mixture of all three forms of exercise. I am going to run and have my cake and eat it too.

W Magazine June, 2007


Join The Conversation
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
She looks great but what a extreme plan she's on, doesn't sound healthy to me!
Madinat Madinat 10 years
she looks great!
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 10 years
This is so bizarre! Who could live like that! Yes, a goal of 13% seems a bit extreme to me...
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
Hmm depending on what they mean by "low-carb" and "snack" maybe it would be doable. I prefer to have a full breakfast and lunch and then a light dinner. So maybe dinner plus in between meals would qualify as snacks? If lo carb means no carb then no way :P. And I like fruit and dairy, so again what do they mean by "limited"? And since Im a definite hater of running . . . no problem there! I do like swimming and hiking. Don't think I could do it seven times a week though . . . .
the-clam the-clam 10 years
She looks too thin in person. I think she's naturally very thin so the strength training just allows her to add a little muscle to her frame.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
^13% is not too low for everybody. It's only a tiny bit lower than what I am right now, and I am perfectly healthy. I eat over 2000 calories a day and work out regularly. I am much fitter than the average woman on the street. I would say 10% is too low for most women, but I do know some female runners who are in the 10% range and are incredibly fit with no health problems. Please don't make broad assumptions based on one number.
Trinigal Trinigal 10 years
Michelle hopefully isnt listening to her trainer to cloesely 13% body fat is way too low for anybody.She is beautifull just the way she is.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
This regime sounds way too restrictive. However, women do NOT lose their periods under 20% body fat. My body fat % is currently 14% and I have no problems with my cycle. Most women will lose their periods at around 10% body fat. A goal of 13% is fine for some women.
Beauty Beauty 10 years
Wow. Way to take all the joy out of eating. I eat a lot of vegetables and healthy foods, and I feel pretty healthy. I can't imagine cutting my food intake so much. I think I'd be crabby. With that said, Michelle Pfeiffer does look amazing. But I bet she'd look equally great with another 10 pounds on her, too.
smarler smarler 10 years
Holy cow, that's extreme.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Her plan is too confusing for me. If this works for her, than fine because she looks good. And I'll do what works for me! But I like the quote from her trainer: "Original treadmills were created to punish prisoners." That won't stop me from using them, but they sure feel that way sometimes!
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
This regime seems strange to me all around. No cardio doesn't sound good...
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 years
omg that is horrible!!! 2 meals a day, low carb low sugar and those tiny snacks? Puh-lease. What is the point of living if you are going to be moody and miserable the entire time?
miss-ellie miss-ellie 10 years
wow this diet regimen sounds so intense. i still cannot believe that they discourage most cardio. how would you get down to "13%" lean body fat without cardio? this routine doesn't seem like it would be a lifestyle change unless you are fortunate enough to hire those people for the rest of your life.
blackjade blackjade 10 years
I've always loved Michelle. She looks amazing and healthy so I don't know how much she actually follows that trainers rules or shares his goals. That trainer sounds ridiculous. 13% body fat for females should never be a goal. That's just unhealthy.
syako syako 10 years
Where did she find this trainer? He seems like he just stepped out of another planet. No cardio? No endurance training? No food? Um, welcome to eating disorders. And running makes you weaker? Has he ever met a marathoner? Yeah, I wouldn't say they are weak.
eaker eaker 10 years
they may not be punishing her on the treadmill, but they are certainly punishing her with that diet. This is pretty extreme for a woman who just came out saying that size 0 was an unrealistic beauty ideal. I thought you stopped menstruating when your bfp dipped below 20.
vegan-musician vegan-musician 10 years
yeah, fit, i agree with you -- this doesn't seem like any way to live! and, i disagree with the idea that running makes you weaker. if you supplement endurance training with weight training, yoga, and other strength-building, you can make your body strong inside and out!
tralalala tralalala 10 years
Wow, she looks incredible!!
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