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How Lady Gaga Stays in Shape With Harley Pasternak

Get the Bod: Lady Gaga

If you can get past the wild outfits, ambitious hairstyles, and off-the-wall makeup, you'll find that Lady Gaga has a pretty rockin' bod. It's no surprise either — I mean, have you seen her live performances? The pop star sings her way through tightly choreographed dance sequences that require a tremendous amount of endurance, strength, and flexibility.

With a tour underway and being one of three female artists that lead the pack in Grammy nominations this year, Lady Gaga is on a high. And let's not forget that she's also looking pretty fabulous on the January cover of Elle. Not content to rest on her laurels, the star has taken celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak on tour with her as he reveals via Twitter: "About to "5-Factor-ize" the Lady GaGa luggage is packed with 5-factor snack bars, chips, and smoothies!"

To hear what kind of workout and diet Lady Gaga can expect from Pasternack,


Besides Lady Gaga, Pasternack works closely with celebs like Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, and Vanessa Williams, and stressed the benefits of his 5-factor diet: three meals and two snacks daily that consist of lowfat protein, fiber, healthy carbs, and fats. There's also a sugar-free drink allowed with every meal. Pasternack's workout consists of a daily 25-minute session combining strength and cardio. Clients are allowed one diet "cheat day" a week and two days off from exercise.


On a recent episode of the Today Show, Pasternack revealed that the secret to Lady Gaga's killer abs were lots of crunches. He starts her on a basic crunch and modifies that into reverse crunches, ending with a double crunch — lifting both ends of your body toward your center at the same time. Pasternack says he and Gaga worked out together right before she hit the stage at the VMAs this year. The reason? It gives her an extra boost of confidence to perform well. I think many of us can attest to the high we feel after exercising, too!

Check in with Fit next week, where we'll be featuring Taylor Swift's and Beyonce's workout plans — Lady Gaga's biggest competition at this year's Grammy Awards.

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DreaAST DreaAST 7 years
oh.....i forgot to add. her concert is amazing! best i have ever been to!
DreaAST DreaAST 7 years
I saw her in concert last week and was close to the stage. She has a great body. I think in pictures she looks skinnier than she is. She is definately very thin but very muscular. She looks nothing like the "waifs" such as lohan.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
The work outs may only be 25 minutes but I am sure she burns loads of calories while dancing and preforming.
AshLeeTa AshLeeTa 7 years
I would die for her body did you see it in the bad romance music video to die for!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Isn't Harvey Pasternack's program more based on diet than on intense exercise? It seems like when celebs go on his program, they primarily lose weight because of the way they eat...Jessica Simpson always looks good when she's "on" his program, not so much when she's "off" of it.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Sounds like a workout/eating plan I CAN do! But 25 mins does seem a little short for me. I'd probably go for a 20min interval run then a 20 min circuit workout. Lady GaGa is a similar body shape to me, so it's awesome to know that with some effort I can end up looking like her.
amydannae amydannae 7 years
I cannot even talk while I am working out, let alone sing! I can't imagine how hard it is to dance like that & sing and not sound out of breath! She is awesome!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I'm a little confused on the 25-minuted combined workout. That seems incredibly short to me, like short even if it were just one or the other, but especially both. How is possible to get those results working out for only a little more than 2 hours per week?
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
I agree bonniebonnie. I'd kill to have a trainer five days a week! New Years Resolution is Gym Membership that i actually use since it's only 20 bucks a month for me!
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
This doesn't sound like a particularly remarkable "plan." What makes it effective is that she has a trainer five days a week. That would be awesome!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I admire singers that can sing and dance at the same time. It takes a lot of talent and endurance to get through it :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Tee hee, "ambitious hairstyles" is a really nice way to put it.
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