The Olympics are in full swing over here in London and to celebrate, this week’s article focuses all on the lower body, so you can run from one event to the other.
And this time around, I’ve added a workout video for you to follow! Why not give this workout a try because you will find, the results are amazing.
If you want to condition your legs for a specific sport like running, cycling or just looking to tone your legs then this workout is for you! Now if you have any issues like weak knees or weak back then do less repetitions and don’t bend at your knees too low.
Listen to your body, don’t overdo it! If you’re not sure consult a physician or certified fitness professional for advice.
Always train in a safe manner, this will make your workout more efficient and effective. Rest when you need too and join back in when you feel your ready.
Okay with all that being stated the exercises are as follows and in this order in the video…
1) The Front Lunge – Make sure your knees are over your toes and you have good balance.
2) The Lateral (side) Lunge – Try and keep your toes pointed forward.
3) The Squat – In the video I do this on the ball of my feet if that’s too hard perform it with feet flat on the floor.
4) The Plie Squat – Make sure your toes are pointed out laterally (sideways)
5) The Single Leg Squat – You can touch the floor with your toe to keep your balance as an alternative.
The next four leg exercises are performed on the floor on a mat or towel you chose.
6) Lateral Knee Raises – Lay on your side with your legs bent, the feet must stay connected all through the exercise.
7) Supine (face upwards) Leg Raises – You can lay on your back instead of the version I do in the video.
8) Prone (face downwards) Leg Raises – You can do this on your knees if the version I do in the video is too difficult.
9) Lateral Leg Circles – The bigger the circle the harder it is! Circle both ways.
Now depending on your fitness level once through the routine maybe enough, if you need more than aim to repeat the whole thing or if your really fit and conditioned challenge yourself to 3 times! Pre workout warm up for at least 7 minutes of some kind of cardio, make sure your muscles are warm before you start the workout and take your time to stretch out afterwards.
If you’re looking to make your abdominal workouts as results based and efficient as possible, and you want to avoid wasting your time on the least productive exercises for your pectus abdominus (six pack) and obliques (side abs), then take a look at the effectiveness of these six exercises!
I have placed them in the order of which the American Council Of Exercise (ACE) found them to be, after concluding their detailed research which involved 30 healthy women and men aged between 20 to 45 years old. Some participants were occasional exercisers and the others worked out daily. Using electromyography (EMG) equipment researchers monitored each of the participants muscle activity as they were put through a thorough course of 13 exercises that target the midsection and they also measured the rectus femoris to indicate activity in the hip flexors!
This is important because high activity levels in this area suggest an exercise is either being performed incorrectly or uses other muscles outside of the target areas of the abs and obliques (midsection). Now the base line comparison for all exercises was the traditional crunch or basic sit up (legs bent with feet flat on the floor) which had a score of 100! Exercises were than ranked by average amount of EMG activity recorded in each of the muscle areas compared to the traditional crunch.
The Results: After extensive data collection and analysis the researchers found that exercises that require constant abdominal stabilization, as well body rotation, generated the most activity in the obliques. In simple terms they concluded which exercise is the best for both the abs and obliques in one go!
Now take into account the EMG scored the traditional crunch/sit up as 100 in both abdominal and oblique activity, the results are as follows…
Top scoring abdominal rectus exercise activity! Top scoring oblique exercise activity!
(1) Bicycle or Cycling Sit Ups Ab Activity 248 (1) Bicycle or cycling sit ups Oblique Activity 290
(2) Vertical Leg Crunch Ab Activity 129 (2) Reverse Crunch Oblique Activity 240
(3) Long Arm Crunch Ab Activity 119 (3) Plank or Hover Oblique Activity 230
(4) Reverse Crunch Ab Activity 109 (4) Vertical Leg Crunch Oblique Activity 216
(5) Crunch with Heel Push Ab Activity 105 (5) Crunch with Heel Push Oblique Activity 126
(6) The Plank or Hover Ab Activity 100 (6) Long Arm Crunch Oblique Activity 118
You can clearly see the most effective and efficient exercises for the abs and obliques without having to rely on the use of equipment!
It should help you put together a routine to get your midsection in its best possible condition. Now depending on your fitness level your repetitions per exercise may range from 15 – 50 or more if your very advanced and from 30 to 90 seconds or more if your advanced for the plank/hover you decide!
An article on the best abdominal and oblique exercises using equipment will follow in the future.
I’d like to say a big thankyou to my fitness models Angela Lood (above) and Michelle Lawing (below).
I have put together a video with me performing each exercise in the order of the top 6 scoring exercises for the abdominal rectus which you can view here…
(a) You have been working out for sometime, you love it, you have a deep passion for it, so much so you can’t resist sharing it with your partner/family/friends or just about anyone who will listen.
(b)Whilst training in the gym you can’t help noticing the technique of other members and afterwards while chatting to the gym staff you give them a detailed break down on how they could or should be doing it better.
Well, does that sound like you? Those that can, teach! I personally was working out at a gym and couldn’t help but study both the instructors and participants of the group fitness classes that were going on in an open area of the gym (no studio back then) I remember it well!
The year was 1990 and I was working out at the Barbican in London which at that time was the top gym in Europe.. The group fitness was pure Jane Fonda (high impact exercises) back then. I was intrigued by it, one of the instructors came over to me after she finished teaching her class (she noticed me practicing my kickboxing) and told me I should become an instructor myself, that was the spark that started the fire going! But it wasn’t until 1996 that I actually did something about it and got qualified/certified.
All I can say is, I wish I had done it sooner rather than later!! It was a certain gentleman called Mr. Motivator who gave me the final push to pursue my passion after meeting him at the Great North Run where he was warming up the ten’s of thousands of runners before we embarked on the half marathon distance.
So in this article, I decided to ask a few questions of how and why three fellow professionals became trainers to maybe help ignite or inspire the inner fitness coach in you. My panel of three are Gina Morris, Angela Lood and Michelle Lawing.
Gina Morris lives in London and specialises in pilates. She also teaches aerobics and spinning (indoor cycling).
Angela Lood lives in California and specialises in indoor cycling and is a TRX trainer and personal trainer.
While Michelle Lawing lives in California and specialises in cardio kickboxing and turbokick.
Here’s the fitness panel and their answers to the questions I fired off in their direction (note: all answers from each trainer are contained under each question).
Jay: What made you become a fitness coach and how long have you been one?
Gina Morris – I first decided to become a fitness trainer because I was fed up going to classes that were rubbish! I was getting a better workout doing my own thing at home! I actually thought “hey I can do better than them!’” So I did. That was in 1991 and I have being doing it for 21 years now.
Angela Lood – I started training in 1995 after I bought my first mountain bike it was like therapy to me! In 1999 I moved to California and after attending an indoor cycling class the coach (a fitness business owner) gave me an opportunity to become a cycling coach and I certified in 2000.
Michelle Lawing – I have personally been doing cardio kickboxing for over 10 years and love it,5 years ago I decided to get certified in turbo kick so I can inspire and help others reach their fitness goals.
Jay: How many times a week do you teach and how often do you workout in your own time?
Gina Morris - I teach 16 classes a week, plus personal training on top of that. I go running when I can as well as walking my dogs.
Angela Lood - I teach 4 – 5 times a week! I like to circuit train,run and hike as well as use the TRX myself.
Michelle Lawing - I teach 4 times a week. I workout 4 to 5 times a week, 3 of which is weight training and the others are cardio, I run between 5 – 8 miles.
Jay: What is your most memorable moment in fitness?
Gina Morris - Organising aerobathons and raising money for charity! To date I’ve raised over £19000/$30400! Also , I’m trying out for the “Gladiators” where I got through to the end but got disqualified for falling off a high rope and knocking down my opponent.
Angela Lood - When the new year gym craze occurs and I have a waiting least of 15 people wanting to do my 8am Sunday indoor cycling class and someone steals the waiting list! People will do what it takes to get their fitness fix if they love the instructor and the energy of the class.
Michelle Lawing - It’s hard to pick my most memorable, I’d have to say its an accumulation of moments, when people come up to me and thank me for inspiring them and they share how much weight they have lost and how the class has changed them.
Jay: Whats your advice to someone new to working out and to someone thinking of becoming a fitness trainer themselves?
Gina Morris - Once a week is better than nothing if that’s all you can do! Anyone can become a fitness trainer but its a whole new thing standing in front of a class week in week out and coming up with fresh ideas you have to do this to be successful!
Angela Lood - My advice is not to be intimidated by anything, mind over matter! It takes a special person to get out there in front of others! There is always a critic in a class but take the negative comments along with the positive to make you the best.
Michelle Lawing - Remember you have to walk before you run, figuratively speaking (well literally too lol) Don’t get discouraged if you get tired fast or can’t keep pace in a fitness class. Teach something your passionate about! Without that your energy will be low and that will transfer to your class. If you as a coach don’t seem interested neither will your participants.
Jay says: If you have a desire to get out there and motivate, inspire by example as a fitness coach, my advice would be to “go for it” … there is nothing that beats the feeling
In knowing you have helped change somebody’s life for the better, little things like when someone tells you they are sleeping better, less stressed and more motivated, you get a feeling that you were doing what you are meant to be doing.
Being fit and healthy allows you to turn your dedication and apply that to other areas of your life: Your journey will open up so many new interesting paths to enrich your life.
So, get fit, heathy and happy: What you waiting for?
Mind body workouts like Pilates and yoga have been the rage for a longtime now and look like they will continue to be as more and more people are introduced to the benefits of both of them. Dance inspired workouts are also very popular with the likes of zumba really packing people into the exercise studio of many a healthclub.
In this article I’m going to take a look at two workouts which infuse elements of Pilates, yoga and dance: They are ‘Booty Barre’ created by Tracey Mallett and ‘Rhythm Pilates’ created by Lisa Hubbard.
The ‘Booty Barre’
The first thing you notice about booty barre creator Tracey Mallett is her effervescent warm smile which hides the fact that she is about to put you through a tough workout unlike any other you may have done before!
Movements are slow and deliberate, with detailed focus on your head, neck and spine being aligned as good form makes for a better workout. Exercises aim to increase your flexibility and tone your muscles without bulking you up.
You begin the class with a dance inspired warm up which leads into a high repetition upper body workout with light dumbbells ( for example tricep extensions, front raises, punches). ‘Booty barre’ uses a chair for balance and targets the glutes legs and obliques, done slowly your toning and speed it up you reap cardiovascular benefits. The floor work is dominated by Pilates and yoga.
Tracey has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, originally from the UK but now lives in California for more information about ‘Booty Barre’, click here.
I had the pleasure of being introduced to rhythm Pilates creator Lisa Hubbard when I accompanied Tracey Mallett when she taught a master class of ‘Booty Barre’ in beautiful Santa Barbara for Kristi Cooper’s pilatesanytime.com
‘Rhythm Pilates’ expands on the traditional Pilates method by incorporating more fluid movements into whole body movement-art routines that are choreographed to music infused with yoga and dance elements. There are a series of 30 minute movement-art workout routines that are sequenced thoughtfully to target the whole body and intelligently work to biomechanically prepare the mind, muscles, joints and tissues and engage a positive spirit.
Lisa aims to take traditional mat Pilates into an evolutionary process and to increase the enjoyment without sacrificing the intensity and focus of Pilates and incorporate differing modalities to enhance the experience of the participants. There are 3 ‘Rhythm Pilates’ workouts, the first is ‘Harmony’ the second is ‘Beats and tempo’ and the third is the advanced class ‘On the rise’.
Lisa Hubbarb graduated in 1999 from Body Arts and Science International and has pursued pilates as her fitness focus point, she is based in California. For more information on ’Rhythm Pilates’ click here.
If you have been doing regular Pilates and yoga classes for sometime I would highly recommend keeping your eye out for both ‘Booty Barre’ and ‘Rhythm Pilates’ being introduced to somewhere near you and giving them a go!
Remember variety is the key to a great workout schedule and both these classes will give you the
Do celebrity diet fads work? If so, can they work for you? Firstly, the more sound a DF (diet fad) is in scientific back up then, the greater chance it works!
And secondly, the degree of adherence, focus and somewhat perseverance from an individual might well be the defining factor in getting the desired results.
Reducing your carbohydrate intake will generally lose you weight, totally cutting them out will almost certainly do it! But that may well cause a problem if you workout intensely as its your main source of fuel (glycogen) and without them you may well feel weak, dizzy or nausea.
Celebrities have great motivating factors in adhering to a diet because they’re being paid thousands, if not millions, to look a certain way and looking their best will bring in more work or media focus.
Now the average person looking to try the DF of their favourite celebrity may not have the same driving forces behind them to succeed but none the less, they can reap the benefits if they follow most of the DF’s wisely.
DF’s can work but are very difficult to sustain over a long period of time and once that time has run out, the bad habits can come back with a vengeance! With this in mind the solution is to find a lifestyle dietary regimen that dosen’t feel like it has you chained down but dose require you to have “mindful eating”, hence why the “Mindful Diet” is my favourite or prefered diet to follow over the likes of “The Baby Food Diet” made popular by Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer Tracy Anderson or “The Raw FoodDiet” followed by the likes of singer Sting and actor Woody Harrelson!
The Mindful Diet
The “Mindful Diet” has you become aware of all the pro’s and cons of the food your thinking of putting in your mouth against “mindless eating” where no thought is given or care felt about satisfying your hunger or cravings. It dosen’t require you to be a vegan/vegetarian or cut out all carbs but it allows you too if you feel its the right thing to do for “YOU!”
The Baby Food Diet
Now, eating baby food may sound whacky but as its filled with nutritious vitamins and free of additives its not as whacky as it may sound, many selections are gluten free and organic varieties are available for those who it may concern. But small portions may lead to a binge latter on if ones focus wanes or perseverance lets us down and the taste is bland and satiety maynot be achieved! I’d like to know how long Tracy Anderson actually has adhered to it for?
The Raw Food Diet
The Raw Food Diet is based on eating unprocessed with preference to organic, whole plant based foods which the minimum should be 75% uncooked!
Fresh fruits,vegetables,nuts,seeds,legumes,grains,beans, other natural foods which have not been processed or cooked, milk form a young coconut are all in the RFD! Raw foods contains
more essential food enzymes than cooked foods, foods cooked above 116 F lose most of their enzymes.
So as you can see their is some sound scientific base for the above diet fads, where as you take something like the “Blood Type Diet” and it all becomes theory! Now the thing about theory is, it all comes down to belief and how deep that belief is until its proven wrong or maybe right. The naturopathic physician Peter D’ Adamo claims that ABO blood type is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet and he recommends distinct diets for each blood type but the consensus amongst physicians, dietitians as well as scientists is that his theory has no base in scientific evidence!
So until he proves them wrong his followers are perceviving his belief as a reality but that dosen’t quite cut it for me personally.
The OMG diet
Right now the new diet fad is the OMG (literally oh my god) diet! Which advocates skipping breakfast, consuming caffeine before you workout, sleeping in and having cold baths to lose fat in six weeks.
Now skipping breakfast is regarded as against the status quo so a lot of people are up in arms at Venice A. Fulton, but consuming caffeine before you workout can target those stubborn fat areas that are difficult to get to as it increases free flowing fatty acids from your fat stores allowing you to access fat instead of carbs or lean muscle for energy.
As for taking cold baths helping fat loss, yes that has a scientific base, your body has to work harder to keep you warm in a cold bath it wants to be 98.6 degrees and will do anything to get back there! It will burn calories as heat and most of those calories come from fat. But the drawbacks are caffeine can make you crave sugary food so therefore make you binge if your not focused. In this day and age how many of us get to sleep in and I for, one hate cold baths, ( even though ice cold baths speed up your recovery from a hard workout).
Personally, I like “The Mindful Diet”, I think you can sustain it over a longer period of time ( 3 weeks continually doing something it becomes a habit some say) and therefore the likely hood of it becoming a lifestyle and not just a diet fad is very strong.
Summer is upon us and this is normally the time when a lot of people run around trying to get fit as quick as they can in the shortest time period. They normally want six weeks training results in two weeks or under, and will do anything to get the desired results. You can see them in every gym or being trained outside in the parks or open spaces by their personal trainers doing their utmost to shape their bodies quickly. And, while I admire their determination I can’t help but think about how great that focus when put into a long-term fitness plan.
If you happen to fall into the category of wanting a quick fit fix, then this is for you. If you don’t, then these tips are also good to keep in mind,
Firstly, lets set the mind right from the start. To win is to try to succeed, to learn is to try and fail, and to lose is not to try at all. This means the important thing, is always to try because your chances are exactly 0 if you don’t, and at the least you will find out more about yourself if you fail which will help you succeed in the future.
Secondly its calories you put in your body against calories you burn out. I remember kind of scaring British singer Pixie Lott with this when I met her at Mariah Carey’s album launch party at Jalouse nightclub in London a few years ago. A client/friend of mine Hofit Golan took me along and in the VIP area Hofit, asked me if she could have a slice of cake and I said “NO” (I was only jokingly, by the way) but poor, sweet Pixie thought I was serious and said to me “you’re the strictest fitness trainer I’ve ever met”.
Anyway, to tone up fast, make sure your exercising is using up more calories than your putting in. Don’t eat until your full, eat until you feel reasonably satisfied and avoid the full feeling if you want great results.
Try and remember this formula! FITTA! F = Frequency I = Intensity T = Type T = Time=Adherence.
Frequency, how often? Try to aim for three times a week at the least. Intensity, make sure you’re in your training zone! Type, make sure the exercise is the most effective kind of workout for you. Time, make sure you spend the correct amount of time you need for the best results. Adherence, make sure you have the willpower in place to keep you on the road to success.
When you go jogging try to find a hilly terrain as hill running improves your fitness level so much more effectively than jogging on flat surfaces. If your on a treadmill, then start on a 1.5 gradient and then aim to do uphill intervals of between 1 to 5 minutes for 3 to 10 sets with the equal time for recovery depending on your fitness level. If jogging isn’t your ‘type’ then powerwalking or indoor cycling or the cross-trainer will suffice. Speaking of indoor cycling, if you belong to a gym try an indoor cycling or spinning class. They are very effective into getting you fit fast, led by a tough but fair trainer similar to myself and your get results well done.
Step Ups, where you step up onto a bench or step, get the height that will challenge you but not put too much pressure on your knees. Aim to do 1 -3 minutes and 3 – 5 sets of alternate leg step ups. Add hand weights to bring your upper body into play and you have a real great workout.
Try a boxing or kickboxing class. You don’t need to do the sparring/fighting side just the padwork/bagwork and calisthenics. Ask your trainer for alternatives or modifications if you find an exercise too difficult or not suitable for whatever reason there could be. Any good trainer can offer you this, be very wary of someone who doesn’t as that’s not a sign of a good trainer.
For specific leg conditioning exercises or abdominal/core exercises go to my YouTube channel as you will find 1 leg conditioning video and 3 abdominal/core videos which will give you plenty of ideas.
Remember to adapt the exercise to your body: If it’s too hard, do less repetitions or modify it until your fit enough to do the full version.
I’m into building your body up not breaking it down and injuring you! Learn to listen to what your body is telling you as this will help you to not overdo it and set yourself back.
If you’re interested in my personal fitness tips, reach out to me on twitter.
P.S With the final of “Dancing with the Stars” last week, I would just like to say how cool a character Bruno Tonioli is. He works out at one of the gyms I freelance for in London and pushes himself hard in his workouts. He has always been polite to me every time I’ve met him there.
As I’m writing this, my second article for celebzter.com, I’m recovering from jet lag after returning to London from Las Vegas, where I was training at Xtreme Couture. Xtreme Couture is a mixed martial arts gym owned by former light heavyweight and heavyweight UFC champion, Randy Couture!
Randy was one of the stars of Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, and he appears in the summers’ sequel The Expendables 2. Anyway, I had a great time training there for six of the seven days I was in Sin City. They have the best coaches there and you best check your ego at the entrance if you go there, as there is so much to learn and it would only get in your way.
Randy is a very humble guy and the more humble you are the better fighter/athlete you tend to be. Speaking of Mr. Stallone, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him twice. The first in London which was very brief, but I remember he was curious about who I was, which stunned me! The second time was much more formal and was in Beverly Hills, in my favorite restaurant Spago owned by Wolfgang Puck (you got to love Wolfgang, he has all the A- listers in his place but treats you the same, I love it there) .
Mr. Stallone said to me he was glad he met me there after he finished a business meeting and he came over to the bar where I was drinking with my friend Connie and her friends.
Anyway, jet lag aside I’m very happy to be writing my second article on here for you!
In this article I want to focus on the basic ingredients of following a healthy fitness regimen, no matter what level of fitness you currently are, or what your goals are be whether they getting fit/losing weight/maintaining or advancing yourself!
Firstly, let me deal with the all important mind, it’s very important you have the right attitude towards your goals because without it you are like a boat in the sea without a sail. I would like you to share this with you! Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tints of the clouds of doubt, you never know how close you are to it, maybe nearer when it seems so afar, so stick to the fight with your hardest hit, it’s when things seem at their worst you must not quit!
An indomitable spirit is needed in your fitness endeavours, you develop this with each step you take towards your target goal. This is the glue that holds everything together or another analogy is, it’s the foundation of your house it has to be strong or it will surely collapse under pressure!
VARIETY is not only the spice of life but it keeps your body from getting too accustomed to one specific exercise which then has the effect of not burning as many calories as you do when your body doesn’t know what to expect.
Try to mix cardiovascular exercise ie running/cycling/power walking with some kind of resistance training i.e free weights/machine weights/kettle bells or some kind of resistance tubing. Once or twice a week try to include some kind of interval training in your routine where you incorporate intense bursts of energy for anything between 10 seconds to 2 minutes at 90 – 100 % effort depending on what you’re doing!
Remember you can’t SPOT REDUCE i.e ” I only want to lose it off my butt ” you have the work the body as a whole to achieve the result in the areas you desire most.RECOVERY is as important as the working out, make sure you have your recovery days worked into your routine. If you’re not feeling great take time out but make sure its a physical thing not a mental thing as the latter you can push through but the former you may injury or severely overtrain forcing you to rest for an extended length of time. SLEEP, in any challenging workout plan you need to get as much shuteye as you can or you won’t replenish your energy stores and your become unmotivated!
Be good to yourself. Surround yourself with POSITIVE ENERGY be it music/books or friends/family/partners but if you can’t then turn the negative into positive fuel to push you, don’t let it hold you back or stop you. There is no better revenge than success so use it to your advantage!
Try to cut out carbohydrates in the evening and just have protein instead. Try not to eat too late and give yourself plenty of time to digest your food before you go to bed. Eat good quality longterm carbohydrates during the day like my favorite wholemeal pita bread (without butter or other toppings). Try to restrict it, if you can’t cut out your alcohol usage, drink orange juice or water in social settings and your “friends” should understand your health routine is important to you, so don’t feel peer pressured into social drinking!
Goal Set… have short-term, medium and long-term goals. Write them down and review them as you reach a new level.
This can be really empowering and infuse more positive drive into your mindset. These are the basic ingredients I try to instill into my classes and clients when people come to me and I’m going to apply the same method to you the readers as you follow me on celebzter.com… I am your guide!
I aim to give you a strong foundation and gradually build you up in your time spent following me on here. You should be looking to workout at least 3 times a week, the time of day isn’t important as long as you get something in!
Remember this, HEALTH is your most important asset, without it your quality of life can be extremely restricted. It’s a shame that a lot of people only start working out after a health scare. If you think you don’t have the time, make the time. It will only improve all the other areas of your life.
Invest in yourself, working out is also fantastic for giving you “ME” time, and what I mean by that is, it’s the only time you can be really selfish and not feel guilty about it!
Hello, my name is Jay Darrell Ingleton, JDI for short! I have been working as a London-based fitness instructor since December 1996. I also do personal training as well!
My speciality is martial arts with over 25 years training, and I’m proudly nicknamed “the awesome kicking machine” by the legendary Chuck Norris, which is quite a compliment given his stature. I’m also known for my core workouts for which you can view on my youtube channel.
For my first article for celebzter.com, I would like to stick up for a mate of mine, she is one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood….
Over recent months Cameron Diaz has received her fair share of criticism in regards to her passion for working out! Some people have said she has gone too far, or posed that question to their readers. It seems to me, some people get intimidated by a woman who looks in great shape and has an aura of confidence about herself.
I would like to counter some of the things that have been said about Cameron! First, I think you should know I know Cameron personally- I met her in London in one of the gyms I teach my exercise classes at, which is near the house she has bought here.
At first I didn’t realize it was her as I was working out, as I was deep into my training zone. I was going through my abdominal workout when she came into the gym. which was unusually quiet at the time of day.
The first thing I was struck by was her aura… she has an amazing energy. And, as she walked into the gym, she looked like a model. After I had finished my ab training I made my way to the other end of the gym and Cameron and I kind of met in the middle!
I stopped, as I briefly thought I recognized her but couldn’t place her face. It was quite funny, and I must have come across as rude, as I stared at Cam trying to figure out where I knew her from.
After what must have been 30 seconds and me obviously not recognizing her, Cameron smiled!!! As soon as Cameron smiled (think the movie the Mask and Cameron’s smile is truly amazing), I realized who I was staring at… at that point I shouted out (not thinking, really) “Cameron Diaz is in the gym!” After which, instead of her running away, she reached her hand out towards me and asked me my name. Without hesitation, I held her hand and said “Jay” at the same time, thinking “my god I’m touching Cameron Diaz’s hand”. As a red-blooded straight guy, I was in heaven, I must say.
I found Cameron to be incredibly down-to-earth, with a real vibe for life… and she is obviously incredibly intelligent.
Physically, Cameron looks like an athlete and has the body type to tone up very easily, which is what most women would die for. Look at women in track and field sports and you can see Cameron’s body type.
Now, some people are put off by “fit women” and that probably comes down to an image they have been force-fed or influenced unknowingly by, but to me, she looks great. She’s very feminine and ladylike without a doubt!
Cameron sure knows her way around a gym and, I have to be honest, after I realized who she was, I couldn’t focus on my workout as I would normally do… but it wasn’t just a normal day.
I could tell Cameron is quite competitive when it comes to working out as she was checking me out as I was going through my personal workout exercises, and I of course, I couldn’t resist checking her out as she did her squats. Cameron finished her workout before I finished mine and as she left the gym, she said my name… which I found to be really quite touching!
Add to that, she really looked like a “Charlie’s Angel” in her workout gear and I can honestly say, I will never forget meeting Cameron Diaz, even if I didn’t realize who she was at first sight.
Jay Darrell Ingleton - London-based Group Fitness Instructor
Pro Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
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