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Health, Fitness and Physique, Hollywood-Style

Aired May 28, 2005 - 08:30   ET


SANJAY GUPTA, HOST: Good morning and welcome to a special edition of HOUSECALL. We're in month two of our quest to get you ready for summer. What better place to continue our series than in sunny Hollywood, where being fit is a professional necessity.
You think walking the beach in a bathing suit is bad? How about being on the red carpet or on a magazine cover? A star's body is under constant scrutiny.


HOLLY FIRFIR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The hair, the makeup, the dress and the smiles. The glamour of Hollywood. But what you see are the results of a lot of hard work, which starts long before they step out of the limo.

The June issue of "In Style" magazine shows today's stars look good at any age. And "In Style" got the skinny on what it takes to get Hollywood's finest red carpet ready.

POLLY BLITZER, IN STYLE MAGAZINE: Beyonce is always red, red hot. Her trainer actually has her do very quick uphill sprints before she starts a workout.

FIRFIR: "Alias" star Jennifer Garner is known for her sleek and chiseled physique.

BLITZER: She actually has to work really hard to get that way. Jennifer Garner and her trainer Valerie Waters work out in Los Angeles five to six times a week, starting at 4:00 in the morning.

FIRFIR: Where did Hillary Swank get her fabulous back? A combination of good athletic genes and some moves she picked up at New York City's Gleason's Gym.

BLITZER: She was going to bring in - she was firing with the best of them, golden glove champions.

FIRFIR: We couldn't talk about a good view from behind without including J-Lo. She knows how to get it right.

BLITZER: She does a variety of different really rigorous activities to keep herself in shape.

FIRFIR: With fast paced lifestyles, many of today's celebs are thinking outside of the exercise box. BLITZER: Natalie Portman loved to take surfing lessons. Sarah Michelle Gellar is a brown belt in tae kwon do. Terry Hatcher is a huge fan of cardio striptease at Crunch in Los Angeles. It just gives people a chance to have fun.

FIRFIR: And that's what working out should be.

Holly Firfir, CNN, Atlanta.


GUPTA: We're here in sunny L.A. at the home and workout studio of celebrity trainer and author of the new book "G-Force." He's Gunnar Peterson.

As you can see, people come here to work hard, but you don't have to be a celebrity or have their money to get the body of a star. Gunnar's here to tell us how he whips his clients into shape.

He's got a well-known list as well, I'll tell you. Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Sylvester Stallone. Pretty big names and pretty good bodies.

GUNNAR PETERSON, CELEBRITY TRAINER: Well, they all do the work. I think that's the common denominator is that they do the work. There's no trying to get out of it. And there's no pretending. They just come, they get it done, and they get out.

GUPTA: Is there something those three have in common? I mean, is it good genes in their case?

PETERSON: Obviously, genetics play a part in it. But you can never deny the work ethic, the drive, the ambition, the focus. And just the fact that they're not going to be denied.

GUPTA: As you know, we decided to put it to the test a little bit. Our own Brooke Anderson stopped by your studio recently to get in a workout and discover what it takes to get a celebrity body.


BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Gunnar, I know you've shaped some of Hollywood's best bodies, but I'm hoping you will share some of the shape-up secrets with little ol' me.

PETERSON: Let's go with the fundamental...

ANDERSON: Let's get to it. I understand you worked with Matthew McConaughey to get him ready for his last movie role. Those abs, we've all seen him with his shirt off, how do we all get abs like that?

PETERSON: Well, abs is a combination of work, diet, hydration, got to get your water, and sleep so your body can get rid of the excess body fat that it's holding. You're going to take that ball overhead. Extend -- tag it behind you, and then bring it up. ANDERSON: OK. Like no ab work out I've ever done before. The stars have to wear these low cut dresses. I know Hillary Swank at the Oscars had one that -- right down here. Her back looked incredible. How do we get the back that looks like that?

PETERSON: You have to work the back. You have to work the shoulders. You want to make sure that you're challenged by the final repetitions of the set. Whether it's 12, 13, 14, 15 or whether it's 7, 8, 9, 10, it's all about form.

ANDERSON: Quality, not quantity, got it. Gwen Stefani, I know you work with her, she's got some of the best legs in the business. How can I get some legs and glutes like that?

PETERSON: First of all, I'll turn it on so you get the feel of it. Then I'm going to give you a barbell. And I want - no, no, no, whoa, whoa...

ANDERSON: Oh, I thought you said...

PETERSON: Can you imagine she boards the plane and walks right into the cockpit and starts pushing buttons.

ANDERSON: Yikes, OK, sorry.

PETERSON: Stairs are your friend.

ANDERSON: Stairs are our friend.

PETERSON: And stairs are your friend, by the way, in real life, too.

ANDERSON: Bottom line, there's no -- there's no secret. There's no 5-minute or 10-minute secret workout that can whip you into shape.

PETERSON: Yes, kind of boring, huh? Not too sexy.

ANDERSON: Thanks for having us. I appreciate it. It was fun.

PETERSON: Look at the improvement.

ANDERSON: Already, already.

PETERSON: Already.


GUPTA: Now Brooke only got to spend an afternoon with Gunnar, but obviously it takes more time than that to get results. Our audience is really so curious to know just how celebrities look so good so fast.

We got a lot of e-mails on this, like Lisa in Santa Fe who writes this. "How are celebrities able to get in such great shape in so little time? It seems personal training and a desire to be fit are not always enough." And you know, Gunnar, the thing about it is you think celebrities, you think they have obviously money, they have hours on end to do this. Is -- train that is, is that what it is?

PETERSON: Well, I think they have the drive. And I think they have - they're under the gun more than a lot of people. They're judged not just by their work, but how they look while performing their work. Their work - whether or not you realize how much you're judging them, how many times have you heard people walk outside the theater and say I really liked it. I can't believe how heavy he looked, thick through here.

I mean, just unconsciously, they are processing and factoring and comparing. So - and the celebrities know that. I mean, they know that's part of their gig. Clearly, their craft is what takes them where they end up eventually, but their looks can play a part in it.

GUPTA: Well, we're going to get into a lot of the specifics here, because people are obviously very interested in this. Gunnar Peterson has a lot more work out secrets. We're going to get more into that when HOUSECALL returns.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: J-Lo's glutes. We'll find out how to get them. Plus...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She's going to place her hands behind her head and twist her torso.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Gin Miller kicks it into gear with month two of our HOUSECALL workout.

And later, Oprah's chef gives us an inside look at super star diets.

First, today's quiz. According to a recent poll, who has the best legs in showbiz? That answer coming up.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Before the break, we asked according to a recent poll, who has the best legs in showbiz? According to "In Touch Weekly" readers, rock singer Gwen Stefani. Coming in second, actress Uma Thurman, followed by Jennifer Lopez.

GUPTA: That's not a bad list to be on. Well and one of the trainers who helps to keep those legs in shape is Gunnar Peterson. And we're here in his gym, where he makes a star sweat so they can get on lists like that one.

Jennifer Lopez came in third there. And when people heard we were having her trainer on the show, we got lots of questions no surprisingly. Let's take a listen to one now.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, I'd like to know what you need to do to have a booty like J-Lo. GUPTA: Let me tell you, that pretty much sums up a lot of the questions we got. So what is it with her? Is it genes? Is it a particular move. What is it?

PETERSON: I mean, again, genetics play some part, but you can't deny the work that goes into that. There's -- if you take the mother of all movements, and this is from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, not just from me, although I do subscribe to the theory, it's the squat.

And right away, everyone will go, well I can't do a squat. In fact, you can do a squat. And if you go to the bathroom, you can do a squat. It's making the squat work for you. You don't have to have an axial load squat, where the weight is on your shoulders. You can have dumbbells down by your side. You can have dumbbells up top, but slightly forward so the pressure's not directly on the spine. You can vary your foot position, you can vary the cadence, you can vary the angles. And there are ways to do it.

The glutes, the butt, it's the biggest muscle group of the body. So metabolically, that's your best friend. You have you to work it. You do yourself a disservice to try and train and not work that muscle group.

Hit it, beat it up, challenge it just the way you would in real life. You turn at different angles, you turn at different speeds, you go from fast to slow, slow to fast. You have you to work it that way. If you make it adapt, it has to change.

GUPTA: All right, let's move on to another Jennifer, now one famous for her arms and her fighting techniques, "Alias" star Jennifer Garner.

Adam in Oregon wants to know this. "How does Jennifer Garner keep her body in shape?" We probably need to narrow that down a little bit. Let's talk specifically about her arms. And how does someone get arms like hers?

PETERSON: Well, I don't work with Jennifer Garner, but if you're going to develop your arms, you have to look at a couple of things.

One, tricep is bigger than the bicep. So it has to take more work. Three heads versus two heads, that's the tri and bi. Not to mention from shoulder to elbow, what you're seeing if this is unveiled, is 50 percent shoulder.

So the shoulders play a big part in arm development. And you want the shoulder to look right and in proportion with the bicep and tricep, or you're going to have that flat look, and then some kind of strange inflation here that's not going to ultimately be what you're looking to do.

The key is angles. You got to work it differently. You have to challenge it. You have to take uneven loads. You have to do things that require the muscles to be - to work to balance. You have to require the synergy and the helping muscles to play. So it's not just the big belly of the muscles, fundamental exercises. That's great. That's perfect for a foundation, but from there, you have to branch out.

GUPTA: So don't just do curls. I mean, make sure you're doing your deltoids and triceps as well.

PETERSON: Absolutely, absolutely. And while curls are valid, there are a number of different curls. Straight bar, easy bar, reverse curls, angle curls, 90 degree curls, curls from high, curls from low. You know, there's a lot of permutations there.

GUPTA: As you're talking to me, I'm holding my shoulders up and sucking my gut. And did you notice that?

PETERSON: Actually, you had a tremendous pump just doing that.

GUPTA: Listen, youth is definitely a part of the workout equation as well. But stars over 40, like actors Brad Pitt and "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher are showing you don't have to still be in your 20s to have a great body.

And that brings us to a question from Heidi in North Carolina. "What is required to stay in great physical shape past 40 and achieve a body like Michelle Pfeiffer?"

Does someone have to train differently as they grow older? I mean, you've been talking about some specific techniques. Has it changed depending on the age of your clients?

PETERSON: You do train differently. You have to factor in lifestyle. You have to factor in available time. It doesn't mean you have to train more. And it doesn't mean you have to necessarily train harder.

You train smarter. And you train in a way that works for you. Your goals will probably change as well. You want to make sure that what you're doing is giving yourself time to recover from the workouts.

During -- in the gym, you're actually tearing your body down. You're putting yourself into a negative nitrogen balance. You're putting the muscles in a place where if you don't feed yourself within 30 to 60 minute window after training, your body is going to feed on the hard-earned muscles. So you have to train in a way that you can benefit from the work you're actually doing.

GUPTA: OK, I want to talk specifics about not just the exercise, but everything else that goes along with it. Really good suggestions for some help getting fit by summer.

We also enlisted the help of step aerobics creator and trainer Gin Miller. Last month, she outlined a walking plan. Now she's back to step up the workouts.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) GIN MILLER, FITNESS EXPERT: Hi, I'm Gin Miller. And you're in month two of your summer ready workout program. Now if you've been walking, you've built your cardiorespiratory endurance. And it's time now to add some strength training.

Strength training is great for the shape of your body, your muscles, and your bone density. Now remember, you're going to keep walking. And you're just going to add strength training two days a week. All you need is a pair of dumbbells and a bench for this entire workout.

This is great one for the rear muscles. It's called a rear leg extension. And Kelly's working her buttocks here by just lifting her legs to the back and balancing and keeping herself (INAUDIBLE).

When you're walking, you use a lot of the muscles of the hip flexers, which lift your legs. This balances that act. We'll be doing 11 exercises for your whole body, like bicep curls, lateral raises, overhead presses.

And we'll also be including some exercises for the lower body, like squats and lunges. Kelly will finish up with some abdominal work, which is called a bicycle. It's one of the best exercises you can do for the abdominals. Hands behind the head, twist side to side.

Remember to pull those abdominals in and keep your back pressed gently against the ground. It's a good idea to work those core muscles, because now you've got all of your body balanced out with that great walking program.


GUPTA: All right, we've got to take a quick break. We got a lot more with Gunnar Peterson, the inside scoop for getting celebrity fit. That's coming up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Coming up on HOUSECALL, the secrets of cooking for the stars.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good food is good food is timeless.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oprah's chef spills the beans after the break.

But first, more of this week's medical headlines in "The Pulse."


CHRISTY FEIG, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Women diagnosed with breast cancer can improve both their survival and recurrence rates through exercise. That's according to a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that women who had walked one or more hours a week or did comparable physical activity had better survival rates than those who exercised less or none at all. Researchers observe the greatest benefit in women who walked three to five hours a week.

And another study appearing in The Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed the relationship between hair dye and cancer. Researchers examined 79 studies dating back to 1966. They found no increased risk of bladder, breast or blood cancer or several other types of cancers among people who use hair dye personally.

Christy Feig, CNN.



GUPTA: Welcome back. We've been talking about working out like a celebrity. That's only 50 percent of the equation if you want a rock hard body. The other 50 percent, not surprisingly, is what you eat.

So our Holly Firfir is taking a look at what's cooking in the hills of Hollywood.


ART SMITH, CHEF: This is show business. Show business is about making it pretty.

HOLLY FIRFIR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Chef Art Smith is personal chef to Oprah and has cooked for many of Hollywood's A- listers.

SMITH: When you walk the red carpet, you've got to look beautiful. And you don't want to feel like -- you know that heaviness when you eat foods and stuff.

FIRFIR: Chef Smith says you don't have to be a star to eat like one if you keep it simple. For example, just a drop of pocini (ph) mushroom oil with a touch of lemon prevents you from adding too many extra calories or fat, but you won't sacrifice flavor.

SMITH: Roasting is a great healthy way to cook and one that I have used for years cooking for celebrities.

FIRFIR: A favorite dish among the jet set is steamed clam and mussel dish with artichokes in a wine and pepper sauce, which you can whip up in minutes.

SMITH: Time is money. You want to make sure that you can get them something delicious and nutritious as quickly as possible.

FIRFIR: You can make that happen by using foods that are in season.

SMITH: We have wonderful organic farmers. You're able to go and you serve it. And you say guess what I found at the market? And they grew it just for you. They love that. I'm telling you, that's better than anything. That's better than bling. That's better than everything.

FIRFIR: But you don't have to be the queen of talk to eat like royalty.

SMITH: You live life once. Why not live it pretty? And part of living life beautifully is eating beautifully.

FIRFIR: Holly Firfir, CNN, Atlanta.


GUPTA: Now seeing that piece about celebrities and their diets brings us to the most common question we got from our audience.

Pamela from Pennsylvania asks it best. "Can I really get a body like the celebrities without a trainer or nutritionist?"

You got to hear this all the time?

PETERSON: Yes, I do. And the first thing I would say knock yourself out trying, but let me give you my number just in case. It comes down to this.

If you don't know about exercise, and you don't know about how your body works, you're probably better off like anything learning from someone or taking a few classes than maybe experimenting on your own.

Having a trainer, at least a trainer who's certified and qualified and takes your goals into consideration when designing your program, can help you avoid a lot of pitfalls and can take A, a lot of gray area out of it, and B, can help you get to your goal a lot faster because you're not going to make the mistakes, hopefully, that you would have made if you were just winging it on your own.

GUPTA: What I have found is that the inspiration as well, just the emotional aspects of it. How do you - you know, everybody -- I don't think you'd find anybody who says listen, I don't want to have a great body. Everybody says I want to have a great body. What is the difference, though, when they come see you? How do you inspire them to stick with it?

PETERSON: How you motivate is a funny thing, because I don't think I consciously think about motivating. I try to make sure that I'm always on time. You try to be a constant in their lives.

They have a lot of variables that are changing all the time. So if you can be the one constant. You can always kind of look the same and be the same and to a certain level of cleanliness and things that are bringing them to the gym that make it a good place to go, worth the destination, then hopefully they come back. And they have a pleasant association with it. And they want to stick to it.

GUPTA: Making it a part of your life. We're getting lots of celebrity secrets. More of that coming up on HOUSECALL.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Charlize Theron does it and so does Oprah and the San Francisco 49ers. What's their secret? Find out after the break.

Plus the low cost way to get a celebrity body. Stay tuned for more HOUSECALL.


GUPTA: Welcome back to HOUSECALL. If you're looking for a lean dancer's physique and don't like traditional workouts, our bod squad has a workout popular with everyone from Madonna to the Cincinnati Bengals.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's very tall. And reach for your center.

FIRFIR: It's pronounced Pilates. A stretching, strengthening and balancing regimen developed nearly a century ago by German born Joseph H. Pilates. For decades, it was the secret weapon dancers used to stay toned. Today, it's become one of the hottest fitness trends, improving core strength and flexibility without building bulk.

But will you work up a sweat?

PENELOPE WYLER, PILATES TRAINER: That's the first misconception you don't sweat. (INAUDIBLE) breathing. Yes, you breathe. It's mind and body. You center your body. If you don't sweat, you're not working out. It's a workout.

FIRFIR: Another way Pilates increases upper body strength is through push-ups, sometimes upside down. And don't be intimidated by the equipment. There are easier moves for beginners. Pilates can also be taken in what's called a mat class format. The exercises are basic with less emphasis of advanced and complex moves.

Holly Firfir, CNN.


GUPTA: We're here in celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson's L.A. studio. And we've got time for one last question.

Brooke in Chicago wants to know this. "How can the average person find a celebrity-like workout routine that works for them, without the celebrity cost?"

And you talked about this already a little bit, but what about the average person?

PETERSON: There's so many ways to get information nowadays. Clearly, the Internet's an easy one, but there are books. There are DVDs, videos, there's shows out there. There are whole networks devoted to fitness. You can put together a lot of interesting things that could yield tremendous results. You've just got to make sure you lay the foundation properly and you're not winging it.

GUPTA: Really good stuff today. Appreciate it. We're out of time for today, unfortunately. But Gunnar Peterson, thanks to you for letting us into your house and into your studio as well, helping us gear people up, making them look that starlike quality about....

PETERSON: Actually, I think the term is star-licious.

GUPTA: Star-licious. Yet another tip from Gunnar Peterson.

Listen, make sure to tune in one month from now as well. We're putting together your summer survival guide, from beating the heat to some quick fixes before a vacation.

Plus Jen Miller will be back with month three of her workout to keep you in shape for the summer. Thanks for watching. I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Stay tuned now for more news on CNN.


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