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Ahead of Shakira’s El Dorado World Tour, which runs November 8th through February 10th, the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer is working overtime to reach her fitness goals. She’s shared some of her workout routines on Instagram, but recently, her trainer, Anna Kaiser, gave E! News the nitty gritty on how she’s whipping Shakira into shape.
Read the best highlights from Kaiser’s interview below:
MIX IT UP
“We alternate between strength and cardio intervals. Some days we do just cardio and then strength and some days we start with strength and then do cardio. We like to mix it up. I want to make sure that she is improving her endurance so that she can go into a two-hour show, and also has the strength and stamina to make it through a five-month tour.”
“She’s doing two-a-days, twice a week and the other three days she’s doing one workout per day. It’s been a little bit harder to do two-a-days with our Skype training sessions because of our time difference. When I was there, we were definitely doing two-a-days for the month. She lost a ton of weight and inches. Now, we are working on endurance and strength.”
INCREASE FLEXIBILITY WITH A FOAM ROLLER
“When you’re hypermobile, it’s easy to think your muscles are flexible, but your flexibility is really around your joints and not your muscles. Foam rolling (an exercise device used for massage and fitness) is really important and making sure we are rolling out her fascia, her feet, her legs, and upper body to make sure she stays nice and healthy.”
“It’s really important to make sure you stay consistent. Even if that day it took longer to reach the goal she’s aiming for, she still did it. She worked out longer but didn’t work out as hard. A heart rate monitor is very important because every day is different. Sometimes you may have a ton of energy and other days you may not, but you can hold yourself accountable for knowing how hard you’re working by having a very specific goal to work toward. Sometimes you’ll think you’re lifting some very heavy weight, but you’ll realize your heart isn’t actually working that hard so you can push yourself a little bit harder.”
EAT SATIATING SOUPS
“Breakfast, lunch, & dinner with a protein in every meal and fresh veggies or small amounts of low glycemic fruit and for snacks, we started introducing soups. Some great soups are filling and warm. So, at the four o’clock hour, when people are craving caffeine and a cookie, soup is a really great option because it fills you up and feels like a meal so it can keep you going until dinner, but it’s not hugely caloric.”
MAKE SNACK TIME A RITUAL
“If you cut up a piece of fruit, peel it, put it on a dish, and top it with something fun and it feels like a real snack instead of just walking down the street while peeling an orange and eating it, you’re not actually taking a minute to enjoy that snack. Instead, make it a little bit of a ritual and sit down every 2-3 hours even if it takes you five minutes to eat it. You’ll be surprised how that triggers your brain.”
BUILD LEAN MUSCLE TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM
“Just because your body is losing inches doesn’t mean you’re losing weight or vice versa. It’s not about the weight, it’s about building lean muscle which is going to increase your metabolism and then allow you to lose weight quicker.”
FIND YOUR RHYTHM
“She’s got to keep going and keep herself strong because it’s tough to be on tour, and I think because it’s a stadium tour, it’s one or two nighters. Getting yourself into a workout schedule before that helps you get into a rhythm, and it will be easier to keep going because you already have a routine and are in the habit of working out.”
Buy tickets to Shakira’s El Dorado World Tour here.