Ashley Tisdale’s trainer spills her bikini body diet & workout routine

Ashley Tisdale

YOU WORK WITH CELEBRITY CLIENTS WHO OFTEN NEED TO GET IN SHAPE, FAST, FOR AN EVENT OR ROLE. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING TO QUICKLY DROP SOME WEIGHT? If you need to drop weight fast, the first thing you need to do is look at what you are eating. People tend to consume extra calories throughout the day and not even know it. That latte from your favorite coffee house has 180 calories and that little ranch dressing you just added to your salad is another 150. Cutting out liquid calories will accelerate your weight loss. Another emphasis should be placed on eating a green and leafy vegetable during every meal, even breakfast. Some examples include: broccoli, collard greens, kale, and spinach. These veggies are low in calories, low in fat, and high in dietary fiber which make them ideal for weight loss. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals to maximize the efficiency of your metabolism.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES YOU SEE GIRLS MAKING DURING THEIR WORKOUTS? The most common mistake I see girls make is that they don’t lift weights! It’s the same women on the cardio equipment, day in and day out, whose body does not change. Don’t be afraid to get out there and use a little extra resistance. Women have this notion that weights will make them bulky, but that is totally a myth. You can use weights to tone and tighten, streamlining and sculpting your body the way you want. By adding 2 lbs of muscle, your body can burn up to 100 extra calories a day! That’s 700 calories a week! That’s over 36,000 calories a year!  Keep the weight low and do more repetitions to tone up.

HOW DO I SLIM DOWN WITHOUT GETTING TOO MUCH MUSCLE DEFINITION? Find a good balance between cardio training and weight training. If you go to the gym 4 days per week, spend 2 days weight training and 2 days doing only cardio. The weight training will make your muscles strong while the cardio will prevent any unwanted weight gain.

TAKE US THROUGH A TYPICAL WORKOUT YOU DO WITH ONE OF YOUR FEMALE CELEBRITY CLIENTS? I want to burn as many calories as possible during our sessions and work on those troubling areas for girls (thighs, butt, arms, & abs).  The key is to get as much of the body moving as possible during every exercise. Take an exercise like a squat. You incorporate all of the large muscles in the lower body (quads, hamstrings, and glutes), but adding an overhead shoulder press after you complete each squat will bring the upper body into play. Now you have hit all of those problem areas and burned more calories to sculpt your body quicker. Isolation exercises, or exercises for one muscle group should be done toward the end of your workout.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR GETTING A FLATTER, TIGHTER STOMACH? You cannot reduce fat around just one part of your body. Get every muscle moving. The more calories you burn the slimmer in the waist you will get. To strengthen up the entire core, exercises like planks and side planks will effectively work those abs, but also the lower back and those saddle bag areas.

WHAT IS THE BEST FAT-BURNING CARDIO A GIRL CAN DO? Definitely interval training cardio! This will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. Interval training involves alternating between higher and lower intensities of exercise to raise your heart rate and provide enough rest to push a little further.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING FOR LEANER, SLIMMER LEGS? Multi directional lunges are the key: Lunge forward, out on diagonals, sideways, and backward to effectively work the entire upper thigh.  You do not need to hold any weights while doing these exercises.  Gravity will provide all of the resistance you need.