Rihanna (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage) If you’re like every other Rihanna fan in the world looking for a distraction while you - not so patiently - wait for her new album, then look no further. Known for her fit physique and sexy curves, Rihanna’s body is worthy of all the envy and praise.
But the Grammy winner works hard to maintain her impressive shape, and while her highly-coveted fitness secrets take dedication and drive to accomplish, anyone can do as Rihanna does and follow her fitness regimen to look better than ever in 2020. So, grab your headphones, play some old school RiRi, and get sweaty!
When hitting the gym, Rihanna knows exactly what she wants to focus on, and what physical traits she wants to avoid altering. Far too often, people do not do exercises that will target and change the certain body part they are hoping to work on, and by using the wrong muscles for a certain move, we completely veer off course from our aesthetic goals without even realizing we are doing so.
That’s why it is crucial to know what areas of your body to use, why it’s crucial to hold your core, and know how many reps to do of a certain movement.
As for Rihanna’s case, the Fenty Beauty founder is proud of her “thicc” figure, and wants to keep everything tight, toned and intact. “I’m about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don’t lose my butt, or hips, or all of my thighs. I’ll lose some, but not all,” she told British Vogue back in July 2018, acknowledging a common overlooked truth that weight loss comes at a price for women.
“And I think of my boobs, like, ‘Imma lose everything, everything goes!’ But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut.”
So, how does the pop princess make this dream a reality? A little machine called the Supra! Rooted in Megaformer pilates, a Lagree Fitness patented workout method, Rihanna swears by the Supra for a sweaty and worthwhile 25-minute session.
Rihanna has been a long-time Lagree client, and we’re proud to have helped her reach and achieve her fitness goals on the Supra.
The machine can both tilt and incline, so essentially, the user is balancing on a resistance-based platform and using his/her own body weight. The carriage-like platform moves up and down as much as two feet in the air, so the workouts are super dynamic.
If you don’t have access to a Supra machine, the same types of movements can be achieved at home! So, if you’re looking to strengthen and tone up your legs and booty, and accentuate your abs and curves, take notes.
The following exercises should be done four times total, with 90 seconds to two minutes of rest between each round: plank to pike (12 reps), bear (12 reps), elevator lunges (12 reps each leg), side lunge (12 reps).
That said, a regimented exercise routine is only half the battle. According to SoHo Strength Lab and PROMIX Nutrition, the key to weight loss is 80 percent diet, and 20 percent exercise.
So, while hitting the gym will definitely yield results, eating right is imperative in order to see the real changes. Rihanna’s personal chef, Debbie Solomon, told Bon Appetit magazine in February 2017 that the fashion eats tons of protein, vegetables, and even mixes in healthy portions of carbs too, like rice and pasta. Rihanna also loves spicing up her meals with cumin, curry, garlic and onion, and she gets creative in the kitchen, enjoying international cuisines to avoid getting bored. This is a great tip, because far too often when we are dieting, we eat the same thing over and over again, and let’s face it - that is no fun. By incorporating different flavours and literally spicing things up, your dishes will be more interesting and enjoyable.
2020 is the year to get your best body ever, so no matter what your goals may be, make sure you’re doing workouts that align with your game plan, and nourish your body with healthy and tasty foods.
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