The workouts, diets, trainers and beauty secrets that got last night’s Grammy stars looking hotter-than-ever
Last night was the 59th year of the annual Grammy awards. From Adele getting choked up after collecting a bucketful of awards to some brilliant performances from Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bruno Mars last night’s awards were a spectacular show and everyone looked incredible on the night. We’ve rounded up some of the best bodies from last night’s Grammies and bring you the workouts, diets, celeb trainers and beauty insiders that reveal how it was all achieved.
‘We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them.’
Beyonce had to be on this list. She wowed the audience with a spiritual musical performance and she also took home the prize for urban contemporary album. Pregnant, glowing and as glorious as ever, Beyonce was the epitome of red carpet glamour at last night’s awards ceremony.
It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose
World-famous not only for her amazing voice but also for her incredible curves, Beyonce is a woman that doesn’t shy away from flipping the conversation when it comes to body image. ‘It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health — take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish,’ the superstar explained to Elle magazine in an interview after last year’s launch of her fitness brand, Ivy Park.
According to Bey, Ivy Park focuses on the idea of emphasising strength over beauty and the company says that it aims to inspire ‘women to work with, not against, their bodies.’ As seen below, Beyonce shows off the latest Ivy Park range on her Instagram account.
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And Queen B certainly seems to have worked with her body. Performing on stage for two hours night after night can be no easy feat. To build up her endurance for her Formation tour, Beyonce worked with personal trainer to the A-list, Marco Borges. Borges explained to Glamour that he used a combination of boxing, sprints and strength-building exercises to build up Beyonce’s stamina for touring. ‘Sprints are ideal for building stamina and explosiveness, which B needs to move across the stage,’ revealed Borges. He has the pop icon alternate between a one minute sprint with two minutes brisk walking for a total of thirty minutes.
And Beyonce famously works out hard. When she had Blue Ivy she gained 57 pounds during her pregnancy. ‘I didn’t have a lot of time to lose the weight because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again,’ she divulged to Shape magazine. And also explained that she owed her super fit post-baby body to a healthy diet and her dance workouts. It’s reported that while Beyonce works out five days a week, she also practices her choreography seven days a week.
The pop queen has hit headlines in the past for crazy fad dieting like the maple syrup diet but trainer, Borges says that these days when it comes to eating healthy, Beyonce is a huge fan of his 22-Day Revolution diet. She even wrote a forward in his book saying ‘The truth is that if a Houston-born foodie like me can do it, you can too. You just need to try it for 22 days.’ Borges’ diet is whole-food and plant-based and bans meat, eggs, dairy, alcohol and processed foods for 22 days – the same amount of time it takes to break unhealthy food habits.
‘Exercising has been so important for my recovery both physically and mentally.’
The bronzed beauty stunned last night in a Julien MacDonald crochet-style dress. She flaunted her tanned skin in the fitted dress which accentuated her amazing curves. But it hasn’t been an easy ride for Lovato on her health and fitness journey. In the past, she has spoken openly about her years of battling bulimia, self-harm and addiction. In 2011 she checked herself into rehab and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Speaking to Fitness Magazine she explained that embracing a healthy lifestyle was key to her recovery. ‘Exercising has been so important for my recovery, both physically and mentally… My energy and endurance have gone way up. I feel so much stronger, and I’m much healthier’ she revealed.
We all have problem areas, I’m always going to have thick thighs.
She works out religiously at celebrity workout spot, the Unbreakable Performance Centre in LA and has even referred to the gym as her ‘oasis’ on Instagram. Six days a week, four hours a day, she really puts her life into health and fitness. And although it keeps her looking amazing, personal trainer and gym owner, Jay Glazer explains that she does it more for her wellbeing than to look good. ‘Demi will be here for four hours a day. It’s her one place where she doesn’t have to be a pop star. She’s talked a lot about her addictions, and this has become her healthy addiction. She lights up when she comes in here’, he divulged to People magazine. Her exercises with Glazer focus on full body toning. So she does exercises with high reps and low weights.
Lovato does it more for her wellbeing than to look good
‘It’s three different exercises three times through with no rest. She’ll do a push, a pull and lower body move, so let’s say a chest push, a pull for your back, and then some sort of squat, but something low-impact that won’t bulk her. At the end, we’ll do abs’, explained the celeb trainer.
Lovato is also famously a huge fan of spinning, or more specifically – Soul Cycle. When she launched her album Confident she curated a playlist, especially for the fitness club. ‘The reason I love Soul Cycle is because of the spiritual connection between you, your bike and the music’ she tells a class of cyclers in a promotional video.
Lovato also loves a bit of combat fit. Her sessions at the Unbreakable Performance centre also varies between boxing, Muay Thai, ground fighting and Brazilian jujitsu.
Learning to be grateful for our bodies and taking care of them are the best ways for us to empower ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.’
It seems that the singer has come an incredibly long way and that fitness has helped pave the way to her journey of self-acceptance. The star told Fitness magazine ‘We all have problem areas. I’m always going to have thick thighs. I can’t change that, and obsessing over it will only make me miserable. Learning to be grateful for our bodies and taking care of them are the best ways for us to empower ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.’
‘I like myself more than ever. I feel so comfortable in my own skin.’
As we all knew she would, Adele won big last night securing prizes for all five categories that she was nominated for as well as back-to-back wins for album of the year and record of the year. Wowing in a figure hugging olive green Givenchy dress, Adele stole the show last night.
A powerhouse singer with a bright personality and an amazing look, it’s safe to say that we are big fans of the London legend. And Adele is a celeb that has made an incredible fitness transformation. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she revealed that she wanted to ‘get in shape for myself, but not to be a size zero or anything like that.’ For her this meant cutting back on sugar, giving up smoking and hitting the gym. ‘I’m not, like, skipping to the fucking gym. I don’t enjoy it. I do like doing weights’, she continued. And she hasn’t given up carbs completely explaining that she’s not ‘that crazy’ – we’re with you on that one, Adele.
She also revealed to the magazine that her diet overhaul and fitness routine helped her lose over 21 pounds before her 21 tour. Adele works out at London gym and celeb hotspot, the £3000 a year KX gym in Kensington, London. She works out using weights, a circuit training regime called the Modified Strongman workout and also Tabata, a high-intensity workout routine with her trainer Pete Geracimo. Geracimo is a former Australian triathlete and divulged to The Sun that he uses a metabolism boosting workout that trains most of Adele’s muscle groups. Adele famously posts her hilarious fitness struggles to Instagram.
And while she’s (mostly) ditched the booze, packed in the cigarettes and upped her exercise regimen we love Adele most of all for tackling the issue of body image head on. When critics like Karl Lagerfeld said that ‘she is a little too fat’, Adele has hit back in interviews that she feels no pressure to be a ‘skinny-mini’ or wear revealing clothes.
I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with.’
We love Adele because from her wild cackles to her personal melancholy lyrics she is unapologetically herself. As she told Vogue ‘Actually, I like myself more than ever. I feel so comfortable in my own skin. I really like how I look, I like who I am, I like everyone that I surround myself with.’
‘Cardio is key’
The 28-year-old Bajan beauty stunned last night in a head-turning outfit that showed off her toned stomach. Famous for her amazing legs and curves, Rihanna’s body is known across the globe but looking that fit doesn’t come without some hard slog. Personal trainer Ary Nunez revealed to Shape magazine that Rihanna’s workout regime is ad hoc and intense. ‘We train when she’s ready…even if we’re on the road and it’s 2 a.m. in the morning. I’m on call 24/7 with her.’ Nunez also explained that a typical meal for the star would be fish with a salad or vegetables.
She loves pasta and caribbean food – her favourite thing is curried chicken.
‘Cardio is the key’ Rihanna shared with Pop Sugar. ‘I have a personal trainer who travels with me if we have a big event coming up. I work out every day but I need a trainer to motivate me.’ Her health and fitness regime includes lots of running on treadmills, eating small meals every few hours and weights. Although she keeps weight lifting to a minimum as she explains that she doesn’t want her legs to bulk up. ‘My size varies – sometimes I’m a 2, sometimes 4 – but what matters is being fit and healthy,’ she added. She also trains with celeb trainer Harley Pasternak who said her favourite cardio workouts include the stationary bike, cycling, jogging in place, jumping jacks, and jump roping.
But despite her dedication to fitness and working out, she doesn’t shy away from giving herself a treat and letting her hair down. Rihanna famously believes that ‘Carbs are the enemy’ but her personal chef, Kamal Kalokoh told Vogue, ‘She loves pasta and Caribbean food – her favourite thing is curried chicken. She eats a lot of rice-based meals.’ And fun-loving Riri is often snapped with a bottle of beer in her hand.
We love her for her positive attitude towards her body and her health. She put it simply in an interview with Elle magazine, ‘I want health and happiness in five years. I want to be healthy and happy.’
‘I believe that hair is incredibly spiritual’
A soulful singer, creative and Beyonce’s sister to boot, Solange’s award for best R&B performance with Cranes in the Sky has been a long time coming. And in a leg-baring gossamer gown, Solange Knowles looked magical last night.
Constantly featured on Vogue’s best-dressed list, the Texas-born creative is known to speak more often about the beautiful and crazy clothes she puts on her body rather than her body itself. Little is known about the youngest Knowles’ keep fit regime. But one thing we do know is that her dance routines rival her sisters. Whether she’s performing a cute choreographed routine with her son at a wedding or dancing in her latest music videos, her routines are bound to keep her fit. In her video for Don’t touch my hair which dropped at the end of last year, she performed an incredible dance routine in over the knee orange boots and an orange body.
We also know that she is fond of a bicycle ride. Photos on the star’s social media channels have shown her cycling around her hometown of New Orleans. In fact, she’s that keen on getting on a bike that she and her husband Alan Ferguson included a vintage-esque, white washed pair of bicycles in their wedding pictures. Plus she’s taken journalists on bicycle tour interviews more than once in the past before.
The soulful songstress is another celebrity to have had battles with her health in the past. She’s been reported to suffer from panic attacks and even revealed to News24, ‘I was diagnosed with ADHD twice. I didn’t believe the first doctor who told me and I had a whole theory that ADHD was just something they invented to make you pay for medicine, but then the second doctor told me I had it.’ She explained that her condition has a big impact on her life. ‘People think I’m high even when I’m sober,’ she told the news site, as having ADHD often causes her to speak and behave erratically.
Solange Knowles is ready to start conversations that matter, as showcased in her most recent album. Her song Don’t touch my hair opens the dialogue about the significance that hair has for black women and is part of her music’s wider discourse about the oppression of black women in America. ‘I believe that hair is incredibly spiritual, and, energetically, it really encompasses and expresses who we are’ she explained in a Saint Heron interview. Knowles grew up in a hair salon so her relationship with hair is pretty passionate. Famous for wearing her hair natural, the singer is iconic in her beauty style. Showcasing her love of the natural with simplistic, nude makeup as well as loose, natural hair at last night’s awards ceremony.
over time you evolve and become really, really comfortable with who you are. Don’t apologise for it!
Elle magazine spoke to the superstars’ hair guru, Nikki Nelms who created Knowles’ look in her Don’t touch my hair music video. ‘It’s blunt cut. Airy textured. Embracing the natural wave and the flyaways–just the lived-in look of it. There’s very little hairspray. I tried to sneak in as much as I can, but she’s not really big on hairspray,’ the celeb hairdresser revealed.
And among her best attributes is her insistence on staying true to herself. In an interview with Teen Vogue she said, ‘I didn’t have the confidence I have now during my teenage years… But over time you evolve and become really, really comfortable with who you are. Don’t apologise for it! Stand firm and stay consistent.’
‘You got to work out, you got to watch what you eat. It’s a job – you’ve got to buckle down’
47-year-old Lopez is like a fine wine, she only seems to be getting better looking with age. But how does she keep herself looking so great?
Well, for starters she trains with Tracy Anderson, who also works with Gwenyth Paltrow and Madonna. Anderson told Hollywood Life that she created a workout specifically to keep J-Lo’s most prized possession – her bum, which she is reported to have insured for a whopping $27 millionUS – toned and looking good. J.Lo also makes sure that she switches up her workout routine every 10 days to confuse her body and maximise results. Plus, the Daily Mail reported that Jennifer’s workouts are ‘one hour every day and they mix it up with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of muscular structure.’
I didn’t know how good you can feel when you put healthy stuff in your body.
After completing Marco Borges’ 22-day vegan challenge, popularised by Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jenny from the Block felt so good that she decided to stick with a modified version. In May of last year, she told US Magazine, ‘I did the vegan 22-day plan, and it was really good and I kept on with it for a few more weeks, and now I’ve incorporated a little bit of fish here and there,” she explained. “But I’ve got to tell you, I enjoy it. I enjoy eating that way. I never did [before]. And I didn’t know how good you can feel when you put healthy stuff in your body.’ Her vegan diet helped her lose 10 pounds and 2 dress sizes. Considering she was only an American size 4, to begin with, that’s a pretty significant loss.
But her skin secret is a pretty weird one. She has been getting, wait for it, PLACENTA facials for years. Now magazine reported that she spends £700, 2 placentas and 15 hours on the treatments- PER WEEK. But, she credits the facials to leaving her looking at least 10 years younger than she actually is.
All things considered, though, is youthful skin really worth spreading afterbirth on your face? The jury’s still out on that one…
Whatever she does, she almost seems to be ageing in reverse. Bottom line? ‘You got to work out, you got to watch what you eat. It’s a job – you’ve got to buckle down.’