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HOW I TRAIN: CELEBRITY TRAINER LACEY STONE

Lights OutBy Lights Out      December 22, 2020

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HOW I TRAIN: CELEBRITY TRAINER LACEY STONE
If Lacey Stone can’t motivate you to get up and moving, maybe you need to change your pre-workout drink. There’s plenty of reasons why Stone is one of America’s most sought-after trainers and it’s not only because she starred as one of the lead trainers on E! Network’s “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian” or having worked with Hollywood’s finest—including Nicole Kidman, Molly Sims, Casey Wilson, Justin Chambers, Kelly Osbourne, and Mary Louise Parker. Stone’s popularity among fitness enthusiasts comes from her equally infectious blend of tough love and tougher workouts that has helped thousands of people lose weight, gain confidence, and stay committed to a lifestyle of wellness. “I believe fitness starts in the mind, not the body,” says Stone. “I believe in whole-hearted wellness; I train to help people become healthier from the inside out.” Need a quick workout fix from Lacey? Give her 20-minute Full-Body Circuit workout below a try. Once your left drained and battered from the head-to-toe, beatdown, you can try out more of Stone’s sweat sessions through her Zoom classes or virtual training platform. “This is a monster circuit of SUPER awesome body-weight cardio moves that you’ll have fun with—and it’ll kick your butt. What’s better than that?” Stone says. What is your “fitness philosophy”? And how does it translate to how you train and how you train your clients? My philosophy is two words: “ALL DAY.” That means you can’t treat fitness as a challenge—you have to make it your lifestyle well beyond my training sessions. You have to be willing to go ALL DAY if you want to have a body and life you feel proud of. What pieces of equipment should people have at home to work out? I suggest getting either a pair of 15- to 20-pound dumbbells or even some resistance bands. They're not very expensive and you can do so many great exercises with these very basic pieces of equipment. What’s one tip you would give to people struggling to maintain a fitness routine during these crazy times? I suggest you get into a routine that makes you want to wake up in the morning. I think having one piece of cardio equipment in your home is very helpful, such as a bike or a treadmill, even a row machine. I also suggest you find a virtual trainer that gets you pumped up. I have a strong team that I call my techno team. They work out with me three to four times a week in my Zoom classes. Once you find a routine you enjoy, it’s easy to stick to your goals. What keeps you energized workout after workout (after workout)? I love me some Celsius Peach Vibe. I drink it almost every day. I also get at least eight hours of sleep at night and that helps me a lot with my energy levels as well as doing my best to surround myself with positivity. Having good in your life helps a lot with maintaining an energized lifestyle. How is fitness going to change long-term after the pandemic? It’s going to change sooo much. People are going to turn to technology a lot more and I think a lot of gyms are going to include remote technology in their offerings along with their in-studio workouts. People are starting to get used to the convenience of working out at home and I think that will continue post-pandemic. What makes LA the best fitness city in the world? Some of the best instructors in the world live here, which makes for some great workouts. Also, the year-round sun boosts your mood, which definitely adds to the inspiration for a fit life.


LACEY STONE’S FULL-BODY CIRCUIT WORKOUT

TIME: 20 minutes (2 rounds)
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Yoga mat (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS: Perform the first movement for 60 seconds., then immediately go to the second move. Complete all 10 moves. That’s one round. Repeat sequence of moves for the second round, but this time for 45 seconds.

1. Walkouts into Pushup
How to do it: Start in a standing position. Slowly walk your hands out from standing into a push-up position. Once in a pushup position, do one pushup before walking your hands back up to standing position. Repeat this exercise for the length of the interval.
2. Alternating Squat Jumps
How to do it: Start with your feet together before stepping out to the right side into a squat position. Hold the squat for a beat before bringing your feet together and simultaneously jumping into squat position on the left side. Repeat this exercise back and forth for the duration of the interval.
3. Squat with Alternating Forward Kicks
How to do it: Get into a squat position making sure your knees don’t come too far over the tip of your toe. Lift your right knee up into a 90-degree angle while slightly leaning back before slowing kicking out your right foot so that it’s almost parallel to the ground. Once you have kicked return to a squat position before repeating the same movement on the other side. Repeat the alternating kicks for the duration of the interval.
4. Jumping Jacks
How to do it: Start standing tall with your arms facing outward. Simultaneously jack your feet out so that they are about shoulder-width apart while your arms come together at the top of your head. Once your hands touch, bring your hands and feet back to start position. Repeat this exercise for the duration of the interval.
5. 2-Pushup/2 Squat Jump Combo
How to do it: Start in pushup position, making sure your shoulders are in alignment with your wrists. Slowly allow yourself to drop so that you are hovering over the ground, and hold that position for a beat before returning to start position. Do 2 push-ups, then hop your feet forward so that they are wider than shoulder-width apart. Slowly rise up to standing position before you quickly drop into a squat position, then pop back up and repeat the squat before jumping back to the ground again to perform 2 more push-ups. Continue doing these 2 different moves for the duration of the interval.
6. Boxing Abs
How to do it: Start by lying on the ground with your arms bent so that you're making boxing fists next to each shoulder. While slowly rising off the ground to a 45-degree angle, punch across your body to the right side, return to center, and punch with the across your body to the left side. Once you’ve completed the right and left cross punches, slowly return to the ground in start position and repeat the same movement for the duration of the interval.
7. Bicycle Crunch
How to do it: Start while lying on the ground with both legs lying out parallel to the ground. First, take your left knee to the center of your body while simultaneously meeting your right elbow. Make sure to keep space between your chin and your chest and don’t pull at your neck while doing the movement. Once you’ve brought your elbow to your knee, go back to start position and then repeat on the other side. Repeat this movement for the duration of the interval.
8. Plank Jack
How to do it: Get in pushup plank position with your hands pressed into the ground and your feet together. Keeping your hands planted, jump your feet apart so that they are about shoulder-width apart and your body is still parallel to the ground. Once your feet land, hold that position for a beat before returning to start position. Do this exercise for the duration of the interval.
9. Lunge Jumps
How to do it: Start with your feet together before explosively taking your right foot back into a lunge position. Make sure your knee doesn’t come over the tip of your toe before you explosively jump up into the air, bringing your left foot forward into a lunge position in the same fashion as you did the right foot. Be sure to keep your weight centered, core engaged, and your shoulders back. Repeat this exercise for the duration of the interval.
10. Lateral Bounds
How to do it: Start with your right foot planted on the floor and your left leg bent in a 90-degree angle off the ground. With that right leg, explosively jump to the opposite side, landing on your left leg with your right leg at a 90-degree angle off the ground. Hold that position for a beat before explosively bounding to the other side. Be sure to land softly on the ball of your foot with a slight bend in your knee. Repeat this exercise for the duration of the interval.


To stay updated with Lacey, follow her on social media.
Instagram: @LaceyStoneFitness Facebook: facebook.com/LaceyStoneFitness
Twitter: @LaceyStoneFIT

by Jeff Tomko
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