Sofia Vergara’s Workout Motto: ‘No Pain, No Cake!’

10/08/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

Sofia Vergara Shares Her Workout in Shape
Courtesy Shape

Sofia Vergara loves sweets so much, she’s considered trying hypnosis to cure her undying love for cake.

“I heard about someone in L.A. who got hypnotized so they wouldn’t eat candy. I’m seriously looking into that because I’m obsessed,” said the Modern Family actress in the November issue of Shape magazine, on newsstands Thursday.

Although the 42-year-old star “has always been very happy” with her shape, her attitude about exercise changed after a certain milestone birthday. “I hit 40 and I started seeing a softness everywhere on my body … I knew it was time to do something, so I did,” she said.

Vergara was inspired by her Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen, who she says will go running even before she’s expected on set early in the morning. As for Vergara, she says she’ll find “any excuse” not to do it. “I’ll say, ‘Sunday? No, it’s the Lord’s day; I can’t work out.'” Still, Bowen’s attitude inspired her. “Being around Julie and seeing how motivated she is … I started to think more about it.” (No word on whether her gym-loving boyfriend, Joe Manganiello, had a hand in that, too.)

Because her “bad knees” prevent her from jogging or doing moves like traditional squats, Vergara uses a Pilates-like machine called the Megaformer, which has adjustable springs and pulleys. “With this machine, I was able to figure out what worked for me. I don’t love it at all, but I love how my body’s changing,” she said.

Sofia Vergara Shares Her Workout in Shape
Courtesy Shape

Vergara’s trainer Jennifer Yates adapted the star’s favorite exercises into a floor workout for Shape. The moves include arm circles and leg sweeps, which use resistance bands to mimic the effects of the machine, along with wall sits and “elevator” lunges that are done with the sliding foot positioned on a Gliding Disc or towel.

Though she might have had issues with exercise motivation, Vergara said she had “already changed [her] mentality about food” when she moved to Los Angeles in 2005. “If you live here, you can’t always order the high-fat dishes like pasta with truffles. You have a little sushi, and when you’re out with your girlfriends you order a nice salad,” she said.

Sofia Vergara
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Still, we have to admire a woman who said one of her biggest reasons for working up a sweat is the chance to freely partake in the things she loves. “When I do indulge, I exercise a bit harder the next day. My workout motto is really simple: No pain, no cake!”

—Lexi Dwyer

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mitcham on

Bad knees and she continues to wear sky high heels?

Leigh on

Julie Bowen has a seriously emaciated body. Please, do not use this woman as a role model.

Anonymous on

Aside from her Jessica Rabbit looks… an actress she is so annoying and overrated. I guess using a thick exaggerated accent can hide a lack of acting skills.

Elle on

Julie Bowen is not someone I would look up to in terms of what a body should look like – she is way too skinny. Having your chest bones sticking out is not a good look…..

ewww on

can’t stand this woman…she’s gross.

sharon Little on

I use to love Sophia,but, shes sooo over-exposed I’m sick of her.Surprised she hasn’t become a Chia Pet yet.Modern Family has not been funny since its returned,ready to stop tuning in if not any better tonite.

ella on

I appreciate her honesty. Most of the time we hear celebrities say they “eat everything in moderation” and never work out, instead “running after” their kids keeps them in shape. I always roll my eyes up when I read something like that. I would much rather that someone who looks as good as Sofia says, “I work my butt off to look this good. It’s really hard and it takes a lot of discipline.”

TD on

She seems to be a beautiful, down to earth and fun loving gal…I love her accent and her genuineness!

casmia on

She always looks super awesome….way to go, Sofia! Looking incredible in ones 30s, 40s, 50s and well beyond is completely do-able. Take care of yourselves (and yes, good genes never hurt), eat right and enjoy life!

Kate on

I really enjoyed this article. She was honest about needing to workout and finding what works for her (and her knees). I have bad knees by the way (Mitchum) and heels are not the issue-running on concrete is. Also she does over exaggerate her accent in Modern Family but it was SO much toned down in Chef (excellent movie!).

Nicole on

I thk she looks fantastic, and good genes got her to 40 now she has to work at it like the rest of us! And I agree with the other posters who say that Julie Bowen is too thin, along with Kelly Ripa, the chest bones sticking out looks horrible. I think for white women in Hollywood there is a pressure to be a sub zero. If you are Hispanic or black, you’re allowed more curves. Not fair. I would rather look like Sophia then Julie. And I think most men would rather cuddle up with Sophia too.

Kate on

Sofia looks great. I don’t know why she would look to Julie Bowen for inspiration. Unfortunately Julie Bowen looks far too skinny and not very healthy at all.

smilingdede on

I am not sure what to think of this article. I understand her looking up to Julie as she is very motivated; runs every day before her day starts. Sophia does not look up to Julie based on her body type.
For Sophia to keep her curves, she cannot do a lot of cardio or exercises that builds muscle. Doing Pilates burns/fat calories, keeps you toned. IF she did run/jog she would lose her butt and boobs as she would be reducing body fat and we all know that she is known for both.
Her knees must ACHE after wearing heels like she does (unless she wears them for short periods of time).



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