Emma Stone and Emily Blunt’s Trainer Says Women Should Do More Strength Training

05/13/2016 at 10:36 AM ET

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Celebrity trainer Jason Walsh has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood – including Emma Stone and Emily Blunt – and believes women should not shy away from strength training and muscle-building exercises.

“I think of strength training like building and maintaining the foundation of a house,” Walsh tells PEOPLE. “The house is only as good as its foundation. Having a strong foundation is everything, so strength training should be the focus, with conditioning, mobility and flexibility work as secondary or bonus work.”

For women who want to build strength – without bulking up – Walsh recommends doing classic moves such as deadlifts and squats.

“You can never go wrong getting back to the basic foundational movements, like all forms and variations of deadlifts,” he says. “The same can be said for squats. These moves should be included in everyone’s training regime – they will make you stronger.”

Even though squats and deadlifts seem like simple movements, they are both extremely effective.

“These moves are complex, compound, multi-joint exercises that reinforce the movements we as humans are programed to do,” explains Walsh. “By incorporating multiple muscle groups, you increase your overall workload, getting more work in less time. You can actually get a whole workout based on just one move!”

If strength training isn’t your thing, Walsh says walking more actively is also an effective way to get in a workout.

“I find that most people are poor, passive walkers,” he says. “Try increasing stride length a bit so that the push back activates the butt cheek every single time you step. You’ll find that you get an amazing butt workout by the end of the day.”

Walking with more intention can also benefit people who have back pain.

“I’ve actually fixed people’s lower back problems by having them focus on this simple tip,” says Walsh.

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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If you go to any legit trainer they will tell women to lift, often and heavy. I started doing that and inches have started to melt off and since I’m a woman I don’t bulk easily at all. I get to eat more food and my metabolism is constantly going. Plus as you age lifting weights can help reduce bone loss. I lift for an hr 3x’s per week for total body. Not those 5-10lbs weights either. I’m deadlifting 80 lbs easy. You can also do body weight exercises but just cardio won’t get you the results you want. Bonus, weight lifting reduces cellulite, tightens skin and gives you natural curves.

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As a personal trainer I can’t agree more. I actually just posted an article about the benefits of strength training for women on my blog. https://ashleighlawrenceblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/strength-training-for-women/