Zoë SaldanaJason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Zoë Saldana’s Trainer Reveals How She Whipped Her Body Back into Shape After Twins

Originally posted 01/20/2016 08:54AM

After adding “mother” to her job title, Zoë Saldana spent 2015 as a cheerleader for all moms trying to get back to their pre-baby bodies.
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Jennifer Lopez’s Diet Is ‘Very Clean’ and ‘All Organic,’ Says Her Trainer

Originally posted 01/18/2016 01:40PM

Jennifer Lopez is very disciplined when it comes to her diet– and it shows!
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We Tried It: Mark Wahlberg Swears By This Unusual Gym Equipment

Originally posted 01/18/2016 12:17PM

What It Is: The Power Plate, a vibrating platform that helps your muscles activate and loosen up for a more effective workout. Mark Wahlberg is a huge fan—he’s used it for over a decade to enhance his intensely athletic lifestyle.

Who Tried It: Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE writer and reporter

Level of Difficulty: 3 (It’s mostly a relaxing, almost massage-like experience, but the vibrating can get to you!)

I’m starting to understand why Mark Wahlberg is so obsessed with “Good Vibrations.”

I’m on to my third move on the Power Plate, a vibrating platform that you can use for tons of different exercises—think planks, lunges, and more—and the shaking plate is actually soothing my achy legs.

Even though I’m still working my muscles as I hold a longgggg squat, I can feel my normally tight hips loosen up, and the movement into my next four squats get easier instead of harder.

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Wahlberg, along with his trainer, Brian Nguyen, has used the Power Plate for over ten years to maximize his workouts. Instead of spending a half hour doing lunges, Nguyen explains, Wahlberg can spend just ten minutes on the machine and get the same benefits. Plus, it’ll target even more muscles.

“You’ll see a major improvement in your ability because you’ve taken muscle and recruited more,” Nguyen explains. “It’s like saying, okay guys, we need you people on this project, and god, this workload is getting heavier, so we need you guys on this too.”

Power PlateCourtesy Power Plate

Nguyen comes with Wahlberg when he’s filming a movie with the Power Plate in tow (which is now much simpler thanks to the new, portable model), and the actor will typically start his day on set by just plopping down on the machine and turning it on as he lightly stretches.

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“He’s always been that person who goes to the gym and hits it big,” Nguyen says. “He had a ton of problems when I first met him in the movie Invincible, because he was pounding away at leg curls and leg extensions, and when he got on the field to actually run, this muscle pulled, this muscle pulled, because its just not organic the way he was working out.”

“The guy still does bench press 225-250 lbs., which can reek havoc on your shoulders. But with the plate, just one shoulder stretch is such a good release to him that he can go and do a heavy day tomorrow.”

Nguyen says that as Wahlberg prepares for his role as a Boston cop in Patriot’s Day, they’ll ramp up his workouts with high intensity interval training mixed with stretches on the Power Plate.

I was skeptical, but I’m notoriously lazy about stretching—my habit of skipping it even caused a year-long muscle injury that’s ended my marathon-running habit—and the Power Plate basically does the work for you. Instead of half-heartedly flopping back and forth on a foam roller, I could just place my sore calves on the platform and they felt as good as new.

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The only problem? It’s not THAT portable or convenient. While the new, personal model isn’t bolted to the ground like the older version you’ll find at the gym, it still weighs around 40 lbs. And unless you’re one of the lucky folks who won big in Powerball (or another of Nguyen’s superstar clients like Kate Hudson and Will Ferrell) it doesn’t come cheap at $1,995.

In my tiny, overpriced New York apartment, I’ll stick to occasionally using my foot-long foam roller.

Jennifer Cassetta
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Six months later, she decided to become a personal trainer focusing on martial arts.

“I was committed to doing something with purpose for my life, because I realized from that incident that life can be cut short at any minute,” Cassetta says. “I didn’t choose my path, I feel like my path chose me.”

Trainer Jennifer Cassetta Tells the Backstory of Her Strong, Safe and Sexy Plan in an Exclusive Clip from My Diet Is Better Than Yours
Originally posted 01/14/2016 12:30PM

The practice was just a hobby for Cassetta, 39, at first, but as she reveals in this exclusive clip from Thursday’s episode, she committed to martial arts as a career after experiencing the tragic events of September 11 first hand.

“I was working downtown, about three blocks south of the World Trade Center,” she recalls to Robinson. “So I showed up for work, on September 11, in the morning, and when I got out of the subway, I just felt all hell had broken loose, and everyone was just running around and pointing, I had no idea what was going on, and I just followed their fingers to this massive, gaping hole in one of the towers.”

“I remember being hysterical thinking this is it, this is where, I’m going to die.”

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Cassetta says she was able to make her way to SoHo, and sheltered with her friends at her martial arts school.

“It kind of became this refuge place,” she says. “In any of my spare time, all I wanted to do was get back to the martial arts studio and train.”

Jennifer Cassetta
Kinetic Content

Six months later, she decided to become a personal trainer focusing on martial arts.

“I was committed to doing something with purpose for my life, because I realized from that incident that life can be cut short at any minute,” Cassetta says. “I didn’t choose my path, I feel like my path chose me.”

Now she’s training Robinson, 37, in the practice, as part of her Strong, Safe and Sexy plan, and told PEOPLE that martial arts is fantastic for strength training.

“It’s a great core exercise, with so many mental and emotional benefits,” Cassetta previously told PEOPLE. Martial arts training is actually really like high intensity interval training because of the intensity of the workouts and the rest periods. But you’re also learning to defend yourself at the same time.”

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And Robinson is excited to work with Cassetta, especially after gaining a deeper understanding for her background.

“Listening to Jennifer, she went through this life changing experience and committed to martial arts,” Robinson says.

“Although it’s nothing like 9/11, this experience that I’m on now is making me reflect over some things in my life and commit to this journey.”

Harley Pasternak
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Celeb Trainer Harley Pasternak: What Does the Word ‘Natural’ on a Label Really Mean?

Originally posted 01/13/2016 04:30PM

Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. His new book 5 Pounds is out now. Tweet him @harleypasternak.
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Two Trainers From My Diet Is Better Than Yours Explain Their Fitness Philosophies

Originally posted 01/13/2016 12:19PM

The five contestants on ABC’s My Diet Is Better Than Yours are the ones losing the weight—but that doesn’t mean viewers can’t shed pounds along with them.
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Dr. Aronne Patricia A. Kuharic; Inset: John Paul Filo/CBS/Get

Bread Before Bed? David Letterman’s Doctor Explains Why It’s Best to Eat Carbs at the End of the Day

Originally posted 01/12/2016 01:57PM

If you’re going to hit the breadbasket, when is the best time of day to do it?
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Eve GuzmanCourtesy Eve Guzman

Half Their Size’s Eve Guzman: What I Eat in a Typical Day (and When I Allow Myself a Cheat Meal)

Originally posted 01/11/2016 12:50PM

Eve Guzman was featured in PEOPLE’s 2015 Half Their Size Issue after going from 277 lbs. to 138 lbs. by dramatically decreasing her portion sizes and sticking to a high protein, low-fat, moderate carb diet. Since her weight loss, the genetic toxicology research assistant and mom of two, 33, has coached people all over the country on how to lose weight, helping them drop a combined 2,950 lbs. In the next phase of her journey, Guzman is preparing to compete in a figure competition, and will be sharing her preparation in an exclusive PEOPLE blog. You can also follow her on Instagram.
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