‘I Trained With Blake Lively’s PT, Here’s What Happened’

Blake Lively shared her first-ever bikini photo this summer. “☀️summer lovin’…had me a blast,” she captioned it, emphatically tagging her husband, Ryan Reynolds. As always she is positive glowingand fans responded quickly.

One wrote: “With a body like that I would enjoy all year round 😉🔥🔥🔥❤️”, while another said: “Okay smoke show 🔥”, and a third commented: “So beautiful 🌞🤍✨.” We agree.

How does she stay so fit? I’ve hit the PTs of Alexandra Daddario, Victoria Beckham, J Lo, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Alba, Dua Lipa, Chrishell Stause, Lily James, Anne Hathaway, and Tess Daly before for their workout routines, and while I’ve since tried a few for myself, I’ve never actually had the chance to personally train with their trainers. But this month, Don Saladino, Blake Lively’s main man, offered me my own session, and my head was blown by his knowledge.

I’ve always wondered how Blake seems so staunchly fit and healthy, but now I finally understand. Don’s tips are the kind only a fitness enthusiast would know about, the kind the average Joe would never consider, but the kind that actually makes a difference.

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What’s more, while you may think Blake’s workout routine is reserved for advanced exercisers only (I certainly did), you couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out everything she and Don do is pretty simple. This is what happened when I trained with him.

My workout

Since Don is based in NYC, we caught up with Zoom. His first question: How are you feeling? On this particular day, I was really shattered after three consecutive training days, so Don recommended we do a 40 minute bodyweight workout with no ‘active recovery’ equipment – I’ll go into more detail on this below, but here’s a full breakdown.

Heat up:

  • Neck Circles x5
  • Head tilts x5
  • Chin to chest and head tilts to ceiling x5
  • Side reach x5
  • Hip circles x 5
  • Single leg circles x5 (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • One leg deadlifts x10
  • Side lunges x10
  • Shoulder T-lifts x10
  • Shoulder Y-lifts x10
  • Shoulder W lifts x10

    Bodyweight Workout:

    • Split Squats x10
    • Pushups x10

    • Reclining handcuffs x10
    • Repeat twice
    • Reverse crunches x10
    • Side plank, knee to elbow crunches x10
    • Shelf shoulder taps x10
    • Repeat twice

      Calm down

      • Forward hip flexor stretch, 30 seconds on each side
      • 90-90 hip stretch, 30 sec

        Now to get to the core. Here’s everything I learned from Don’s approach that you (and I) could certainly use within our own routines.

        1. Use food to feel better (and achieve your goals)

        Don swears by the Lumen tool. “I train the metabolism of all my clients,” he explains. “The lumen indicates the type of fuel the body uses to produce energy: fats or carbohydrates. This then allows clients to adjust their daily diet to improve their ‘metabolic flexibility’, and therefore how well they perform during each workout.’ This is especially effective for clients with a goal to lose fat, says Don.

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        I set up my Lumen post workout with Don, and after blowing into the device (it’s as simple as that) it showed a higher carbon dioxide concentration which meant I was in carb burning mode and so it would help to get more of it. recovering food while my body used them for energy. I made myself peanut butter and banana on sourdough toast and I can attest that I didn’t crash mid-afternoon like I usually do after a workout. If, on the other hand, I had eaten a high-fat, low-carb meal, my body wouldn’t have recovered as well, because it wasn’t in fat-burning mode and so the fat I would consume wouldn’t have been as useful. Captain?

        2. Find out how ‘ready’ you are for a workout and decipher whether you’re tired or burnt out

        “I always ask my customers about their temperature,” explains Don. “It gives me an idea of ​​how they’re feeling that day, and thus how hard we should be going in practice.” As mentioned earlier, we opted for a lighter bodyweight workout for me, but my question to Don was how could I tell if you’re just tired, or if you’re burned out and need to stop exercising altogether. He lists a number of factors to consider:

        • How do you feel?
        • Are you stressed?
        • Are you working a lot?
        • How’s your sleep?

          “These are all indicators of your willingness to exercise,” he explains. “Exercise can add stress and ruin your mood.” So if you’re feeling way more stressed than usual, if you’re extra busy at work, or if you’re having trouble sleeping, that’s probably a sign that you need to take it easy.

          3. Think about your goals – if you have any

          As good as it is to have a goal, there’s no harm in exercising purely for fun. For me, my goal while training with Don was to recover from the past few days of crushing in the gym, and an active recovery approach was Don’s solution. Why?

          “Keeping the heart rate slightly elevated and moving in multiple directions, using all planes of the body — the sagittal, transverse, and frontal, reduces the amount of lactic acid (the substance that builds up in your body during exercise and causes sore muscles and DOMS) will decrease, so it will help your muscles recover.”

          blake lively workout

          Several studies have proven this to be true, including one that compared active and passive recovery in downhill skiers and found that those who did active recovery had less lactic acid and were able to move faster and complete more runs.

          Don tailors his workouts to each client and their individual goals, be it fat loss, weight loss, muscle gain or anything else.

          Check out our complete guide to building muscle, especially for women.

          4. Include active recovery days to boost energy levels

          While full rest days are a no-brainer for recovery and progress, active recovery on days when you’re feeling a little lethargic but still want to get moving can do wonders for your energy levels. My Lumen insights and informative eating certainly helped, but even before I made myself a meal, I didn’t feel nearly as exhausted as I usually do after working out.

          It makes sense that this was because we weren’t going that fast, but instead of not feeling completely exhausted, I felt like I actually had more energy than before I started. “You don’t produce endorphins when you’re in complete rest,” says Don. “Moving slowly means you’re producing these and getting the energized, happy feeling they give you, without the rush of cortisol (the stress hormone) you can get from intense exercise, which can leave you feeling fatigued.”

          Studies show that this also comes down to the role of active recovery in maintaining a pH balance in your body. Enzymes responsible for energy (glycolytic enzymes) are pH dependent, meaning they can only be used once pH levels have stabilized, and active recovery workouts make sure this happens by ridding your muscles of lactic acid.

          5. Make active recovery days dynamic

          blake lively workout

          My typical active recovery day would involve a 40-60 minute walk, but Don says doing something more dynamic can be helpful. It’s about the plane of movement you do. “Walking is very linear, you do it in a straight line,” he explains. “But by covering all areas, you are less likely to develop weaknesses. For example, if you were to walk in a straight line all the time, you would need to practice more lateral (lateral) movements.” So by covering every direction of movement in the workout that Don and I pulled out, I was training every muscle in my body, which would help reduce any potential strength imbalances.

          6. Plan your workout splits for you

          Workout splits — dedicating a single day to a single muscle group — is a popular approach with many trainers because it means each muscle group can recover before being put back to work. What was interesting to me was that Don prescribed me a full body workout.

          His reasoning is refreshing (and something we can apply to just about anything in the fitness world): there is no right or wrong. ‘If you don’t easily suffer from DOMS, a full body workout is sometimes cheaper. It depends on your goal and your fitness level as an individual. I recommend exploring the different approaches and seeing what works for you – it should be fun, and you may prefer a whole-body approach.”

          Blake Lively’s workout routine

          Don gave me a little more insight into Blake’s standard training method, but before we go any further, know that while Don applies the same fitness principles, Blake’s routine is unique to her and hers alone. Likewise, what Don has prescribed for me, and what he would advise you, is unlikely to be the same. But for anyone intrigued, here’s a snapshot of a workout for Blake.

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          • Child Pose x5 breaths
          • 90-90 hip stretch x30 sec
          • Hip flexor stretch x20 sec
          • Cat/cow pose x10
          • Hip Planes x5
          • Pushups x5-8
          • Wide jumps x5
          • Farmer carries x50 steps
          • Rest x1 min
          • Repeat twice
          • Dumbbell deadlift x8
          • Flat Dumbbell Chest Press x8
          • Rest x1 min
          • Repeat four times
          • Goblet Squat x8
          • Leaning Dumbbell Row x8
          • Rest x1 min
          • Repeat four times

            Don says he trains with his clients an average of three to six times a week, an hour per session. The timing depends on the lifestyle of his clients – “Blake is a mom and a businessman, so we get as much training as possible depending on her schedule,” he says. It comes down to what we always say: find a realistic workout routine that you can feasibly maintain. Consistency is key.

‘I Trained With Blake Lively’s PT, Here’s What Happened’

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