At least its over.
A little less than a moth ago we got to witness what was an hour-long infomercial of lingerie, perfect physiques and Taylor Swift (drool) in the 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. And while you my feel like these angels are the only girls on this planet capable of achieving a flawless look, it turns out that their appearance goes way beyond just winning the genetic lottery. These angels train for the show the same way an athlete trains for the Olympics, and prepare for this occasion months in advance.
If the Victoria’s Secret fashion show left you feeling like you need to
skip the cupcakes step your fitness game up, then fear not. Here at Foreign Concept we have created a roundup of the Angel’s workouts of choice, and the fitness gurus behind these perfectly sculpted bodies. And with resolution season just around the corner, instead of making the clichéd “I need to lose weight” resolution (come on! We are all guilty of that one) which seems vague and difficult to attain because its so unspecific, we should all aspire to #trainlikeanangel in 2015.
So here is what it takes to obtain an Angel-status body:
Ballet Training: Ever since she trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Mary Helen Bowers has gained a cult like following among Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her ballet inspired moves help create the long and lean muscles and those enviable abs. Among her Angel following we can find: Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Romee Strijd, Isabeli Fontana and Lily Aldridge.
Boxing: It may sound like an oxymoron that the world’s most delicate Angels can beat pretty much anyone in a street fight, but boxing is the sport of choice for Angels like Adriana Lima who has been boxing with trainer Michael Olajide Jr. for the past 10 years. Other model boxers include: Gigi Hadid, Sara Sampaio, Cara Delevingne, Elsa Hosk, Maryna Linchuk and Constance Jablonski. Their boxing gyms of choice include: Aerospace High Performance Center, Mendez Boxing and the Insta-famous Gotham Gym.
Soul-Cycle: There are many brands of indoor cycling studios, but none with the model following that Soul-Cycle has. On any given day you may bump into Angels like Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldrigde in their peaceful yet heart-pumping classes. Because we all feel a little more motivated to turn up the resistance in our bikes when we have an Angel pedaling next to us.
Body-Sculpting: Those incredibly toned limbs and Victoria’s Secret abs are due to resistance training and body sculpting exercises with weights. While there are many personal trainers out there who can whip your body into shape, the Angel’s secret weapon is trainer Justin Gelband. What’s even more awesome is that he recently opened a studio in the Bowery where commoners like us can go and benefit from the Angel whisperer’s techniques. His model following includes: Karlie Kloss who constantly instagrams pictures of herself in Gelband’s studio, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanpoel, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge.
Running: It may sound like the most over simplified way of training but the Angels attribute their tiny frames to running since it is the highest calorie-burning workout and doesn’t create bulk. Among the angel runners we can find: Gigi Hadid, Izabel Goulart (well she practices pretty much every discipline under the sun) Mirand Kerr and Heidi Klum. The best part about running is that the only fancy equipment you’ll need is running shoes and a good attitude and the second one is generally free.
In case you need some extra motivation to start training like an Angel, here is a slideshow of your favorite girls breaking a sweat.
That glorious moment when you find that song you have been looking for for mooonths.
In our technology crazed world it seems that we can get virtually anything we want with a few clicks and a few taps on our phone. But what happens when you want beauty, fitness or fun “on demand”? Here are 3 apps that will provide anything from at home manicures to blowouts to personal trainers all from the comfort of your smartphone.
Priv: This app offers a wide range of services like at home blowouts and private yoga sessions and massages all delivered to your home. It employs a big team freelance professionals whom are ranked via a tier system based on relevant experience, years in the business, and celebrity clientele. What’s even more amazing is that the app shows you the candidate that is closest to you at the moment, so you know exactly how long you will have to wait for their services. Think: Uber for manicures.
Glamsquad: Glamsquad if your on demand beauty salon. Like seamless but for beauty services. You select from a wide menu of beauty services, plug in your credit card, set up an appointment and voila! You can get all the services you normally have to travel to multiple salons for, all at the comfort of your home or office. What’s even more convenient about it is that all transactions are made through the app, so you don’t even have to worry about taking out cash to pay you beautician.
Vensette: Vensette can be considered the Net-A-Porter of on demand beauty services. It’s main focus is to provide it’s clientele with high end beauty services such as full makeup applications and sophisticated up-dos. It’s the kind of app one would use when going to a wedding or a formal event. What’s even more awesome is that one can look through a makeup artist’s or hairstylist’s professional portfolio before deciding who to hire. It sure eliminates having to worry about what the end product is going to look like!
Sportswear is having a big moment in fashion. Whether it’s Chanel’s Boxerinas or the launch of Net-a-Sporter it seems that comfort and functionality are the new LBD. This has made almost any and every fashion house incorporate a luxury backpack into their accessory repertoire, since women want a practical bag that is elegant at the same time. Here are a few of our favorite luxury backpacks, we wouldn’t be surprised if you decide to trade your trapeze for a comfier model.