#TrainlikeanAngel is the only resolution we’re making this year.

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 beautiful

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.

Justin Gelband

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.

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September Fashion

This year’s trends were marked by both a return to minimalism and a revival of colors, patterns and print from past decades. Make-up took an “au naturale” approach and hairstyles were kept as effortless as possible with the return of loose waves and the “I’m too lazy to retouch my roots” Ombre (half dark half light) hair trend.

The first half of the year was all about functionality when it came to fashion. However, fall -the season of change- is more focused on dramatic dark colors than functional cut and fit. As the haute couture runways of the summer showed us, this new season is full of structured tailoring and darker color palettes, mixed with at gothic-chic flare. Even the more romantic designers, like Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent, included a more androgynous and grunge look to their collections. So how does this translate to your day to day beauty routine? For one thing, you can kiss your tweezers goodbye since fall is all about thick and straight eyebrows. Bed hair will no longer be acceptable. This season, hairstyles took a turn from careless to very clean and structured up-dos. So it seems you will have to blow the dust out of your straightener and buy a can of hairspray, since flyaway hairs are an absolute no this fall. The summer sun tends to damage your hair, so in order to revitalize your locks use deep conditioning products such as Morrocan oil or Frederic Fekkai’s after sun daily mask in order to rid your hair of its summer damages. This will allow you to achieve your elegant up-do without having to worry about split ends. Wearing your hair up doesn’t leave much room to hide frizz, so hair products such as John Frieda frizz ease serum or Bumble and Bumble defrizz are enormously helpful in your daily battle against rebellious hairs.

As your summer tan fades away and fall marks the return to a more gothic style, in order to add color to your face this season’s makeup trends consist of a hybrid between 1950’s pin up girl and punk-rock chic. This means dramatic Cleoptara-like eyeliner, smoky eyes with a hint of bronze and burgundy or dark red lips. In order to complete a more striking Goth look, blush must be kept to a minimum which will create a contrast with your smokey eyes and dark lips. Although it’s good for your spirits, the sun is never as nice to your skin. To avoid damaged summer skin and prepare yourself for the dryness that cooler climates bring along with them, incorporating products like Benefit the POREfessional  to your daily skin care routine will both moisturize your skin and reduce the appearance of large pores.

With the beginning of what most fashion houses consider the season of renewal, both your wardrobe and your nail polish collection should shift from neon’s, brights and prints to black, maroon and electric blue. Instead of using pastels and neon’s on your nails you should approach darker and richer tones such as grey, maroon and black. Shades such as Essie nail polish in Power Clutch or Luxedo and Opi in Manicurist of Seville are perfect examples of what your nails should look like this fall. When choosing lip colors for this autumn keep in mind the following fruit: Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry and Plum. As the weather gets colder and the summer comes to an end, do not fall into a back to school gloomy mood but embrace the beginning of this new school year in style with the variety of tips included in this article.