Work Out Like a Supermodel: Alessandra Ambrosio’s Fitness Plan
A stunning supermodel couldn’t possibly have any insecurities, right? Actually, that isn’t the case at all — at least not for successful Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, who willingly admits to having cellulite. She doesn’t dwell on her body issues, though. Instead, she addresses them through her diet and workout routine, which involves everything from Yoga to Pilates to spin class. Her motto? Live a happy, healthy life, and don’t sweat the small things. Here are a few of Ambrosio’s tips and tricks.
Workout Like a Supermodel
Ambrosio is the first to admit that staying in great shape takes some work. While she has body issues like everyone else, she takes a proactive approach to dealing with them. “If I look in the mirror and see cellulite — and I have some, every woman does! — I run the Santa Monica Stairs. They’re really hard. I’ll go up and down the  steps four to six times, usually once a week. It definitely helps the butt and legs while you’re getting a little sun and fresh air at the same time,” she tells Self.
She is also a believer in flaunting her attributes, rather than trying to hide or alter them. Instead of aiming for a stick-thin figure, Ambrosio works to enhance the curves she was born with. To create a curvier, rounder behind, Ambrosio suggests putting five-pound ankle weights on each leg, getting on all fours and kicking each heel up toward the ceiling. Aim for three sets of 20, she tells Self. While you’re at it, add on three sets of 20 fire hydrants by lifting each bent leg up and out to the side.
Ambrosio also swears by the Brazil Butt Lift, a routine that slims your thighs while firming your butt, which trainer Leandro Carvalho created just for her. The workout combines ballet, capoeira (that’s Brazilian martial arts), a little bit of kickboxing, and Afro-Brazilian dance. This intense routine works muscles from twelve different angles to reshape your butt, slim your hips, and tighten your inner thighs. “You’re doing cardio at the same time that you’re using muscles and sculpting the body,” Carvalho says to Shape. “All you need is your own body weight. My workout tones your bum bum, but keeps your curves so you can stay sensual and feminine.”
Ambrosio is also a fan of high-intensity Pilates. You will often find her at Pilates Platinum, a class that focuses on burning calories and fat. She also frequently attends Soul Cycle Spinning Classes, a 45-minute routine where you “sweat like crazy,” she tells Glamour.
The supermodel is not one to sit around. She also participates in barre workouts, as well as routines that get her outside such as volleyball, surfing, roller skating, and snowboarding, writes Swide.
While she always appears to be in perfect shape, Ambrosio says there are days she doesn’t feel like her body is photoshoot ready. “So many times, I haven’t felt ready for shoots. I’m like, why didn’t I work out more? But it’s life,” she says during an interview with Self. So, how does she fight her insecurities? By focusing on her positive attributes. If you’re having an off day, just focus on yourself and “be the best you can be,” she says.
As an added tip, Ambrosio suggests trying to get a workout in before hitting the beach, so you’ll feel lean and tone when you’re rocking your swimsuit. If all else fails, “that’s when you go for a one-piece,” she tells Cosmopolitan.