After we spied these pictures of Nicole Scherzinger showing off her incredible body on her girls’ holiday to Mykonos, we just had to find out what she’s been doing to stay fit and hone those abs.
Which is why we tracked down Nicole’s personal trainer Svava Sigbertsdottir, inventor of super-tough workout The Viking Method, to get her to spill her top fitness secrets to us…
What’s The Viking Method all about, and why do celebs love it?
It is all about putting exercises together in a certain way to burn more calories. It’s inspired by the Viking idea of ‘the harder you work, the more you get out.’ It’s fun and very personal. When I start training someone, I analyse their body type and try different exercises to find what they love. Nicole likes dancing, so I include ballet moves.
What would a regular session involve?
A regular workout with Nicole will involve jumping, crawling and, when she’s completely out of breath, press-ups. Then it’s a one-minute break before another sequence. Doing static exercise after high-intensity means your muscles need more oxygen, so you’re instantly burning more.
How can I do this at home?
Spend a few minutes stretching, then alternate high-intensity activities with strength exercises for an hour, three to four times a week.
How about diet?
Be good 85% of the time. If you need that slice of cake, just eat it. Then get back to being as good as soon as possible. An average day would start with protein, like boiled eggs and almonds. Lunch and dinner would be lean meat with lots of leafy green veg. Only eat carbs after exercise, and snack on apples, hummus and carrots or a vegetable smoothie.
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Sounds good, can you talk us through one of your favourite moves?
Try crawling. Work your core, arms and back by lifting the opposite arm to your leg as you move along the floor, while keeping your bottom low. Do six metres forward and six back.