24/04/2012 09:05

How to get a body like Rihanna

Barbadian beauty Rihanna is toned, muscular and, most of all, utterly gorgeous. Want to get a body like hers? We asked the experts how it’s done.

Rihanna (© Reuters)

Super-skinny is so 2011. In fact, it's probably been out of fashion for longer than that now, replaced by curvy yet (crucially) athletic frames pioneered by the likes of Beyoncé, Shakira and, perhaps most famously of all, Rihanna.

The singer is lean but not gaunt, well-fed but not fat, muscular but not masculine. In short, she's fabulous, and most women would kill with their bare hands to get a physique that mirrors hers.

Personal trainer Gavin Walsh says: "Rihanna is in great shape. She's slim, toned and still has all the curves in the right places. It's a very achievable look without having to spend hours in the gym, or suffering too much self-deprivation."

Those thighs are achievable, you say? Sign us up! Here's a deeper insight into how to train, and look like, RiRi.

Globetrotting workouts
First of all, what is the goal of Rihanna's training, and how often does she work out? Walsh explains: "For the most part, Rihanna trains three times a week to help maintain her toned physique. However, I've learned that when she is preparing to go on tour she ramps this up to five sessions a week to ensure she is physically ready to perform vigorous routines night after night.

"Rihanna obviously has good genes and the goal of her training will be to simply stay in great shape. From time to time she may need to pick things up when she has been partying, but because of her natural body shape her training and nutrition will only need tweaking slightly to get her back on track."

Being a global superstar means a lot of travelling, so Rihanna will have had to learn how to train while on the move. "Because she travels a lot, most of her workouts are structured in a way that they can be carried out anywhere, be that backstage or in her hotel room," says Walsh. "These workouts are a combination of cardio and resistance training, involving exercises that need little or no equipment. Although those wanting the Rihanna look should be aware that her body is naturally slim and that her vigorous dance routines are also an extension of her workout programme."

Spin class (© Getty Images)

How you can mimic RiRi
The good news about training to get a bod like Bajan beaut Rihanna is that the sessions will be short. The bad news, however, is that they will also be intense. Walsh says: "The workouts that Rihanna squeezes into her hectic schedule are often as short as 25 minutes. The sounds great, but the catch is the intensity. If you have little time, then you need to train hard to see the benefits.

"Her workouts will include a combination of cardiovascular and resistance exercise that increase heart rate while at the same time toning muscles. Rihanna uses several exercises to make sure she keeps her body in check, but with limited time these are often exercises that can be performed anywhere, such as jumping jacks, squats, lunges, press-ups and tricep dips."

Before embarking on a training regime like the singers, you will need to make sure you already have a base level of fitness - don't jump in if you haven't worked up a sweat in months or even years. Walsh continues: "It's also important to remember that Rihanna is 5'8" and weighs around nine stone, or 57kg. Everyone is different, so her figures should only act as a guideline and shouldn't be overanalyzed. But the training that Rihanna does, anyone can do, because she uses mainly body weight exercises, and there really is no excuse when you consider that you can do them in your own home."

Of course, you can work out all you want, but if you're not eating right, then you won't lose weight or tone up. Nutritionist Katie Peck says: "We can assume that Rihanna does not restrict her energy intake as her body looks healthy. For a woman to have a figure like hers, she would need to eat regularly and have a healthy balance of fats, carbohydrates and protein. Many women who are very thin do not get enough energy from a healthy, balanced diet."

Walsh adds: "In terms of Rihanna's diet, she'll have a relatively high-protein diet compared to most people, and will cut back on starchy carbs like pasta, rice, bread and pastries."

Unfortunately, the vast majority of us will never get to enjoy the spoils of being a pop icon. But, by following the advice above and carrying out workouts like the one suggested by Walsh below, we can at least have a body that looks as good on the dance floor.

The following workout should take about 25 minutes. Repeat the sequence five times:

  • 100 x jumping jacks
  • 50 seconds of burpees
  • 50 seconds of squats
  • 50 seconds of press-ups (with hands on table if needed)
  • 50 seconds of lunges
  • 50 seconds of tricep dips

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24/04/2012 11:28
Before you sign up to an expensive gym  or diet plan STOP   People like Rihana or what ever you spell her name  were born  skinny  and never really had to work hard to stay like that.   Plus she worries so much about her appearance she probably eats less than a 1000 cals a day.   So stop and think do I really need to do this?  OK if you are unfit and really overweight go ahead .   But to look like a vane pop singer  please don,t.   You are beautiful to the right people   and the people that matter.

I'm a straight man, not racist, and don't find Rhianna all that stunning-looking...


Personal preference. For me Alicia Keys beats Rhianna's looks every time. And she's also black.

24/04/2012 14:14



25/04/2012 09:44
I think genetics plays a big part!
25/04/2012 09:43

i lol'd hard at the title and i'm still loling. my gf has a better figure than ri, try to catch ri bending over to pick up her selfridges bags and i'm sure yall will see metres of cellulite on her tighs. im not hating but i see lots of everyday people with a better figure than ri. ri looks good i'm sure but there are millions of everyday people looking 10 times better than her, and my gf is 1 of them

and ****, ffs put up pics of her whole body, not just pics of her fake hair and face with tons of make up on. jeeez you people dont have anything serious to talk about. cut the s**** out  

25/04/2012 07:47
I'm a 46 year old white male. I don't think it's possible even if I wanted to.
24/04/2012 16:20
I thought it was pay her by the hour to get a body like hers?
25/04/2012 09:58

MSN does it again. They talk about subjects they know will attract no man only women. What a load of BS. You don't need MSN to tell you how to " ..get a body like Rihanna". Just go to the gym and job done. Honestly, from my heart I feel sorry for "some" women because they actually fall for this crap and start believing there must be a specific way to attain such a physique. 


I bet I can name many married women with children who would embarrass her. I love coming on MSN because it makes me thankful for who I am and what I have and when you know what's going on in the world today and the delusions people believe and want it just makes you realise how normal you really are.

24/04/2012 19:30

i only read on MSN a few weeks ago that all you needed to do was 20 minuets exercise a day, three times  a week. Now it takes less than three minuets plus 100 jumping jacks. I wonder how long it takes to do 100 of those. You better be reasonably fit to do that. I suggest you start with 10. Lets call it two and a half minuets all round.

28/04/2012 21:08

she really isn't anything special.

25/04/2012 19:56
who would want to ...... she looks like an oompa loompa
25/04/2012 09:25
Rihanna does work hard to maintain her figure and true fans would be aware of her recent weight lose.  She has never been skinny, she has toned thighs and a womanly body! Haters can Hate but unless your prepared to try the workout above keep your comments to yourself.  I did this workout this mornign after reading this article yesterday and its ard going. I have gone from 16 stone to 11 stone in the last year and new workout ideas like this are a positive boost!  Famous people are humans to and have all the same hang ups as us so having a personal trainer is not a bad thing.  Alot of ordinary folk also have them!
24/04/2012 20:12

omg tht sounds great only 15 but would love to keep my figure in tact

24/04/2012 18:46
no thanks, I already have an amazing body.
24/04/2012 20:16
ge Andersen   bit up ur self dont u think just cuz u mighnt have a great body dosnt mean nobody else dosent want one looks like you love your self hahahaha soz i exspress my feelings

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24/04/2012 15:27
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28/04/2012 06:33

Come to Thailand guys

Most the girls have a body like Rhianna

The rest have better.

Leave the fat slobs in the UK

24/04/2012 13:14
how to get a body like Rihanna?......... Rohypnol!
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