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How to get a body like Rihanna
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.
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."
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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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.
STOP THIS CELEBRITY DRIVEL!!!
MSN YOU ARE SCUM. PROMOTING ILLUMINATTI NEW WORLD ORDER ENDORSERS!
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
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.
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.
omg tht sounds great only 15 but would love to keep my figure in tact
Come to Thailand guys
Most the girls have a body like Rhianna
The rest have better.
Leave the fat slobs in the UK