Denise Laurel's photos from her Maldives birthday trip recently went viral, and had the netizens ask: How does the Kapamilya actress maintain her curves?
Aside from attending indoor cycling and boxing classes whenever her time permits, the star of The Better Half also has one-on-one sessions with a fitness coach.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed her trainer, Arnold Aninion, to get the dish on Denise’s workout and diet.
Because Denise juggles her time between work and duties as a mom to son Alejandro, Arnold described their workout sessions for the past three months as strategic.
“We maximize her time effectively,” the fitness coach began.
While they work the whole body during training, they focus on Denise’s legs and glutes as these are the areas they are constantly working to improve.
Some of the movements Denise performs for her workout include squats, stiff-legged deadlifts, dumbbell lunges, curtsy squats, and ballerina squats.
These movements target the three glute muscle groups—the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus—which are found in our butt.
“It’s essential to perform movements that target all three,” Arnold noted.
“Which is why we use a number of compound movements and isolation exercises to force the muscles to work.”
On the progression of their workouts, Arnold related, “We perform a specific set of movements that involve her using auxiliary movements to activate the smaller muscles before working the larger muscles.
“For example we would start by doing cardio for warm-up followed by kettlebell swings, quadruped hip extensions, glute bridge, and the clamshell.”
Arnold said they also do leg swings and lunges as key dynamic warm-ups before getting into the main workout to really engage her glutes to become stronger and firmer.
"And to top off our workouts, we usually finish on the leg press and hamstring machines to help force some much needed reps and accelerate the fat burning in those targeted areas."
CLEAN DIET. The 30-year-old actress follows a "clean" diet of mainly chicken, fish, and vegetables.
For her carbs, Denise favors the root crop kamote.
What about cheat days?
"I don't really believe in cheat days," Arnold said.
"But I do believe in refeeds or the occasional high calorie meal, and she does get to have these meals.
"But usually she has to earn it first through hard work and consistently eating clean for sometime before she refeeds."
RECONDITIONING AFTER A VACATION. Denise admitted to eating a lot during her birthday trip to the Asian paradise.
When this happens, Arnold assesses his client before they resume their sessions.
"It all really depends on the length of the holiday, and whether she was able to stick to her diet," Arnold said of Denise.
"If she comes back slightly overweight, then [the] normal protocol would be to condition her again for training and get her in the gym doing cardio and HIIT [High Intensity Interval Training], followed by some resistance training using free weights."
But, Arnold continued, since Denise only went on a short trip, they would simply continue where they left off with their previous sessions.
"I would just carry on and work on the next group of muscles. In this case, when she returned we tackled legs and glutes."
When asked how often Denise works out, Arnold replied she used to train every day for one and a half hours, but they had to adjust to make way for her taping schedule.