When it comes to diet and exercise, Margot Robbie is down-to-earth: she doesn’t believe in 24/7 deprivation or hours of exercise to keep her in shape between movie roles.
Last month, the Suicide Squad star even admitted that when she’s not prepping for a part, she’s a burger and wine kind of girl.
“I get miserable if I don’t eat. I can’t just have a salad every day and a half a glass of wine every second day. I can’t do it,” she says.
When she needs to get in shape, Margot turns to personal trainer to the stars David Higgins, whose book The Hollywood Body Plan promises we can all get healthy and strong in just 21 days, with just 21 minutes a day of exercise.
Margot has nothing but praise for founder of TenPilates David and his techniques.
“He put me in my best physical shape and he educated me on stretching, strengthening and nutrition,” she says.
London-based Aussie David also helped shape the bodies of other stars such as Claudia Schiffer, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Naomi Campbell and Nigella Lawson.
His film credits include Wonder Woman, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Justice League. “Working with celebrities… is no different,’ David tells. ‘They need to put in the hours at the gym… The difference with celebrities is that there is usually a deadline!”
Here’s how we can all get a Hollywood body…
11am breakfast: porridge.
2pm lunch: chickpea salad.
4pm snack: berry protein smoothie.
7pm dinner: baked white fish with broccoli.
11am breakfast: 2 egg muffins.
2pm lunch: Greek couscous salad.
4pm snack: salted caramel date shake with almond milk, vanilla extract, lemon juice, sea salt and ice.
7pm dinner: Asian lettuce burrito.
11am breakfast: apple and cinnamon bircher muesli.
2pm lunch: hoisin and ginger duck salad.
4pm snack: skinny chocolate brownie.
7pm dinner: beef tagliata.
21 minutes of exercise for 21 days
Margot’s exercise regime is built around Pilates and cardio.
“I feel like my body looks better if I get more sleep rather than an hour at the gym. If I have the time, I like dance classes – it doesn’t feel like exercise to me. Or just playing sports with friends. Sometimes I play tennis, even though I’m not that good,” she explains.
David’s program aims to reset and reboot bodies that aren’t used to exercise or are injured.
His 21-day workout rules are: Don’t compound any existing injuries or create new ones when you have posture-related issues or a sedentary lifestyle.
“You’re taking posture damage by sitting down for too long during the day into a gym and loading it with weights or running with it. You are compounding an already dysfunctional operating system,” explains David in his book.
Do take it slow and work on slow strengthening. “What you actually need is to get back to basics and reset the fundamentals: your posture, your way of moving, your way of being,” David says.
Do walk 10,000 steps a day.
Do exercises similar to those in yoga or Pilates, such as leg lifts, the pigeon or child’s pose.