Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin' Monday – Sweat It Out Like Madonna!

Madonna's trainer Nicole Winhoffer Madonna's trainer Nicole Winhoffer

There’s no denying Madonna is in rock-solid shape.

At 53, the pop icon is revving up to launch her worldwide tour at the end of the month. You can bet Madonna is in high gear getting ready for the highly anticipated concerts and that means endless hours rehearsing and getting her body in top condition.

Healthy Hollywood met up with Madonna’s primary personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me and I feel super blessed to be working with one of the biggest female icons in the world,” Nicole said.
Madonna recruited Nicole to work her out prior to the tour and while they’re on the road. Nicole, a trained dancer, reveals Madonna will do a series of cardio, stretches, toning, and endurance moves for an hour and a half – AND this is all before the singer’s dance rehearsals.

“The biggest challenge is keeping her mind engaged and constantly changing the workouts while still targeting the muscles that we need to go after. Her body picks up really quickly so my challenge is to get those muscles continuously guessing what’s going to come next without her knowing or getting bored,” she added.

Nicole is a dynamo of energy and has a very creative approach to working out. Yet, she’s super sweet and has a wealth of fitness information – so it’s no surprise Madonna trusts her. “I have to know the answers to everything. I have to be ready for any little thing that can go wrong or if she wants an answer to something I need to know right away.”

Once Nicole hits the road, she and Madonna will be sure to schedule at least four or five workouts a week and will do a warm up before each show. “She gets dressed in hair and makeup and then we’ll do a warm up – warming up her joints. We’ll do some trampoline work, some ab work, some stretches and just make sure she’s ready and feeling good vibes.”

Now, Madonna and Nicole are getting ready to share their workout secrets with us regular folks. Madonna’s Hard Candy fitness centers offer “Addicted to Sweat” cardio classes that are inspired by her workouts. Plus, Nicole just finished shooting an “Addicted to Sweat” DVD, which is set to launch this fall.

Yet, if you want to reach out to Nicole and ask her for fitness tips, think again! She jokes, “People ask all the time…but I’m like you got to pay me.”

For more information on Hard Candy Fitness, check out www.hardcandyfitness.com. And, for more on Nicole, head to her website at www.nicolewinhoffer.com.

-- Terri MacLeod

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