Ever wonder what it takes to stay in shape when you’re one of the busiest celebs on the planet? Allow Harley Pasternak (aka, the trainer behind Ariana Grande’s impeccable abs) to break it down for you.
In an interview with SELF, he said the secret lies in simple exercises that can be performed just about anywhere (kinda essential, when you tour the world on the reg.) So, for Ariana, that means lots of lunges and glute bridges.
“There are a lot of times when we’ll be at a concert venue with Grande and we don’t have a gym there,” Pasternak explained. “So, we’ll walk lunge the hallway. From a time perspective, an equipment perspective and a safety perspective, it’s all ideal. We’re not jumping and risking hurting her. We’re not doing explosive movements, no heavy weights involved. We want to work her and we want to do it in a safe way – this does it all.”
Here’s her typical workout:
AMRAP for 2 minutes, or around the block
AMRAP for 2 minutes
Repeat 3 times
He also gives the singer a step count to hit– 12,000 per day, non-negotiable.
“[Pasternak] is obsessed with the step situation – getting your steps in,” the 25-year-old told Coveteur. “For the longest time I was like, ‘how is that more effective than doing a full-fledged workout?’ It really is. I feel better when I’m moving around a lot.”
Most of the time, she’ll easily reach this by dancing or running from shoot to shoot. But occasionally, she’ll jump on the treadmill – which also helps her think clearly.
"I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill,” she said. “If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea, [I'll work out]. I came up with the idea for the 'Side to Side' video on the treadmill. Usually, I'll listen to throwback '90s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped."