How to Get an Oscar Body

Amanda Seyfried showing off sculpted armsEvery year we watch the Oscars to get an idea of what's hot in fashion.  We admire the dresses (sometimes we trash them) and then we go right back to our humdrum wardrobes.  It might actually be easier to get an Oscar-worthy body than it is to get an Oscar-worthy frock. There are trends in body-sculpting, though, just as there are trends as to whether or not black is in. This year the Oscar Red Carpet has upped the ante for us women.  Here's what you need to know: Sculpted arms have been haute couture for a few years now.  A svelte Hollywood arm has a nice musculature that is not cut too hard.  If you'd like to know how to get arms like some of these Hollywood stars, click over to my video for a quick, effective arm workout.  Amanda Seyfried, Zoe Saldana and Demi Moore all showed off their fabulous arms. Decolletage. It appears a memo went out about not wearing necklaces at award galas, so until the moratorium is lifted we'll have to focus on our decolletage as well.  This means lots of pushups and chest flys at the gym, then a really good push up bra!  Tina Fey and Elizabeth Banks show off their cleavage. Derriere. A-line skirts are still popular but quite a few actresses were sporting very fitted gowns.  Their booties were on full display.  Ladies this is typically where our fat settles, so get ready to up the cardio and the leg work.  Think squats, lunges and side-lying leg work.  Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Banks show off their back sides. While I said it would be easier to claim an Oscar-worthy body then it would be to garner an Oscar-worthy dress, that doesn't mean it's easy!  Actresses getting ready for roles will frequently exercise 3 to 4 hours a day before they begin filming.  But remember, they have an arsenal of personal trainers, Pilates instructors, nutritionists, and massage therapists to keep them looking amazing. If you'd like to give it a go, set up a workout schedule and clear the rest of your calendar.  You're going to need it.  Good luck!  Let me know how you do.  :-) Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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4 Responses to How to Get an Oscar Body

  1. Mikki March 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi there Lisa,
    I work at Magic Beans, in the office.
    Came across your blog and love it!
    Please continue to keep posting, it is an impressive site full of great info!

    best, mikki

  2. Lisa Johnson March 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Hi Mikki,

    Glad you like the site, I’ve been working hard on it …

    Two more posts this week, one on how dress sizes have changed over the years and another one on how to find out how healthy your county is …

    Thanks for leaving a comment :-)


  3. NYCEsthy Karen March 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    This is such a great way to talk about Oscar fashion! So different from the usual way to cover!

    Since actresses spend hours at the gym with a small army of trainers and other fitness pros, I am curious if you recommend power plate to speed along the process? I did it for a while, and stopped several months ago since it wasn’t for me (vibrations were literally going to my head). But it was touted as doing more work in less time (i.e. cut your gym time by 30 minutes!).

  4. Lisa Johnson March 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Hey Karen, that would probably make a great blog post. I even heard in England they’re doing 8 might Power Plate dates … where one half of a hopeful couple stands on the Power Plate and the other half asks them questions! Thought that was pretty funny.

    I was very interested in the Power Plate and I’ve been on it probably about 10 or 12 times. I almost bought one for my studio, there have been several studies that show that it can be great for increasing bone density and I have a lot of osteoporosis in my Pilates studio.

    But what finally made me decide not to get one is when I asked a client, a doctor, what she thought about it. She said, you really don’t want to be vibrating soft tissue like that for an extended period of time. Think about it, soft tissues includes things like your brains, eyeballs and your heart …

    So I’ve decided to wait and let the population be the “guinea pigs” before I invest in that type of technology.

    Thanks for your question.



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