Celebrity personal trainer Ben Bruno has revealed how he helps prevent his clients from overheating during their workouts: take the exercises into the water. In a recent Instagram post, Bruno shared a couple of clips of model and actress Kate Upton performing a strength training circuit workout while partially submerged in a swimming pool.
Bruno, whose other famous clients include Jessica Biel and Chelsea Handler, explained in the caption that they frequently do upper and lower body training in the water: “The pool workouts look easy, but they’re actually really tough,” he said. “Here’s a clip of the hand weight circuit and the bar circuit, but we also do a bunch of lower body stuff, and sometimes we’ll bring the KBox or some dumbbells out by the pool and do a mix of weights and pool stuff.”
In addition to providing extra resistance during the weighted exercises, the wave motion created simply by moving in the water can lead to instability, putting more of a challenge on the core muscles. “I feel it!” Upton can be heard saying in the short clip. “My arms, they’re going to be ripped!”
It makes sense that Bruno would add more difficulty and resistance to Upton’s workouts, given the vigor with which she approaches her training; he regularly shares clips of her smashing PRs on moves like the hip thrust and dumbbell squat to press, and cranking out reps on the landmine deadlift and the landmine single-leg Romanian deadlift with “more weight than most men do.” And throughout it all, he says, “she makes it look easy.”
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