Ive been hearing the name Gigi Hadid a lot lately… For those of you who have not yet heard of her, she’s the beautiful young step-daughter of the music maestro David Foster and his model wife Yolanda. The main reason I suppose she’s the name on everyones like recently is that she is one of the newest Victoria’s Secret models and she’s a friend of another young beauty and member of the Kardashian dynasty Kendall Jenner as well as pop princess Taylor Swift, which I suppose is enough merit to warrant you being the newest “it” girl in pop culture.
As I do with most people in the public eye who are getting a lot of attention for their physique, I did my usual little research on what Gigi Hadid’s routine is for staying in shape. Now granted she is only 20 years old, so she has youth on her side, but I’m sure we still all know that at 20 years old you’re not necessarily in such fantastic shape that you can walk a VS catwalk, so I figured it was worth looking at what she does to stay in shape. And the interesting thing I found while reading through countless interviews with her is that her secret comes down to one word really… one word that to be honest is the secret to achieving anything worthwhile in life
I remember when I was in India learning Yoga, this was the most important life lesson I learned. My yogi teacher said “nothing important can be achieved without discipline” and that has stuck with me, so it was interesting to see this 20 year old young model using this word again and again to explain how she stays in shape.
And she’s right. It takes tremendous discipline at any age to maintain a very fit, toned figure and to stick to a clean diet. You have to be dedicated and commit to doing it every day of your life , or for as long as you desire certain results.
It seems Gigi has good grounding in discipline due to her mother Yolanda, and no doubt her stepfather too, who is one of the most successful composer/producers of all time. According to her mother, Gigi was a dedicated volleyball athlete all while growing up as well as engaging in horse riding for years, and getting up at 5 and 6 am for shows. This all built the foundations for her from a young age to have that discipline and focus to keep herself on top of her game.
She now lives in New York and has turned to boxing as her method of staying in shape. According to her trainer Rob Piela ( a former pro fighter) Gigi engages in body weight training, jump rope cardio training (to maintain her slender legs) ,and a three to one boxing ratio (three minutes sparring, and one minute core exercises).
Her workout routine sounds tough but I guess she probably has developed a very strong mental focus from her years as an athlete which she is now benefiting from when it comes to staying motivated to keep fit.
She also seems to have a balanced approach to diet. She seems to give credit to clean eating once again for maintaining her healthy appearance but is clear to say that if you are committed to eating healthy and working out every day then you should allow yourself a cheat day in order to keep some balance in your life.
“Yeah, I think the biggest thing I always say is eat clean to stay fit, and then have a cheat day to stay sane.” – Gigi Hadid
She goes regularly to a a cafe nearby where she lives in New York called Juice press and as well as making a lot of her own food, which is certainly one of the best ways to keep your food clean and healthy. She admits her cheat meal is cheese burgers, and allowing herself to eat things she loves every so often helps to keep her on track.
As always the secrets to Gigi’s beautiful body are not rocket science, she eats clean food, allows herself a break every week, exercises almost daily with high intensity exercises like boxing and jump rope, and most importantly she is disciplined about the whole thing. Thats the “not so magic” formula to most great bodies, and undoubtedly if she keeps it up she’ll maintain that body for many many years to come.