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Understandably, people have a lot of feelings towards the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. (Women who run in underwear on a runway are controversial to themselves – and that's even before you add the body-positivity movement to the mix.)
One thing is for sure: the VS angels have improved their training game. For starters: Gigi Hadid has become a boxing badass Karlie Kloss can do some crazy stuff on medicine balls, Romee Strijd pushes this killer mini band butt circuit on the reg. Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes make hard upper body strength training easy Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (broadcast on Sunday, December 2nd at 1
Georgia Fowler's goal? Run a mile in less than seven and a half minutes. Sadie Newman: To successfully climb the rope at Performix House (the exclusive performance gym in NYC, where many of the VS models train). Alexina Graham wanted to improve her strength and push her body weight twice on the weight sled. Sara Sampaios goal was to perform a strict pull-up. Devon Windsor should make a jump to the height of 36 inches.
Read on to see each angel working his wings to get strong, get fit, and destroy their performance goals.
What is behind the change from aesthetics to athletics? First, it is part of the general trend that women are trying to build strength and muscle. (Not to mention that attitudes to non-scale victories are a great way to keep motivation high on health and fitness.)
True, "A measurable performance goal is always a motivation," says Andy Speer. one of Windsor's trainers at Performix House. "Athletes do not train to look good, it's a by-product of training for their sport."
"Having a performance goal is really fun because it gives you something to work on every single session," Devon Windsor says Shape . "Unlike" Okay, I want to have abdominal muscles, "you can build on performance goals to get abdominals and get stronger!"
"The mindset of an athlete – he works individually To improve the team, be it the field or the runway – it is a mindset that Devon and her angels (teammates) have preferred," says Speer.
"One of the reasons we chose boxing is my goal because I actually had high jump in high school," says Windsor. "I tried different heights and 36 inches was the highest point I could not reach."
Angelo Grinceri, Windsor's other trainer, and Speer worked to improve the biomechanics of their jump as well as strength and strength in both nuclear and lower body. Her training included both bipedal and one-leg stability and power drills such as leaps in strength, jumps, one-leg jumps, vertical jumps and box jumps, says Speer. (Here's how to master the boxing jump, even if he does not think it's impossible.)
Not only does she train hard – Windsor is also recovering heavily. "Recently, several times a week I have integrated new technologies such as infrared sauna and cryotherapy," she says. "This helps my muscles recover faster and detoxifies, reduces inflammation and brightens my skin, which is very important before any big show."
As with the other Angels, the training was as athletic as a Joe Nike coach who works with Fowler, Sampaio and Newman. "Everyone has different performance goals that lead to the @ victoriassecret show, including faster running or improving pull-ups, so it's important to add a few exercises that focus not only on body composition but also on the clear goal." wrote in an Instagram headline about training the models.
He got Fowler to do everything from skipping rope and sprints to pull ups, deadlift variations and TRX work (all she had shown in an Instagram post just days before). Holder also released videos of how she killed him on the Assault bike (not a simple feat) and glute bridges, heavy rope work, mini resistance band exercises and some badass medicine ball throwing exercises.
As part of Graham's training, Holder wrote on Instagram that she did a deadlift with the "Buddha" blunder to build nuclear power and get her used to controlling and controlling her body in different positions – both are important to achieve their goal of moving a heavy sled.
Sampaeo's goal was to perform a strict pull-up that she completely nailed through (top), although pull-ups are a strong autofocus. In the meantime, Holder (below) Newman (below) had implemented a heavy training such as Prowler March to build strength and correct movement patterns to achieve rope climbing to their epic goal.
Whether or not you can get past the annual lingerie of the brand parade, you have to admit: these ladies do serious work in the gym.