Penélope Cruz is a Spanish actress that has shot to fame after appearing in a series of successful Hollywood films. She has also been connected with some of Hollywood’s hottest male stars, such as Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise. She is an award winning actress and also has modeled for L’Oréal.
Penélope Cruz the Dancer
Penélope Cruz learned to dance when she was young and spent 9 years at ballet school at Spain’s National Conservatory. Following this she continued with her ballet training under several prominent instructors. This provided a fantastic foundation for her in her future years as a Hollywood actress, as she had developed a tool set for keeping fit and strong. Although ballet is a very graceful dance, the workouts to strengthen a ballet dancer are anything but graceful – it is all hard work, blood, sweat and tears.
Although Cruz will not put herself through the most extreme ballet workouts now, she has the knowledge and the fitness mindset required to ensure that when she does exercise she pushes herself hard enough to make positive changes to her physical state. She also loves Jazz Dance. She learned danced until she was 14 years old. At 14 she saw her first Pedro Almodovar film, Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, and decided that she wanted to act.
Penélope Cruz is a Vegetarian
Cruz has been a vegetarian since 2000 and this is partly how she manages to maintain her weight so well. By not eating meat she consumes less fat and protein than the average person, which means that naturally her meals are often of lower calories. However, even a vegetarian can overeat, especially when it comes to sugar and dairy. She maintains her healthy weight with a healthy vegetarian diet that his rich in photochemicals from a wide range of nutritious plants. legumes, pulses, seeds and nuts, as well as dairy produce.
Penélope Cruz’s Fitness Workouts Today
Penélope Cruz is now trained by Hollywood personal trainer Gunnar Peterson who has been training Hollywood celebs and sports stars for 2 decades. Many of the Malibu based celebs go to him for training, including Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis.
Gunnar Peterson gets his clients to focus on core workouts and strength training. He promotes his “Core Four, Plus One More” system where you perform 4 core exercises each session, but also throw in an additional abdominal workout after each set. This should only be doen once per week.
He also suggests switching workouts about a lot. For example, for 2 weeks switching to a high rep regime by multiplying the number of reps done by 3 and reducing the weight. Another suggestion is the split workouts into push/pull sessions, and then also mix this up into upper/lower body sessions. The key is to keep changing things around.
Follow these tips and you will essentially be doing a Penelope Cruz style workout. Work hard, work up a sweat, and enjoy!