Mel B, previously known as Scary Spice, from the Girl band the Spice Girls, is undoubtedly the fittest of the Spice Girls. Compared to Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh, she is head and shoulders above when it comes to the health and fitness game.
She recently modelled lingerie from Marks & Spencer’s, and with giant larger than life sized posters on display in shop windows, there is no doubting that she is in great shape. And now she has made her own fitness DVD, so that we can all follow in her footsteps.
Mel B is now a mother of two, which makes her great body all the more impressive. She is reported to have lost 3 stone (42 pounds / 19kg) in just 8 weeks through a strict exercise regime. She was helped by her personal fitness instructor Joey Kormier, who has confirmed that her route to being a super fit yummy mummy was totally healthy, relying on health diet and exercise.
Mel B appeared in America’s Dancing With The Stars last year, where she showed off her fantastic figure and athletic prowess on the dance floor.
How to Get Fit Like Mel B?
Mel B utilises several methods to stay in great shape, which is the recommended approach to long term fitness, as this is the best way to avoid fitness boredom.
Being a pop star, dancing comes easy. Practising dance routines for hours on end is a great way to tone up, and provide excellent endurance training at the same time. Dancing can provide a full body workout, especially when you start to do more adventurous moves such as lifts and leaps. If you need some motivation to dance, buy a dance fitness DVD or head off to your local dance club for lessons.
Kickboxing / boxercise
Kickboxing, in fact all martial arts, provides a great workout. Many of the exercises in kickboxing are similar to the old school military basic training routines, i.e. bodyweight circuit training, plus pad work, bag work and light sparring. Kickboxing, like dancing, provides a great full body workout, with emphasis on plyometric training and building upper body stamina through punching routines.
Mel B is also a yoga fan. Yoga is a great way to relax and workout at the same time. Although not as energetic as dance or martial arts, it provides excellent strength and conditioning through various isometric postures, known as asanas. Some forms of yoga are more energetic than others though. Ashtanga yoga provides a more intensive workout, with many Sun Salutations performed in each session.
Slendertone Flex Abdominal Toning Belt
These belts always seem a bit gimmicky, but remember that even Bruce Lee used an earlier version of one as part of his abs training. Used regularly (as little as 30 minutes a day) in conjunction with a healthy diet and some moderate exercise, you will notice results within 8 weeks. You can wear the Slendertone Flex when you just don’t have time in your hectic schedule to hit the gym or go for a run, or wear it during your workout for added emphasis. Learn more at the store!
Stomach crunches are one of the best ways to target the abdominals. This basic tummy exercise can be done anywhere, any time, which makes it especially useful for those with a hectic lifestyle like Mel B.
Diet: 30/40/30 Balance
Mel B’s diet was carefully planned so that she received specific portions of each food type:
- 30% protein (mostly chicken and fish)
- 40% whole wheat and vegetables
- 30% monosaturated fat (from oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines).
Weight training is one of the best ways to keep the fat off. Muscle requires a lot of energy to maintain itself, so the more muscle you have, the greater your metabolism is, which means that you burn more energy. And more energy burn equal less fat accumulated. See our weight training articles for ideas. Women need not worry about bulking up with weight training, as this just will not happen.
Protein Shakes for Breakfast
Mel B is a lover of protein shakes in the morning. They fire up your metabolism to help burn more fat, and are also essential for very active people as they fuel muscles and help repair and regrow muscle tissue after workouts.
If you follow these tips from Mel B, you too can get a super fit body. To learn more about how Mel B gets fit, watch her new fitness DVD, available both in the UK and America.
DVD Available from our Amazon.com Store
Totally Fit – Mel B, DVD format, Directed by Chris Cowey.
Also available in major High Street stores.