Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight since she was a tween on the Disney Channel. We've all watched her grow into a smart, talented, business-savvy, and absolutely stunning young woman. But that type of fame comes with unbelievable scrutiny. As she blossomed from a kid into an adult, her figure changed accordingly. Gomez had to deal with body shaming from the press, Internet trolls, and social media commenters alike.
Rather than give in, feel bad, or let it all affect her, Gomez speaks out about learning to love and accept herself—no matter what. To keep her body and mind healthy while traveling the world during her 2016 tour for the album Revival, she brought her longtime trainer—fitness expert and all-around wonderful human Amy Rosoff Davis—along with her. Since Gomez is still on fire, we decided to look back at our interview with Davis to find out exactly what workouts keep Gomez toned and grounded, and, more importantly, show you how to do them yourself at home.
Meet the Expert
Amy Rosoff Davis is a Los Angeles–based personal trainer, nutritionist, and chef with an extensive background in dance and fitness. Best known for her work with Selena Gomez, Davis also counts Kristen Bell, Felicity Jones, Troian Bellisario, and Emma Roberts among her celebrity clientele.
Keep reading for this celebrity trainer's most sound advice.
According to Davis, one of the best things to do to get in shape is "interval and circuit training—and building a strong core." Switching it up helps to challenge your muscles continually and keeps your body guessing. "My whole thing is toning mixed with cardio and stretching," she says. A well-rounded fitness routine that includes all three components will help you build stamina and keep seeing progress.
Listen to Your Body
As with anything, there are good days and bad days. If you're lacking sleep or feeling blah, sometimes it's best to adjust your workout. "[My first priority when training Selena is] listening to her body—which everyone should do when it comes to working out," says Davis. "Sometimes we just do yoga and stretching, and sometimes we hit it hard. Working out, just like life, should be a balance."
More than anything, it is vital to hydrate throughout your workout. We love that S'well water bottles keep water at the perfect cool and refreshing temperature.
Mix Up Your Workouts
Motivation waxes and wanes for the best of us. One way to combat that is to mix up your workouts, adding variety and choosing activities that stimulate you. "If you keep your same old routine, you will most likely get bored and wind up skipping the gym. Working out should be a part of your lifestyle, not an obligation or burden," Davis says. She recommends making your workouts fun by keeping them fresh and doing something different each day. "[Selena and I] do everything from Pilates to hiking to dance cardio to circuit training to yoga and Spinning—the list goes on."
Make Time to Stretch
Although it's tempting to skip your cooldown, recovery is vital to seeing maximum results and staying injury-free. Invest in a good yoga mat and enjoy the stretch. "No matter what the workout is, we always make time to stretch. It keeps [you flexible], improves your performance, helps your joints, and enables your muscles to work to their best ability. Also, it feels really good," says Davis.
"Keeping fit, eating healthy, and loving yourself are all tied together," she adds. "When you feel good physically, you want to eat healthily, and when you take good care of yourself, you are happy. When you are happy, results come fast." Amen!
Don't Focus on the Scale
Although the scale can measure some progress, it isn't the be-all and end-all of monitoring your results. Plus, it can lead to some unhealthy mental patterns. "I am not a fan of weighing yourself," Davis says. "I think it breeds obsessive thoughts and behaviors. If you work out and eat healthily, your body should do the rest! When you have a healthy mind, body, and soul—the results will come. I prefer the jean test. You know how your pants fit, so go off of that instead of a number. What does it even mean to weigh a certain number, right?" So step off the scale and celebrate your body as it is right now.
If you're a numbers person, take body measurements or track your body fat percentage instead. Sometimes the scale can read the same weight if you're gaining lean muscle while losing body fat.
"The workouts change daily on purpose. But I always incorporate some yoga and stretching into my day. I try and aim for 30 minutes of cardio at least four to six times a week. I do [resistance training] and stretching about six days a week," says Davis.
But she also acknowledges that you can't always stick to a strict schedule. "Sometimes my schedule only allows for 20 minutes, but my whole motto is to be flexible with your life and your workout. Obsession never got anyone anywhere, so I don't put pressure on myself to stick to a certain workout schedule. I am so active in general, and I work out with clients so much that I get plenty of physical activity every day. On tour, people joke that I move and walk faster than anyone else. I am always speeding around through the venue." Being more laid-back with your routine leaves room for the unexpected to happen and takes the pressure off. After all, there's always tomorrow.
Listen to Music You Love
Music can be a great motivator. Take it from Davis, whose personal workout playlist consists of some great jams like "Cheap Thrills" by Sia, "Controlla" by Drake, "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, "Past Lives" by Børns, "It Is What It Is" by Blood Orange, and "This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris. Find what songs get you pumped up and ready to go and use them to fuel your workout.