Trudie Styler on Perfect Sting: 'He Doesn't Have Any Trouble Spots!'
By Elizabeth Townsend Posted Dec 13th 2010 03:27PM
When we told Mrs. Sting that we couldn't agree more, she laughed. "He's got great glutes!"
Styler just released 'Trudie Styler's Pure Sculpt' for Gaiam, which she made with her longtime friend and trainer, James D'Silva.
"We break down the trouble spots of the body, if you like -- namely the abs, glutes and arms -- and focus in on those areas where we can tone the body by spending 15 minutes on each bit of those areas," she says.
For what it's worth, Styler doesn't seem to have any trouble spots, either.
"That's because I do the DVD!" she laughs. "I do a different aspect of my regimen every day. I switch it out between Pilates and yoga. It's been a sheer delight to use my own body to get super fit and share this with the women of the world who multitask and have to look good. In order to look good, you have to feel good and we explored ways to do that."
Ready, Set, Tone!
'Pure Sculpt,' which is for beginner and intermediate users, allows you to choose from six short, targeted workouts that can be done together or separately as your schedule allows, says Styler. The exercises are designed to increase flexibility, muscle strength and tone.
"What's great about the DVD is that these are express workouts," says Styler, who filmed the DVD at the eco-friendly Tuscan villa she shares with Sting. "Often, women in their massively busy lives don't have 40 or 50 minutes to give on the mat. But maybe they can give 15 minutes."
"So you can say, 'OK. On Monday, I'm going to work the abs for 15 minutes. On Tuesday, I'm going to work the glutes for 15 minutes. And one day, if you have a half hour free, you can do a combo -- core and glutes."
"Some women don't have until the weekend to give an hour to their workouts. You can link one portion with another or do them in isolation. I do that sometime. If I think I've sort of overindulged the night before, I say, 'Uh -- got to do those abs today!'"
Styler and D'Silva are already wrapping up their next DVD -- yoga for weight loss -- which comes out in March. "We are in the editing room finishing up that one," she says. "This is a great DVD for people who want to lose some weight. We give various options for people who are immobilized for whatever reasons, by offering up chair yoga, which we are really excited about."
"We show you how you can do yoga from your chair if you are on a train, plane or in an automobile," she says. "If unfortunately you are in a hospital situation, you can do it from a hospital bed. It all takes place on the chair."
On this DVD, they speak with renowned Dr. Alejandro Junger, author of 'Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself,' who has helped celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow eat a cleaner diet. "We speak to him about nutrition and direct them to his Clean Program, which is an eminently sensible way to lose weight."
Continuing to Make a Difference
'Pure Sculpt' and her yoga for weight loss DVDs "have been a labor of love, because they've taken me away from the heady and emotional stuff that I do with UNICEF (as an ambassador) and the Rainforest Fund," she says.
On Dec. 10, Styler screened 'Moving the Mountain,' the award-winning 1994 documentary she produced about China's 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, in New York City and around the world, in honor of Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize, but was unable to accept his award because he remains imprisoned in a Chinese jail.
"It's wonderful that a dissident has been given the Nobel Peace Prize," says Styler. "It's tragedy that he is behind bars and cannot accept it. It is a great testament to the voters in Norway who said he is worthy of this prize. That's his beacon of his light in very dark times."
In 2009, Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison because he co-authored "Charter 08," which called for political and legal reform in China. This is the fourth time Liu Xiaobo has been detained as a prisoner of conscience.
'Moving the Mountain,' which Michael Apted directed, depicts the well-known events of 1989, when the student-led pro-democracy movement came to a violent end after the People's Liberation Army fired live ammunition on protesters around the Tiananmen Square, killing hundreds. Xiaobo, who was a visiting scholar in the U.S., had returned to Beijing to join the hunger strike in Tiananmen Square and to appeal for peaceful negotiations between the students and the government.
Culture Project joined with the Cinema for Peace Foundation, Amnesty International, Movies that Matter and the Human Rights Film Network to screen her film in honor of Xiaobo, who dedicated his prize to "all those who have sacrificed their lives in non-violent struggle for peace, democracy and freedom."
"Michael and I are very proud that the film was selected to be played as part of the festivities around the Nobel Laureate this year," she says.
"We need to get him out of prison and to safety," she says. "We in the West should raise our voices and let our voices be heard."
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