The Secrets to Cindy Crawford’s Supermodel Shape
Cindy Crawford is incredibly genetically blessed-this much you can tell by a simple photograph. But it’s her positive attitude toward all things healthy that leaves us in awe. At 48, Crawford is amazingly ageless, and credits her supermodel shape to good old-fashioned workouts and clean eating.
In fact, after being introduced to juicing company Urban Remedy through a friend, the brunette bombshell partnered with the brand to inspire other women to heal through food. Founded by licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Chinese nutritionist Neka Pasquale, Urban Remedy’s philosophy is simple: Food is medicine. Using only 100 percent organic ingredients sourced directly from farms and packed with nutrient-rich superfoods, it’s clear why Crawford is a big fan.
We went one-on one with the mom, businesswoman, and model maven to talk about juicing, the workout routines she loves, and what items are in her fridge at all times.
Shape: What are some of your favorite Urban Remedy products?
Cindy Crawford (CC): Green juices with no fruit like Glow, Braniac, and Genius. Each green juice is full of minerals and active enzymes that aid in cleansing, detoxifying the body, helping restore balance, and boosting energy. My favorite green juices are rich in E3 Live, an all-organic aqua botanical considered one of nature’s most beneficial superfoods. It makes my skin absolutely glow. I tend to stick with green juices-I really like to keep an eye on my sugar intake.
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Shape: Do you make any of your own juice recipes at home?
CC: To satisfy my sweet tooth and maintain healthy fats, I usually make the Urban Remedy Mint Cacao Chip shake that combines fresh mint, spinach, banana, cashews, almond milk, and cacao chips.
Shape: Do you have any guilty pleasure foods you’ll never give up?
CC: I love chocolate and I have some every day. I like to get the Dagoba Chocodrops that are 74 percent cacao. I like that they are chip size, so a small handful satisfies!
Shape: What is your specific workout regimen and how often do you exercise?
CC: I work out with my trainer, Sarah Hagaman, three mornings a week. We do circuit training for the whole body using weights, some machines, and my own body weight with lunges and squats. We usually do about 10 minutes of weights and then a five-minute cardio segment. Right now we are into running stairs, but we switch it up. We repeat the 10-minute weight and five-minute cardio at least three times and then we finish up with abs and stretching. If I can squeeze in a hike or bike ride with my husband or a girlfriend during the week, that’s just a bonus!
Shape: How do you motivate yourself when you don’t feel like working out or eating healthy?
CC: I think having a scheduled appointment works for me. That way, I don’t really have to think about it. Regarding choosing to eat healthy, it’s getting easier and easier because I know how much better I feel when I do eat right. Certainly making sure you have yummy, healthy choices on hand makes it easier to make a good choice.
Shape: What is your best beauty secret to looking so amazingly ageless?
CC: Thanks for the compliment, but no one is ageless. I do think all the years of taking care of myself have added up. I don’t smoke, I have exercised for over 25 years, I use sunscreen, and take care of my skin with Meaningful Beauty. I try to eat 80 percent right 80 percent of the time and this seems to work for me. But probably the most important thing is to be living your life with gratitude. When you are grateful, you can’t help being happy.
- By Kristen Aldridge
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10:30 A.M. I am either traveling, on a shoot, or working from my home office. I also go into the Meaningful Beauty office in L.A. about once a week. I drive so I have my car if I want to meet friends for dinner or need to pick up Kaia. That may change when she starts to drive. I try to cram in a lot; we might have a board meeting and go over the profit and loss statements, then I’ll meet with marketing to discuss packaging or how our latest infomercial performed. Recently we did a shoot with my mother and two grandmothers around the idea of beauty at every age. Here were my 98- and 94-year-old grandmothers, and they still care about beauty. I believe that as women, we are more confident in every area of our lives when we feel like we look good.
1:00 P.M. For lunch, I like True Food Kitchen’s salmon on kale salad. It’s good except that you need to have a toothbrush. I try to eat good food 80 percent of the time, but I’m not perfect and it’s too much work trying to be. Mid-morning, I’ll stop by Starbucks and get a green tea latte. I also drink three bottles of water during the day, except for when I’m on location, as the bathroom could be 10 minutes away.
3:00 P.M. My afternoon is spent answering e-mails and approving photos, copy, and packaging. I also get requests for shoots, and as both my kids have started modeling, I get requests for them. When I was a young model, I felt like if I didn’t take advantage of every opportunity it wouldn’t be there tomorrow. My kids are lucky because I help guide them, although my job isn’t to make the decisions for them. I’ve just done a fun collaboration with L.A. denim brand Re/Done. I knew of them because my daughter and everyone else seemed to be wearing them. There’s a picture of me wearing Levi’s back in the day, which could have been an ad for Re/Done today. I posted it on my Instagram, and the founders reached out. We designed “the Crawford,” a more modern take on the original cut and not quite as high-waisted, as that style looks great on Kaia but like a mom jean on me now.
6:00 P.M. I wash my face the second I get in because otherwise the family are like, “Who are you?” Then I might take a Jacuzzi again, and if my son’s been out surfing or Kaia wants a break from homework, they come in. If Rande’s on his way, he’ll be like, “Wait for me!”
“I wear less makeup because my skin looks good, so I’m not trying to hide it.”
7:00 P.M. We eat at home half the time and out at somewhere local, like the restaurant Rande owns called Café Habana. If we go out, we’re home by 10:30—I like to be asleep at 11. When I cook it’s simple: grilled fish, rice, asparagus, and mango salsa. I can’t handle wine anymore; the sulfites make me puffy. We only drink tequila in our house, as my husband started a tequila company, Casamigos. And we always have music on. Rande has a great playlist of classic rock, country, new music and old.
8:30 P.M. We used to all watch TV together, but the kids have their own social lives now, though my son and I like to watch Game of Thrones.
10:30 P.M. Sometimes I’ll go on Instagram to stalk my kids and see what they’re doing. And I always have a book going on my Kindle. Usually after five minutes, my eyes are closed.
From left: “I have lots of jeans, blouses, and little jackets.” Chloé top, $2,395, shopBAZAAR.com; “I use my own line, Meaningful Beauty, on my skin.” Meaningful Beauty Youth Activating Melon Serum, $76, ulta.com; “I put on heels and feel pulled together.” Gianvito Rossi pumps, $795, saksfifthavenue.com; “I finish with a tiny bit of eye shadow and mascara.” Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $26, sephora.com; “I’ve just done a fun collaboration with Re/Done.” Re/Done Jeans, $328, similar styles available at shopBAZAAR.com.
This article originally appears in the October issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands September 26.
The old phrase “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely rings true for Cindy Crawford‘s go-to workout moves. The model has been doing the same routine for 30 years—and it’s just as effective now as it was then.
Her retro sweat seshes include a healthy mix of cardio and strength-training exercises—i.e., nothing so fancy that it’ll take forever to master. Plus, she makes sure to inject some fun into the mix (hello, trampoline time!).
“I do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of old-school lunges, weights, squats, and bicep curls—it’s just stuff that I learned 30 years ago.” —Cindy Crawford
“I try to get 20 minutes of cardio at least three times a week. Then I do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of old-school lunges, weights, squats, and bicep curls—it’s just stuff that I learned 30 years ago,” she told The Cut. “Sometimes the cardio is jumping on a trampoline, using a treadmill or elliptical, or running.”
And, being the busy #bossbabe she is, Crawford is also a huge fan of multitasking while she’s toning.
“I put on an audiobook or music while I run the stairs at my house for 20 minutes. I just finished the Amy Schumer one, which was fantastic,” Crawford said, adding that she also tries to take a weekly hike with a girlfriend to catch up—while clocking in steps.
Basically, Crawford is proof that exercising doesn’t need to be complicated. Whether you want to bounce on a trampoline it up or hit the trails with your bestie, you’re sure to get your heart rate up—and share some laughs in the process.
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Cindy Crawford has been in the supermodel game for a few decades now. So it makes sense that over time, she’s come up with some ways to seamlessly fit exercise into her routine. Of course, taking care of her body is part of her job, which probably isn’t the case for those of us sitting at a desk all day. Turns out, though, there’s nothing overly complicated or fancy about Crawford’s workouts—which is probably why she’s been able to keep at them for so long.
In an interview with NY Mag’s the Cut, the supermodel shared the workout routine she learned 30 years ago, which she’s passed down to her daughter (also a model) Kaia Gerber. She explained that she does “20 minutes of cardio then weights.” Her cardio—which she does at least three times a week—varies from trampolining, to running stairs, to hopping on the elliptical. Then, she spends about 30 minutes to an hour doing “old-school lunges, weights, squats, and bicep curls.” She also adds: “Once a week, I try to go on a hike with a friend so I combine exercise and girlfriend time—it’s the best multitasking.” Turns out, Crawford’s doing a fair amount of multitasking in her fitness routine.
The best thing about Crawford’s routine is that she’s paying equal attention to both cardio and strength training.
It’s easy to focus too much on one component of fitness and neglect the others—let’s be honest, some of us just enjoy doing cardio more than lifting weights, or vice versa. What makes Crawford’s routine so effective, though, is that she does both. For a well-rounded routine, you should be working on all of the different components of fitness, not just one, trainer Holly Perkins, B.S., C.S.C.S., tells SELF. While we don’t have intel on whether or not Crawford’s spending time focusing on flexibility, it sounds like she’s working on both her cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength and endurance through her old-school strength-training moves. “You want to be improving all of those factors because that’s going to mean improving your fitness all around,” Perkins says.
Crawford is also doing compound exercises, which makes any fitness routine more efficient.
“If she’s doing walking lunges, bodyweight squats, push-ups, any kind of a compound complex movement, those movement patterns are so big and stimulating, relying on your biggest and most powerful muscles like glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps,” Perkins says. Doing compound exercises to work multiple large muscle groups at once lets you fit in more work in less time.
For example, when you’re doing a squat, you’re not just working your glutes (though they do take on the biggest workload). Your hamstrings, quads, and core all play a part in executing the movement, so you’re able to train all of them at once. Because more muscles are being used during these movements, your body has to work harder to both execute the moves and rebuild muscle mass after than it would with an exercise that isolates one group of muscles. That translates to both a greater calorie burn and bigger strength gains.
Trampolining, a favorite of fellow top model Gisele Bündchen, is also a great exercise to check off multiple fitness to-dos at once. According to Doug Sklar, a NSCA-certified personal trainer, trampolining works muscles in your legs, like your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves, along with your lower back, on top of challenging your cardiovascular system. It’s a great way to work on both cardio and strength at once. “It’s also very low-stress on the joints,” adds Perkins.
Cindy Crawford’s Workout Secrets
For decades super model Cindy Crawford has looked fabulous. Now the mother of two and well into her 40s, Crawford can still rock a bikini and turn heads. Just how does she do it? We have Crawford’s workout secrets!
The Cindy Crawford Workout and Fitness Plan
1. Outdoor running. Crawford’s cardio of choice is running or walking outside. Whether it’s on the beach or at a park – or running after her kids – jogging is one of her favorite ways to work out!
2. Pilates. With multiple DVDs of her own that feature different Pilates exercises, it’s no wonder that this super model still practices Pilates. It keeps her core strong and toned!
3. Get into the Zone. Crawford’s fitness is also determined by what she eats! She follows the Zone Diet, which consists of eating small meals made up of 40 percent protein, 30 percent carbohydrate and 30 percent healthy fat every few hours.
4. Free weights. Crawford knows that lifting weights is the key to a toned body. She lifts multiple times a week in addition to her cardio.
5. Healthy mindset. Part of having a healthy body is also having a healthy mind. Cindy aims to have a fully healthy lifestyle that is more about being fit and a healthy role model to her kids than it is fitting in a certain dress size.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.
- By Jennipher Walters
I Tried Cindy Crawford’s Circuit Training Workout — and Wow, Was It Hard
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My creativity falls flat when it comes to circuit training. I never know what exercises to pair together to create a well-rounded, full-body workout that I don’t ditch halfway through for the treadmill (because I’m bored out of my mind), and actually makes me sweat. No, I haven’t mastered circuit training yet, but luckily, Cindy Crawford’s trainer, Sarah Hagaman has.
Hagaman, who just teamed up to work with Crawford on her new nutrition product and wellness platform, Ladder, has been training the supermodel on full-body circuit-based programs for over a decade. What Hagaman says is ideal about circuit training is that it really allow you to work around a busy schedule. For example, if you don’t have time split up your workouts into different muscle groups throughout the week, you can perform a circuit that works the entire body using different modalities, like free weights, medicine balls, spri bars, as well as cardio.
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“If I’ve seen her three days a week, which sometimes schedule permits, we might break up the workouts more specific, hitting lower body and shoulders today and then we’re going to hit back and biceps and really focus on core and stability work on Wednesday,” Hagaman says. “It’s a really great thing for readers to look at. What time do I have this week? Do I need to do a full-body workout because I only have time to hit the gym twice?”
Since I completely and totally blank when it comes to circuit training, I asked Hagaman to share one of the go-to circuits she does with Crawford for me to test. You can check out the exact circuit (and my thoughts) below. Before getting started, Hagaman let me know that all I’d need was a set of dumbbells and a mat.
Warm up activities: repeat twice
- 5 inchworms
- 10 plank walk ups (from plank position come down to forearms and then back up to palms)
- 20 forward lunges (10 each leg)
Timed activities: One minute for each exercise
- Single leg standing curl (hold leg up in front for balance while curling 8–15 lb. dumbbells (30 seconds each leg). Make sure elbows are in and dumbbells come down all the way before you bring them back up.
- Side lunge to balance with one dumbbell. Dumbbell is in the opposite hand of the leg that is lunging and travels with you as you lunge, and returns and you push back to starting position.
- Tricep dips (off bench, a chair, or even mat).
- Plank shoulder taps (make sure hips are not moving as you slowly tap fingers across chest to shoulder).
- Curtsy squat with one dumbbell alternating left and right leg.
- Hamstring bridge position and tricep skull crushers. As you extend arms from 90 degrees to straight, squeeze hips up and down.
- Sit-up to dumbbell chest press. This is both abs and chest. Do one arm for 30 seconds and the other for 30 seconds.
- Oblique twists. Take dumbbells side-to-side with feet planted on ground for lower back support.
- Ab scissor (slowly alternate straight legs making a scissor. If needed place hands under lower back for support).
- Plank with alternating slow knee tuck.
Cardio burst or stairs interval
1. 30 seconds jacks.
2. 30 seconds mountain climbers.
3. 30 seconds runner’s hop (same leg that lunges back hops up).
So my thoughts? I tried it out one afternoon when I just didn’t feel like going for a run. Reading through the exercises, I didn’t think it was going to be that challenging. But, for the record, actually performing an exercise for 60 seconds feels more like five years. After my first circuit, I was already glistening with sweat.
I took longer to go through the first round because I was stopping to read and understand the exercises, but halfway through my second round, I memorized the order and moved through each exercise with more fluidity. And, do not be fooled by the 30-second cardio burst moves at the end. Those runner’s hops are brutal.
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The flow of the workouts meant my brain was active the entire time, and boredom didn’t take over like I thought it would. The entire full-body workout — with pauses for reading — probably took me close to 45 minutes.
While I don’t have enough workout knowledge to switch-up the circuit myself, I know this is one I can count on when things are feeling super mundane. Or, of course, when less than an hour is all the time I’ve got.
Photo-Illustration: Stevie Remsberg; Photos: Getty Images
You can’t name iconic models without mentioning Cindy Crawford. From posing for Pepsi to appearing in the most recent Versace runway show, she’s been a staple of the fashion world since she was 16 years old. And now she’s passing the mantle to the next generation: Her daughter Kaia Gerber, 16, walked in her first fashion season for everyone from Calvin Klein to Chanel.
Now retired from modeling, Crawford has co-founded Meaningful Beauty, a skin-care company that she swears is the secret to her youthful skin. They recently launched four new products: a Youth Activating Melon Serum, a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a triple exfoliating treatment, and an overnight retinol repairing cream. Fresh off of traveling with Kaia for fashion month, Crawford told the Cut about when pasta used to be a diet food, her sleep advice to her supermodel daughter, and her love of trampolining.
How I start my morning: I live in Malibu at the beach so the first thing I do is go out and get in the Jacuzzi. I look at the ocean as the sun is coming up and watch that every morning. That’s the time before anyone needs anything from me, so I can walk through my day and see where something might slip through the cracks. It’s also when I can have that gratitude moment. And when I get out I have a green tea.
During the week, I almost always make a smoothie. I got inspired by a friend who has a company called Urban Remedies. When I’m traveling, I order her smoothies to be delivered. When I’m home, I’ll make it myself. It has almond milk, a little piece of banana, a cup of spinach, some mint, a little cacao and I put in green powder — I’ve been using the Elle MacPherson’s SuperElixir — and then I put in protein powder.
How I like to sweat: My go-to workout would be 20 minutes of cardio then weights. Sometimes the cardio is jumping on a trampoline, using a treadmill or elliptical, or running. We have stairs going down to the beach from our house. I put on an audiobook or music while I run the stairs at my house for 20 minutes. I just finished the Amy Schumer one, which was fantastic.
I try to get 20 minutes of cardio at least three times a week. Then I do anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of old school lunges, weights, squats, and bicep curls — it’s just stuff that I learned 30 years ago. Once a week, I try to go on a hike with a friend so I combine exercise and girlfriend time — it’s the best multitasking.
What wellness means to me: Wellness to me is about balance. I don’t want to be one of those people that’s like, Oh my god I missed my workout I’m so stressed about it, or Oh my gosh I had a piece of birthday cake. It’s not just being healthy. In my life it’s balance between friends, family, philanthropy, me-time, and work. The days when I feel like I got it right — they’re few and far between — are the days when I feel the most well in the complete sense of the word.
You know those days when your engine is revving too high because you feel like you woke up and are already behind on your day? Then there are some days when, even though you’re having lunch with your friend, you can’t get your mind off your to-do list. That’s not a good feeling for me. That’s part of the reason I’m very punctual and organized. For me, I function better when I have a schedule and a routine. Waking up and feeling like you’re behind is the definition of unwellness.
How wellness has changed for me: As a young woman, you focus more on the physical. You put wellness and health in terms of the way you look. You’re like I should fit into skinny jeans, therefore I’m well. I’ve been traveling the last month with my daughter, she’s having her first fashion season. I worked out five times in five weeks, which is crazy. But I was talking with a friend and that amount of exercise was what we needed to do for our schedule and we cannot stress about that.
There’s periods when I’m in California for a month and I can stick to my routine. Then there’s periods when I’m with my daughter in Europe for a month and I need to be okay with that and enjoy walking around in Paris more.
On advice she’s given to Kaia about modeling: The good thing is that she’s grown up with seeing how I take care of myself, so I don’t really have to say that much to her. She’s seen me going to bed early if I have an early call the next day or waking up early to squeeze in a workout. Maybe it’s just my kids, but they act like they’re not listening to what you say, so I have to live by example. I just went with her on her first fashion season and I think the only advice I gave her was that you can only sleep five or six hours one night or two nights in a row. It’s cumulative — take the time to catch up on your sleep and have alone time.
I love this fashion world and all the experiences I’ve had as a model, but sometimes it’s just people touching you all day long. You need time when nobody is touching you. You need to take your makeup off, put sweatpants on, and step away from the fabulous world of fashion for a minute or two. The people , their job is to make you look better, so you’re so grateful. But there is an abnormal amount of attention on you and sometimes you need to step away to realize that’s just not normal.
On being physically scrutinized as a model: The thing about modeling is that there’s no pretense that it’s about anything else. Nobody really talks about a model’s personality. It’s like, she’s either good for the job or she isn’t. Maybe they’ll talk about how she moves, but it’s definitely a job where everyone understands what it is. In some weird ways, it’s very black and white, and I like that.
But it’s a big motivator. That’s why I started working out when I was 20 years old because I needed to get fit. When I was 28, I started thinking about really taking care of my skin and knowing that I’m not going to have 20-year-old skin forever. In a weird way, it’s been great for me because working out, having a trainer, getting a facial once a month — those things never felt extravagant because they felt like part of my job. They just felt like me taking care of my instrument.
On aging: Sometimes I say for a shoot as I get older, “Look guys I have no idea what I’ll look like when I get up. I’ll wake up at 6, but I’m just saying you won’t want to shoot the close-up until after 9.” You feel a little apologetic that you can’t deliver in the same way that you could when you were 20 or 25. Everything changes: your skin, your hair, and your body. I take care of myself but I know that I’m a 51-year-old woman. There are times when that’s hard and I’m also sure it’s hard for my sisters who aren’t models. I want to do my job well, and I want to deliver but I also know that what I have to offer now is different from what I had to offer at 25.
I have pillow lines that last so much longer now. Kaia can wake up and even if she’s puffy from having sushi the night before, her face goes back to normal in 15 minutes. For me, I wouldn’t even eat that now because it would take the whole day for it to go down. When I look at my friends, I look at how beautiful they are and don’t pick them apart. I think to be kind to ourselves as women, we should try to look at ourselves through our friends’ eyes as opposed to the super hyper-critical eye that we usually turn on ourselves.
On nutrition: The overall theory is 80 percent good, 80 percent of the time. That’s achievable to me. But I’m constantly learning. When I first moved to New York, for some reason everyone thought pasta was low fat. I actually thought that was a diet food. I was never so happy. It was awesome. But my body does better with less “white foods” like bread and pasta. Those things stick to me more than a salad with a piece of salmon or vegetables and protein. Once in a while, you have to have a piece of pizza. I look back at those times with longing. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I wish I still thought a big bowl of pasta was a diet food; now it’s a total cheat.
My biggest wellness struggle: Until five years ago, I just wasn’t able to get enough sleep. When you get in the habit of a kid waking you up at night with nursing or whatever, it was hard for me to sleep from 10 until 6. I looked tired for ten years and I didn’t even know that I was tired. But there was that underlying fatigue. It really affects your energy and your relationship with sleep.
Traveling a lot as a model, the jet lag doesn’t help. I tend to wake up early, so I’d say I get seven to eight hours of sleep. I used to wake up at 4 a.m. and not be able to get back to sleep so I’d lay there for two hours just getting annoyed with myself. By the time 6 rolls around and you get out of bed, you’re already exhausted.
My best wellness advice: Listen to your instincts. It’s like anything, what is right for your friend may not be right for you. So try it, but if it doesn’t work for you, there are 20 more things to pick from. If you don’t like biking, try swimming. If you don’t like swimming, try a class. There is no one way, so find your one way.
When people say, “What are your beauty secrets?” I’m like, the beauty secrets are that there are no secrets. We all know: Get enough sleep, drink water, don’t smoke. We all know those things — the secret is doing it consistently.
Cindy’s Wellness Recommendations
Slip Queen Pure Silk Pillowcase
I’ve noticed that I’ve not only gotten fewer pillow lines, but it’s better for my hair. That’s the one thing people don’t talk about with aging. We all know skin is so important, but your hair changes too.
ELEMIS Body Detox Skin Brush
I’m a big fan of dry brushing before you shower. I have it sitting right outside my shower so I’ll do it whenever I have time.
Bellicon Premium 49” Mini Trampoline with Fold-up Legs
Here’s the thing about this trampoline: It doesn’t take up very much room. You can store it under your bed. It has bands instead of springs, so it’s not like a . It’s a fun way to get your cardio in and if you can do it for ten minutes, you notice you have to keep your core and everything really tight in order to do it.
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The first Cindy Crawford fitness video, Shape Your Body, came out in 1992, and last month I decided to dig it out of the archive for a roadtest. Has she stood the test of time?
You should watch all the way through before you start trying to follow, she says, so you’re not craning at the TV while you’re trying to exercise. This is ridiculous advice: you’d be craning anyway unless you watched it 500 times before you started, and each time takes you deeper into the peculiar era that was the 1990s. All the visuals are one part female-empowerment-hear-her-roar, two parts shampoo-ad hair flicking. The warm-up section – languid head rolls as seen in no modern aerobics class ever, arm scissoring that looks like the choreography for some Disney Mousketeers – seems mainly there for the aesthetic.
While, arguably, you can never have too much Cindy, with the workouts weighing in at 40 minutes (intended as a cycle of three on alternating days), you can have too much exercise. So I decided to stick to just a couple. There’s a lot to be said for a home workout, and I think the reason it isn’t said any more is that there’s so much money in fitness, only not here. Everyone, from Crawford to Mr Motivator, is freely available on YouTube. You don’t need much (any) equipment: just a sturdy chair, a cushion, a set of weights and a towel.
Fitness has changed, but not excessively: there are moves here that people simply wouldn’t do any more – eg leg kicks while leaning against the back of a chair, the only discernible benefit of which is seeing how many you can do before you put your back out; but you can tweak those.
Otherwise, much is timeless: bicep and tricep curls with small hand weights that would, without question, give you some totally snatched arm definition, provided you were carrying no surplus body weight to begin with. Lunges were huge in the 90s, and still are. The idea of targeting specific muscles to tone has fallen out of fashion, in favour of the full-body approach of F45 or Barry’s Bootcamp. But Cindy still does peculiar butt-focused moves, standing up with one foot against the other knee, scissoring your floating knee to the side and back, which I’ve never seen anyone do. There’s a very dated section on “girl push-ups” (“You can do boy push-ups, but I can’t,” she says sweetly). These are like a regular push-up except with your knees on the ground. Gender politics aside, it’s still a perfectly legit exercise that you might be asked to do in any resistance class. The workout isn’t heavily cardio – for that you’d need Jane Fonda, a step and, ideally, a sprung floor – but it’s probably as strenuous as a barre class; which is to say, a lot more arduous than it looks.
If you don’t get a huge amount from big hair and beach shots, this will feel a bit kitsch. But I’m in favour of the home workout in general; it feels like beating the juggernaut gym industry at its own game.
What I learned
Crawford still does her first workout, nearly 30 years on.