Gymspiration: Gwen Stefani

Although this photo was published a few weeks ago, for some reason, I only recently stumbled across it. My God. Is Ms. Rossdale looking amaaaaaaazing (at 40, after two kids) or what? If you decided to make 2010 the year you get back in shape, here’s your motivational imagery:

Image source: Splash News

We all know celebrities are privy to the best dietitians, trainers, chefs, and surgeons, but this I know: you don’t get abs and arms like that without doing real, sweat-inducing, muscle-quivering training. That is blood, sweat, and tears, honey. And not from some procedure.

This year, my fitness goal is just to stay lean, strong, and not gain back the weight I lost in recent months. Next time I feel lazy or have a craving for four tablespoons of peanut butter (which is more likely)…I’m going to look at this picture.


  1. That is definitely one healthy n’ fit looking family… an inspiration for sure!

    I’m soooo ready for fit n’ healthy to make a come back in the fashion world with the way models used to look like in the 80’s supermodel style; these gaunt and pale current crop just have gotten tiresome to me. And to go to extremes with featuring pudgy women on some of the fashion magazine covers and runways isn’t the answer though it’s been an intriguing mini-trend of late. Ahh, just present women who are beautiful because they are keeping fit and look more normalized within their body porportioning… that’s all I’m asking, lol.

    1. Amen, Lac. We just need normal…ultra skinny is not only unnatural past age 18, all these airbrushed-to-perfection, size zero models create a distorted view of reality. Plus, I’ve never had a single male friend or partner in my life who has said he’d prefer a woman to err on the side of skinny. On the contrary, they have all said they rather see her 10 pounds overweight.

      The problem is some women assume that means they have carte blanche to be lazy and revel in their “voluptuousness.” Let’s not bury our heads in the sand; men don’t mind curves, but they do mind flab. As women, we need to stay fit and toned within a range that is realistic for our individual bodies. That means eating right, exercising very regularly, and taking care of ourselves.

  2. I have to comment here…yes, Gwen and hubby have amazing bodies…BUT, believe me when I say that it may not be such hard work to have the body she has. It is also genetic! I say that because I have not done ANY exercise for a few years now (except five days of gym two years ago and a game of tennis last year!) and – at the risk of sounding…well, however this may sound – if I take a photo of myself in a bikini, my abs and arms look muscular and toned but believe me, I am FAR from fit! It’s all in the genes I tell ya!

    1. I agree that genetics have a lot to do with the amount of musculature people—especially women—have. It is true that some bodies are more prone to a natural six pack than others, that changing fat to muscle is easier for some. I do know of at least one woman who did virtually the equivalent training of her friend, and they were similar in height and weight, but one friend was just naturally more muscular than the other, despite doing the same exercises for more than a year.

      But at age 41 and two kids later, even if Gwen is of the kind with a naturally lean build, that physique required work. As a woman, once you hit about 33, things don’t stay quite the same without it. Your metabolism changes, your hormones change, and unless you spent most of your life as a professional athlete, you cannot maintain cut abs and toned arms without a regular exercise regime. And from what I’ve read, Gwen has admitted to pushing herself in the gym and watching what she eats. So while it is true that she may be predisposed to a muscular, toned look, without regular exercise from age 34 on, there is no way she’d look like that.