Beyoncé’s Top 5 Workout Secrets

Even though Beyoncé has chart-topping records and has received countless awards, she actually still gets nervous before a performance, and is sometimes self-conscious about how she looks on stage.

In order to get ready for each grueling performance, she prepares for weeks, both physically and mentally.  How does she do it?

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Be Realistic
She has the right outlook. Beyoncé knows that there isn’t a quick fix when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. “The truth is, it’s a lot of sacrifice. It’s more about your mental strength than physical strength. You have to push yourself. It doesn’t matter what trainer you have. And it doesn’t matter what program you’re on. You have to be healthy and make the right choices,” she says.

Be Time Conscious
Beyoncé is a fan of celebrity trainer Marco Borges, who trains her using his signature Power Moves philosophy. This system helps Beyoncé save time since it relies on exercises that work several muscle groups at once. She also saves time by interval training, alternating between sprinting and running while on the treadmill, to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time.

Be Opportunistic
Being an opportunist isn’t always a bad thing.  Although she may be busy, Beyoncé knows when she can fit in a few extra calorie-burning moves, like squats, lunges, and planks, no matter where she is.

Be Your Own Motivator
Whether it’s a picture of an Oscar by her treadmill or a dress she wants to fit into, Beyoncé always has a way to motivate herself to work out. And it’s no surprise that the singer uses music as one of her main workout motivations. “I’ll put on a song that I really like and do biceps curls with five-pound weights and just try to burn out,” she says. If music is an important component of your workout routine as well, give some of Beyoncé’s fast-paced anthems a try.

Be Smarter
Beyoncé may have been one of the Master Cleanse’s most famous devotees, but she has since learned from her mistakes. “There are healthier ways to lose weight — I wouldn’t recommend it,” she told Elle about the deprivation cleanse she went on when dropping weight for her role in Dreamgirls. Instead, Beyoncé eats breakfast, salads for lunch, and a “light dinner” and allows herself a cheat day on Sundays.