Short Women Shouldn’t Run, And Other Surprising Tips From Daria Werbowy’s Personal Trainer

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Daria Werbowy has amazing scroll-down legs.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s golden legs always look to me like she must live in that spa from The Wizard of Oz, and whenever we can’t see her they are being buffed by armies of women with ShamWows and bronzer. If an exercise routine could give us all those legs, there would be a lot more supermodels in the world, so we’re always skeptical when celebrity personal trainers say that their methods are responsible for supermodel bodies.

To look like Daria Werbowy, it helps to be born Daria Werbowy.

But even supermodels exercise, well except the ones doing interviews about how they eat only deep-fried Oreos and never exercise, but most supermodels do exercise. Daria Werbowy, for example, works out with a trainer named Key Son who specializes in “motion picture preparation” and the cultivation of a very specific body type.

“I work primarily with actresses and models looking to prepare for movies and commercial shoots,” he said in a long interview with Into the Gloss. “In these industries, everyone’s looking for structured shoulders, a thin, flat waist, long, lean legs, and toned hips… I tend to stay away from exercises that increase size.”

He’s also worked with Doutzen Kroes, Gemma Ward, Lily Donaldson, and Marisa Tomei. We’re sure his job isn’t as easy as it sounds, but making women who are already models look model-y sounds like a pretty cushy gig, he just has to make sure to not let them get any bigger in any dimension at all.

“It makes the agencies happy,” he laughed.

The desperate fear of bulk one often sees in Hollywood trainers frankly annoys me, and I find it very difficult to take seriously any exercise program that markets itself too heavily with the “you will absolutely not get any bigger with this!” line as though muscle mass were the Bogey Man. Last time I listened to a program like that, I wound up holding a ballet bar in a pink studio surrounded by “get skinny” posters and my mom.

But Som’s program does appeal to the part of me that hates running more than anything, because he basically says I don’t have to do it ever.

If a person’s legs are on the shorter side, I’ll usually have them walk instead of run, because muscles develop quickly in the legs, and can bulk. For walking, I recommend 30-45 minutes to start with, two to three times a week, and then maybe build up to an hour, three to four times a week, at a very consistent pace, just under jogging. And never, ever with incline. You don’t want to build the calves, either.

I’m so conflicted! A person is telling me I don’t have to run anymore, which is the best thing a person could tell me, but he’s also talking as though calf muscles are plague rats. I can’t decide whether to take his advice because it says what I want it to, or continue running like everybody else tells me to.

Via Into the Gloss/Photo: WENN

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    • CB

      My new excuse for hating running! “I don’t want to build muscle bulk….you’re saying I have to lose this chub bulk for that to even be an issue? Ppphhh whatever.”

    • Rose D.

      I love running, but now I am very afraid of the plague rats attached to my lower legs. Thanks Key Son!

    • Erynn

      I’m sorry but this just sounds like how meat farmers talk about the best way to raise baby animals and stuff so they’re perfectly tender or whatever. Women have been brainwashed to fear physical activity lest it should make them “unladylike,” and then when all the girls can’t do push-ups we assume they’re just naturally inept at wielding more strength than it takes to lift a kitchen whisk (isn’t the kitchen joke still a thing people make a lot because it’s hilarious?)

      I know I’m preaching to the choir considering this is a feminist blog, but this stuff just really irks me. And PS if you hate running, that is fine and I’m not saying athleticism necessarily = the end all of great character virtues, but I am saying that “advice” like this is garbage that a whole lot of women take to heart and can really negatively impact a lot of lives.

      • kj

        his just sounds like how meat farmers talk about the best way to raise baby animals and stuff so they’re perfectly tender or whatever.

        This is like my favourite comment ever =)

    • kj

      Just FYI, running tends to be crap for weight loss/toning, etc (assuming that’s your goal, if it’s not, that’s cool… run hatefully on, I guess) – as per my buddy at Taylored Training …so I make a point of avoiding long distance running anyways.

      • meteor_echo

        Running is actually GOOD at replacing fat with an equal amount of muscle. Also, making your inner thighs fitter. Source: own experience.

      • kj

        How nice for you! The Taylored Training article refers to some solid scientific evidence that steady state cardio does not always work for fat loss, and also deconstructs some culturally embedded assumptions about exercise. Glad running helped you, but there is evidence that this is frequently not the case.