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Breaking down Gisele Bündchen’s diet and exercise routine — including the one food she’ll never eat



Breaking down Gisele Bündchen’s diet and exercise routine — including the one food she’ll never eat

Gisele Bündchen is peeling back the curtain on her health and fitness routine.

The supermodel works out six days a week, she told WSJ. Magazine in an interview published Monday, going on to share her go-to activities.

“I love Pilates because I had back surgery three years ago and it helps with your core,” the 43-year-old explained. “I like exercise outside: surfing, swimming, horseback riding, volleyball. When I’m on holiday, I do more of that.”

The supermodel is the “farthest thing from a chef.” Instagram
Her “Nourish” cookbook comes out later this month. Instagram/Gisele Bündchen

On top of lifting “weights about two days a week [and doing] cardio about two days a week,” Bündchen also walks her dog twice a day.

The “Nourish” cookbook author, who considers herself “the farthest thing from a chef,” went on to describe her favorite meals to the outlet.


Bündchen starts her day at 5 a.m. with “lukewarm water with a little lemon and Celtic salt,” then “like[s] to have eggs” if she has worked out.

In addition to cardio and weights, she also enjoys horseback riding. gisele/Instagram
She also practices Pilates. gisele/Instagram

“I also like avocado. It can be an omelet, a frittata,” she said. “Sometimes I have a smoothie. I always make an almond paste to have some protein in there.”

The businesswoman made it clear that she never consumes white sugar, calling the ingredient “poison.”

She noted, “There [are] so many other ways you can sweeten your things that are delicious. Honey, maple syrup, dates.”

Bündchen also credited her wellbeing with meditation. gisele/Instagram
She did not mention her jiu-jitsu training with boyfriend Joaquim Valente. gisele/Instagram

Bündchen, who shares two children with ex-husband Tom Brady, admitted that she has a “difficult” time balancing as a working mom.


“When my kids are with me, they have so many activities,” she said of son Benjamin, 14, and daughter Vivian, 11.

“It’s difficult to manage my schedule and their schedule,” Bündchen continued. “The most important thing for me every day is to put the oxygen mask on me first.”

Bündchen shares two kids with ex-husband Tom Brady.
The former couple called it quits in 2022. gisele/Instagram

She credited her “asana” stretches and meditation with helping “ground” her first thing in the morning.

Bündchen regularly gives her Instagram followers glimpses of her wellness routine, from taking a “moment of reflection” last week to dishing up date bark for a snack.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel also practices jiu-jitsu and is dating her trainer Joaquim Valente following her 2022 divorce from Brady.


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Can stretching replace other types of exercise? Fitness experts explain positives and negatives of the latest trend



Can stretching replace other types of exercise? Fitness experts explain positives and negatives of the latest trend
Stretching is one part of a healthy approach to fitness, says Maureen Watkins, shown here working with Northeastern student Abigail Honson. Credit: Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

There is massage. There is yoga. There is physical therapy.

Now, there are stretching sessions.

Stretching isn’t new, of course. But the recent focus on extensive one-on-one sessions with stretching specialists has inspired a new layer of businesses within the fitness industry.

Hundreds of shops dedicated to stretching have opened throughout the U.S.—including the StretchMed franchises started by Northeastern graduate Brian Cook.


The stretching sessions have been growing for years, fueled in part by TikTok and other social media platforms. Health clubs have created stretching areas as participation in stretching classes almost doubled in 2023.

“Stretching helps to elongate our connective tissue,” says Maureen Watkins, a Northeastern University associate clinical professor of physical therapy, human movement and rehabilitation sciences. “It decreases stiffness in both our muscles and our tendons, which means you’re going to improve your range of motion when you stretch.”

How beneficial is stretching alone?

Is the focus on stretching—and only stretching—enough to help people develop fitness? “Stretching is important,” says David Nolan, an associate clinical professor at Northeastern’s Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of the Mass General Hospital/Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency. “But I don’t necessarily think that it’s the end-all and be-all.”

Stretching is one necessary aspect of a healthy regimen, the Northeastern experts say.

“Typically, more than one intervention or exercise type is needed to be well,” adds Watkins. “Yes, stretching is important for all of us to stay healthy and to maintain our range of motion. But it’s not going to fix all our problems. Just like in life, we need a balance of mobility and stability.”


Why has stretching become popular?

The focus on stretching has boomed as working hours have become more sedentary. And there’s the unavoidable truth that bodies grow stiffer with age.

“These companies that are focused on stretching have identified a need,” says Nolan, a clinical specialist at Mass General Sports Physical Therapy who oversees physical therapy care operations for the Boston Marathon. “When I talk to athletes and other patients about their typical routine, often I’m hearing them say, ‘I know I should stretch more.’”

For people who haven’t worked out for a while, Nolan says that beginning an exercise regimen with a focus on stretching isn’t necessarily a bad idea.

“If you’re doing nothing, and that’s where you’re starting?” Nolan says of stretching. “Then that’s awesome. As a physical therapist I would celebrate that.”


But he and Watkins insist that stretching alone won’t get the job done.

Quarterback Tom Brady was able to extend his NFL career to age 45 because of his devotion to muscle and joint “pliability.” But there was so much more to his regimen, says Watkins.

“His focus was to address muscle pliability through stretching, applying pressure through foam rolling and strengthening,” Watkins says. “It’s not just one-stop shopping. Stretching is not going to fix everything.

“Stretching is going to help—along with soft-tissue massage and a combination of other interventions.”

What else is necessary besides stretching?

Strength and cardiovascular training are also necessary, Nolan says.


For those who are seeking to stretch on their own, Watkins recommends holding a stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Then perform each stretch two to three times. And aim for three to four sessions per week.

“It does take a while for your muscles to get elongated and gain new motion,” Watkins says. “Many people are tight—and it took a while for them to get tight. So it’s going to take a little while to get more flexible. If motion is limited, the key is consistency and stretching multiple times a week to address those affected muscle groups.”

If you feel pain during a stretch, Watkins says that’s the signal to back off. If you’re suffering from an injury, she recommends seeking a physical therapist to help guide you through recovery.

“And then the trick is to use your body,” Watkins says. “You have this beautiful new range of motion and we want to maintain it. After you stretch make sure that you’re doing some type of active movement and strengthening to maintain that motion.”

Focus on strengthening your muscles

If you’re already limber, adds Watkins, it may be a sign that you should be focused on strengthening your muscles more so than elongating them.


For most people, stretching should be embraced as a natural instinct.

“If you ever see animals when they first get up in the morning, what do they do? They stretch,” Watkins says. “They instinctively put their bodies through that motion. And so I always try to start my day off with a nice big stretch before I get out of bed. The animals do it without even thinking about it because they know it’s important.”

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These Hudson Valley Pilates Studios Improve Flexibility



These Hudson Valley Pilates Studios Improve Flexibility

Pilates is sneaky. At first glance, the popular workout seems a whole lot like yoga, thanks to its minute movements and precise poses. Upon closer inspection (or, you know, attending a class), the fitness trend reveals itself as a seriously challenging workout option. According to, the exercise “conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over-trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance, and less chance of injury.”

Intrigued by the benefits? Swing by a class at one of these Hudson Valley Pilates studios to see if the fitness fad is the one for you.

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APG Pilates



Offering a 55-minute mat class for only $20, APG Pilates provides a well-balanced roster of classes. APG’s apparatus classes provide a more specialized experience, with a focus on properly utilizing equipment like the tower, reformer, chair, and spine corrector. Newbies can sign up for the intro special: two private classes for the price of one.

Beacon Pilates


In addition to its array of classes, Beacon Pilates also offers a teacher training program, should you decide to pursue a career in the practice. The studio excels in creating a warm, welcoming environment, and new clients can sign up for the intro offer of two private sessions and one small group class for just $185. If you’re closer to the Fishkill area, sign up for a class at Beacon Pilates’ second location, The Pilates Studio All Sport in Fishkill. 

Bird Nest Pilates


Bird Nest offers a calm, welcoming environment and a number of invigorating classes. Moreover, the studio offers a breast cancer rehabilitation program designed to help cancer survivors get back on their feet. The program is six weeks long and focuses on regaining a sense of well-being.


Body Be Well Pilates

Catskill, Coxsackie, Red Hook

Led by Pilates pro Chelsea Streifeneder, Body Be Well is the place to be for all things Pilates in the Hudson Valley. Hop into one of the group reformer classes (which are only available in Red Hook and Catskill) to stretch and tone or hone in on technique during a private session. No matter which course you attend, you’ll love lengthening and strengthening your muscles with Streifeneder and her fellow instructors.

Core Pilates Barre

Hopewell Junction

In Hopewell Junction, this studio teaches a number of alternative exercise classes, including Pilates, yoga, dance, and barre. Rather than machine movements, the Pilates classes focus on mat stretching, band work, and light weights to strengthen and increase range of motion. What’s more, no matter what you pick, the first class is free!

Millbrook Movement and Wellness



Millbrook Movement and Wellness offers a variety of Pilates classes, including Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercise courses, which enhance structural fitness, range of motion, and coordination. Additionally, Millbrook Movement and Wellness offers a variety of wellness sessions such as cupping, ear seeds, and gua sha for health benefits such as boosted immunity and vitality, stress reduction, and increased energy.

Pilates Hudson


For an exercise environment with an abundance of natural light, Pilates Hudson is the place to practice. The studio was previously a ballroom and features high ceilings and beautiful, large windows to add a warming glow to your class.

Pilates on Hudson 


Since 2003, Pilates on Hudson has been changing the way people think about exercise. The studio hosts both regular Pilates classes and Pilates for rehab to help with everything from back issues to neurological conditions. Sign up for private lessons, partner lessons, or private sessions depending on which environment you prefer.




With waterfront views right next to Carmel’s Lake Gleneida, PilatesWorks is a boutique studio with plenty of natural light. At this studio, the focus is always on strengthening and lengthening, with 55-minute classes that are scheduled by appointment.

Rhinebeck Pilates


Open for over 20 years, this studio offers a full range of classes, including reformer, mat, and tower options. If you’re an instructor interested in growing your knowledge of Pilates, check out the studio’s Pilates at The Pillow workshops, the next of which is this September in Massachusetts.

River Pilates



This studio guides everyone from beginners to experts through their respective fitness journeys. River Pilates offers classes at beginner, moderate, and fast-paced tiers for participants of varying abilities. Try the precision tower class if you’re new to the practice, or dive into the power tower class for a serious sweat if you’re an experienced practitioner. 

Roc Pilates


Led by mentor and teacher Jordana Herman, who has over 15 years of experience, Roc Pilates specializes in reformer and tower lessons. If it’s your first time at the studio, opt for the introductory package for two private lessons on the reformer and one on the tower for $150.

So Young Pilates

Pleasant Valley

Offering reformer-based small group classes, So Young Pilates is a membership studio inspired by the core principles of Pilates and the passion for movement. For newcomers, an intro package includes three classes for $79 so that clients have enough time to get to know the studio and the movements.


Ulster Pilates


Located in Rosendale, Ulster Pilates offers reformer, mat, and tower classes and also features Gyrotonic equipment. With a focus on introducing beginners to the exercise and helping the advanced to push their practice farther, the beautiful studio hosts a friendly, well-trained staff. Additionally, the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis programs use natural spinal movements to decompress and strengthen the spine, as well as emphasize full mobility of the joints.

Waterfield Pilates

New Windsor

This classical Pilates studio offers personalized sessions in New Windsor. Waterfield Pilates uses varied equipment to help clients achieve their physical goals in more ways. The New Windsor studio currently uses the tower, reformer, Wunda chair, baby chair, and ladder barrel, and it intends to keep adding new pieces of equipment over time.



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How to jump rope: Fitness influencer Rachel Jablow spreads love of jumping rope in Chicago, beyond



How to jump rope: Fitness influencer Rachel Jablow spreads love of jumping rope in Chicago, beyond

CHICAGO — Fitness influencer Rachel Jablow’s following on Instagram has increased by leaps and bounds through the power of jump rope. Her business, Get Roped, is named after an exercise method she created, which incorporates intervals of strength training and jump roping.

“We alternate between cardio and strength, and it’s all set to a really fun, heart-pounding playlist,” Jablow said. “It was something really different that I really had to introduce to people to get them to sort of try something new.”

Jablow, formerly a trader in the finance industry, sprang into the world of jumping rope after a neck injury sidelined her normal running routine. After a friend recommended she take up jump rope, she developed her unique program, and was soon recruited to teach classes while pursuing fitness instruction certifications.

“One day, I woke up, and decided I’m leaving New York. I’m leaving Wall Street, and I’m going to start my own fitness business,” Jablow said. “At any point in life, you can really change, you can create something that you’re passionate about, and make something of it.”

Jablow came to Chicago, and started teaching her method at local gyms. She said part of the fun of jumping rope is the challenge of learning new tricks from seasoned jumpers, and demonstrating them for others on Instagram and in-person.


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“When my client unlocks a new trick, it’s probably more exciting for me than it is for them,” Jablow said. “It just feeds my soul and inspires me in spreading the love of jump rope.”

Jablow describes jumping rope as both a physical and mental workout because it tests the jumper’s coordination, while working out the entire body. She admits that sometimes she gets temporary “battle wounds” from the rope that disappear in hours, but hurt nonetheless.

“When you’re outside in the cold, and you whack yourself with it, it feels like the worst pain ever,” said Jablow, holding a PVC rope. “No pain, no gain.”

On her website, students can sign up for pop-up classes and purchase jump ropes. Jablow, once a competitive figure skater, said her love of fitness comes from growing up in a family who valued staying healthy.


“I’ve sort of been inspired by my family; everyone stays really active, and inspires each other,” Jablow said. “My grandfather, who died when he was 103, always said you can retire from work, but you can never retire from working out.”

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