Madonna, the ripped 56-year-old singer, spends a lot of time in the gym. That is, her own gym, Hard Candy Fitness, a chain of high-end fitness centers she started five years ago. There, she works under Craig Smith, the creative director of Hard Candy Fitness and her head personal trainer.
“Everything we do is based on a mantra Madonna adheres to: Harder and better,” says Smith. “Basically, that means work hard for what you want to achieve.” So what kind of hard work is involved? “A mixture of cardio, strength, flexibility, stability, core, and holistic functional training,” he says. “Every day’s workout is completely different from the day before — the more variety in the workouts, the more results she sees and the less chance of her getting injured by overusing one muscle or body part.”
Ready to see if you’re made of the same stuff as the material girl? Here is a sample total-body workout Smith will put Madonna though. There are three main circuits, and each one is tougher than the one before. All you need is a pair of dumbbells.