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Get Fit With James Duigan

He counts Lara Stone, Hugh Grant and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as clients and over half a million people have tried his Clean and Lean diet. As personal trainer to the stars and founder of Bodyism, James Duigan has turned his wellness movement into a global phenomenon, with its philosophy of personal empowerment resonating with anyone looking to switch to a healthier lifestyle. To celebrate the launch of Bodyism’s fabulously feline activewear collaboration with Charlotte Olympia, we caught up with him to get some advice on healthy living, foods to eat and exercises to do every day.

What’s the most important first step on the path to wellness?
The first step I always tell my clients is to cut the rubbish out: that being caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and processed food. These are the four main toxins that cause our bodies to cling to fat. Instead, fill up on food groups full of vegetables, vitamins, lean meats and good, healthy fats. Try avoiding alcohol like the plague – it honestly is your worst enemy if you are trying to get your body back in shape or stick to a regime! Not only will it make you feel sluggish and bloated but will also reduce your body’s ability to burn fat.

What’s your advice for people who are trying to stay healthy with a busy schedule?
Many of my clients are always travelling or on the move, including models, actors, busy parents and businessmen and women. My top tip would be to always make sure you have healthy snacks readily available to you for when you might get hungry. For example, avoid the sugar-packed treats and choose raw nuts, turkey slices, berries and sliced vegetables for when you are on the go instead. Always carry water to keep hydrated.

Also, it’s so important that you move your body every single day, because your body loves to move! You don’t need to spend hours training in the gym to achieve great results – moving could be going for a walk, doing some weighted exercises or light Pilates. If you’re being smart and kind, you will look good and feel good, too.

It’s easy to start being healthy but it’s tough to keep doing it. Any advice for people finding it hard to make it stick?
Be kind to yourself! We live in a world of ever-growing body image pressures, sometimes promoting unrealistic body ideals. It may sound simple, but keeping oneself motivated is about positivity and listening to and accepting your body. Set yourself clear and realistic goals and listen to your body!

Being able to set goals and achieve them is one of the best feelings in the world in any aspect of your life. Try not to set unrealistic goals with tight deadlines; this will just lead to stress and worry. Also, if you are training three times a week and eating Clean and Lean you will feel positive and more energised – hopefully this will fuel your motivation to keep going.

Food is a huge part of what you do but so is physical fitness. What are some exercises people should try and do every day?
Disco Lunges:
These lunges (where you throw your arms above your head as you move) are the supermodel’s weapon of choice for an all-over workout, as it uses lots of different muscles at once. Not only does this exercise work your butt, back and legs, it helps to improve your posture, helping you stand straighter.

Burpies: This exercise is great for developing coordination with the upper and lower body. It’s also a great fat burner, along with really working your legs and core. Start in a push up position with weight equally distributed between your hands and feet. Jump your feet towards your hands and then stand straight up with your hands in the air and then jump. As you land, ensure that the weight is equally distributed on each foot and that your landing is soft. Once you have finished the jump then place your hands on the floor beside your feet, and then jump your feet back into the original start position, keeping your back straight and abs tight.

Single-Legged Squats: This is an excellent all-round exercise and is fantastic for posture. Take a comfortable stance, keeping your feet shoulder-width apart, or wider if necessary. Join your hands and hold your arms parallel to the floor. Point your toes out slightly and make sure your knees stay aligned with your second toe. Lift one leg off the floor and squat down. DO NOT fall forwards when squatting. Don’t let the leg that is working buckle inwards.

To celebrate the launch of this collection, Harrods are hosting a series of 4 in-store Bodyism classes starting at the end of the month. From Clean and Lean, a holistic experience that focuses on aligning movement and breath, to Bodyism Boxing, which improves your speed and agility, these classes will give you a taste of some of the best training London has to offer. To sign up, simply email with the date of the class you would like to participate in.

Class times: 7:30am – 8:30am
Location: Sports, Fifth Floor, Harrods
Wednesday 25th May: Clean & Lean Class
Wednesday 1st June: Bodyism Boxing
Tuesday 7th June: Clean & Lean Class
Wednesday 15th June: Bodyism Ballet 

Also, make a purchase in-store in Athletics & Sports, Nike at Harrods or House of Adidas from Friday 20th May to Thursday 16th June 2016 for your chance to win* a session with a Bodyism performance specialist.  

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