Ashley Madekwe defines LA fitness. The British actress (you'll know her from the highly addictive TV show Revenge?) moved out there several years back, and has had us fawning over her sun-bleached fitness Instagrams since.
So when Ashley called us from LA to tell us about her latest collaboration for Reebok with cosmetics brand FACE Stockholm, we asked her for her rules to get fit the Brit girl in LA way:
1. Like The Outdoors
‘I find it’s easier for me to be fitter in Los Angeles. It is more of an out-doorsy lifestyle and the weather really informs that in a way that it doesn’t in England. I mean, when it’s raining, all I want is to sit on the couch and eat French Fries, like a normal person. But you feel guilty staying in here because the weather is so amazing.'
2. Hiking Is Compulsory
‘I hike a couple of times a week – either Runyon Canyon or Fireman Canyon. I didn’t really get what hiking was until I got to LA, but it is kind of hardcore, and it can have a big impact.’
3. Take Exercise Classes. Fairly Regularly.
‘People love to do classes here. My Pilates are one-on-one sessions and I do that because I find that I cheat in a group environment. I would definitely sit at the back and be absolutely lazy if I don’t have my trainer Katy watching me.’
4. Embrace Your 8-Year-Old And Try Ballet
‘There is a real leaning towards ballet as a basis for a workout here. There’s a place called Ballet Bodies and then there’s Ballet Beautiful online and I think they actually have classes in New York. I’ve joined Ballet Beautiful and I do the video while I’m traveling, if I can’t get to my regular classes. But I want to try the other one in LA. You feel pretty when you’re in a leotard.'
5. Eat Green
‘They make it very easy to be healthy in LA. Even grocery shopping is made easy. They make the ingredients very convenient. There are lots of pre-prepared vegetables and it’s not necessarily more expensive. And It’s very easy to get a green juice here. Though you can definitely make bad choices as well. I like to have a cupcake every now and then… Life is short.’
7. Look To J-Lo For Inspiration
'She is really strong and athletic, and she has a butt to die for! She has impossible abs and an amazing butt.'
Ashley is fronting the new fashion and beauty collaboration between Reebok Classic and FACE Stockholm, available Reebok.com, Office, Footasylum, Urban Outfitters and Schuh