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Confessions on a workout floor: DVD series by Madonna's trainer gets viewers into fitness groove

Madonna and her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer (left centre). Visit www.AddictedToSweat.com for more info on the DVD series.

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While striking some seriously sinewy poses over the years, Madonna has helped make muscles ... um ... in vogue in the music industry.

The uber-fit Material Girl recently warned fans at a Philadelphia concert kicking off the North American leg of her current MDNA tour to not get "fat and lazy."

She certainly still practises what she preaches.
Madonna, who turned 54 last month, maintains the sleek physique of a woman half her age.

Her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, hints that one of the keys to her superstar client's long-lasting fitness success is the ironclad work ethic she takes into her workouts.

That's what sets Madge apart from her pudgier fans. At least when it comes to exercise.

"One common mistake I see is ‘how' someone is working out," Winhoffer tells Sun Media. ‘They fail to achieve results because they aren't pushing themselves to the level needed to train muscles, burn fat and shape the body. To get results, you need to push your body past its limitations."
Madonna has been pushing her body past its limitations for decades.

For the past three years, the pop-culture icon has been training with Winhoffer, a classically trained professional dancer based in New York City.

"On her Sticky and Sweet Tour (August 2008 to September 2009), her previous trainer (Tracy Anderson) was recruiting professional dancers for the cardio portion of her workout," Winhoffer says. "After tour finished, I immersed myself in physiology, anatomy and kinetics and now I'm her primary trainer."

The two have been making beautiful music together ever since. Well, maybe more like a cacophony of grunting and heavy breathing. But the results - Madonna's enviable tone, agility, flexibility and endurance - speak for themselves.

On tour now until just before Christmas, the pop queen and her accompanying performers work out in the morning.

"We schedule these workouts to wake up the body, burn calories and tone the muscles before their day starts," Winhoffer says, noting sound checks and evening performances make morning workouts a must. "Working out in the morning allows others to get it out of the way and there's less time for them to make an excuse not to work out. Also, it leads to burning more calories throughout the day."

Winhoffer is the creative force behind group fitness programming for Hard Candy Fitness, Madonna's global chain of fitness clubs.

"Madonna opened up her first Hard Candy Fitness location in Mexico City in October 2010," Winhoffer says. "I travelled ahead to teach the instructors and members our workout. On opening night, Madonna led the class and we all had an amazing workout. The entire gym was so inspired by the class that Hard Candy Fitness decided to make it an official Madonna signature class. As the Hard Candy Fitness brand continues to grow, it made sense to bring these workouts to everyone, whether they are a member of the club or not."

And so, Winhoffer developed the Addicted To Sweat DVD series, based on her current exercise regimen with Madonna.

The four-DVD set is billed as a "fierce new sculpting and cardio-dance" program.

"Because the DVDs are very dance-focused, all areas of fitness are incorporated," Winhoffer notes. "We touch on every possible muscle throughout the workout, and the routines were created with this goal in mind."

Equipment used in the series is minimal: a chair and a towel.

"We want people to feel creative and inspired in their workouts and to feel empowered by them," Winhoffer adds. "And we truly believe that they will see amazing results."

Of course, you're going to have to push yourself.
As Madonna says in the video trailer: "No sweat, no candy."

Visit AddictedToSweat.com for more on the DVD series.

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