In this blog post, we’ll look at how Victoria’s Secret model, Gigi Hadid, keeps her body healthy and beautiful! Gigi is just one of the many models! Learn about how the rest of the Victoria’s Secret models prepare for the show here.

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Gigi has always prioritized fitness. In fact, as a child, she played volleyball and competed in horseback riding. She even qualified for the Junior Olympics!

I love knowing that so many of the women we consider to be so sexy are also so athletic and strong!  “Being an athlete was such a big part of me being proud of myself and my skin. My coaches didn’t care about how I looked, they cared about me because I was a good teammate, a good friend and those were the things that helped me feel strong,” Gigi said in an interview to Elle Magazine.


When Gigi decided she wanted to start modelling, she actually had to slim down. This might sound familiar to some of you! Gigi’s years of athleticism had made her strong, but her legs were bulkier than she wanted. She slimmed down while maintaining her strength, which is something I always promote.

Gigi and her trainer, Rob Piela, worked together to help her slim down in a healthy way. Gigi follows a pretty strict regimen, but she makes sure to listen to her body too.

You see, Gigi is a mesomorph body type which means she’s naturally quite athletic and she can build muscle very easily. If the same thing happens to you, especially in your lower body, you might also be a mesomorph.


Want to know the secret to Gigi’s arm and upper body workouts? She boxes! According to her trainer and even her Instagram posts, Gigi loves boxing and uses it as the base for a lot of her training!

Boxing is a great way to work out your whole body, especially your arms, and it is a cardio exercise too. I also love boxing, and I recommend that you try it if your gym offers it. In fact, Gigi isn’t the only model who loves to box. Kelly Gales is another fan of the sport, and Adriana Lima says it helps to get tone without creating bulk! If you’re looking to get model-like arms, try this lean arms workout.


Gigi’s trainer Rob Piela says that getting abs like Gigi is really a matter of doing planks, crunches, and leg raises. For example, after doing a cardio warm-up, he recommends doing twenty bicycle crunches in a row. If that doesn’t make you tired, do enough to feel the burn.

To see ab definition, your body needs a combination of a low body fat percentage (which comes from burning more calories than you’re eating) and the actual muscle definition (which comes from ab (plus other) workouts). Gigi does both. She burns calories through boxing and other cardio, then she works out her core. If you want a similar ab exercise plan to Gigi’s, do the following:

  • 10 minutes of boxing/cardio
  • 40 repetitions of an ab strengthening move

Repeat this 4 times with a different ab strengthening move each time. Finish it all off with a plank!


To keep her signature long legs lean and her butt perky, Gigi makes sure to work out her lower body too! Once again, Gigi uses a lot of cardio moves to keep her body slim and her legs toned. She incorporates boxing, running, jumping rope, and other cardio moves with strength training to create HIIT workouts.

Rob Piela gave Self Magazine a sample workout that alternates between three minutes of cardio and one minute of a strength training move. You can try the workout for yourself here, or you can try out a similar lower body circuit workout that I do! Gigi does a lot of squat variations and donkey kicks to keep her butt toned. 



In one interview, Gigi said her personal motto is to “Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.” And the model follows through with this.

She doesn’t stick to one specific type of diet; instead, she focuses on eating well-made, whole foods. Gigi eats lots of fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, milk, and flour. She enjoys food that is organic and keeps her feeling full. Even her trainer encourages her to stick to a healthy, but not extreme, diet. He says that what you eat plays a big role in if your abs will show through or not.

Other Victoria’s Secret models follow their own diet variations. Most eat mainly vegetables and lean protein.




Gigi obviously dedicates a large portion of her life to fitness and health. She eats well, she exercises hard, and the results are evident! But Gigi isn’t just about looking good. She advocates becoming the best version of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally!


One of the hardest parts of fitness, especially for new girls, is keeping consistent. Gigi follows her workouts even when she’s away from the gym! In fact, she even calls her trainer when she’s travelling!


Gigi understands that to keep a healthy diet, we need to enjoy her food. She doesn’t eat things that she hates. Instead, she finds healthy recipes and restaurants that serve meals that she enjoys. This is the best way to stick to healthy eating over a long period!

Did anything surprise you about Gigi’s fitness regime? Does she do anything that you think you’d love to try?


I have written separate blog posts on lower body, upper body and ab workout routines that the Victoria’s Secret models use (with lots of cool workout videos!). Also, I have done a post on their diet. And for this year’s show, I’ve done blog posts for a couple of VS gorgeous models. You can read these blog posts below!

And I have some workouts for you here.

You can also follow me on Instagram! I post new workouts every week :)

Love Rachael xx

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

7 Responses

    1. Hi lovely,

      Same as boxing, kickboxing is okay if done moderately. I would recommend that you do more light-intensity cardio like power walking to help you lean down any unwanted bulkiness. :)

      I hope that helps. xx

    1. Hi lovely,

      If your goal is to slim down your legs, there are 3 steps you should follow – do the right type of cardio, do bodyweight resistance training and adjust your diet for weight loss.
      I have a very detailed blog post that will help you learn how to slim down your legs so please go give it a read

      It will definitely help! :)


  1. Hello Rachael, and amazing Lean Legs Support team!

    I would like to know your opinion about Gigi Hadid workout in Self Magazine, because the first move is a squat. This workout won’t bulk legs and help them slim down, since Gigi Hadid have mesomorphic body and she don’t want to bulk too?
    A second question on the the same subject, is if plié squats can bulk legs,

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi lovely,

      thanks for reaching out! <3

      The squats that are done in that workout are body weight, so they might not cause bulkiness. However, it's best to avoid any squats because this way you can ensure that you won't get bulky :) I would also like to mention that bulkiness does depend on body type as well :)

      I hope this helps! xx


  2. This was interesting and now i understand that i should train on the road as well due to the fact that my gym is far and i can only go three times a week. My leg workouts will now have more donkey kicks and cardio that i already do on a regular basis. Walking in my day to day routine is nothing new so it will be quite difficult to make them slim due to the fact that they are already used to exercise.

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