June 13, 2015

"I don't exercise… I just hold my body in a way that activates muscles all day long."

Salma Hayek is either lying or in possession of an amazing secret that she really ought to share.
"I work with a woman in London who taught me how to hold my body in a way where the muscles are activated all day long. So even when you brush your teeth, you're working the muscles. She taught me to tone them without clenching them. You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension.... If you're aware of your body, you'd be surprised by the effect it can have."

30 comments:

David Hampton said...

Didn't we used to describe that as isometric? Wait until her later years when her physician's group is Dr. Sags, Drags, and Bags.

The Drill SGT said...

Who cares, that is a handsome body...

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

If you're active all day long, then your muscles are working all day long.

Apart from lying and in-possession-of-an-amazing-secret, a third possibility is that Ms. Hayak is merely gullible.

EDH said...

"I just hold my body in a way that activates muscles all day long."

I'll bet there are ways she can hold her body that require a to call a doctor after 4 hours.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I happen to think that weight training is a good thing. But it's hardly the only thing. You do what works for you. Lots of people couldn't give a rat's ass.

Coupe said...

I don't understand why at Cannes, that all the photographers (which I think there is about 500 too many) can't stay on one side, thus keeping photographers out of the shot. They wouldn't have to rent a tuxedo to push the buttons.

Bobber Fleck said...

I often say "results matter". It is hard to argue with these results.

Bob said...

Charles Atlas's Dynamic Tension?

Ann Althouse said...

"IN THE LATE 1950S, the Royal Canadian Air Force produced a booklet on isometrics, a form of exercise that enjoyed a short but devoted vogue with my father. The idea of isometrics was that you used any unyielding object, like a tree or a wall, and pressed against it with all your might from various positions to tone and strengthen different groups of muscles. Since everybody already has access to trees and walls, you didn’t need to invest in a lot of costly equipment, which I expect was what attracted my dad. What made it unfortunate in my father’s case is that he would do his isometrics on airplanes. At some point in every flight, he would stroll back to the galley area or the space by the emergency exit and, taking up the posture of someone trying to budge a very heavy piece of machinery, he would begin to push with his back or shoulder against the outer wall of the plane, pausing occasionally to take deep breaths before returning with quiet grunts to the task. Since it looked uncannily, if unfathomably, as if he were trying to force a hole in the side of the plane, this naturally drew attention. Businessmen in nearby seats would stare over the tops of their glasses. A stewardess would pop her head out of the galley and likewise stare, but with a certain hard caution, as if remembering some aspect of her training that she had not previously been called upon to implement."

Bryson, Bill (2006-10-17). The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (p. 3). Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Saint Croix said...

She is exercising, she just doesn't think of that way. You can exercise while you're sitting at your desk. Flex your stomach muscles in and out. I suspect that's what she is doing.

I tried that once, it's very aggravating. And it makes it hard to focus on my work. I'd rather get out and do some physical exercising and work up a sweat. It's shorter and easier!

Eric said...

She's continues to be a knockout.
Of course the greatest proponent of isometrics was Felix Unger, portraits a specialty.

Wilbur said...

Love the Felix Unger reference.

My next-door neighbor, a 40+ Colombiana, is a doppelganger for Ms. Hayek. Every inch of her. Bless her heart.

Coupe said...

I knew several women in London who taught me how to hold my body, and it was usually at arms length...

Titus said...

I have a killer body-I was seriously in the gym for 3 hours last night. I am feeling my pecs and bis right now-they are tight and hard.

My stomach is flat but I don't have 6 pack abs, which bugs me big time.

Today at the gym I will focus on shoulders and triceps. And then do an hour of abs.

tits.

Bruce Hayden said...

She does look good, but it probably isn't all due to her magic excercises. Boobs look fake, given her shoulders and age. And she doesn't appear to have faced menopause yet. Sure, it could be natural, but more likely, I think, hormones.

Chuck said...

I too am aware of Salma Hayek's body throughout much of the day. And it activates me. That Mexican gangster movie with Antonio Banderas, Desperado, generally activates much of my lower body without any exercise at all.

Michael K said...

"I'll bet there are ways she can hold her body that require a to call a doctor after 4 hours."

If she really did that, the would be unable to call a doctor after about 4 minutes. She would lose consciousness.

David said...

I think she's the beneficiary of great genes who believes some bullshit that someone told her.

Coupe said...

David said...I think she's the beneficiary of great genes...

Great genes, and she got a billionaire to have sex with her without a condom.

But I don't know, she's probably an improvement in his life, I'm sure. He's lost half of his daddy's money as the company shrinks, and why shouldn't she get her share.

The Drill SGT said...

@Michael K said...

Here I thought that a Doc like me would have thought about that Viagra commercial about a 4 hour erection being a scheduling issue, not a problem...

Michael K said...

I've been calling the Viagra company to learn where I can get the 4 hour Viagra but the line seems to be busy all the time.

clint said...

Some people win genetic lotteries.

Many such people convince themselves that in fact their odd little idiosyncratic behaviors are responsible for their advantages.

It's a comforting belief because it lets them feel superior to those who weren't so genetically blessed.

It's also a useful belief because it keeps them focused on working hard rather than sitting back and assuming the magic genes will do all the work.

She's not lying, just wrong.

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Real American said...

I need to incorporate holding Selma Hayek's body into my fitness regimen.

Maya S said...

Just blogged about the World Health Organization's recent claim that 95 percent of humanity is not getting enough exercise. 95 percent! I'm thinking Selma's in there, so how bad can it be? http://covertcreatives.blogspot.com/

Zach said...

Step 1 in looking like Salma Hayek: be born as Salma Hayek.

Step 2 in looking like Salma Hayek: be photographed daily throughout adult life, receiving immediate feedback if you're not looking enough like Salma Hayek.

Step 3 in looking like Salma Hayek: there is no Step 3.

Joe said...

"Genetics" sounds so much less dramatic.

jr565 said...

The way she holds her body activates my muscle.

Phaedrus said...

Thank you for posting this Ms Althouse