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Chloe Madeley in Bathing Suit is "Training Hard"

Here’s how this trainer stays in amazing shape. 

Chloe Madeley is reminding her friends and fans it might take hard work to get into shape—but the end results are worth it. The 35-year-old daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan shared pictures of herself posing in front of a mirror in a pink bikini, showcasing an impressive physique. "I'm training HARD and saying 'NO' to get where I want to go and that's not sad, nor is it self hatred, its BASIC discipline, and it could simply be called achieving your goals and being ok with that?" she captioned the post. So how does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Madeley stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


Weight Lifting For Mental Health

Madeley says weight lifting has helped support her mental health, after Coronation Street star Danny Young introduced Madeley to weight training. "He was a qualified personal trainer and experienced bodybuilder," she says. "He took me straight to the weights section, put an Olympic bar on my back and taught me how to do a squat. I was hooked. I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life so off I went to do my PT course… It gave me structure, discipline, passion and drive. It makes me feel strong."


Healthy Food, No Dieting

Madeley uses her experience as a personal trainer to emphasize the importance of a nutritious and delicious diet. "Protein should be your dominant macro (even if you follow a plant-based diet), such as chicken, fish, red meat, chickpeas, tofu, eggs, lentils and tempeh," she says. "When it comes to carbs you need to learn how to time your carbohydrate intake before and after your workout (but more on that later). Try to opt for healthy unrefined carbs such as brown rice, brown pasta, sweet potato, brown bread and pulses. Then the remainder of your diet should consist of healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, omegas from fish such as salmon and cheese."


How She Gets Those Glutes

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Madeley suggests weights—and patience—to get amazing glutes. "It takes a significant amount of time, training and eating a lot of food to significantly grow a muscle," she says. "Nobody can train for one month and suddenly have the bum they've always dreamed of. Plus, building a lot of muscle often means focusing on lifting weights rather than fat loss, which isn't the goal of most people who are usually looking to lose weight. If you do want to focus on lifting and toning the bum area though the key move to focus on are hip thrusts – these are my all time favorite glute exercise. Plus, the abductor machine at the gym is also great for booty goals; where you open and close your legs under tension? It's a killer."


One Cheat Day


Madeley enjoys one cheat day a week to help her stick to healthy habits the rest of the time, which was especially useful during the pandemic lockdowns. "You don't have to do this, but my husband and I are finding that one day a week on a Saturday or Sunday where we make cocktails, eat pizza, play drinking games on Zoom with our friends and basically try to enjoy this bizarre time is helping us stay on track the rest of the week," she says. "Some people will read that and think 'Erm, no!' and I salute you! But I know that for me personally, I need to be able to knuckle down and relax in equal measure, and a once weekly [cheat] day is keeping me well and truly happy and on track."


Exercise For Anxiety


Madeley dealt with anxiety in the past, and found that exercise really helped. "I started to suffer from bad anxiety," she says. "I'd gone through some stuff in the public eye and I became acutely aware that if I made a mistake it would be very bad PR for my Mum and Dad. Not that they ever made me feel like that, but when you're on the front cover of a newspaper and the pun is your parents name and how much of a mess you are…. I went to see a cognitive behavioral therapist and they suggested exercise and going for a run. I hate running, and still do, but it really helped with my anxiety."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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