The Eating And Exercise Habits That Help Bella Hadid Sculpt Her Abs

Whether she’s posing on a red carpet or slaying a runway – Bella Hadid’s insane physique is undeniably impressive. 

Aside from an incredibly #blessed genetic makeup (I mean, have ya seen the rest of the Hadid family?!) there’s plenty of hard work involved in the sculpting of those toned abs. Here are the eating habits and exercise routine Bella Hadid swears by for her shaping her body. 

1. Boxing is her go-to workout

Bella’s physique is down to a combination of cardio and strength workouts with a heavy focus on boxing. 

“When time is on my side, I train with my coach for intensive sessions,” the Victoria’s Secret angel told Vogue Paris. “I run non-stop for 20 minutes followed by a boxing session and finally a series of weights targeting the abs and glutes. We keep the routines varied, so the sessions are always fun.”

The supermodel is also a fan of barre workouts, which use ballet techniques for a full body-burn.  

“Definitely boxing. But also Body Ballet, I’ve only tried it out once but I can see the long term results amongst my friends.” 

And that rock hard six-pack? Bella says she uses “nothing other than boxing and a series of targeted ab workouts.”

Watch below to see Bella spar at Gotham Gym…

2. Gym buddies are essential

The 22-year-old trains with Rob Piela, founder of ‘The Ocho System’ and trainer at the renowned Gotham Gym in New York City.

“He’s really the best,” Hadid told People. “I literally can’t work out with anybody. It has to be me and him. If I am working with other people, I freak out.” 

Although she does make an exception for her sister Gigi Hadid, who she sometimes spars with.

“She’s a bad-ass, who is strong and sturdy both mentally and physically.”

Want to copy Bella’s sessions? Rob shared an express workout with SELF that will get you sweating. 

“Three minutes of boxing, and then one minute of doing a lot of different leg-focused strength-training moves.”

Choose from:

Squats — 20 reps 

Donkey Kicks — 12 reps each side 

Plié Squats — 12 reps each side 

Banded Squat Walks — 12 reps each side 

If you can’t find a boxing buddy, swap the gloves for a skipping rope.

“I’ve always liked jump rope—it’s great for legs—or running if [you prefer],” he said. “You just want to keep your heart rate up the entire time.” 

Complete six rounds.

3. Commitment is key

Bella doesn’t skimp when it comes to a sweat sesh and it’s that commitment that gets her results. The model told Vogue Paris that the key to a good workout is to “put in 100% from the start to the end of a workout.”

“I really do like it,” she told E! I wouldn’t say I get out of bed in the morning and I’m ‘I’m going to work out’, but when I get to the gym… rock and roll.” 

In the lead up to a big event or runway show, Bella works out up to three hours a day.

“I think that if you just stick to something you can really achieve so much,” she said “It’s crazy but I think that you know if you set your mind to something I think you can succeed.”

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4. She sticks to a pre and post workout routine

Bella has a few non-negotiables when it comes to her pre and post-workout habits. 

“I count on a smoothie, a juice or a protein drink 30 minutes before the session,” she told Vogue Paris

“After the session I eat something full of protein like chicken and wholegrain rice. It’s ideal to strengthen the muscle mass and to increase the effects of the session.”

Her warm up and cool down is is key, stretching for seven to 10 minutes before and after the session to “relax and lengthen the muscles as well as to improve the performance.” 

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5. Her diet is flexible

Bella’s obsession with carbs is well documented and for the model, balance is key. Plus when you’re working out like she does you can afford to be flexible with your eating habits. 

“If you want to have a piece of bread, go have a piece of bread,” she told People after the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “I’m going to eat pasta right now.”

Bella’s go-to breakfast is “an egg sandwich on a plain bagel.” And she doesn’t buy into diet fads.

“One time I wanted to be healthy and got a gluten-free bagel, but I promise you, they suck.” 

For lunch it’s usually “salmon or chicken and veggies,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “If not, then pasta. I like having a good protein meal because I get really tired if I eat too much, so I try to fill myself up with things that will make me feel good.”

“I order a lot of green juices and keep them around on set,” she adds. “I have ginger shots in a cooler and I’ll drink one if I’m feeling low.”

If she doesn’t have time to make dinner for herself, she’ll often order food in. “I used to make dinner for myself all the time, but now when I leave work I order food,” she says. “Westville is the restaurant I always order from. The sautéed kale is my favourite.”


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