Secret Training Camp: Where Models Get In Shape For Victoria's Secret Show Casting

Have you ever wondered what sort of training it takes to get cast in a Victoria's Secret show? The answer is - a lot. And it isn't easy work! Former champion boxer Michael Olajide, is the co-founder of Aerospace and he's been working for years to promote boxing as an efficient and effective way to get in shape! Emanuela De Paula, who has been working VS runways since 2008, agrees. [caption id="attachment_115243" align="alignnone" width="980"]EMANUELA DE PAULA EMANUELA DE PAULA[/caption] She says she never enjoyed having a personal trainer but once she met Michael Olajide, she "fell in love." She says, "his training regime is the hardest workout I have ever had." All attendees do 4 workouts a day. They begin at 6 a.m. with Aeroyoga. At 9 a.m. there is Aero3 which includes an hour and a half of jumping rope, squats, discs, resistance bands, and an ab workout. [caption id="attachment_115244" align="alignnone" width="480"]Kelly Gale KELLY GALE[/caption] At 2 p.m. there is Aeroblast which is one on one boxing for an hour. Lastly, at 5 p.m. there is AeroImpact which is 90 minutes of full boxing with bags. 6j4a1337 Olajide explains, "boxing benefits every single part of the body. It's so core-centric, people finish punching in class and feel like it was an hour-and-a-half long ab workout. That's exactly what we want-- to see a really sleek, defined core." [caption id="attachment_115247" align="alignnone" width="980"]VICTORIA LEE, ZUZANA GREGOROVA, AND EMANUELA DE PAULA VICTORIA LEE, ZUZANA GREGOROVA, AND EMANUELA DE PAULA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115248" align="alignnone" width="480"]VICTORIA LEE VICTORIA LEE[/caption] "You have to divorce yourself from all other issues you have," Olajide says. "You just need to go into that fighter state of mind when you are solely about one thing, you come up out of that, and it's almost like hypnotism. You're energized. You're relieved of stress." [caption id="attachment_115249" align="alignnone" width="980"]HANA MAYEDA, ZUZANA GREGOROVA, HANNAH HOLMAN, AND DIANA MOLDOVAN HANA MAYEDA, ZUZANA GREGOROVA, HANNAH HOLMAN, AND DIANA MOLDOVAN[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115250" align="alignnone" width="480"]HANNAH MAYEDA HANNAH MAYEDA[/caption] "I think that I achieved an optimum body condition," de Paula says. "You spend all day sweating and pushing yourself, so after that anything you do becomes easier." [caption id="attachment_115251" align="alignnone" width="480"]EMANUELA DE PAULA EMANUELA DE PAULA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115252" align="alignnone" width="980"]MICHAEL OLAJIDE, MADISON HEADRICK, AND CORA EMMANUEL MICHAEL OLAJIDE, MADISON HEADRICK, AND CORA EMMANUEL[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115253" align="alignnone" width="480"]ZUZANA GREGOROVA, HANA MAYEDA, AND SABRINA JETLI ZUZANA GREGOROVA, HANA MAYEDA, AND SABRINA JETLI[/caption] "The training schedule was intense and by far the most difficult thing I've ever done," says Madison Headrick, who has yet to do a VS show. "I finished the camp exhausted but feeling incredible and proud of myself. The biggest thing I took away is that it's very important to stay positive and mentally strong. Michael and Leila reminded us through our workouts to push ourselves and not let the mind control the body." [caption id="attachment_115255" align="alignnone" width="980"]MADISON HEADRICK MADISON HEADRICK[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115256" align="alignnone" width="480"]AEROSPACE CO-FOUNDERS LEILA FAZEL AND MICHAEL OLAJIDE AEROSPACE CO-FOUNDERS LEILA FAZEL AND MICHAEL OLAJIDE[/caption] dscf2230 "The most fun part of the trip was running into the ocean after every workout," Headrick says. "It was so encouraging to be with a group of people who were all motivated and working towards a goal. It felt good to be surrounded by that kind of energy." [caption id="attachment_115260" align="alignnone" width="980"]TULUM, MEXICO TULUM, MEXICO[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115261" align="alignnone" width="980"]KELLY GALE KELLY GALE[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115262" align="alignnone" width="980"]VICTORIA LEE AND DIANA MOLDOVAN VICTORIA LEE AND DIANA MOLDOVAN[/caption] The training camp wasn't all about getting a sweat going, it was also about eating right. The camp offered a vegan menu prepared by chef Miguel Bautista who owns Planet Superfoods in Cancun. He didn't just make the delicious food, he also helped school the participants on superfoods and eating a well-balanced, raw healthy diet. l1004814

"The fuel we are giving to people is clean, natural fuel so their bodies are taking in exactly what they need -- no preservatives or all the other stuff that slows the body down," says Olajide. "It's all about the energy."

[caption id="attachment_115264" align="alignnone" width="980"]FALAFEL AND HUMMUS FALAFEL AND HUMMUS[/caption] "If you don't have the right nutrition, your body is going to break down," the trainer continues. "The food we're serving helps with digestion and helps with recuperating, getting that energy back." [caption id="attachment_115265" align="alignnone" width="480"]JICAMA JICAMA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115266" align="alignnone" width="980"]COCONUTS FOR POST-WORKOUT FUEL COCONUTS FOR POST-WORKOUT FUEL[/caption] [caption id="attachment_115267" align="alignnone" width="480"]PHOTOGRAPHER GASTON LEVY, HANA MAYEDA, AND JULIETTA MALLVELLE PHOTOGRAPHER GASTON LEVY, HANA MAYEDA, AND JULIETTA MALLVELLE[/caption] Cora Emmanuel, who has modeled for VS in the past but has yet to make it to a runway show, says the energy at training camp was incredible. "I think the thing I will remember the most is the entire atmosphere. We were in this together and everybody was cheering up and motivating one another. It was amazing." [caption id="attachment_115242" align="alignnone" width="980"]CORA EMMANUEL AND MADISON HEADRICK CORA EMMANUEL AND MADISON HEADRICK[/caption] Seems like one heck of an experience! Do you think you could hack this kind of training? Will you be adding boxing to your fitness to-do list? Tell us what you think. Source: Elle Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_115065" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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