Travaillez comme les stars avec l'entraîneur personnel de Madonna, James D’Silva.
The man who put Madonna on the rack!
Work out like the stars with Madonna's personal trainer
Apr 18 2010 by Zoe Chamberlain, Sunday Mercury
THERE can be few people brave enough to tell perfectionist Trudie Styler when she’s ‘not good enough.’
But when you’re close enough to Madonna to call her M, you can afford to tell people the truth, whatever their celebrity status.
Personal trainer James D’Silva has just finished working with Sting’s wife Trudie, originally from Bromsgrove, on a new fitness DVD.
“Trudie is very dedicated and a lot of fun,” says James, who was trained in classical and contemporary dance.
“She comes and does a good two-hour workout in the studio. I’m a hard task-master but she knows what to expect and we work well together. She tells me to tone it down sometimes and I can say to her ‘that’s not good enough.’
“We’re kindred spirits and she’s very kind and generous.”
James was introduced to Trudie by Madonna, who recently joked that she was irritated that all her girlfriends are fighting to have appointments with him.
“I am busy,” laughs James, “but I’m always fair to people who have been with me for ages.
“M (apparently anyone who knows Madonna fondly calls her M) is a real work horse. I’ve known her for around 11 years.
“She’s very professional and gives 100 per cent and never takes the easy way out.
“She gives her full energy and I love working with her. She’s a great woman.
“I like working with different people, it allows me to see into their world and their ideas. It’s a big learning curve for me.
“I never take anything for granted because I’m always learning.”
His celebrity clients are regularly the talk of the gossip pages for their muscular arms (Madonna) or their gruelling exercise regimes (Gwyneth Paltrow).
I ask, does the fact they are always being photographed make them highly body-conscious?
“They appreciate their bodies and how they move,” says James.
“You wouldn’t think M is 51 and Trudie is 56 by the way they move.
“M is a dancer and it’s hard to get out of that feeling of wanting to move.
“Trudie has 20 years of yoga background and appreciates what it is to move, which gives her a strong work ethic.
“I believe in change and because I have a dance and yoga background, I like to mix and match and trick them so they really stay on the ball.”
James puts his clients through their paces using the controversial ‘gyrotronic expansion’ regime. It is where an individual’s arms and feet are strapped to a wooden rack surrounded by a system of ropes, levers and pulleys to stretch stressed and inflexible limbs in all directions.
Not surprisingly, it has been compared to a torture device and is often referred to as ‘the rack.’
“Although it looks quite medieval and some call it ‘the rack’, it’s actually a beautiful way of moving. It’s very lucid and flowing,” says James, the pilates guru who has also helped Gwyneth Paltrow through her two pregnancies.
“I did a lot of pre and post-natal work with Gwyneth,’’ he said.
‘‘Unlike M who does lots of jumping on a jumping board, Gwyneth doesn’t have a dance background but has done more yoga.
“So we did more work on her abdominals using pilates and yoga to get her back into shape.
“Pilates is great for pre and post-natal women.”
Pilates is a form of stretching exercise more suited to the European body, according to James.
“Joseph Pilates was a prisoner of war when he came up with the system of pilates. He was working with lots of people who were injured and he used the beds they lay in to help strengthen their muscles and lengthen them out.
“Many Indian people (who traditionally practiced yoga), have thin legs and narrow waists and find it easier to get into difficult yoga positions than many European people.
“Yoga leans towards the spiritual side whilst pilates is a simpler version which is more European and more physical.
“In yoga, you might bring in meditation whereas in pilates you centre yourself and bring in more awareness so it is like a modern meditation.”
Trudie Styler’s Core Strength Pilates DVD (Gaiam) offers a head to toe workout said to help increase energy, enhance well-being, relieve stress and maintain vitality.
Set at Trudie and Sting’s eco-friendly Tuscan villa where the couple grow and prepare their own food, the DVD also features a section on organic cooking.
Trudie, who is an environmental activist and UNICEF ambassador, says: “Pilates has been the perfect solution to maintaining strength and vitality in my life.
“The core is the most important muscle group in your body. If your core is not strong, the rest of your body is weakened too.
“The varied combination of easy, low impact manoeuvres make this an easy routine that just about anyone can use.”
Madonna turned to her old friend James after she broke nine bones in a horse riding accident last year.
James says: “I worked with M after she fell off a horse and three months later, after lots of hard work, we got her right and she was touring again.
“I work with osteopaths and physiotherapists to offer remedial work.
“To me, pilates is a way of keeping your body and mind awake, alive and open to different sensations.
“Everyone should give it a go, it’s really beneficial. I find once people come, they get hooked when they realise how their body feels so alive. On a spiritual level there’s also a great sense of achievement.
“It’s a lot to do with being aware of good posture, to make sure your head and shoulder muscles work properly. I’ve seen it happen over the years that people come in with a lack of confidence and you see a change in them psychologically when they are standing and moving correctly.
“Core strength is everything. It keeps your pelvis and back muscles safe but a lot of people don’t look after their core stability muscles. You have to find them but not hold onto them.
“One of my clients is an 84-year-old with Parkinson’s disease. He comes to me twice a week and it’s amazing to see the results.
“It helps his co-ordination and helps to keep him alert.
“Whilst I love my celebrity clients, he is my real joy. He is such an inspiration.”
Source: Sunday Mercury.