ELLE tests: personal trainers
Pro-grade workouts don’t just kick your butt, they’re capable of actually changing it. Four ELLE staffers attempt to tone, chisel and lift their trouble spots with the help of a little personal attention.
Best for legs
Sarah Lakos enlists a yogi master to help her achieve Miranda Kerr-grade limbs
Overview: Charlotte Dodson works with people of all fitness levels: models (including Miranda Kerr), pro-swimmers and the odd business executive. Each one-hour session is tailored to how you’re feeling that day, meaning no two are the same. The leg-focused poses during this session are designed to lengthen and strengthen.
Verdict: “First Charlotte takes me through the chair pose and warrior 1 and 2, holding each for a couple of minutes. After 30 seconds, Dodson makes adjustments and suggestions: ribs in, arms higher, knee bent. The technical focus is a bonus for this yogi, who has long been lost at the back of the studio. As I move through the poses, my legs shake: ‘It’s just your nervous system adjusting,’ she explains. The last two poses are airplane and tree – one of Miranda Kerr’s favourites as it keeps her grounded and her quads and calves in fine form. Charlotte’s mantra is ‘little and often’: an achievable concept for the time-poor. Since my session I’ve practised every day, holding tree pose a little longer than the rest, hoping for a Victoria’s Secret-worthy result.”