2011 May 24
You and Your Body Image! With Alejandro Ingelmo
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(NEW YORK) If you can't seem to pull it together and exercise before or after work, CFDA nominee Alejandro Ingelmo is your new inspiration. The shoe designer hits the gym seven day a week...twice a day! Our investigation into who is doing what to look and feel fab in the fashion world continues... EDDIE ROCHE
How long has this been going on?
Since I was 21. Now, I'm 37.
What's your regime?
It all depends. In the winter, I go to the gym every single day, but right now, I’m breaking away from my routine. I want to shock my body a bit. I do all different stuff. I used to do cardio and weights in one session, but now I break it up—cardio in the mornings and weights in the evenings. I used to go on the treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes at one pace, but now I break it up into intervals. And then I do Pilates twice a week. I just started that, to work on my core. I know it’s a girl thing, but...
It's so good for you!
I used to make fun of a girlfriend of mine who did it, but when I finally tried it, it kicked my ass. Pilates is not so much on getting bigger, but it tightens you up and works on your core and really what is the center of everything and how you can workout all your body parts. That’s the most important part. It also helps with posture.
Where do you go to the gym?
David Barton at Astor Place, and I do pilates with my instructor, Mimosa Gordon, at her place in Chelsea.
What do you like about David Barton?
Everything is brand new, and it's never crowded.
Why no elliptical or bike?
I use the bike for spinning classes twice a week, so I switch it up. Elliptical just isn't my thing.
Have you ever tried yoga?
I was doing it last summer, but I like Pilates more, because it's one-on-one.
Seven days a week is a lot of time to concentrate on fitness. How does that affect your social life?
You know New York—it's all about work. You just find a way to fit exercise in. I travel like a maniac, but I always find a place to work out. It's my therapy, my medication—it gets me through the day.
Do you have a six pack?
I can’t believe that!
I have, maybe, a two pack.
Were you athletic growing up?
I was like the fattest kid, man. I was 240 pounds.
Do you still have the fat boy inside of you?
That's what also drives me. I never want to get back to where I was.
Did kids make fun of you?
How long did it take to slim down?
It was a very long process. Being overweight is often an emotional issue. If you’re stressed out, food can be a comfort. Mind and body are the same thing—you shouldn’t separate them. It took me a long time to realize that.
Are you happy with your body now?
Yes. I’m always striving, and I can definitely improve. I do cheat—I love ice cream and pizza. I’m Cuban, so we always had a lot of food around. If you didn't eat, there was something wrong with you.
What do you wear to the gym?
New Balance sneakers and a lot of Nike stuff—it dries quickly after sweating.
What do you eat after you work out?
I eat right away, so if it’s late in the day, I will eat salad. In the morning, I’ll have a Muscle Milk protein shake.
What body part are you most proud of?
All of it! OK, pecs and arms.
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