We have a feeling Emma Stone won’t be making these mistakes pre-Oscars…

February 24, 2017


Emma Stone, Janelle Monae, and Brie Larson 


There's no better health and fitness motivation than knowing you have a big event coming up. Whether it's a dinner party, a friend's wedding, your own nuptials, or the Academy Awards, having an event to bookend your fitness goals means you're more li

Don't go HAM

"When training right before your big event, avoid a heavy load day, which can not only cause acute soreness in the muscles, but can also tax the connective tissue. These coupled with the slight microtears in the muscles can lead to soreness and stiffness—two side effects that are not conducive to a sexy strut down the red carpet of any kind. Instead, do a lighter workout—one that elevates your heart rate, reduces stress and incorporates moderate weight training that tones and lengthens your muscles. Also, be sure to stretch so you can stand and sit with ease at your big event!" —Tricia Brouk, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of Brouk Moves Elite In Home Personal Training and Wellness in New York City

Don't crash diet

"Whatever you do, avoid starving yourself at all costs. In order to maintain your weight in time for your big event, you must eat properly. Stick to a meal plan that's full of healthy fats like avocado, salmon, nuts, and seeds, and do not deplete yourself. If you want to start dieting, start 21 days out to give your body enough time to tone up and burn fat the healthy way." —Corey Calliet, celebrity fitness trainer who's on the E! Show Revenge Body

Don't skip a workout

"That feeling of leaving the gym with a successful workout completed is what you need to boost your self-esteem leading up to your day. Running through the park, meeting a friend for inspiration, taking a class or even doing Tabatas in your living room (my favorite) are all allowed. Motivation doesn't come naturally to everyone, so find someone to help you. Movement all day is key here, too. Getting your 10,000 steps of all-day movement keeps you active in addition to that one hour in the gym. Get to it and you'll be rewarded with a strong, healthy body!" —Erin Oprea, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of Oprea Personal Fitness


Don't drink a ton of caffeine

"In the two weeks leading up to your event, avoid adding extra caffeine to your diet. Sometimes people start feeling run down as they push toward an event or goal so they reach for extra caffeine in the form of coffee, energy drinks, energy shots, etc., to pump themselves up. Instead, you'd be better off going to bed a little earlier or catching a quick nap. Winston Churchill had a non-negotiable nap built into his day and I can assure you he was busier than you and I are!" —Gunnar Peterson, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of private gym in Beverly Hills

don't stay up too late or wake up too early

"Sleep is something we all need for survival, as it gives us energy, helps maintain our bodily functions, and allows us to focus. And it's even more essential before a big event. Focus on catching a few more Zs rather than new episodes on Netflix. Protecting your sleeping hours and aiming for seven to eight hours a night is key before the big event, as it allows your body to rejuvenate and re-energize." —Liz Josefberg, celebrity fitness instructor who's worked with Jennifer Hudson

Don't go on a long run the night before

"If you've never gone on a really long run, don't start right before your event. Running is a skill. It's not just throwing on some sneakers and hitting the pavement. Running when not conditioned can cause shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). You don't want to be limping or unable to wear your gorgeous heels at your event, so instead opt for a power walk to clear your mind, elevate your heart rate, and prepare mentally and physically for the big day." —Tricia Brouk, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of Brouk Moves Elite In Home Personal Training and Wellness in New York City

If you've run on a treadmill in your life, you'll be able to relate to these thoughts every woman has had on the treadmill:

Don't try juicing
"Juicing in general is an odd trend because of the insanely high sugar content found in most brands and flavors. On top of that, juicing removes the pulp of the veggie or fruit, which contains the most fiber and nutrients. Instead, stick to eating whole fruits and veggies to leave your skin glowing." —Noah Neiman, celebrity fitness instructor who's worked with Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, and more
Don't skimp on H2O

"It's always important to drink lots of water, but it's especially important before a big event. The day of the event you'll be a little stressed, which may cause you to eat a little less. Stress, not a lot of food, and being dehydrated is a recipe for disaster and a potential fainting spell. Drink lots of water to avoid this." —Lacey Stone, celebrity fitness trainer who's on the E! Show Revenge Body

Don't try a totally new workout

"If you can, avoid switching training regimens or trainers in the month before your event. Even if you aren't feeling it, or him or her, switching too close to your event could be a mistake! Dig deep, work harder, and re-evaluate afterwards. And don't try any new trend, fad, or pop-up fitness phenomenon. There's an old saying and it applies right now to you and your fitness: 'Stick to the plan. The plan is the plan. Stick to the plan.' You are right where you need to be, trust your preparation, stay the course and enjoy your event." —Gunnar Peterson, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of a private gym in Beverly Hills

Don't eat salty and sugary foods

"Too much salt will sabotage your efforts no matter how much you worked out. Eat foods that are great for shedding water weight, like lean meats, veggies and fruits. Enjoy your carbs in the morning and afternoon but try to avoid them at night. Season food with diuretic spices only, like garlic, parsley, pepper, cayenne pepper, ginger, cilantro, or chives. Sip on green tea, natural cranberry juice (no sugar) with water, coffee, and dandelion root tea." —Kit Rich, Los Angeles-based Pilates and fitness instructor who's worked with Ke$ha and more

Don't train last minute

"Waiting to start your workout regimen right before a big event is something to avoid. You're not going to see results overnight and you risk injury. I'm sure walking down the aisle with a knee brace is not a part of your planned look. Instead, start your training at least eight weeks out. Train properly and adjust your diet so that your calorie output and calorie expenditure are formulated correctly to allow you to trim down, but also give you enough calories to achieve your the desired results." —Tricia Brouk, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of Brouk Moves Elite In Home Personal Training and Wellness in New York City


Don't let alcohol suck you in

"Alcohol is NOT your friend. It bloats you, has empty calories, can encourage bad eating choices (side note: that late-night pizza joint is NOT your friend either), makes the next morning a puffy mess, and messes with your sleep patterns. For me, alcohol will put me to sleep fast but won't let me sleep well for very long. Unless sleepy, puffy, and dehydrated is how you want to look in photos, skip the booze until after the event." —Erin Oprea, celebrity fitness instructor and owner of Oprea Personal Fitness

Don't stress

"Confidence is the sexiest thing you can wear on any carpet—especially a red one! Know you're a bad ass and hit the ballroom chin high. Own the space!" —Noah Neiman, celebrity fitness instructor who's worked with Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, and more