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Exclusive: Rebel Wilson's personal trainer reveals secret behind weight loss transformation

The Australian star's personal trainer Jono Castano shares his expert tips

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Georgia Brown
Georgia BrownLifestyle Writer
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Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson has lost 65 lbs since embarking on her wellness journey last year to become her healthiest self yet – and we are living for her transformation.

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Although the Australian star has always looked incredible, Rebel, 41, set out to start her weight loss journey last year after discovering the healthier she is, the more likely she is to be able to Successfully freeze her eggs.

"I never properly considered wellness from all angles. But I was turning 40 and thinking about freezing my eggs, and the experts told me that the healthier I am, the better the process can go," she revealed.

WATCH: Rebel Wilson's year of health transformation revealed

There's no doubt Rebel's health transformation is inspirational – but how did she do it? We spoke to her personal trainer, Jono Castano for the low down on Rebel's weight loss routine.

Read on to discover his top tips for a sustainable health transformation like Rebel's…

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Jono Castano is a personal trainer to the stars 

Get moving outside your comfort zone

When it comes to exercise, Rebel's personal trainer Jono encourages his clients to move to a capacity "just over their comfort zone".

Jono has created a six-week body transformation workout available via LIVEnow, which follows the same principles he uses with Rebel. According to Jono, a typical workout week with Rebel looked like this:

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The Australian star exercises in the fresh air as much as possible


Day 2: Weights / resistance 

Day 3: HIIT

Day 4: HIIT 



Day 7: HIIT

Make walking a priority

At the start of her transformation, Rebel attended an Austrian health retreat "which flushed out every toxic substance possible in all sorts of crazy ways," and it was here she learned the benefits of a brisk walk.

"While there I learned that moderate — not even fast-paced — walking is the best way for me to lose unnecessary body fat," she previously told Shape magazine.

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Rebel has been loving her new, healthier self

Of course, Rebel also tweaked her diet, placing an emphasis on nutritious, high-protein foods.

Invest in some exercise equipment

We all got used to home workouts in the lockdown – as did Rebel with her PT sessions.

"With all of my virtual training session clients, I usually suggest having a set of dumbbells or kettlebells and resistance bands," said Jono. "Adding these to workouts will definitely give you a great workout and a good range of exercises you can do. The best part of this type of equipment is that you don't need much space to store them or do the workout in."

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Document your weight loss journey

Arguably, one of the elements of a fitness journey many people overlook is actually one of the most important.  Whether you're celebrating small wins or you're proud of major milestones, journaling your progress can be the key to keeping you motivated.

"Reflecting back on your journey will show you that even in the toughest times, even on days that you don't feel like working out, you got through it and made you stronger," Jono agreed.

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Rebel has always rocked the red carpet

"Exercise is not only great for the body but also the mind. You will overall feel better, and you just need a little reminder on why you started to keep you going."

Focus on the positives of exercise

According to Jono, "Reb declared 2020 her year of health" so her training programme was more about being able to benefit from the positive effects of training and to get her body moving more, over anything else. That's a fitness routine we can get on board with!

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Jono says variety is key when it comes to your workouts 

Mix up your workouts 

Jono says variety is key. He explains: "Have a variety of workouts you enjoy doing. I am a big believer in doing #45daily and that doesn't have to be high intensity every day. If you enjoy walking, add some walks into your workout schedule.

"At my gym ACERO, we have trainers that focus on different workouts like HIIT, weight training, boxing and Pilates, to give our clients a good range of workouts to add variety to their schedule."

SEE: Rebel Wilson gives fans rare glimpse inside stylish $3million Hollywood home

Jono’s six-week Body Transformation programme can be accessed online via the LIVENow Fitness platform. Price £35.00

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