The Workout Emma Stone Did To Get A Dancer's Body For La La Land

February 20, 2017

Emma Stone is up for her first Oscar as Actress in a Leading Role this year for the movie La La Land. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ve watched Stone’s slender yet toned physique dance across the screen scene after scene. She needed more than tap lessons to get ready for this role. Stone worked with celebrity trainer, Jason Walsh of Rise Nation in Los Angeles, to increase her stamina, strength, and endurance. Walsh is famous for getting Victoria Secret models and A-list celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Matt Damon into the best shape of their lives. Stone said she prefers activities like rock climbing to keep her in shape, and Rise Nation classes are built around the natural motion of climbing. The classes are equipped with Climber machines that encourage the body’s natural movement patterns. Climbing creates balanced strength and mobility in both the upper and lower body with minimal impact on joints.

The Workout Emma Stone did to Get a Dancer's Body for La La Land

In Walsh’s one-on-one training with Stone, he emphasized the effectiveness of his favorite weight lifting exercise–the deadlift. “It’s a complex movement that incorporates every major muscle group working together. It’s very important.” If you have a look at his Instagram account, @risemovement, you’ll see he has nearly every one of his clients perform this all-encompassing exercise. Proper form is crucial when doing deadlifts. Be sure to keep your back straight and abs in while lifting with the strength of your legs and glute muscles.

Walsh suggests a 3:1 ratio of strength training to cardio. “Cardio is nothing if you don’t move well. Staying strong supports the skeletal system, stabilizes joints, makes your cardio safer and more effective. If strength training is done right, you get plenty of cardio from lifting as well.” says Walsh.

The Workout Emma Stone did to Get a Dancer's Body for La La Land

As for diet, Emma Stone is not one to deprive herself. Her favorite foods? “French fries and Brussels sprouts, not necessarily at the same time,” she told Vogue. Walsh might approve of eating fries occasionally as long as they weren’t eaten too late in the day. He believes that the abundance of carbohydrates and sugar is the root to most obesity in the US. Moderation is key. He suggests eating breakfast, tapering off carbs throughout the day, and avoiding late night eating. He limits all sugars and adds UDO’s Choice Oil to his food for essential fats to give him energy.


When she’s not training for a role, Stone enjoys doing Pilates and swimming to stay fit. She has a naturally lean physique, so for her it was more about gaining strength and building her endurance in preparation for her role in La La Land. I’d say she did a pretty good job of inspiring people everywhere to put on their dancing shoes!

Have you seen La La Land?

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Crystal Chin
Crystal is a professional dancer, writer and certified Pilates instructor based in Los Angeles. She inspires people to dance their true colors in life, never compromising their own self worth for any person, job or societal standard. She teaches her students about mindful movement and healthy living. When not writing, teaching, or dancing, she is learning all the beautiful life lessons her two dogs teach her just by their existence--forgiveness, being present and how to be unapologetically herself. Check out Crystal's blog at and follow her on Instagram crystalannchin, Twitter @CrystalAnnChin and Facebook.


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