Victoria’s Secret Model Training Camp At Tulum

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This year, the casting calls for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show where top models will flaunt their abs by spending four days boxing in Tulum, Mexico according to a yahoo article. Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayas; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have been the cause of its demise. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site not only among tourists but also between celebrities. Even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show authorities could not get past the allure of Tulum and set up their casting camp. Former pro boxer and owner of New York City’s Aerospace High Performance Center, who conceived of the Boxing Camp for models, Michael Olajide, Jr., along with his partner Leila Fazel said, “When we used to prep for a fight, we’d go to a training camp, where you will not have the distractions you’d have at home. All you can do and should do is to focus on yourself and getting healthy.”

Olajide and Fazel have designed the program in such a way that the models get involved in the schedule. They will do about five hours of physical training per day, incorporating all the elements from their different classes like Aerobox, Aerojump, Aerosculpt, and Yoga. Plus the trainer duo has set up the women in a healthy meal plan that’s full of protein like fish and chicken and fresh, local fruits and vegetables. According to the article published with yahoo, Olajide has informed that he has based much of the itinerary on the technique he famously used to get Adriana Lima ready to walk the runway just eight weeks after she gave birth.

The training is though primarily for the Victoria’s Secret casting, but as per Olajide, the end goal is much bigger than that. According to him, the workout is making the models feel so good, and they are getting this sense of accomplishment, doing things they didn’t know they could do. There’s a mission and a purpose. They’re living like fighters.  And instead of a belt, their prize could be Angel wings, and household recognition.

Olajide and his partner are also enjoying along with the gorgeous women in between sweat sessions to bring the best out of them in the tropical runway training camp at Tulum.