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Model keeps in shape for work

Written by: Cary Castagna, QMI Agency
Dec. 23, 2012

Elisabetta Fantone’s livelihood depends on keeping fit.

But avoiding the unemployment line isn’t the only reason the Canadian-born model and actress hits the gym most days of the week. “Working out makes me feel good. When I don’t work out for a few days, I start feeling grumpy,” she tells Sun Media in a phone interview from her Miami condo. “When I’m at the gym, it wakes me up. My spirits are higher. I just feel happier and more motivated to do things.”

Fantone, recently featured in a scorching photo spread in Men’s Fitness magazine, regularly works up a sweat in the well-equipped gym in her condo building. The 30-year-old Montreal native, who relishes the convenience of being able to “take the elevator” to the gym, typically begins her workouts on the treadmill. From her conveyor-belt perch, Fantone has a panoramic beach view through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The blue-eyed beauty says she prefers this to actually running on the beach for a couple reasons: the Miami heat can be stifling and there’s nowhere to put her water bottle when she’s plodding through the sand.

“I’ll go once in awhile on the beach, but I do prefer going to the gym just because it’s not as hot and humid as being outside and I still have the view of the beach,” explains the strict vegan who stars in the noir mystery Havana 57 slated to hit U.S. and Canadian movie theatres in 2013.

“I run a lot. I love running. I try to run at least half an hour a day.”

Fantone, a fit 112 pounds at five-foot-six, often follows up her cardio with some light weight training and core work. Lately, she’s been admittedly obsessing over two parts of her body that give many women trouble.

“I’m trying to get my legs and my butt firm,” she says. “I do squats. I use the machines a lot. I don't have a personal trainer. I just do my own thing.”

And for the most part, Fantone stays consistent year-round. “During the summer, I kind of slacked off a little bit, but now I’m back into it,” she adds.

Slacking off for any prolonged period of time just isn’t an option for Fantone, also a gifted artist, who was commissioned by the Kardashian sisters for an incredibly lifelike acrylic-on-canvas painting.

“It’s sad to say, but if you gain maybe too much weight or if you don’t look as fit, then you’re not going to get the (modeling) job because there’s younger girls out there that are fresh, tight and skinny, so you have to keep it up,” she admits, noting that acting isn’t any less demanding.

“In the entertainment business, a big part of it has to do with your looks, too.”

It’s a lot of pressure, but Fantone — energized by her time on the treadmill — takes it all in, er, stride.

“The more you work out, the more you get the energy to do it,” she says, “and the more you get motivated to do it, especially when you start seeing results.”

 

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