As they strut down the runway for their lingerie show each year, the Victoria’s Secret models prove that they have the best bodies in the business.
And the man behind their fantastic figures is Joe Holder, who created the Ocho System to help his clients reach their physical and mental peak.
Here, the celebrity trainer tells DailyMail.com what it’s really like to work with the most beautiful women in the world – from Bella Hadid to Romee Strijd – and reveals the surprising secrets behind their bodies.
How to get Romee Strijd’s bikini body: Celebrity trainer Joe Holder shares his tricks for prepping Victoria’s Secret models for the catwalk; he is seen here with Romee
Working life: Joe spends his days honing the bodies of his A-list clients; here Georgia Fowler and Bella Hadid can be seen in one of his work-out session photos
Far from rumors about the Angels turning to dangerous crash diets to shed as much weight as possible before the big event, Holder explains that they are dedicated to their health as well as their fitness.
‘They’re pretty similar to athletes. Their bodies are an integrated part of their job,’ he says, adding that they rarely have cheat days.
‘Everybody’s typically very on it. I think people understand that their health is super important to them to reach their goals.’
Naomi’s go-to: Holder says of Naomi ‘she puts in a lot of effort and she’s super humble and down to earth and down to really try anything’
Practises what he preaches: Holder, who ran the New York Marathon Sunday, credits his experience as an athlete at the University of Pennsylvania with teaching him about fitness
Holder was raised ‘in a super healthy household’ and credits his experience as an athlete at the University of Pennsylvania with teaching him about fitness.
‘I dealt with some injuries, so I was just looking for a better way to train and understand the human body a bit more,’ he says.
‘And I was able to heal my body through an integrative emotional, maximum physical approach.’
Once he graduated, he was snapped up by Nike as their master trainer and performance consultant.
Shaping up: Hard at work toning Barbara Palvin and Alexina Graham
Catwalk ready: Romee is captured working out in a photo by Joe Holder
These days, he’s the go-to trainer of Bella and Naomi Campbell.
‘They all work super hard. Naomi Campbell’s always an interesting one because she puts in a lot of effort and she’s been around the industry for a very long time, but she’s super humble and down to earth and down to really try anything,’ he tells DailyMail.com.
‘She’s always been great to deal with. She’s super dedicated. She gets up.’
And when it comes to toning Bella’s body ahead of the annual fashion show, Holder reveals that her incredible figure is all down to clocking in the hours at the gym.
‘It’s nothing wildly special. It’s specifically understanding the way her body moves and applying accordingly,’ he says.
Popular: Models flock to Holder to tone up for the catwalk
‘We’re just really focusing on certain areas such as the hamstrings, the glutes, the posterior chain, making sure the body moves as an integrated unit. If anything, the magic ingredient is hard work.’
Joe trains several of the Victoria’s Secret models, including Romee Strijd, Georgia Fowler and Barbara Palvin, and usually works with his A-list clients three to five times per week.
‘They already are in such fantastic shape, but when you want to go from good to great or better it’s about understanding how they move individually. When you typically get them to move correctly, their bodies will sure up accordingly,’ he says.
‘They’re not normal humans. People forget that. Whether it’s their height or their beauty or their movement, normal people just aren’t built like that. You have to treat them a bit differently to get the best results.’
Holder’s advice for anyone looking to get the figure of an Angel is to be active every day, ‘whether that’s light-stretching, going for a jog, just something to get the body used to its movement.’
From there, he suggests building healthy habits that include eating well and finding the most effective forms of exercise.
The results: Barbara Palvin is seen walking the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2012, left, while Georgia Fowler, right, is seen in 2017
It pays off: Bella and Naomi both work on their figures with help from Joe Holder
‘Worry less about always specific moves, but understand the parts of the body that you can be working accordingly and then go from there,’ he says.
‘You have to have a drastic brain shift of how you think about fitness and wellness and then build an individualized program.
‘Once you take a physical ownership of your wellness, you can see the evolution of everything else that occurs in your life.’
Although working out is important, Holder explains that the difference comes through diet.
The trainer is plant-based and encourages his clients to eat foods that are dense in nutrients.
‘Diet and stress reduction are the most important factors. The workouts are really just a catalyst. You get a good workout in because you’re eating well and treating yourself well,’ he says.
This is how you do it: Holder shares detailed videos showing his workouts to Instagram; here isGeorgia Fowler getting in a strength workout
Impressive: Georgia does a single arm variety with a t-spine twist
Intense: Holder says it’s important to ‘treat yourself with kindness and patience’ – and not compare yourself to others
But he adds that it’s important to ‘treat yourself with kindness and patience’ – and not compare yourself to others.
‘There is a genetic aspect to it, and you have to be honest with yourself and accept yourself as you are,’ he says.
Holder knows that the Victoria’s Secret models want to look their best before strutting down the runway in their underwear, which means that he has to be the greatest trainer he can be.
‘Some of them are my friends too and I just want them to be happy and successful, and I know my name to an extent is on the line,’ he explains.
Nearly ready to roll: Joe’s client, l Romee Strijd, on her way to rehersals on Wednesday
‘I know they’ll be fine, but I want it to be the best possible result, so there is a sense of pressure.’
However, one thing that he doesn’t have to worry about is being star-struck by his A-list clients.
‘The only reason I really get along with any of them is because I just treat them with a sense of respect,’ Holder adds.
‘I need to just get to work for what they need me to do, so it doesn’t make sense to get lost in any sort of awe!’