Gwyneth Paltrow covers the May issue of SELF
April 14th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow on re-designing her butt

When it comes to maintaining her physique, Gwyneth Paltrow has never held back – she revealed that she "did green juices and salads for three days" when she had to get ready for “Iron Man 2” - and she’s just as candid in SELF magazine’s May issue.

"I've found what works for me. I know if I put in an hour and a half, five days a week, I'm good. If I'm on vacation and, like, "F- it, I'm not working out," I know what to do when I get back,” Paltrow explains.

Gwyneth's secrets to healthy eating and a rockin' body

Like getting in 45 minutes of cardio, five days a week, "because I like to eat,” the 38-year-old actress says. “I also try for 45 minutes of muscular structure work, which is toning, realigning and lengthening. If I’m prepping for something or I’ve been eating a lot of pie, I do two hours a day, six days a week for two weeks.”

All of the effort seems to have paid off, because Paltrow says she's turned a problem area into a hot commodity. When she met her trainer Tracy Anderson, she says the fitness guru told her she "had a long, square butt" that Anderson was going to redesign. "I was, like, 'Yeah? Good luck.' The amazing thing is, she was right!"

How Gwyneth Paltrow changed her butt

The changes have come as a surprise to Paltrow, who “never thought that I’d be considered to have a good body. I was bony up top and kind of dumpy on the bottom,” she says. “But my trainer...completely changed my legs, butt, arms and stomach. I feel better than ever, too.”

The "Country Strong" star dismisses the idea that she's the only one who could carve out such a physique. “A lot of women think, 'Oh, my God, I could never get there,' but I don't think that's true," she says. "It's simply relative to how much you put into it."

Read the rest of SELF's interview with Gwyneth Paltrow when the issue hits newsstands on April 19.

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  1. k

    She's a bit WASPy for me, but I like the way she's honest about having to work hard for her body.

    May 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Forrestal

    I wonder how much I'd have to spend, connive, lie, cheat and steal to get a long weekend in Martinique with Gwyneth Paltrow? Coming back to the family might be kinda tough after that. So, no.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Forrestal

    She's not built. She's designed. One of the hottest women in show business. And that's saying a lot.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    Gwyneth looked soooooooooo hot in Shallow Hal.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rhonda labelle

    It is too bad she is acting in such a gross way. She should have the class her mother has, I used to think she had but not now.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Work

    I'd work on her butt ... Hard.

    May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hot

    I never used to find her attractive, but she has gotten really hot in the last 5 yrs

    May 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Buttman

    I love love love love Gwyneth! And I haven't even seen her new butt. I think she's very pretty, hot, classy. Good actress too! The article sucks though.... where's the butt shot?

    April 26, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • hardcandy

      I hear Trump once to see Gwyneth's butt along with the presidents

      April 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ellcee

    Paltrow sucks, and Tracy Anderson is just as bad. Extreme caloric restrictions and hours of cardio do not equal a good body. Lift weights ladies, you will not get big and muscular, just accentuated curves and increased strength!

    April 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    This qualifies for the World's Stupidest Gallery award. Here's an entire story about her butt and not a single shot of it appears in the accompanying photos. Lame, CNN, really lame.

    April 18, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. jland

    Soso true. She is everywhere. I am not sure why we are being forced to see her in Glee, singing on the CMA's, and oh don't forget the cookbook. She really looks like she likes to eat. What birdseed. I would not be surprised to find out she is running for president..................................

    April 18, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Justa Guy

    Nice body. Shame about the personality. And the butterface.

    April 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. style-delights

    This article looks so contrived to make Gwyneth look "more human and everyday woman"..If SHE is concerned about her butt, what is the hope for mere mortals!!

    April 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. busteddrum

    I thought her butt was FINE before. I will have to see the IM2 movie to check it out. Yummers! All you haters are ridiculous. I will take a double helping of what you call "vile".

    April 15, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dook Skywalker

    Something about her is very nasty. She reminds me of a crusty, matted together wooly booger.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  16. eso

    I agree with fafa. She's awful and quite frankly, she's everywhere these days and tough to avoid. Besides, it's cathartic to vent about someone so vile. And its fun!

    April 15, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. Ron Jeremy

    If you get you a$$ to look like Nina Hartley'4 then you'5 have something!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nancy Grace

    I will solve 50 missing butt cases in 50 days... .

    April 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. gabby

    @fafa: Gwyneth couldn't give a fart what you think, you nobody!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Superhiro

    @ fafa wow really? I didn't even think she was in enough stuff to justify that much hate. I kinda forgot she even existed until she showed up in Iron Man. I guess maybe it has something to do with all her Glee appearances. Never seen that show so maybe she really does suck on it.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  21. fafa

    hate hate hate really hate Gwyneth Paltrow...go out of my way to avoid anything she touches...will NOT see her movies....will NOT listen to her sing....will NOT listen to her go on and on and on about how impossibly tall, and terribly thin, and attractive and fashionable and talented and highly intelligent, and terrifically well travelled, and preciously adored by her family she is.....NOT.......she is simply UNBEARABLE!!! when will her 5 minutes by OVER!!!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • um

      um, if you go out of your way to avoid her, why are you reading a story about her?
      i'm not judging, just saying
      i'm the same way with Nancy Grace

      April 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Salsa

      @fafa > you go out of your way to avoid her yet you READ and COMMENT on an article about her. seems like maybe you are obsessed with her! i thought the whole 15-minutes-of-fame thing applied to non-actors (which G is a trained, skilled actress with an academy award). we're not talking about snookie! i hope your obsession subsides soon.

      April 15, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • yesIreallyhateyou

      It's 15, stupid, you get 15 minutes.

      May 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  22. Hmmm...

    Amazing how many pigs there are on these blogs !

    April 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lettuce Head

    Perhaps her brain with a lobotomy would make more sense.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. gabby

    I think it is ok.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Superhiro

    I have to admit, I did take notice of her improved butt in Iron Man 2 and thought it might've been special effects lol. Props to her for rounding it out naturally.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |

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