Susan Holmes-McKagan: Secret to Her Superstar Body, Revealed!

Susan Holmes-McKagan

Photo Credits: Photography by Brian B. Hayes,Hair -Johnny Stuntz,Make up – Elaine Offers,Leggings and top – Adidas x Stella McCartney

An American model, television personality, and fashion designer, founder of Susan Holmes Swimwear is, Susan Elizabeth Holmes-McKagan holding the title “The Body” earned by iconic fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

At the age of 17, Holmes was on her first cover of a magazine (San Diego magazine) and also appearing in ads on billboards. She has worked with innumerable brands- Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Versace,Christian Lacroix, Badgley Mischka, Nicole Miller, Marc Jacobs, and Prada. Holmes also has appeared in ad campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Fendi, Escada, Guess, Revlon, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria’s Secret.

She launched her swimwear line in 1997 and received an award from supermodel Niki Taylor, in New York City as “The Swimwear Designer of the Year” at the National Children Leukemia Foundation’s –The Michael Awards in 2008. After being married for more than 20 years to her inspiration Duff McKagan and two beautiful daughters, she released her book called “The Velvet Rose”. The book talks about how her fashion world collided with Duff’s rock ‘n’ roll world back in the ’90s.

Here she is in coversation with Women Fitness President, Ms Namita Nayyar sharing her diet and exercise routine, life as a model and unstopable dreams.

Namita Nayyar:

A healthy morning ritual that you follow?

Susan Holmes-McKagan:

I am a creature of habit, so I try and keep a consistency in my day to day routine. A typical morning starts out with a positive thought for the day — and the fact that it is a brand-new day and just that, always a fresh start. I drink a large glass of Mountain Valley spring water with a fresh cut lemon from our own back yard. I then check e-mails, texts and social media (as I’m always on there so best place to reach me is on my Instagram @susanholmesmckagan as I love responding and hearing from my fans. Then I take my vitamins and a strong cup of organic espresso dark roast coffee — I love it with coconut milk for creamer. Of course, then I get a work out in … I rotate them frequently from weight lighting, to yoga to Peloton biking or hiking.

Namita Nayyar:

When did you realize your passion for modeling?

Susan Holmes-McKagan:

I’ve always had a passion for fashion. My older sister was such an inspiration for me, and when she started to model, I knew I wanted to be immersed in it too. I am so lucky to have the sustaining and successful modeling career that I’ve had now for over two decades! People love to ask me how I manage to stay so young, and keep so fit. They are often shocked to know I have daughters in college.

Namita Nayyar:

Share the best part of your job as a writer to your best-selling new book The Velvet Rose?

Susan Holmes-McKagan:

The best part is the creative fulfillment that I find so particularly rewarding, to the wonderful feedback I get to hear after someone’s read my book, and they convey to me, just how much they truly enjoyed it!

Namita Nayyar:

What exercises are an integral part of your home workout routine? 5 must-do morning stretches?

Susan Holmes-McKagan:

I always do 30-40 minutes of cardio to warm up the body, muscles and get the blood flowing before lifting. I have recently hyper focused on my back as I actually have slight scoliosis and need to keep my alignment and posture and bones as strong as possible. I’ll use the straps and use my own body weight to strengthen. I also swim at home, several times a week which is so cathartic for your back muscles. For arms, it’s drop- sets with twelve, five and three pound weights. Bicep curls, shoulder raises, tricep kickbacks, hammer curs and chest presses. I also do tricep dips all the time (on our workout bench, or even on our tub before I take a bath). For abs I love supine bicycles, crunches on the medicine ball (it’s so much better on your back), V sit ups, Mason twists with weighted medicine ball, and plank jacks, reverse crunches and leg lifts for the lower ab.

My must have stretches include: calves (they’re the most important body part to stretch). You don’t ever want to tear your Achille’s tendon ..and this avoids that big time. Quad stretch (stand upright and bend one leg back, grabbing the top of that foot. For hamstring’s (stand upright, bending one knee and extending the other out straight in front of you). I stretch my back in the child’s pose from yoga on the floor mat. And for hips, glutes and lower back I do the standing figure four hip stretch.

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