Trudie Styler & Sting: ‘Why We’re Passionate About Fitness’

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | September 22nd, 2009 | 29 Comments
topic: Celebrity Workouts, Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Health & Wellness, Trudie Styler, Yoga

“We’re given one body in this precious life. It needs maintenance; it needs to be empowered,” says Trudie Styler in this video interview with her and husband Sting for the new Trudie Styler workout and healthy lifestyle DVD series by Gaiam. “I doubt that we’d be able to get through as much as we do without a fitness routine. Fitness plays a huge part in daily life for us both.”

“Trudie and I are in our mid-50s,” says Sting, “but I do the job of a much younger man, so I have to stay fit. We were both athletes when we were younger … We kept that going, and Trudie looks amazing. She has the discipline and control of her body to do whatever she wants. I’m in awe of it.”

In the program series the couple created with Gaiam, Trudie and Sting share an intimate look at how and why fitness, healthy eating, eco-conscious choices and social action are essential parts of how they live their lives.

The workouts are guided by Styler and celebrity trainer James D’Silva, and the DVDs feature music from Sting’s #1 album Songs from the Labyrinth.

Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga®, the first DVD in the series, features a vigorous, flowing yoga routine that integrates a blend of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility. Other programs in the series include Core Strength Pilates and Cardio Dance Flow, each designed to be highly effective for increasing strength and flexibility, toning muscles, and improving posture.

All five programs were filmed at Trudie and Sting’s Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, a working farm that produces organic olive oil, honey, fruits and vegetables, and wine. The programs include a rare tour of the estate and a behind-the-scenes look at what makes this picturesque expanse of Italian countryside a self-sustaining and eco-friendly house that runs on bio-fuels. There’s even a behind-the-scenes look at Il Palagio’s use of organic gardening and cooking techniques.


  1. Hello…and thank you for sharing this amazing video with us. I loved watching it and hearing about Trudie and Sting’s lifestyle and commitment to stewardship of the Planet. I am also into organics, growing my own food, I am a vegetarian, believe in keeping fit, and do everything I can to live a green life. The video and music are beautiful, and the message is heartwarming. It really touched me and reinforces my own commitment to doing everything I can to make my life and the world a better place. Being of Italian heritage, the Italian countryside also spoke to my heart. Thank you for a beautifully done video, and I’d like to say I am so proud of Trudie and Sting’s lifestyle and contributions.

    Jacqueline M. Jakle | September 23rd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  2. Congratulations on life lived mindfully. If only we could have the rest of the world wake up too.


    j. kaczy | September 23rd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  3. To All:-

    The video interview by Gaiam with Trudie Styler and Sting on their Yoga practice goes to show that YOGA is beneficial to both sexes and all ages. No matter what branch of occupation we follow, or how physically incompetent we feel,a few yoga poses if daily practiced will work wonders on one’s body..i am myself a yoga enthusiast and practice yoga daily at my young age of 84. T.S.Sundaram. Bangalore.

    T.S.SUNDARAM. | September 23rd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  4. Good health is one’s greatest asset. Without good health one can hardly expect success in any walk of life. Regular practice of yoga even for fifteen minutes a day will will keep one quite fit and soon make him hale and hearty.He will have abundant energy, strength, and nerve power, a charming personality and above all a long life.

    T.S.SUNDARAM | September 27th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  5. If yoga is practiced diligently, asanas can help lose body weight.There are quite a few asanas that will help one to shed weight in specific body parts,and as a whole add a glow to the skin. Ardhakapothasana, paschimothanasana are two asanas to name, which can help in general reduction of body weight. What however is required is patience.

    T.S.Sundaram | October 1st, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  6. Watch Sting’s Rainforest SOS video message: (We do not allow links in comments)

  7. what a smug couple. very easy talking when you’re rich.
    all the planerides they use (especially sting) can outdo all their “good” work they are so conscious of.

    maria | June 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  8. I found your site very helpful and will be bookmarking this for future use.

    uPVC Conservaties | June 29th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  9. I wish to comment on Trudy Styler’s and James Da Silva’s dancercize DVD that I just purchased recently.
    It is the best exercise tape I’ve ever tried. It has sufficient challenge to keep me interested as I learn the moves, a nice blend of yoga, ballet and aerobics, great music both energizing and relaxing at the same time, soothing and clear voiced-over instruction from James, plus it doesn’t feel like it goes on for 25 minutes – it in fact feels like I’ve been exercising for only 10 minutes or so.
    At the end of it my heart rate has been elevated and I’ve had enough stretching and a muscle workout to set me up for the day.
    Very well done! Keep producing excellent quality material like this!

    Patricia | June 30th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  10. Clearly these two are doing something right, and — having watched the video — it would be hard to beat the setting in which they do it. Beautiful landscape.

    Coming from a resistance/strength training background, I harp on and on to people about the importance of flexibility training for athletes. This DVD series may just accomplish that.

    Mike | July 24th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  11. I was into heavy weight training for much of my young adult life. I later switched to kettlebells for my strength and endurance training and have found that using specific yoga poses for my warm-ups and cool-downs has done wonders for my joints and ligaments.

    Jim Lane | July 25th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  12. I agree wholeheartedly with this article except one minor point. I think the body should do more than ‘be maintained’. I believe regardless of age you can seek improvement. In all things you’re getting better or worse, so there really is no maintenance, just constantly seeking better.

    Logan | July 25th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  13. nice work to the both of you!
    if i could get yoga on my list of exercises to do, i would definitely do it.
    i’ve tried it once, and i could tell that if i stayed with it my strength would be up too!
    not many people think that yoga can actually increase strength, but it does, which is why a lot of football players are incorporating it into their workout routines.

    ryan | July 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  14. Great Video Thanks!!!

    Karen L. | July 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  15. I think it’sgreat that routine incorporates core strength training. I think most people overlook this and focus more on the flexibility stuff, which in my personal opinion isn’t as vital.


  16. I enjoyed this video. Trudy and Sting are lovely people with a true dedication to fitness. However, yoga is only a part way solution to fitness. I have found that racquetball gives me the total fitness workout I need. In a one hour racquetball my body receives enormous benefits. First, there is the dynamic aerobic workout that racqetball provides. Next, there is the clear strength benefit from this game. Racquetball also sharpens intellect and requires all players to particularly alert to the fast moving racquetball. The best of all fitness worlds is to combine yoga and racquetball. This combination produces the best in body fitness.

    ROBERT WAUGH | July 30th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  17. I enjoyed this video. Trudy and Sting are lovely people with a true dedication to fitness. However, yoga is only a part way solution to fitness. I have found that racquetball gives me the total fitness workout I need. In a one hour racquetball game my body receives enormous benefits. First, there is the dynamic aerobic workout that racqetball provides. Next, there is the clear strength benefit from this game. Racquetball also sharpens intellect and requires all players to be particularly alert to the fast moving racquetball. The best of all fitness worlds is to combine yoga and racquetball. This combination produces the best in body fitness.

  18. I have read some of the commenst on this blog and I agree that fitness is a crucial component of living a healthy life. I wanted to get some more insight to support a theory that yoga combined with kettlebell training could produce some great results in the way of improved flexibility as well as increased strength and greater weight loss for those looking to lose weight. All comments are welcome.



    Clay | August 1st, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  19. Sting gets too much stick when he speaks out, I understand he’s a very wealthy guy and people see him as a hypocrite when discussing poverty issues and the likes, but he gives back way more than the average man. Sorry, a little off topic but i thought i’d put that out there. Great video

    James - The How To Get A Six Pack In A Month Guy | August 1st, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  20. Wonderful video. I couldn’t agree more with this couple. It is important to look at ourselves in a holistic way, in other words, we need to take care of our bodies, as well as our environment. A great and healthy body couldn’t survive in a destroyed environment.

    Of course living in such a beautiful place, and eating healthy food enhances the consciousness principle of living with nature.

    It is somewhat sad that some people focus on how rich this couple is, and don’t see the underlying message. I believe that this couple has great karma, which shows in their life and consciousness.

    I am sure in the future, more and more people will strive for a self sustaining and healthier life, which in turn will increase and improve not only our body, mind and spirit, but our planet as well.

    This is a very encouraging video and hopefully more people will see it.

    Peter Dexheimer | August 11th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  21. This is something the entire world should see. It’s a wonderful idea that can make one’s life infinitely better. These days I see many people that neglect their body. This is very wrong.

    This video really inspired me and confirmed what I believed for a long time.

    Here’s a tip for everybody…what I do each day to stay healthy, happy and have tons of energy. It’s similar to what the couple in the video does.

    So, each and every morning I wake up 2 hours earlier and do a pre-determined “routine” that includes doing some physical exercise (such a running or lifting weights), doing a little bit of yoga (or a relaxation technique), reading something inspirational to kick start my day and then eat a very healthy meal.

    With this daily routine I make myself strong mentally,physically and spiritually. I feel absolute FANTASTIC for the rest of the day.

    Just try it for yourself…create your own morning routine and see how powerful this is.

    Thanks for such a great video.

    Kirk Wagner | September 20th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  22. Very inspirational and good to see that celebrities are taking a lead in education on health and fitness. It’s very true – we’re only given one body in this precious life. We need to take care of it.

    Beatriz, Living Healthy | September 25th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  23. Where does all the money go from the sales of these videos- to the planet, to starving children, to build schools in suffering parts of the world, to clean up entire water supplies?
    Sting and Trudie do seem like truly lovely, kind, genuine people.
    The true spirit of yoga would shine through more to me if ALL proceeds from Trudie’s videos go to those who need the basics so they too have enough health in their bones to even enjoy a deep breath.
    I am guessing that she doesn’t need another estate? Or maybe she does……

    Marsha | January 25th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  24. I totally agree with the first quote on how precious life is and you have to live it to the fullest. They definitely are doing something right.

    Justen Miller | February 3rd, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  25. A couple who are showing a great example!!

    Barry | March 5th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  26. It’s very true that we need to take care of our body. Just like everything else in life, if we neglect something precious, it will turn into something that will either be useless or cause lots of trouble.

    The same is true with taking care of our, very functional and greatly designed, body. If we neglect it, it will give us lots of difficulties, maybe not when we are young, but later in life.

    I personally believe in putting only healthy and good nourishment into mine and do exercises, which are not overly strenuous and yet helpful to stay fit and at the same time relaxed as well as self-conscious.

    Great comments from everyone and by sharing our various views and opinions, we can learn from each other.

    Great video and information by the way.

    Karin Wells | March 5th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  27. As a man who is also in his 50’s I have begun recently to do yoga as I’m more concerned with flexibility than strength training

    William Lawn | April 12th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  28. I believe that you are what you eat and organic fruit and vegetables can contribute an awful lot to health and fitness. Growing your own means you can be sure that it is not full of unwanted chemicals and additives and, as a bonus, you are helping the environment. If you can have your own garden you have a source of pleasure and exercise – a wonderful activity for mind and body.

    Penny | June 20th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  29. Why the focus and negativity about their wealth (in the comments)? At least these are two wealthy people with genuine consciences and an appreciation for life! I wish there were more celebrities that demonstrated such love, compassion and commitment, both to each other (they’ve had a relatively long and apparently loving and healthy marriage!) and to others in the world. I commend them for sharing their world with others!

    Kiki | June 21st, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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