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Marco & Paulo Lorador of Mystère

February 1, 2007 - THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW

Cirque du Soleil's Mystère performers Marco and Paulo Lorador

The men of Cirque du Soleil's Mystère defy gravity with extreme feats of strength and balance.

Marco and Paulo Lorador, performers in the Cirque du Soleil show Mystère, wow audiences night after night with their physical feats of strength and balance.

The brothers are third-generation performers from Portugal who have been in the business for 30 years. "My father was in the circus, my grandfather, and before we knew it, we were born into it," Marco says.

In graceful, controlled movements, Marco does a handstand on his brother's outstretched hands, then maneuvers into a one-handed handstand on one of Paulo's hands.

Marco and Paulo keep their muscles toned by working out and performing 10 shows a week at Treasure Island Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. "It's just beautiful to watch," Oprah says.

Best Way to Stay in Shape
From Marco & Paulo Lorador of Mystère

We all try our best to stay in shape, but after seeing hand-to-hand performers Marco and Paulo Lorador do their routine in Cirque du Soleil's Mystère, we realize we've got a long way to go. Who better than these brothers to set the record straight on how best to get into — and stay in — shape?

• Start young. Marco was 7 and Paulo was 9 when they began their routine, and they've dedicated their lives to their craft.

• Work out four days a week for an hour a day.

• Consistency is key. "Any work out you do is good, as long as you do it, free weights, machines, it doesn't matter, just stay with it," Marco says.

• Follow a split routine. Marco and Paulo focus on a major and minor body part each workout. You can also alter the routine to a non-Cirque-style workout, such as legs and back one day, then arms and abdominals the next. This helps to put your energy into strengthening different specific muscles every workout.

• Have a workout partner. Marco and Paulo are so far advanced that they don't typically work out together, but they do recommend it for beginners. "Having a workout partner is good for motivation and drive," Marco says. "It can push you to do more when you have someone there to encourage you."