Ever wondered how celebrities always stay in tip-top shape?
They may spend around $300 an hour on trainers to transform their bodies, but you don’t have to in order to look like a star! Here are some workout tips on how celebrities keep their bodies in great shape.[/one_half]
Do a Quick High Intensity Workout
Most celebs don’t have time to work out in the gym as frequently and regularly as they would like. Halle Berry likes to do hard-core 30 minute workouts with interval training at a high intensity, according to her trainer, Ramona Braganza. These short but intense workouts require you to expend more energy, help you burn more calories, and sculpt muscle.[/one_half_last]
Work Out In the Morning
Celebrities are busy people – just like you, right? Working out in the morning helps them make sure their day is off to a good start, and helps them make sure they stick to their exercise routines. “You’ll boost your metabolism for the day. If you wait, something else will come up,” says Teddy Bass, a trainer who has worked with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Lucy Liu.[/one_half][one_half_last]
DON’T OBSESS OVER THE SCALE
If you need a way to monitor your progress, use clothes as an indicator instead. Braganza suggests trying on your favorite little black dress or slim jeans once a month to gauge your weight balance.
Harley Pasternak, trainer to Jessica Simpson, Megan Fox, and Hilary Duff, says that people overestimate how active they are throughout the day and that wearing a pedometer makes you aware of how active you actually are. He makes all of his clients wear one, with a goal of 10,0000 steps per day.
Get Halle Berry’s sexy curves with this lower body workout!
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Targets: Obliques, abs
- Stand with knees slightly bent, feet shoulder-width apart, holding medium or heavy dumbbells in each hand with weights at sides, elbows slightly bent, palms in and abs tight.
- Slowly slide dumbbell down outside of right thigh as far as you can, bending torso to right while keeping hips square.
- Hold for 2 seconds, then slowly draw weight back up thigh to start.
Repeat all reps to right; switch sides.
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Targets: Thighs, hips, glutes, shoulders
- Hold a light- or medium-weight dumbbell in each hand standing next to the bench lengthwise.
- Step up with right foot onto the middle of the bench; hold for 3 counts with left leg lifted to side.
- Step down with left foot and tap down with the right.
- Immediately step back up to the bench with right foot.
Do all reps on this leg, rest for 30 seconds, then switch sides.
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- Hold light or medium dumbbells in each hand, elbows slightly bent with palms in.
- Bend elbows and pull weights toward body, keeping arms close to sides.
Lower and repeat.
- From starting position, slowly lift weights out to sides to chest level, keeping elbows slightly bent.
- Lower and repeat.
Do 1 set of rows followed by one set of flyes; rest and repeat.
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Targets: Obliques, Abs, Lower Back
- Sit on a flat bench with knees bent and feet flat on the floor or on the seat of the bench.
- Lean back slightly, engaging your abdominals.
- Punch right fist across outside of left thigh, twisting upper body to the left.
- Hold for 3 counts.
- Repeat, punching left fist to outside of right thigh.
Continue, alternating punching to each side; keep your upper body lifted and your abdominals engaged throughout the exercise.
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- Stand facing a flat bench (push bench against a wall for support, if necessary).
- Come into a full push-up position with palms placed just wider than shoulder-distance apart on the bench, abs tight.
- Bend elbows 90 degrees, lowering chest toward bench.
- Hold for 2 counts, then push back to start and repeat.
For an added challenge, alternate lifting one leg for each set (not shown).
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Targets: Hamstrings, Glutes, Lower Back, Hips
- Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart, holding medium-weight dumbbells in each hand, arms at sides with palms in.
- Keeping head up, shoulders back, abs tight and knees slightly bent, hinge forward from the hips to slide your butt back.
- As you bend forward, slide weights down the legs, gazing slightly ahead of you.
- Keeping body weight over heels, slowly return to starting position; repeat.