Trends come and go, but one thing never changes in Hollywood; HOT BODIES! Everyone has a favorite celebrity and everyone wants to look the way the stars do. Here is your insiders guide to celebrity workouts! Whether you’re young or old, these tips will help you into that smaller size in no time.
*Lunges. Start by standing up straight with your hands at your sides. Take a big step forward with your right leg, lowering the body until your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Straighten back up and repeat on the left side. Do three sets of 10 repetitions with each leg.
*Sit-down squats. Start by standing in front of a chair and then sit down on the seat and stand back up. Do three sets of 15 reps.
*Arm and leg opposition. Start on the floor on your hands and knees. Lift the right arm up and extend the left leg back so that both are parallel to the floor. Keep your abs tight and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.
*Push-ups. If you can’t do military push-ups in good form, modify your technique by pushing up from your knees. Do three sets of 10 reps.
*Triceps dips. Position yourself in front of a sturdy chair so that your arms are behind you with your palms grabbing the edge of the seat. Scoot your legs out in front. Now lower your upper body until your upper arms are parallel to the floor and then press back up. Do two sets of 12 reps.
Do this program a few times a week and you’ll be in shape for your big reveal, too – even if it’s just between you and your special someone.
“To start off – as soon as possible – find a consistent exercise program that fits into your lifestyle and that you can do most days of the week. This will get you to the place where you are strong, fit and at — or close to — your ideal body weight.
Then, to drop a few extra pounds and really buff up before the special night, try these tips that I have used with some of my celebrity clients:
*Two weeks before the event— Increase your workout time (adding 15 to 20 minutes to each session), frequency (hitting the gym at least five to six times a week) and intensity (really going for the burn). For your cardio workouts, increase the intensity by going up in levels on the machines or adding some sprints or hills to your runs/walks so that you are burning more calories and really getting a good sweat. For the strength part of your workouts (up to three days a week), focus on alternating workouts of heavier weights/fewer reps with lighter weights/more reps to challenge your muscles in different ways.
*The week before the event – Really watch what you eat. I tell all my clients to cut sugar, salt and alcohol. This will help you feel and look lean. You will also have amazing energy for your workouts. The day before the event, I recommend sticking with lean proteins and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, and limiting fruit and veggies to avoid feeling bloated or gassy.
*The day of the event – Work out some more. My favorite exercise for the day of the event is a long brisk walk with hills. This tightens the legs and hips, and burns lots of calories. Go for at least 45 minutes. Follow this by holding the “plank position” for three sets of one-minute holds. A plank is a yoga move where you start off lying on the floor, tummy down. Next, support your body by lifting up on your forearms and your toes, keeping your body perfectly straight. Press your shoulder blades down toward your waist. Keep your abs pulled in, and your neck aligned with your spine. Hold for 60 seconds.
Do all this and you will look and feel fabulous for your special night on the town!
“Want to pretend you’re gearing up to fight the mob? Shake up your regular fitness routine by giving these moves a try. (Note: This workout is intended for people who regularly strength train. If you’re a true couch potato, start slowly and work your way up to this challenge.)
On the first day, work on sheer strength with bench presses, straight bar curls and military presses. Don’t worry about counting set and reps. The goal is to go heavy and feel the power.
On the second day, tone and condition with rear dips off the end of your bed or coffee table — dozens of them — to blast your triceps and upper back. Then do old-fashioned sit-ups and pull-ups — as many as you can, and then a few more.
Repeat this cycle over the next two days, and then rest on the fifth day.
This workout is an example of how a specific fitness strategy can help actors physically feel like the characters they are portraying — to get into their bodies.
And it can help motivate movie buffs at home, too! Just pick a character you admire physically and design a workout based on him or her. Would this character go to a gym or train outdoors? Do kick-boxing or yoga? Cycle or swim? Shoot hoops or hit tennis balls?
Playing the role of your favorite characters is a unique way to freshen up fitness. Who knows, you may even enjoy one of the new activities you try and decide to make it a regular part of your exercise routine. (credit)”
“*Walking lunges with weights. Holding your weights in each hand, take a giant step forward with your right leg, lowering the body until your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Keep your back straight and focus looking forward. Straighten up and bring the left leg forward into the next step as you move across the floor or down your hallway. Aim for 10 lunges in a row and then turn around and repeat. Do this twice.
*Sit down/stand up squat. Stand in front of a chair and sit down on the seat. Then stand back up, raising your arms until they are straight out in front of your shoulders. Repeat 20 times.
*Kick backs. Start on all fours on the mat or towel on the floor. Then take your right leg and extend it straight back with your foot off the floor. Next, bend the knee and flex your foot, press the leg up and then lower, all the while squeezing your buttocks. Do 25 lifts on each leg.
*Card pick-up squat. Remove 15 cards from a deck and hold them in one hand. Take one card and deal it down onto the floor as you squat down by bending the knees, keeping your weight on your heels and wiggling your toes as you come up. Do this until the cards are all down on the floor. Then pick one up at a time, the same way you put them down.
*Hip/butt lift. Using either a coffee table or the seat of a sturdy chair, lie on your back with your hips on the floor and place your heels on the coffee table or seat of the chair. Next, press down with your heels and lift up your hips. Squeeze your buttocks and lift as far as you can. Slowly lower down and repeat. Do 20 reps and then repeat the set. (Credit)”
You don’t have to live in Hollywood to be a “star,” just keep up with your routine and don’t let life’s excuses get in the way of being fabulously fit!