Celebrity Inspired Workouts

Common mortals look to Hollywood for everything: entertainment, style and fashion trends and tips, and of course, health and diet ideas and fitness routines.

Sarah Bowen Shea from Health Magazine was able to unearth celebrities’ secrets to their beautiful figures.

Jessica Biel’s Arms

Jessica Biel’s toned arms come courtesy of Los Angeles-based trainer Jason Walsh.

Walsh shares that sharing Jessica Biel’s workout women, it’s always met with apprehension – at first. Eventually women, get hooked because the result, as seen on Jessica Biel, are incredibly toned arms.

How to do it

“Lie on your stomach with your hands just outside your shoulders, elbows bent to about 45 degrees, and fingers spread; your toes should be tucked under with legs straight and abs pulled in tight. (For less of a challenge, start with your hands on a raised surface, like a tabletop.) Take a deep breath and push yourself up, keeping your body in a straight line-don’t push hips up or let belly drop toward the floor. Slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position. Work your way up to 3 sets of 10 reps.”

Halle Berry‘s back and shoulders

Los Angeles-based trainer and author of 5-Factor Diet Harley Pasternak is responsible for Halley Berry’s back and shoulders.

According to Pasternak, his Dumbbell Back Rows exercise “strengthens the rhomboids, the muscles in your upper back that connect your shoulder blades to your spine, giving you a toned back and much better posture.” And the best part? “You’ll look great in backless dresses, too!” the trainer adds.

How to do it

“Sit on a stability ball, holding a 5- to 8-pound dumbbell in each hand. Bend at the waist until torso is parallel to the floor, chest is on knees, and arms are hanging toward the floor. Draw elbows back and up, bringing shoulder blades toward each other, then lower dumbbells back down; that’s 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 reps.”

Jennifer Aniston’s butt

Los Angeles-based creator of the popular Budokon yoga-martial arts program Cameron Shayne helps Jen get that sexy rear.

Shayne says that his Dancing Half-Moon kick “combines yoga to stretch the lower back and open the hips with martial arts to tighten and shape the butt. The result is a strong, lean backside.”

How to do it

  1. “Begin in a straddle stance with your knees bent and feet wide, and your toes pointing slightly outward.”
  2. “Shift your weight onto your right leg while straightening your left leg. Round your arms, as if holding a large ball, and bend sideways from the waist over your bent knee.”
  3. “Place both hands on the floor just in front of your right foot, creating a three-point base. Extend your left leg toward the ceiling (go only as high as is comfortable) while straightening your right leg. Lower your leg and return to starting position; that’s 1 rep. Do 12 reps, then switch legs; repeat.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Legs

Gwyneth Paltrow has some of the best legs in Tinseltown. Her secret weapon? Fitness expert Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method.

According to Anderson, her Crossover Leg Lift works on the whole leg, specifically, on hard-to-tone outer-thigh area.

How to do it

  1. “Sit with weight balanced on right hip; place forearms and hands in front for support. Bend right leg so the bottom of the foot “faces” the wall behind you. Cross your left leg over your right; extend it forward, foot flexed.”
  2. “Raise your left leg straight up toward the ceiling as high as you can without rocking back, then bring it back down. Start with 25 reps (eventually working up to 50), then switch sides and repeat.”

Jessica Alba’s Abs

Before Jessica Alba had baby Honor Marie, she had one of the sexiest abs in Hollywood. But just a few months after giving birth, she has almost gotten back her pre-pregnancy figure. It’s all thanks to L.A.-based trainer and creator of the 3-2-1 Baby Bulge Be Gone program, Ramona Braganza.

Braganza reveals that her Twisting Plank exercise is the key. “This is an excellent exercise for (both the) obliques (your side ab muscles) and the transverse abdominus, the muscle that acts like a girdle and cinches in your waist,” Braganza explains.

How to do it

  1. “Begin in plank position with arms straight, hands directly beneath your shoulders, and fingers spread wide for balance.”
  2. “Contract your abs and bring your right knee in toward your left elbow; return to plank position. Repeat on the opposite side, bringing your left knee toward your right elbow; that’s 1 rep. Do 5 reps.”

Source: Health.com

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