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Shake up your fitness routine with workouts celebs love

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Celebrity-inspired Fitness

Ever wonder how your favorite celebs stay fit? Us, too! That’s why we decided to look into some of the go-to workouts that keep those famous bodies in shape. Trust us -- you won’t be bored after testing out a few of these fun, star-approved workouts.
Perez Hilton

We turned to Ilyse Baker, celebrity fitness trainer and top 10 FitOrbit.com trainer, to let us in on how celebs are staying fit.

Dance

Stars like Brooke Burke, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Hough, Pink, Vanessa Williams, Eva Longoria and many more stay fit through dancing. “Dance strengthens your body, builds stamina and balance, is great for the brain, requires no equipment and is easy to do in the comfort of your own home,” says Baker. It’s even more popular now due to all of the reality dance TV shows where we see celebrity bodies transform overnight. Dance also has the benefits of being fun, exciting and a great stress reliever. “Just like you and me, celebs get bored of the same old workouts, so they choose dance to literally shake things up, as it is an easy way to tighten and tone their bodies from head to toe,” the trainer explains. “You can burn anywhere from 300 to 600 calories dancing for 60 minutes.”

CrossFit

Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz and many more are big fans of CrossFit. It might seem like a new way to work out, but was actually created almost two decades ago. Why the comeback? “CrossFit has been gaining popularity in the past few years as the antidote to boring gym workouts,” Baker says. “The program is a time-saver; it's not about how long you exercise, but the intensity of your workout,” she explains. The workout incorporates weightlifting, kettlebells, plyometrics, cardio and more into bursts of high-intensity exercise. CrossFit also uses increasing intensity techniques (like lifting heavier weights for a lower number of reps) to help increase strength and stamina. Due to the intense nature of the workout, expect results quickly, Baker tells us.

FitOrbit

Celeb gossip king Perez Hilton is a big fan of using FitOrbit, says Baker. FitOrbit.com is an online personal training service that matches clients with personal trainers who will customize a nutritional plan and exercise program for the client. Along with a diet and fitness plan, other resources on the FitOrbit site include a food journaling tool, exercise finder and progress tracker. “Your trainer will help you set goals and devise a workout plan completely customizable for you,” the trainer explains. “Perez agrees with FitOrbit that this program is not a quick fix, but instead it's a lifestyle change. You are taught properly how to lose weight and get the results you are looking for the right way. Your results will stay off and you will live a healthier way.” You can do FitOrbit at any time. You just need access to a computer.

P90X

It may seems like every celebrity has a personal trainer, but there are some celebs who work out with DVD programs just like we do. In fact, there are a number of stars who swear by P90X, a series of super-tough workouts on DVD designed by Tony Horton from Beach Body, says Baker. Celebs like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have credited P90X workouts for their fantastic bodies (though they probably don’t work out together anymore). Sheryl Crow has also had great results from doing P90X, she tells us. “Erin Andrews says that P90X keeps her lean and strong. Other celebs fans include Usher, Paul Ryan, Ray Allen, Joey Fatone and many more.”

If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, P90X provides full body results, says Baker. “It features workouts from plyometrics to yoga. The system stresses the idea of ‘muscle confusion,' which basically means you're changing up your routine so much that you never plateau.”

Yoga

Get ready to stretch your way to a better body. Yoga is a great workout with many benefits. “It keeps your muscles flexible and strong and helps calm and relax your mind. Practicing yoga regularly is the secret to a healthy body and soul,” Baker says. Camilla Belle in particular is a big fan, she notes. “She likes the mix between the physical and meditating. It keeps her on track. She practices postures, breathing exercises and meditation to balance her mind and body. Yoga helps her tune out from her busy work schedule so she can relax and unwind.” Jennifer Aniston has an enviable body and that, too is partly because of her regular yoga workouts. “She practices about every other day, doing 45 minutes or so after she goes for a run. It's a great way to prevent tightness and clear your mind,” the trainer tells us.

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