Favorite celebrity workouts: How to do them at home
Staying in shape is part of the job when you're a celebrity. Kate Hudson mixes boxing, agility drills and jumping to keep fit. Hayden Panettiere swears by the bicycle maneuver as her fave belly-flattening ab exercise. The bottom line: Celebrities work hard to keep their enviable bodies camera ready. And you can get an A-list bod by doing the very same celebrity workouts at home. Here’s how.
The ultimate celebrity fitness plan
No need to surf the 'net or engage in celebrity stalking at your gym to see what the red carpet stars are doing to stay fit. The following workout plan combines all the best celebrity moves in a routine you can do on your own at home. Warm up with a simple agility drill a la Kate Hudson. Follow with fat-burning moves targeting all muscles, and end with Hayden's favorite ab exercise. Run through these moves one to three times, two to three times a week, and you'll see A-list results within weeks.
Agility drill: Grapevine warmup
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Cross right leg in front of left leg. Step left with left leg. Next, bring right leg behind left leg, and step out again with left leg.
Repeat 15 times, then switch directions.
Works inner thighs and quadriceps
Start position: Stand straight, hands on hips.
Movement: Shift weight to left leg and step out sideways with right leg, landing gently with knee bent and toes pointed to 2 o'clock (keep toes and knee aligned). Keep left leg straight. Pause and push back to starting position.
Repeat on opposite side for 10 times each side.
Works chest, shoulders and arms
Start position: Lie face down on the floor with hands out next to your chest, fingers pointed straight ahead and slightly wider than shoulder width.
Movement: Tighten abs as you raise yourself up onto your hands and the balls of your feet. Keep your body straight; avoid hiking up hips or sagging in the middle. Bend your arms and lower your body to the floor, stopping when elbows are at 90 degrees. Push back up to start position.
Repeat 15 times.
Front lunge with row
Works glutes, arms and back
Start position: Attach exercise tubing in the hinge of a door or around a stable object. Grasp handles with both hands and step out until you feel tension on the chord with arms held out straight in front of you. Stand in a split stance (one leg forward, one leg back). Bend knees and lower your hips into a lunge position, keeping the front knee and back knee at 90-degree angles.
Movement: Rise back up and "row" by pulling handles towards you and squeezing shoulder blades together and then straighten arms back out.
Repeat 10 times and switch legs.
Bicycle ab blaster
Works core muscles
Start position: Lie face up on the floor and bring your hands behind your head, elbows out to the side. Pick feet up off the ground and bend knees as you lift your upper back off the ground.
Movement: Straighten your right leg out while you simultaneously bring your left knee in and rotate your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow towards your left knee. Be sure you are lifting your shoulder towards the opposite knee and not just pulling your head up (you can strain your neck).
Continue alternating right and left sides in a pedaling motion for 15 repetitions or more.
Cool down and stretch: You're now one workout closer to a red carpet figure.