My thighs will always touch. I'm a curvy woman and proud of that fact. So when I see other women like Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara embracing their hourglass shape and toning it up to perfection, I get inspired. After all, we have to embrace what we have, not chase the genetically unattainable figure of a 6-foot-tall supermodel.
In the spring-summer 2013 issue of NewBeauty magazine that just hit newsstands, we go in-depth to find out the best workout for your specific body type. For instance, we investigate how Sofia Vergara keeps her body toned and tight, while amplifying her curves (what she is most known for). Similarly, I went to celebrity fitness trainer Bobby Strom to find out he helps Scarlett keep her body in shape.
"Scarlett works really hard and is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle," says Strom. "Her routine is High Intensity Interval Training (HIT). It builds lean muscle and burns a lot of calories," he says. HIT is doing a number of short bursts of intense exercise with short recovery breaks in between. "It adds variety to every workout, [so you're] never performing the same workout twice," says Strom. This way you can constantly work your muscles in new ways.
Here are his top four moves for Johansson:
1. Walking side lunges, which are good for your quads, glutes and adductors.
2. Twisting knee tucks from a plank position are great for the oblique muscles in order to accentuate the curves.
3. Band assisted pull-ups, which are great for the v shape of the back, also helping to create that hourglass shape.
4. Good old fashion squats. They "are the standard for building a booty and that's the best curve of all," says Strom.