Here Are the Only Moves You Need to Get a Body Like the Celebs
By Danielle Fontana, Digital Editor |
With bikini season in full swing, it's only natural that we're looking to tone up different areas in order to feel—and look—like our most confident selves this summer. And with celebrities flaunting their perfectly sculpted features all over the tabloids, we have all the motivation we need. Here, celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza and Dara Theodore, instructor at The Fhitting Room, reveal the best moves to get in tip-top shape like the stars—plus, exactly what you need to get their most sought-after assets.
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Crop-top ready abs like Kendall Jenner
To work your core, Theodore suggests the "Spiderman Plank Crunch," where you hold a forearm plank and alternate, bringing the right knee to the right elbow and left knee to the left elbow. "Try to keep your hips level throughout the movement so you aren’t swaying side to side while doing the crunch," she says, explaining that holding a plank effectively works your entire abdominal area, as well as your back, legs and shoulders.
Great arms like Zoe Saldana
Braganza says to start with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent while holding a water bottle in each hand with both hands in front of your face. "Extend your left arm out as if punching someone directly in front of you, then as you bring your left arm back, simultaneously extend or punch out your right arm," she explains. "Keep punching left then right for 40 repetitions. Take a break for 20 seconds and then repeat for three rounds."
Shapely bottom like Jessica Alba
"The incline is the secret when shaping your bottom," says Braganza, adding that when stepping uphill, you should focus on keeping your body straight rather than leaning forward. "Contract your glutes and keep your weight back in your heels. Continue climbing up hill or walking up stairs for a total of 10 minutes."
Sexy legs like Jennifer Lopez
Braganza explains that the reason dancers have shapely legs is because plyometric jumps are part of their exercise program. "Start with a basic straight jump in the air, reaching your hands for a spot against the wall about a foot over your head and jump 10 times. Take a 20 second break and repeat for two more times."
Perfect posture like Anne Hathaway
"My A-list clients look great in a bikini because they train their back muscles, which gives them great posture, shapely shoulders and elongate their waists," says Braganza, recommending adding in the "Reverse Fly" in our workout. To do it, grab a pair of water bottles and stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent. "Bend forward at the hips and let your arms hang straight down from your shoulders. Raise both arms out to the sides as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Return to the start, do 20 reps, take a 20-second break, then repeat two more times."
Amazing abs like Kate Hudson
"To get hot Hollywood abs like Kate, you'll need to do a full-body move that not only tones your abs but also burns fat (after all, you can't see your abs if there is a layer of fat covering it!)," says Bragazna, suggesting we try the "Sprawl":
1. Begin standing
2. Squat down
3. Jump or hop your feet back into a plank
4. Lower your chest to the ground
5. Push up to plank
6. Hop feet back into a squat
7. Stand to finish
Thighs like Beyoncé
For legs like the queen's, try "Sumo Squats." Like regular squats, Theodore says that Sumo Squats work the glutes, hamstrings and quads, but because of the wider stance, there is more emphasis on the inner thighs and adductor muscles. "This movement can be done with just your bodyweight or weighted with a kettlebell or dumbbell. If you want to do them with weight, you can hold them in a rack position, a goblet hold or with the weights hanging in front of you between the legs."
Supermodel stomach like Gigi Hadid
Theodore says that "Jacknives" work your upper and lower abs while also targeting the obliques because of the rotation. "Start by laying on your back, with your right arm overhead with the palm facing up and left arm to the side with your palm facing down. Simultaneously reach your right hand and left foot up to meet mid-air. Return down to the floor. You can choose to do this movement alternating or work one side at a time."
Toned legs like Carrie Underwood
Depending on your fitness level, Theodore says that you can do walking lunges with only your body weight or holding dumbbells or kettlebells. "Holding a dumbbell in each hand at your sides in a suitcase hang, lunge forward with the right foot keeping the chest up. To complete one walking lunge, bring the left foot forward to meet the right foot." This move works your glutes, hamstrings and quads, as well as your core and balance when done properly.