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Wanna know how celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Eva Mendes earn their PG (Perfect Glutes) rating? Time and money help, but the real payoff comes from working out with trainers who know all the body-shaping tricks. Here, top pros help you sculpt an A-list body.Go for the Glutes
Celebrity Trainer: David Kirsch, author of The Ultimate New York Body Plan (McGraw-Hill, 2005) and trainer to Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell
Celebrity Trainer: Joe Dowdell, president of Peak Performance Strength & Conditioning Center in New York City, and trainer to Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes
Spend less time (about 20 to 30 seconds) resting between sets at the beginning of your workout when your muscles aren't exhausted, and more time (40 to 60 seconds) as they become fatigued. This method, known as density training, can cut the time you spend working out by as much as 15 to 20 percent. It also forces your muscles to work harder while improving your endurance at the same time.
Celebrity Trainer: Harley Pasternak, author of Five Factor Fitness (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2004) and trainer to Alicia Keys, Eva Mendes, and Halle Berry
Work with only one arm or one leg at a time when strength training with dumbbells. This way, while you're resting one side of your body you'll keep the other side going strong. Your heart will also have to keep pumping hard through your entire workout, which means that you'll actually burn more calories overall.
Celebrity Trainer: Michael George, author of Body Express Makeover (Fireside Simon & Schuster, 2005) and trainer to Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, and Reese Witherspoon
Most people do two to three sets of two to three exercises for each muscle group. You'll get better results if you pick four different exercises that work the same muscle -- do three sets of them back-to-back with no rest in between.
Bonus: You'll finish your workout in half the time.
Celebrity Trainer: Mark Blanchard, creator of The Sedona Experience DVD and trainer to Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston
Aim for about 12 inhalations and exhalations per minute.
Celebrity Trainer: Ashley Borden, Nike spokeswoman who has trained Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, Lauren Graham, and Tori Spelling
Instead of starting every set by counting from 1 to 10, decide how many repetitions you're going to do and count backward (10, 9, 8...). This will add staying power to your workout because it gives you more of a finish line to cross, making it harder for you to quit too soon.
Celebrity Trainer: Harley Pasternak
Increase the benefits of your shoulder presses by adding a shrug (as if you were trying to touch your shoulders to your ears) at the top of the movement (just be careful not to lock your elbows). This trick will boost your sculpting results because you'll be moving through a fuller range of motion than if you were just pressing the weights up and down.
Celebrity Trainer: John MacLaren, founder of Elite Fitness Training Systems in L.A. and trainer to Melinda Clarke of The OC
When you're doing lat pull-downs, focus on pulling your shoulders down and together as if you were trying to get your shoulder blades to touch behind your back.
Celebrity Trainer: Gregory Joujon-Roche, trainer to Rachel Weisz and Demi MooreTreadmill Tactics
Wanna get your pre-baby body back? Hollywood insider David Kirsch tells how to get into top form like hot mamas Heidi Klum, Reese Witherspoon, and Julianne Moore.Get Six-Pack Abs
Originally published in Fitness magazine, June 2006.