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Celeb Trainer Tips: Get Your Sexiest Body

If you want to flaunt a sexy body, you need to make peace with all your body parts. Check out these celebrity trainers' tips on sculpting sexy abs, legs, arms, shoulders, and butt. You'll have the confidence of an A-list celebrity!

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Get Sexy Legs

Try Cardio...
Do at least 30 minutes of heart-healthy cardio five times a week, says Harley Pasternak, who's trained Halle Berry and Jessica Simpson. Try cycling, running, in-line skating, and stair climbing, which all have thigh- and calf-sculpting payoffs.

...and Sculpting
To target hamstrings:

Lie faceup on floor with arms at sides, palms down and calves on top of a stability ball. Engage abs and roll ball toward body with heels, lifting hips. Once heels are on top of ball, slowly roll back to start, lowering body to floor. Do 20 reps; 3 sets.

Fake It
"Make legs look longer with pants that have a straight, narrow cut," says celebrity fashion stylist Gina La Morte, founder of TheStyleDoctor.com. "Shoes with peekaboo toes also extend the leg line, as do skirts that hit two inches above the knee."

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Get a Sexy Butt

Try Cardio...
Add some hills to your usual power walk, suggests Pasternak. "Incline walking activates your glutes and hamstrings, plus it's easy on the knees," he says. On a treadmill, set the incline to level 8, and walk at a pace of at least 3.5 mph for 30 minutes. Also try hiking, mountain biking, and climbing stairs.

...and Sculpting
Targets: Hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and area just above the knee

Stand on left leg, 2 to 3 feet in front of chair, with right foot on seat behind you, leaving slight bend in right knee. Keeping hands by chin and chest up, bend left knee 90 degrees as right knee inches toward floor. Make sure left knee doesn't just past toes. Hold for 1 count. Return to start. Do 10 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets per side.

Fake It
"If you're extra curvy, minimize the size of your rear with pants or shorts that have longer, lower pockets," La Morte says. "If you've got a flat butt, create an instant boost with smaller, higher pockets."

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Get Sexy Arms & Shoulders

Try Cardio...
"Swimming is one of the best ways to tone your upper body," says Michael George, who's trained Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore. Aim for 30 minutes, three times per week for best results. Other great arm and shoulder exercises: Jumping rope and playing tennis or basketball.

...and Sculpting
Targets: Shoulders and biceps

Sit on a stability ball, holding a 3- to 5-pound dumbbell in each hand, palms facing up. Curl weights toward shoulder, then slowly press dumbbells overhead while turning palms to face forward. Return to start, turning arms back in as you lower. Do 20 reps; 3 sets total.

Fake It
"Cap sleeves help highlight beautiful biceps. If you prefer to cover your upper arms, wear a kimono top or three-quarter-length tee with sleeves that hit just above the elbow," says La Morte.

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Get Sexy Abs

Try Cardio
"You need to burn fat with cardio (at least 30 minutes, three to five times per week) to see ab definition, says Teddy Bass, who's trained Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz. "Elliptical machines are great, because you have to contract your abs in order to stay upright." Or try Pilates, cycling, or kayaking.

...and Sculpting
Targets: Obliques and transverse (deep) abdominal muscles

Lie faceup on floor, with right foot on left knee and hands behind head. Engage abs and lift hips and shoulders off floor while bringing left elbow toward right knee. Lower. Perform 20 reps. Switch legs and repeat; do 3 sets per side.

Fake It
"To show off a flat tummy, wear thin, knit fabrics (clingy -- not too tight). Or layer a cropped jacket over a long, lean tunic," La Morte says. "Want to hide your abs? Wear tops with wide Empire waists."

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Get Sexy Everything

Try Cardio...
"Focus on cardio that uses your whole body to challenge more muscles and burn extra calories in less time," says Gunnar Peterson, who's trained Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. Try rowing. "It's easy on joints and works every muscle," he says.

...and Sculpting
Targets: Arms, core, butt, and legs

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a 5- to 10-pound dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent 90 degrees, with palms facing forward. Keeping chest up, squat down. As you lift back up through glutes, twist body to the left, allowing feet to pivot so that right heel lifts off the floor. At the same time, press dumbbells overhead. Return to start. Switch sides and repeat. Do 16 reps, alternating sides. Do 3 sets.

Fake It
"Dresses make everyone look hot," La Morte says. "Choose a slinky ankle-length number if you're tall, or a short trapeze style if you're petite. Add wooden platform shoes to look even leaner."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.

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