Secrets of the Stars: Fitness Tips from Celebrity Trainers
Hollywood Fitness Secrets of 20-Year-OldsTerrific Twentysomethings
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In addition to regular strength training, Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Jennifer Lawrence, 22, practiced yoga daily, says trainer Mandy Ingber, the author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover. Capture your inner Katniss with the Standing Bow: Balance on left leg while lifting right knee forward to hip height. Then raise right leg behind you, bringing right heel to butt. Reach right arm back to grip top of right foot, palm facing out; then reach left arm forward, hinging from hips and pressing right foot into palm. Hold 20 seconds, switch sides.
Build Your Bod from the Ground Up
Get down with your workout, like Hilary Duff, 25. Trainer Harley Pasternak, the author of The Body Reset Diet and a FITNESS advisory board member, often starts the new mom's routine on the floor. "I'll make the moves absolutely killer," says Pasternak, who combines exercises like stability ball hamstring curls (lie faceup with legs extended and heels resting on a stability ball, then bend and straighten knees to roll the ball toward and away from you), bridges with triceps extensions, V-up crunches, and windmills. "Once she realizes that being on her back is more difficult, she wants to stand up and get moving."
When she got bored with the treadmill, Les Mis?rables star Amanda Seyfried, 27, turned to celeb trainer Ramona Braganza for a new way to get a sweaty cardio high. "She loves going for walks with her dog, Finn," says Braganza, who has led Seyfried on treks through Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver, Canada. "Taking your workouts outside every now and then is a good way to feel rejuvenated and to give your muscles a new challenge," Braganza explains. For a butt-shaping bonus, tackle some hills.
Be Fierce as You Firm
Rihanna's sleek, sexy physique is the result of a serious workout ethic. The 25-year-old diva does twice-weekly cardio-and-strength circuits with Pasternak. A small sample of her sweat factors: skater lunges, overhead triceps extensions with dumbbells, and Russian trunk twists with a medicine ball. Perform three sets of 20 reps each for head-to-toe results, Pasternak suggests.
Scarlett Johansson, 28, was able to rock a leather catsuit while filming The Avengers by doing loads of functional, power-building exercises. "Scarlett really pushed herself with kettlebell moves, rope drills, and weighted lunges," says trainer Bobby Strom, who worked with the blond beauty to get her ready for the action-hero role.
Rock and Row
"If you want to burn more than 250 calories in 20 minutes, hit the rowing machine," says trainer Johnny Damon, who works regularly with hot new mom Kristin Cavallari, 26. Even short bursts -- as brief as 200- to 300-meter sprints -- are enough to get your heart rate soaring, plus a whole lot more. "It really opens up your chest, sculpts sexy legs, and strengthens your glutes," Damon says.
Take a Spin
"My favorite workout on tour is riding around town on my bike, seeing the city I'm in and giving out tickets for the show while in disguise," says singer Katy Perry, 28. "I feel best about my body once I get into the routine of waking up early, exercising, getting some fresh air, and meditating." Perry -- who, as the new face of Popchips, created her own flavor, kettlecorn -- works out three or four times a week, then does something fun, like going hiking, on alternate days.
Hit the Water
Revenge star Emily VanCamp adds a splash to her routine by diving into the pool. "Getting in the water allows your body to move in a completely different way," says trainer Lalo Fuentes. The 27-year-old actress spends at least half of her workouts doing high-intensity aquatic exercises, including Eggbeaters (left leg goes clockwise while right leg goes counterclockwise; at the same time, arms move forward and back to keep you upright). "If your legs stop moving for a second, you start sinking. Emily can do it for 15 minutes straight!"
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