Secrets of the Stars: Fitness Tips from Celebrity Trainers
Hollywood Fitness Secrets of 40-Year-OldsFierce at Forty-Plus
Having an age-defying body and the bragging rights that go with it is all about keeping muscles toned from head to toe.
Get a Booty Lift
It's hard to pick just one part of the perennially fit Cameron Diaz, 40, to admire most, but let's start with her derriere. "For a more rounded, lifted booty, add a heavier weight to lower-body exercises once or twice a week," her longtime trainer Teddy Bass says. Hold a 15-pound dumbbell in each hand while doing reverse lunges and squats. "You shouldn't be able to complete more than 12 reps," Bass says.
Keep It Moving
When working with Jada Pinkett Smith, 41, trainer Darrell Foster uses techniques of the martial art aikido, like this ab- and arm-toning exercise: Stand with feet staggered, left leg pointed forward and right leg back with toes pointed to right, knees bent. Imagine holding an oar with both hands, elbows by sides. Lean forward from hips, extending arms in front of you, then row back. Continue rowing for 30 seconds; switch legs and repeat.
Up the Intensity
Cardio workouts were not something Cougar Town star Courteney Cox, 48, loved to do, her trainer Michelle Lovitt says. "Then I introduced her to interval training." The key is to keep your heart rate in a fat-burning zone without having to do continuous running, as in this 40-minute sweat session: Warm up, then run for one minute; walk to recover for one minute. Do five reps. Then sprint for 30 seconds; walk to recover for 30 seconds. Do 10 reps. Repeat the run-walk section and then cool down.
Balance Your Hourglass
No wonder bombshell Sofia Vergara, 40, favors strapless gowns: She's got the carved shoulders and toned triceps to top off a slammin' figure. Follow her trainer Gunnar Peterson's three-part series to sculpt sexy arms: 20 shoulder presses, 20 triceps dips, and 20 alternating reverse lunges with biceps curls.
Use a resistance band to get the sleek, sexy arms you see on the red carpet, says trainer Valerie Waters, who has worked with Jennifer Garner, 41, for years. "It's the perfect tool for opening up your chest, improving posture, and toning your arms." Start with reverse flyes: Place hands shoulder-width apart on a resistance band, with tension, and extend arms in front of you. Keeping shoulders down, bring arms out to sides, squeezing shoulder blades together. Return to start. Do 20 reps.
Get Ripping Abs
Halle Berry's trainer of more than two years, Nat Bardonnet, says the star, 46, works hard for that bod. Try his ab-sculpting Ripper move: Lie faceup on an incline bench with head below legs, holding a six-pound medicine ball. Extend arms behind you, then sit up, bringing ball toward legs; slowly return to start. Repeat for 30 seconds, then twist from side to side while sitting up for another 30 seconds.
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