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Claire Danes' Strength and Lower Body Workout

Claire Danes has always maintained a petite figure, but when she needs to build muscle and be stronger, she does this exercise and follows trainer Joe Dowdell's fitness tips. Joe Dowdell, founder and co-owner of Peak Performance Strength & Conditioning and Claire Danes' trainer, shared with us how the actress works out to be strong and stay in shape.

Claire Danes' Lower Body Exercise

The exercise: Rotational step-up

A. Stand with right side next to a step or stairs, placing right foot on step.

B. Turn right foot 90 degrees, toes pointing to the right.

C. Straighten right leg to stand up, turning hips so body now faces step.

D. Place left foot on step.

E. Return to starting position by stepping back with left foot. Do 12 to 15 reps on right leg; switch sides.

More Fitness Tips to Get Claire Danes' Body

  • The petite actress builds strong bones and muscles by lifting weights. Trainer Joe Dowdell has actress Claire Danes hoist some hefty weights during her high-intensity workouts.
  • Beat the clock: 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.

Get more celebrity workout plans and tips here!

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, January 2009.

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