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The Hottest Celebrity Bodies of 2012

Trying to hit the gym more frequently? We've got just the inspiration. Take a look at which A-listers made our fit list for having the best arms, legs, abs, and more in 2012.

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Best Revenge Body: Katie Holmes

This Broadway star and overall badass mama keeps her shape in check with frequent Soul Cycle classes -- a FITNESS editor favorite! She was even spotted at a class on her 32nd birthday. Now that's dedication.

Runner-up: Katy Perry

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Best Legs: Blake Lively

Good genes, yes. But those long and lean stems are the result of hard work, too! The bombshell perfects squat jumps and lunges to keep her gams looking great. Now if only we could forgive her for taking Ryan Reynolds off the market....

Runner-up: Heidi Klum

Blake Lively's Total-Body Workout

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Best Arms: Michelle Obama

In what many considered to be a risky move, the First Lady donned a sleeveless dress at the Democratic National Convention this year, sparking quite a buzz. But really, with biceps like those can you blame her? Here's to four more years of striving to get MObama-worthy guns!

Runner-up: Ashley Greene

How to Get Michelle Obama's Arms: The Workout Plan

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Best Cleavage: Kate Hudson

Aside from looking smokin' hot on Glee, the mom of two has been pictured toting her newborn son Bingham around...which clearly needs to be the newest fitness trend if it scores an upper body like hers.

Runner-up: Amy Poehler (for that jaw-dropping Emmy dress)

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Best Abs: Gwen Stefani

Though her band No Doubt has had quite the comeback year, Gwen's abs have been holding down the fort since the group's start in 1987. (Or in song speak: Hey Baby, your abs Underneath It All are Hella Good.)

Runner-up: Stacy Keibler

Gwen Stefani's Abs, Arms, and Butt Workout

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Best Butt: Eva Longoria

Just one of her best assets (pun intended), Eva's proud of her rump! Crediting her backside to early morning workouts and a sugar-free diet, she's just one of the stars who recently bared her buns for the coffee table book Asleep at the Chateau. Go ahead and Google it, we'll wait.

Runner-up: Jennifer Lopez

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Best Curves: Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook actress stole our hearts when she recently told the press she would never "starve herself" just to get a part. She prefers to look strong and healthy over "thin and underfed."

Runner-up: Sofia Vergara

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Best Back: Julianne Hough

What's the secret to Seacrest's girlfriend's sexy back? Dancing -- and lots of it!

Runner-up: Charlize Theron

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Best Baby Bump: Claire Danes

Just like her portrayal of Homeland CIA agent Carrie Mathison, this soon-to-be mom knows the sex of her baby, but she's not spilling.

Runner-up: Kristen Bell

Claire Danes' Strength and Lower-Body Workout

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Most Fit Couple: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

Talk about the ultimate gym buddies! These newlyweds have been sweating it out together since 2007. Now that they've made it official, we can't wait to see what kind of sporty brood they have down the line.

Runners-up: Fergie and Josh Duhamel

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Best Bride-to-Be: Jennifer Aniston

Jen's been topping our list for years and we have no doubt that she'll make one heck of buff bride. Because really, just lugging that engagement ring around has to be a workout in itself!

Runner-up: Britney Spears

Jennifer Aniston's Yoga Workout

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Best Body After Baby: Beyoncé Knowles

She bounced back fast, losing the baby weight with the help of breastfeeding, a protein-packed diet, and tons of treadmill time.

Runner-up: Reese Witherspoon

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Fab After Forty: Halle Berry

Halle is like a good wine, she just keeps getting better and better with age. The secret to her success? Strength training, cardio, and a super-clean diet. Sorry, no easy passes here!

Runner-up: Brooke Burke

Halle Berry's Butt and Lower-Body Workout

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Fittest Morning Show Host: Natalie Morales

The Today Show host is a marathoner and triathlete, and has recently added Insanity to her extensive fitness resume! Catch her on Twitter (@NMoralesNBC) to see how she's doing with the program.

Runner-up: Kelly Ripa

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Best Celebrity Slimdown: Pink

The rocker mom gained 55 pounds during pregnancy, courtesy of some cheesecake (and lots of it!). With the help of celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels and Jeanette Jenkins, she whipped herself back into shape, and is once again the proud owner of a set of sexy, flat abs.

Runner-up: Kelly Osbourne

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Hottest Female Olympian: Alex Morgan

This U.S. soccer star wins the gold for her solid core (she's been known to plank for four minutes!), super-strong legs, and bring-it-on biceps.

Silver: Allyson Felix

Bronze: Natalie Coughlin

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Hottest Male Olympian: Ryan Lochte

All we can say is thank goodness Ryan Lochte does a sport that doesn't require a top. Think about it. Imagine how much we would've been missing out on if he had taken up fencing instead?

Silver: Danell Leyva

Bronze: Michael Phelps

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, December 2012.

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