Star Workout Routines

Train like a celebrity to get in tip-top shape.

Train like a celebrity to get in tip-top shape.

You can get the body of a sexy starlet by following her favorite workout routine. Although many celebrities downplay it, most of them work hard to achieve their lean and well-defined physiques. You may never get to look exactly like Halle Berry or Jennifer Aniston, but you can look your own personal best by following celebrity workout routines that decrease body fat and tone muscles.

Yoga

Jennifer Aniston gets her body in movie-star shape by practicing yoga regularly. Personal instructor Mandy Ingber teaches Aniston her own style of yoga called "yogalosophy," which combines cardiovascular and toning exercises for a fat-burning workout. Do your own yoga workout at home three times per week. Select five to six postures that target the major body parts including the arms, back, chest, legs and abs. Try a series that consists of chair pose, downward facing dog, crescent pose, triangle pose and boat pose for a full-body workout. InStyle suggests holding each pose for 30 to 60 seconds and repeating each exercise three times.

Running

Running is a cardiovascular exercise that will burn calories for fat loss as well as sculpt your leg muscles. Starlet marathoners Reese Witherspoon, Kourtney Kardashian and Katie Holmes have all jumped on the running bandwagon to help them slim down and shape up. England's National Health Service recommends healthy adults engage in 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week; your goal should be to exceed this number if you want to lose weight. Aim for 30- to 60-minute running sessions three to five times per week.

Circuit Training

Heidi Klum bounced back into supermodel shape after each of her pregnancies with cardio and circuit training workouts. Celebrity trainer David Kirsch had Klum do a series of exercises that targeted the arms, legs, back, chest, gluteals and abs with little rest in between. This helps to keep your heart rate high and increase caloric burn for weight loss. Try your own circuit training at home by doing a series of 10 exercises back to back, followed by rest, and repeat three times in total. Choose exercises such as push-ups, crunches and squats to tone the muscles, and do jumping jacks and skipping to improve heart health.

Pilates

Pilates is the latest trend to hit Hollywood with stars such as Charlize Theron and Miley Cyrus taking up the practice. This conditioning program aims to stretch and strengthen the muscles as well as improve posture for a longer, leaner physique. Mail Online reports that Cyrus trains with Mari Winsor, pilates instructor and the star of several workout DVDs. Try pilates at home with a DVD or pull together your own exercises such as leg lifts, bridging and plank pose to tone up your legs, belly, butt and abs. Beginners should aim to do a 15- to 20-minute pilates workout two to three times per week.

 

About the Author

Jennifer Andrews specializes in writing about health, wellness and nutrition. Andrews has a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alberta as well as a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She teaches yoga and pilates and is a recent graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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