We all love fresh spinach—but an active lady can’t survive on veggies alone. The same goes for working out. Even if you’re one of those “born to run” types who is always motivated to hit the trails, cross training is essential to prevent injury and improve overall fitness. But busy lives and packed schedules can make it tough to fit in both a run and a gym session. Who better to solve this dilemma than Hollywood's hottest trainers? Fitness gurus to the stars know how to build muscle and burn fat in as little time as possible. To strengthen and tone your entire body, try these total transformation moves from trainers who sculpt the famous figures of women like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry.
(a) Stand up straight with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart and your hands behind your head. (b) Push your hips toward the back of the room as you lower into a squat, keeping your heels planted firmly on the floor. (c) At the bottom of the squat, explode upward, jumping as high as you can while maintaining control. Land softly as you bend your knees and lower back into a squat. Complete 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps.
(a) Get into a plank position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and feet hip-width part. (b) Press your hips up toward the ceiling, keeping your back straight, until your arms are in line with hips. Your body should form a perfect triangle. Press your palms and heels into the floor and return to a plank position. (c) Then bend your elbows and lower into a pushup, bringing your chest as close to the floor as you can. Straighten your arms to return once more to a plank position. That’s one rep. Complete 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps.
(a) Stand up straight with your left palm flat on your stomach and your right hand resting on your lower back, as if you're ready to take a bow. Lift your right knee until your quad is parallel to the floor. (b) Without moving your knee or quad, sway your lower leg to the left side. (c) and then the right. That's one rep. Repeat 40 times, then switch legs. For a greater challenge, keep your eyes closed during the exercise.
(a) Position yourself all fours with your weight balanced between your hands and the tips of your toes. Bend your elbows slightly and lean forward so your body forms a straight line from the top of your head to your tailbone. (b) Push off your toes and kick your legs off the floor and repeat. (c) Eventually, you will work up to lifting your entire lower body 120 degrees into the air, kicking your legs out like a donkey. Repeat for 2 sets of 40 reps.
(a) Lie face down on the floor, with your arms and legs extended, so your body forms a straight line. (B) Keeping your head and neck in a neutral position, simultaneously lift your arms and legs up toward the ceiling to form a gentle curve with your body. Hold that position for 30 seconds. Relax your arms and legs toward the floor. Work up to 4 reps.
(a) Stand next to a bench (or cushioned chair), holding a dumbbell in your left hand. Place your right hand and right knee on the bench, with your left foot flat on the floor. (B) Pull the dumbbell up to your side, perpendicular to the bench, until it touches your ribcage. (C) Lower the dumbbell until your arm is extended and your left shoulder dips slightly lower than your right. Repeat for 4 sets of 20 reps, alternating sides.