From Gigi Hadid to J.Lo: 9 Celebs Reveal Their #1 Workout Secret
Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall during celebrities’ workouts? Creepy as that may or may not sound, there is a common fascination with how exactly the most fit women in the world whip themselves into shape. If you’ve ever looked at a photograph of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s body and not wondered: 'how is that possible?' then we want to know what your workout routine is, too.
In light of this intense curiousity, we decided to dig deep. We spoke to several celebrity trainers, as well as a few stars themselves, to find out the secret-weapon moves to which they owe their toned arms, abs, and booties.
Want to know the exact workouts Hollywood’s fittest women swear by? Keep scrolling!
Gigi has legs for not days but centuries, and she has her Ballet Beautiful workout to thank for that. For those looking to re-create that long, lean look, here’s Gigi’s go-to inner-thigh workout, courtesy of Ballet Beautiful’s Mary Helen Bowers:
Start by lying on your side on a yoga mat. Bend your left knee so it points toward the ceiling, and place your foot either in front or behind your extended right leg. Pull in your tummy to engage your core, and stretch your right leg nice and long. Then proceed to raise and lower your right leg in a pulsing motion, making sure never to fully release it to the mat. Complete four sets of eight reps, and repeat on the other leg. (Click here for the rest of Gigi Hadid’s ballet workout.)
The Sports Illustrated model is known for her long, toned arms that manage to strike the perfect balance between strong and lean. Her go-to arm workout include elevated push-ups, which she does under the guidance of personal trainer Tomer Tenzer. She posted an Instagram video of her exact push-up routine. (Refaeli also relies on “a lot of crunches and a lot of cardio” to maintain her slammin’ physique.)
Celeb trainer David Kirsch and his Sumo Lunge keep J.Lo’s blessed backside in peak condition.
Here’s how to do J.Lo’s exact move yourself: Start with your legs slightly wider than hip-width apart. Lift your right leg from the knee and move it in a circular roundhouse. Land out to the side, wider than you started, and immediately squat down, channeling a real sumo wrestler. As you come out of the squat, lift your right leg and kick out, leading with your heel. Do two to three sets of 15 to 20 reps without stopping.
Follow along with this video demonstration!
Beyoncé’s fitness guru Marco Borges says his favourite move for an hourglass figure is a combination of a push-up and a side kick. (This is the move he does with the queen herself.) "The push-up works the muscles of the chest, arms and shoulders while also toning the core,” he says. “The side kick works the obliques, which pull in the sides of the core to cause the hourglass effect.”
Here’s a breakdown: Get in a push-up position. Your body should form a diagonal line from heels to head, and be sure to engage your core. Lower down and back up for one push-up. After coming back up, lift your right leg and kick it underneath your body. If you're feeling stable, lift your left arm as you do this. Do another push-up, and repeat the kick, this time with your left foot. Repeat, and aim for 12–15 reps.
Need a visual? Check out this video!
The Victoria’s Secret dreamboat also relies on ballet to keep her legs endlessly long and lean. Plié pulses work her thighs and hamstrings, while engaging her core.
Swanepoel’s exact routine starts with a series of plie pulses in second position, followed by bends and lifts on relevé. She finishes with plié tondus, which provide a beautiful full-body workout. Follow along with Candice by watching this two-minute video tutorial!
Jessica Biel has one of the sexiest backs in the business, and her personal trainer Jason Walsh helps her get there. His no-nonsense routine for Biel includes a series of superman holds, deadlifts, isometric pull-ups, TRX low rows, and rope pulls. (Let’s just say this workout is not for lazy girls.)
There’s no shortcut to abs as killer as Naomi Watts. Her trainer recommends a series of five exercises for a flat, toned tummy: mountain climbers, a classic plank, a side plank, a bridge (like in yoga), and stirring the pot.
This last move requires you to hold a one-to-two kilo weight out in front of you with both hands. Then, imagine stirring a huge pot with a huge spoon. Move your weight in a clockwise direction for 30 seconds. Reverse directions and repeat for another 30. (Find more about Watts’ go-to ab workout.)
Shay Mitchell is busier than ever these days, and though she’s also a big fan of Body by Simone, she doesn’t always have time to take a proper class. (We’re not TV superstars, but somehow we relate). Mitchell told us the in a pinch, skipping rope is her workout of choice.
“Just taking a skipping rope with you wherever you go is such a good idea because it’s such an amazing workout,” she says. “It’s the easiest, and I can bring it with me anywhere. And you only need a small amount of space.”
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