Hollywood stars and models like Jennifer Lopez, Gigi Hadid and Jennifer Aniston know all too that there’s more to film acting and modelling than just, well, acting and modelling. It’s no coincidence that so many famous people boast such strong bods - they’ve got trainers on hand to personally guide them through their sessions and push them when they don’t feel like it. And if that’s not exercise motivation, we don’t know what is. While we - sadly can’t help on that front, we can bring you some of the best celebrity workouts to try yourself. Investing in a PT will only ever be a positive thing, but if you can’t afford it or still have a little gym anxiety around starting, our advice is: try one of these. You can’t go far wrong.
10 CELEBRITY WORKOUTS TO TRY YOURSELF
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According to Hello! magazine, the star trains with PT David Kirsch, and often opts for high-intensity interval training. People, on the other hand, say she trains with trainer Tracy Anderson four to five times a week, training anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour – whatever she has time to do.
“She’s highly trained in picking up choreography, and she’s incredibly coordinated, so she can pick up things very quickly,” says Tracy. “She likes to be challenged, but she’s very, very aware of her body, and in one look to me can be like, ‘no that’s not for me,’ and then I’ll move onto another move.”
Try it at home: Again, set aside an hour and do this three to four times through, remembering to take rest breaks.
- 8 to 10 reps of bicep curl
- 8 to 10 lunges
- 8 to 10 push ups
- 8 to 10 kettlebell swings
- 8 to 10 sitting hip lifts
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Victoria Beckham’s Olympic weightlifting
Fun fact: former Spice Girls member and fashion designer Victoria Beckham has pivoted from being a cardio fan to trying Olympic lifting.
As her trainer Bobby Rich explains, “it was becoming apparent to her that the benefits from her own training routines had become minimal. Despite spending daily 90+ minute sessions in the gym she was purely maintaining her fitness levels rather than improving in other meaningful ways. She was ready for a change.” She’s now spending less time in the gym than ever but working out more efficiently: you can read all about her attitude shift, here.
Try it at home: You’ll need between 35 and 90 minutes and, while you can weight train at home, Olympic lifting in particular will likely require a gym (if you’re London based, our guide to the best gyms in London might help).
Olympic weightlifting is a form of strength training, but it actually takes some learning pre-starting. Our advice? Give one of Joe Wicks’s weighted workouts a go, or, if you’re really keen to learn, book a session with a PT.
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'My exercise schedule varies depending on whether I’m filming or touring, but I like to work out a minimum of three times a week, wherever I am in the world and whatever I’m doing,' she shared with WH.
'I’ll run 5k and do a 30-minute Pilates session three to five times a week. And I’ll tag a strength session on to the end, doing a mixture of squats, dumbbell lunges and reverse crunches – about 25 reps each.'
Try it at home: The best place to start as a runner beginner is Couch to 5km. It had more than 858,000 downloads from March to June last year when lockdown first struck, and for good reason – it’s one of the best apps at gently easing you r cardio fitness levels up. Or, if you’re a keen runner, why not try and beat your 5km time this time around?
This one’s super simple – lace up and head out.
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Adele’s strengthening pilates
Adele’s workout routine just about broke in the internet when it was revealed that it – coupled with the buzzy Sirtfood Diet – had helped her lose a reported seven stone. And while many were quick to assume that the star went to extreme lengths for her new figure, Adele’s personal trainer has previously said that the star’s fitness success is all to do with balance, assuring us that ‘getting skinny was never the goal.’
Try it at home: All you’ll need is a hand towel, 20 minutes set aside and a smooth floor.
Do this a number of times through, aiming to increase your duration every day.
- 2 room-length hand walks (using the towel to help glide your feet)
- 14 quad slides (two on each leg)
- 10 plank slides
- 1 floor-length scoot (again using the towel under your bum to help you move)
Repeat this as many times as is challenging (ensuring to keep tension in your abs throughout), increasing the number of reps daily.
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Staying fit in lockdown, Jessica Alba has been training with fitness coach Aaron Hines, sharing their workouts to her 182k subscribers on YouTube. Featuring reverse lunge hops, mountain climbers and resistance band lower-body moves, it's a sweaty session you can follow along, too.
Try it at home: It’s only ten minutes long, so this is a great celebrity workout option for a quick sweat session in your lunchtime. You can watch the video and follow along with Jessica herself, or give it a go on your own. Start with 30 seconds on, 30 secs off, for three rounds.
Expect lunge hops, mountain climbers and more lower body moves. It’s a sweaty one.
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Beyonce’s HIIT and weights hybrid
Beyonce is reportedly a fan of circuits, too, also opting for weight training. Weights are known to both challenge and tone your muscles, so is one of the best workouts for increasing your overall muscle mass.
She’s believed to train with nutritionist and trainer Marco Borges, or so say Insider, and is seriously, seriously fit – she has to be, for the mega performances she puts on worldwide. Get ready for some burrrrn.
Try it at home: Much like J Lo, it’s reported that Beyonce will workout for however long she has, so do what you can. Try three to four rounds of the below. As above: rest is also key.
According to a 2015 article from Glamour magazine, Bey’s weekly workouts look a little like the following:
- 8 to 10 explosive push ups
- 8 to 10 rounds of 30 second sprints, pushing at an eight out of ten capacity
- 8 to 10 kettlebell squat-and-presses
- 8 to 10 single leg step ups
- 8 to 10 ab crunches
Make sure you take time to stretch at the end of your workout, too, because FYI workout recovery is key to fitness gains. Being a celebrity vegan, Beyonce also reportedly ends every session with a plant-based protein shake to aid muscle recovery.
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Jen has been a self-proclaimed yogi for a long time. Like, since 2005. Whilst she keeps her exact workout routine fairly close to the chest, she has extolled Yoga as being the way she likes to sculpt lean muscle.
So how does she workout? Good question. The actress is said to move regularly in loads of different ways. She’s shared before that she does morning yoga, elliptical training and boxing. She also recently told Vogue that she loves weighted circuits where she ‘throws heavy boulders around and pushes medicine balls and wiggling and shaking that big rope thing.’ Battle ropes target both your upper body and abdominal muscles, but yoga is good for both body and mind.
Try it at home: Yoga is one of the simplest home workouts out there, and while it might not boost muscle building in the same way strength training does, if you regularly practice a more dynamic flow, like vinyasa yoga, you’re sure to build core strength in no time. Trust us on this one—even ten to twenty minutes a day will reap rewards.
As with the pilates one, there are so many different yoga flows it’s semi impossible to pinpoint one particular one. We love the YouTube Yoga with Adriene flows – there are hundreds to choose from – or the live streamed classes from studios like Triyoga.
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Age is only a number, as Cindy Crawford makes clear. PT Sarah Hagaman has been training the supermodel on full-body circuit-training based programs for over a decade. Crawford claims her circuit sessions are not only perfect for getting you in shape but also working around a busy schedule. She also dabbles in boxing occasionally, too. Chatting to Shape magazine about her sweat sessions, she shared: “We do circuit training for the whole body using weights, some machines, and my own body weight with lunges and squats,” she said.
“We usually do about 10 minutes of weights and then a five-minute cardio segment. Right now we are into running stairs, but we switch it up. We repeat the 10-minute weight and five-minute cardio at least three times and then we finish up with abs and stretching.”
Try it at home: Sound like a bit of you? It’s as Cindy said: try ten minutes of weights, then five minutes of cardio, three times round, with some ab work and stretches at the end. Simple.
- 8 to 10 weighted squats
- 8 to 10 weighted lunges
- 8 to 10 weighted rows
- 5 minutes of cardio of your choice – sprints, cycling, skipping or other
- 1 minute plank.
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Hitting the headlines for her bikini snaps, this Kardashian's workout is a must.
Khloe's PT, Beverly Hills-based strength and conditioning specialist Gunnar Peterson designed this celebrity workout to build strength and keep her heart rate as high as her royalty cheques.
The Kardashian’s are all fairly vocal about their love of working out, with all five sisters training regularly. Khloe is said to work with her PT every week and sweats through 45-minute strength and conditioning workouts.
Try it at home: According to Women’s Health, Khloe’s workout is a full body strength workout best enjoyed in a gym, so you can add some weight. If you want to do as Khloe does, aim to repeat four times. Ready? Set? Sweat.
- 20 overhead crunch rotation
- 20 banded 4×4 walks
- 20 renegade row mountain climbers
- 20 dumbbell presses
- 20 reverse lunge press
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Ariana Grande’s arm circuits
According to Shape magazine and Ariana’s trainer, Harley Pasternak, the singer is a big fan of upper-body workouts.
Try it at home: Think T-raises, tricep extensions, cable reverse flys and more. Try the following – but note, this one gets spicy, fast. Aim for three rounds.
- 25 glute bridge skull crushers
- 25 standing rope tricep extensions
- 25 dumbbell t-raises
- 25 standing cable reverse flys.