Tis the season we need the treadmill more than ever, what with eggnog, Christmas cookies, and extra helpings of pumpkin pie tempting us at every turn. If you’re looking for a few new ways to stay in shape, why not take some hints from your favorite celeb? Click ‘Next’ to see 8 workout tips straight from Hollywood that are guaranteed to make you sweat.
1. Heidi Klum
A model and television host, Heidi Klum has four kids but has still managed to keep her famous physique - and she has her trainer, David Kirsch, to thank. His best workout advice? Be sure to stick your butt out on the elliptical machine. It’ll shift the focus to your butt, hamstrings, outer thighs, and quadriceps. If you stand too straight – a common mistake – you’re only working your quads. [Marie Claire]
2. Hugh Jackman
Playing Wolverine in seven X-Men films, it’s no secret that Hugh Jackman follows a strict workout routine in order to get a body worthy of the buff comic book character. Spending so much time in the gym has taught the actor a thing or two in order to maximize his efforts. His latest trick? Wearing a heart-rate monitor while lifting. “I never let the rate dip below 140,” he said in an interview. “It’s full on.” [Mens Fitness]
3. Reese Witherspoon
If you live in Los Angeles, you may just spot Reese Witherspoon running on the roads. The Legally Blonde star is frequently photographed working up a sweat in her swanky neighborhood. Reese told In Style [via Marie Claire] that she likes to run for about an hour, and is “big into working out with girlfriends.” Catching up on the latest gossip with a good friend is one surefire way to make an hour of cardio fly-by!
4. Sylvester Stallone
One of the original action heroes, Sylvester Stallone knows a thing or two about being in shape. And when it comes to his workouts, Sylvester likes to focus on the classics. He said in an interview, “There are endless exercises for arms, but the basics are best - chinups and pushups.” That’s good news for people who don’t like the gym, as both of those exercises can be done at home. You just need to invest in a yoga mat, and an over-the-door chin-up bar. [Mens Fitness]
5. Jennifer Garner
A busy Mom of three, Jennifer Garner schedules her workouts early in the morning to ensure that she’s able to work up a sweat. “I work out with my trainer or do an hour of Pilates at 6 or 7am,” the star said. “I’m done by the time my household is awake” [via Marie Claire]. But a morning workout has more benefits than guaranteed alone time - it’ll also boost your metabolism for the day.
6. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Getting his start in the ring, The Rock is certainly no stranger to the gym. Taking his workouts seriously, Dwayne Johnson is one of the few actors who goes hard year-round, rather just when he’s filming. While he constantly varies his routine depending on how he wants to transform his body, his workouts tend to follow a basic pyramid structure. That means he begins with a high amount of reps and a lower weight, and gradually adds more weight each week, doing fewer reps as the weight increases. [Pop Workouts]
Beyonce has been outspoken about the fact that she sticks to a strict diet and exercise regimen in order to maintain her stage-ready looks. The singer told Self in a recent interview, “I can’t eat what I want, and I can’t not go to the gym.” So how does she stay motivated? Music! “I’ll put on a song that I really like and do [biceps curls with] five-pound weights [for] the whole song and just try and burn it out.” Make a killer gym playlist that you can’t help but move to, and you’ll be looking like Beyonce in no time!
8. Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler had to get into crazy shape for the role of King Leonidas in the hit film 300 - and fans of the flick can thank celebrity trainer Mark Twight for the actor’s Spartan abs of steel. Rather than resting between sets, Mark designed a workout to keep the actors moving the entire time, going directly from one exercise to the next. If you are going to limit your rest periods, remember, a workout like this isn’t for the faint of heart. The demands on your muscles are high, so be sure that you know what you’re doing before taking on a Spartan. [BodyBuilding.com]