The gym isn’t exactly the sexiest place. After all, women and men alike are there to get their sweat on, not necessarily to look good. Yes, women sometimes invest in the cutest gym bags and the brightest, most fashionable workout gear that firms, tones, and wicks away moisture. However, by the end of a good workout, you can’t help looking red, sticky, and out of breath.
If you want documented evidence of your workouts, of course, you can always take a selfie from your best angle before you get too sweaty. Once you leave the gym with your dirty clothes clinging to you or in a fresh pair of sweats, no one is going to point a camera in your face and take pictures that will pop up all over Instagram.
Everybody’s heard the line that celebrities are nothing like us. Indeed, they have the benefits of fame and money and everything that brings, but deep down they’re just like any other human being, right? Wrong.
Celebrities somehow manage to look amazing wherever they go and whatever they’re doing. Their outfits are spotless during grocery trips, they never get stray sand anywhere when strolling the beach (unless it’s for seductive effect), and they seem to avoid sweating even a drop when they work out.
If you need a refresher on how very, very different celebrities are compared to the average civilian, just take a look at these celeb gym bunnies. These women, whether going to the gym or just leaving it, look ready to walk down a red carpet. Life’s just not fair.
20. Kelly Brook
Research has proven that regular exercise is a great way to compete with the cruel hands of time. Your skin can look luminous, supple, and practically wrinkle-free, just like the 35-year-old actor and model Kelly Brook. Yes, at 35 she looks that pretty, and on her frequently photographed gym trips it doesn’t appear that she’s wearing much if any makeup.
This snapshot was taken after a sweat sesh, and yet there’s not a trace of perspiration on Brooke’s gorgeous face. Her clothes aren’t totally wet. She looks mildly inconvenienced but otherwise totally fresh-faced and beautiful. Brook’s simple workout gear accentuates her far-from-simple, enviable curves.
19. Lea Michele
Besides giving her enviable pipes a workout, Lea Michele keeps her body in shape too. The Glee actor, Broadway star (in such productions as Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables), and singer (her only album thus far is called Louder, and it was released in 2014) understands that you have to be energized to run on the treadmill or lift some weights. Her healthy snacks and green smoothie will surely keep her fueled up.
Michele’s look is also totally easy to steal. She wears no makeup, even though she has a few blemishes. Sunglasses protect her from the rays of the paparazzi’s flashbulbs, while her purple tank with a sports bra underneath and black leggings look totally comfortable. After her workout, she further pursued her healthy habits with a trip to a vegan grocers – a combination of workout and diet keeps Michele looking fresh and sexy.
18. Minka Kelly
Do you see that on the front of Minka Kelly’s shirt? It’s actually sweat. Now you know that, at least, when celebrities go to the gym that they sometimes do come out with some proof of their hard labor. Only sometimes though. The Friday Night Lights star still looks absolutely flawless otherwise though. No flushed face, no slumped posture, no signs of exhaustion whatsoever. Instead, she’s almost smiling and looks raring to go.
With that simple ponytail, minimal (if any) makeup, and standard workout gear, Kelly certainly would blend in at just about any gym. The paparazzi must have been on high alert to recognize her, especially considering that she’s hiding behind sunglasses.
17. Emma Roberts
Despite her roles in movies like Valentine’s Day, We’re the Millers, Scream 4, and the cult favorite television show American Horror Story, Emma Roberts has a cute, girl-next-door look to her that makes her seem almost as if she could be your BFF. She looks less Hollywood than a lot of celebrities, and when she dresses down, it’s almost hard to tell that she’s a star.
Her simple getup of a precious gray Coca-Cola tee emblazoned with the phrase “it’s the real thing,” black cotton pants, and black Converse sneakers would look just as nice on the streets as in a yoga classroom. Even better, her Stella McCartney for Adidas sports bag is only about $200, making it totally affordable if you want one for yourself.
16. Ashley Greene
Just like Edward Cullen, Twilight actor Ashley Greene looks pretty incredible in the sunlight. In Studio City, California, which isn’t too far from Los Angeles, Greene took some time to herself at the Tracy Anderson Method gym back in 2012. With keys in hand and a chic magenta leather bag on her arm, Greene is definitely on her way back to her car.
What’s most prominent in this snap though is the gun show. Greene’s workout sessions have clearly been doing her a lot of favors, because her arms look huge. Her patterned tank is elegant, flirty, and does a great job of showing off all of that musculature that she’s worked so hard for.
15. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian hitting the gym is nothing new. The daughter to North West and wife to Kanye West has to keep her world-famous body in shape for her reality show with her family and her other ventures. However, Kim has a tendency to always dress to the nines. This time she decided to go for staple leggings – and a little more makeup than most would favor for a gym trip.
Kim K has had body woes in her time, battling with weight loss post-pregnancy, but she is constantly photographed going into and coming out of the gym – clearly in an effort to maintain that impossible pert behind.
14. Elisabetta Canalis
The lovely Italian actor Elisabetta Canalis proves that you don’t always have to go for cutesy or girly when you hit the gym. Back in 2012, the starlet was in her home country of Italy getting some exercise in Milan. She was clearly enjoying her phone call quite a bit judging by the smile on her face.
Her outfit is so simple that you probably already have the staples needed to recreate it. A white tank top is in every girl’s wardrobe; layer it with your favorite sports bra if you’re worried it’s too sheer. Canalis’ rolled up gray sweatpants get some edginess from the dark gray skull printed on the front. Simple sports sneakers complete the look. As summer gives way to fall and the temperatures fluctuate often, this is the perfect look to emulate.
13. Jessica Alba
Seriously, can Jessica Alba do no wrong? She’s an incredible actor (her resume includes starring roles in such movies as Sin City, Fantastic Four, and shows like Dark Angel), she’s landed on countless hottest star lists, she’s started a business called The Honest Company, she’s big into charities, and she has a wonderful family.
Her looks on and off the red carpet are always immaculate, so it’s no wonder that she’d look just as stunning after a workout. Her roomy electric pink tee isn’t too showy, and Alba anchors the look with black spandex leggings, a plain high bun, and sunglasses. Whatever she’s drinking, she knows to stay hydrated. You can begin shopping now to add a bit of Alba charm to your wardrobe.
12. Sophia Bush
The winter chill is just settling in, and even though there’s no snow on the ground, it’s still freezing cold out. Surely you can just skip your workout this one day, right? You better not. Even if it’s a little nippy out, just make like Sophia Bush and put on layers as you walk to and from the gym.
The One Tree Hill star looked nice and toasty as she left her gym class in November 2014. A puffy gray coat protected Bush from the cold, but keeping it open allowed her skin to breathe after sweating it out. Those funky patterned leggings match her fashion color scheme perfectly, and they allow for plenty of mobility for yoga stretches and more.
11. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
If you prefer barre classes to yoga, you’re in good company. Rosie Huntington-Whitely, a model most times and an actor sometimes, knows that the ballet stretching and moving taught in these lessons does a body good. She even has the right footwear for her class.
Whiteley’s look is the kind that can take you from the gym to a relaxed lunch with your girlfriends or even a low-key coffee date. Her gray t-shirt is fashioned into a crop top with the sleeves rolled up, but you can let your shirt be if you want. Of course, since you’ve put in the effort, you might as well show off your taut tummy too. Her long, blonde waves add to the effortlessness, as though she was strutting down a catwalk.
10. Julianne Hough
You probably remember Julianne Hough swinging around the stage on Dancing with the Stars or showing off her grace in the Footloose update from 2011. The ex-girlfriend of Ryan Seacrest has always strived to stay very active, as you can clearly see in this tummy-exposing picture.
While Hough’s flat stomach would make anyone jealous, so too would her radiant skin, which shines without even a touch of makeup. Her workout attire is relaxed and simple; the blue sports bra adds a touch of color while the sweatshirt tied around her waist is the kind of accessory you want for those autumn days where a chilly wind can blow through. Hough also promotes hydration with a giant bottle of water.
9. Ashley Tisdale
Long since grown up from her days as a star on High School Musical, Ashley Tisdale has matured looks-wise and career-wise, becoming a respectable pop star with a gold album (her 2007 debut Headstrong) and appearing in such films as Hellcats and Scary Movie 5. She also knows how a good tanner can make your abs pop.
While there’s nothing overly impressive about Tisdale’s workout getup, she’s proud of her body and looks totally confident. Her white sports bra appears to have breathable meshing for keeping icky sweat away, and her roomy cotton shorts are sporty and could double as regular wear. That fashion-forward gold headband is also red-carpet worthy and totally covetable.
8. Emma Watson
One of the most respected young stars in Hollywood, Emma Watson has proven again and again that she’s a positive role model for women everywhere. Despite having a hugely successful career playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie franchise, she decided to continue her quest for higher education at Rhode Island’s Brown University. She also seems to date regular college folk and not hunky Hollywood studs.
Besides these admirable traits and her activism, Watson also appears to prioritize fitness. She’s in fantastic shape with a healthy and fit frame. Her simple pink sports bra is adorable. Take a cue from Watson and style a slouchy sweater around your waist in case you feel chilly during your run. Undoubtedly though, the best part of this picture is the fact that Watson is carrying a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
7. Irina Shayk
As a model, working out is a part of Irina Shayk’s regular life, as is looking good. Nothing else can explain why this Russian-born 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover star looks like she’s in the middle of a photo shoot in this paparazzi-captured image. What is she pointing at? It doesn’t even matter. This picture is also magazine cover-worthy.
Shayk’s monochrome look works well for her, and it makes her pretty blue leather bag pop that much more. While her blonde friend went for a pure blue color scheme, Shayk changes it up with a gray and black Nike sports bra and black leggings with gray panels by the knees. With Nike sneakers, the brand may want to call Shayk up and ask her to be their next ambassador.
6. Brooke Burke-Charvet
Working as a television host, actor, model, and talent on Dancing with the Stars, Brooke Burke-Charvet has a very active life. Still, she always has time to fit in a bit of gym time. She gained the public’s sympathy back in 2012 when she disclosed that she had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Now cancer-free, it’s no surprise that she’s so serious about taking good care of herself.
While her black bralette is totally hot, it’s hard to look past her funky colorful leggings (in a good way). With a neon green waistband, the pants are a rainbow of pinks, blues, blacks, yellow, and greens. Burke-Charvet’s two-toned blue sneakers balance out the look, and they totally match her sweet yoga mat.
5. Alessandra Ambrosio
These days, besides showing off her lingerie-ready body for Victoria’s Secret as well as fashion houses like Dior and Armani Exchange, the gorgeous Alessandra Ambrosio has a much more important responsibility: motherhood. With future model children Noah Phoenix and Anja Louise, Ambrosio still finds time to dedicate to fitness.
Looking at her, you’d never imagine that she’d given birth to two children. Ambrosio is still as lithe as ever, and her gym attire is the kind of bright inspiration that can get you out of your house and hitting the weights on the grayest days. Her neon orange zip-up sports bra is functional, but it perfectly offsets her lavender patterned leggings. Those sunglasses with orange lenses are the ideal finishing touch.
4. Kimberley Garner
A United Kingdom import, Kimberley Garner is a socialite who has starred on a reality show called Made in Chelsea, which follows along famous and influential young London residents. The show won a BAFTA Award. Garner also has designing credits to her name, creating fashionable bikinis.
Garner’s all-black look is certainly striking. While her cotton criss-cross top would probably look more appropriate in a club than a gym, and it’s definitely hard to imagine doing crunches or stretches in it, any onlooker would have to admit that she looks fantastic. Her fit stomach is on full display with her low-slung black workout pants. She certainly seems to have earned her sugary beverage.
3. Rita Ora
Another UK delight, Rita Ora has become an overnight pop sensation with her top-of-the-charts tunes like “How We Do (Party)” and “I Will Never Let You Down.” She’s so popular that Iggy Azalea even shared the spotlight, as Ora’s signature vocals appear on the Azalea song “Black Widow.” The collaboration worked, as the single launched to the third highest US chart position this year.
Between singing and entertaining her legions of fans in concert, Ora’s nonstop life clearly benefits her. Her cut abs are seriously impressive. The colorful Adidas sports bra that she wore during this bit of exercise is endearing and would liven up any white t-shirt you have in your collection. Her matching Adidas pants are form-fitting yet not excessively tight, just the right kind of shape you want for a workout.
2. Taylor Swift
When it comes to sweating or feeling gross post-workout, Taylor Swift simply shakes it off. You’re probably not worrying about how good your lipstick looks after stumbling out of the gym with sore muscles, but then again, you’re not Ms. Swift. The country/pop hitmaker has to maintain her slim physique and look great while doing it.
Always modest, Swift isn’t showing off her slender stomach. In fact, she’s covered up in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tee, one commemorating the night in 2013 that she serenaded the Angels. With that pristine lipstick and full, layered hair coiffed just right, you almost wouldn’t believe that Swift had exercised at all. This is yet another example of her otherworldliness.
1. Jennifer Lopez
The old saying that “age is just a number” tends to apply to romantic relationships, but Jennifer Lopez lives by that mantra every single day. Nearly 46 years old, you would never guess that this firecracker star with the explosive voice would be hitting her 50s sooner than later. There’s not a single wrinkle on her makeup-free face.
Then there’s those abs. Lopez is always dancing around during her sell-out live shows, enough so that she’s known for her moves alone. With a body like that, any 20-something or 30-something may want to get Lopez’s workout tips. Her gym outfit, which admittedly is only half on, is simple enough to replicate, consisting only of a gray tank top and black cotton leggings. While this moment seems like a great photo op for sure, Lopez has never shied away from showing some skin.