Spring is still in full bloom and swimsuit season will be here before you know it. If you haven’t exactly been dedicated when it comes to working on your beach body, don’t sweat it; you can still look scorching hot in time for summer with these eight unusual celebrity exercise routines that many of Hollywood’s most fit names swear by. While these workouts may seem out-of-the-ordinary, the celebrity devotees of these eight unusual workouts are proof that sometimes stepping out of the gym and breaking away from your everyday fitness routine is all that it takes to get fast, lasting results. From the calming anti-gravity yoga workout of Gwyneth Paltrow, to Jennifer Aniston’s preferred stand-up paddle boarding, you’re sure to find a get-fit program to help you shape up for summer.
8. Bar Method
If the idea of sweating it out in a gym doesn’t appeal to you, you’re not alone. Celebs like Kyra Sedgwick, Drew Barrymore, Eliza Dushku and Zooey Deschanel are loving the dance-based Bar Method workout. Ballet moves mix with yoga, Pilates and even a bit of weight training, to deliver major core conditioning exercises that help these celeb Bar Method devotees earn their long, lean muscles and tight tushes. While the number of calories you’ll burn with a Bar Method class will vary depending on your weight, age, fitness level and other factors, instructors estimate that most participants can expect to burn 250-600 calories per class. A Bar Method Bonus: you’ll continue to torch additional calories long after your workout, thanks to the program’s intensive deep muscle-targeting exercises.
There’s often a lot of talk about the lengths that Hollywood’s female stars go to get in shape, but not so much about what gets guys like George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in top physical condition. Rather than pumping iron in traditional exercise classes, they are among the many male celebs turning to one-on-one training with Technogym. Its Italian-based equipment called ‘The Kineses Personal’ is Technogym’s most popular thanks to its ability to adjust for more than 200 resistance-based workouts. Expect big results when it comes to improved flexibility, stronger muscles and better balance.
6. Pop Physique
If you can’t decide between Pilates, light weight exercises or ballet—or simply don’t have time to cram all three into your busy schedule—Pop Physique’s innovative get-fit concept may be the perfect workout for you. Its combination of ballet barre-inspired moves set to energizing hip-hop, electric indie and pumping club music leaves you with long, lean muscles after about six weeks of classes (at 3-4 classes per week). In addition to a dancer’s body, you’ll also tighten your tush, tone your tummy, improve posture and enhance your flexibility, via a stretching segment and intense lower body fat-burning focus. Pop Physique is the choice workout of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Katie Holmes and Liv Tyler, who each burn an estimated 500 calories per class.
For many of Hollywood’s hottest celebs, a slim, sexy silhouette isn’t just something that happens overnight. It’s the result of blood, sweat, and tears…or, maybe just sweat. That’s exactly what you’ll do with the intense Xflowsion fitness routine, a high-energy, sweat-inducing, heart-pounding workout of dance, power yoga and martial arts. Leading ladies like Jessica Biel, Elisha Cuthbert and Shannon Elizabeth are among those who turn to trainer, Eric Paskel’s Xflowsion for a workout that targets both mind and body. New to Xflowsion? Think of this program as a mix of cardio-building endurance exercises, strength training moves and feel-good stretches that’s perfect for beginners, as well as those looking to torch mega calories with a challenging workout.
4. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Credit the ultra-toned bodies of Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio and Cindy Crawford to the surge in popularity of stand-up paddle boarding. While these lucky ladies may have been blessed with good genes, simply incorporating just three 30-minute SUP sessions a week into your workout regimen will get the rest of us looking supermodel-worthy fit in no time. Despite its usual course on gentle, flat waterways, SUP demands intense coordination of the body’s major muscle groups and tests core stability and stamina, which is essential for toning the abdominals, chest muscles, triceps, deltoids and lower back muscles. At its most leisurely pace, you’ll burn an average of 225 calories per hour, but up your cardio with a high intensity stroke and that number rockets to an average of 850 calories per hour.
3. Anti-Gravity Yoga
How do Gwyneth Paltrow and Mariah Carey keep their bodies looking fit and feeling strong? Both beauties rely on a relaxing, yet invigorating, workout of anti-gravity yoga. This fitness routine requires participants to climb aboard silk hammocks where they can twist about for a workout that targets mind, body and spirit. Benefits of this modern twist on the ancient form of yoga include a more stretched spine, increased blood flow throughout the body and the achievement of zen-like relaxation. As Paltrow wrote in her blog, “In comparison to other yoga classes, the moves felt constructive without feeling like a chore.” Paltrow’s praises of this decompressing, suspended exercises has piqued the interest of other celebrities including, Kathy Lee Gifford, Britney Spears and Madonna who use anti-gravity yoga classes to improve their core stability, body allignment, stretch muscles and enhance body awareness.
With her elaborate aerobatic concert spectacles, award-winning pop/rock singer Pink has pretty much become the celebrity ambassador of trapeze, but there are a slew of other high-flying figures who flip for trapeze, including Molly Sims, Mischa Barton and Hugh Jackman. Trapeze and other aerial aerobics like flipping or silks are among one of the more intense celebrity workouts, with an average trapeze class scorching between 300-400 calories per hour. Participants quickly sculpt the abdominals, arms and gams by working their core, upper body and lower body with low-impact, strengthening maneuvers and tricks. This combine stamina, coordination, and flexibility.
Hula hooping is fast becoming the celeb workout of choice for 2014, thanks to the growing number of famous faces moving to the fun, nostalgic fitness routines from Hoopnotica. Among Hoopnotica’s most recognizable hoopers are: First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Zooey Deschanel, Venus Williams and even Oprah. What makes hula hooping a blast-of-a-fat-blaster is Hoopnotica’s emphasis on the element of play; hoopers are more inclined to stick with this workout because it doesn’t feel like work. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), hula hooping burns approximately seven calories per minute, which works out to between 400-600 calories per hour when incorporating Hoopnotica’s dance-inspired hula hooping workout. Join in on this top celeb fitness routine to score killer abs, tone roughly 30 different muscles throughout your body, improve cardiovascular health, strength your spine and enhance your flexibility.