It is no secret that celebrities have access to some of the best personal trainers and exercise professionals in the world. They are the first to know about the latest fitness trends and the first to reap the benefits of their hard-work and physical dedication. And why shouldn’t they be? Many celebrities’ careers depend upon their ability to stay lean, healthy and physically fit. But with tight work schedules and constant travel, celebrities may find it difficult to adhere to lengthy workout regimens. Instead, celebrities who are looking to stay fit often choose the most effect, highest calorie burning and time-efficient workout programs.
Luckily for celebrities, there are several workouts that pair strength training, cardio, flexibility and a whole lot of sweat-filled, muscle-toning movements into one jam-packed, heart-pounding workout. While the celebrity workout may vary from one celebrity to another, each of them has one thing in common: they burn calories and create a lean, toned body. Below is a list of the Top 10 Best Celebrity Workouts.
Think of Flywheel as a spinning class on steroids. Rows of specialty Flywheel bikes rise above the instructor like a stadium, providing every member of the class with a clear view. The lights are dimmed and the music pounds loudly overhead. Every shift in speed and rise in incline is called out by the Flywheel instructor. The average 45 minutes class consists of high intensity sprints, slow deep burn inclines and varying degrees of resistance to keep your body guessing and your heart pounding. Along with the 20 to 30 miles of cycling in each class, participants also use light weights for upper body exercises. On average a Flywheel class burns a whopping 700 calories!
Flywheel’s popularity has caught on since its start in 2010 with the help of celebrities like Sofia Vergera, Jimmy Fallon, Mets 3B David Wright and Katie Couric. Dedicated Flywheel participants can find classes in cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Seattle.
9. The Bar Method
The long, lean muscles of a dancer’s body are coveted by many women in Hollywood. Celebrities in search of losing weight while developing a long graceful body have quickly become loyal members of the Bar Method. Created by Burr Leonard, the Bar Method utilizes traditional ballet movements and creates a heart racing, body toning exercise that will quickly give the result celebrities desire.
To date, there are 75 Bar Method locations across the United States. Each of these locations offer supportive and expertly trained teachers to help all participants gain an appreciation of their body as well as achieve their own fitness goals. Among the many people across the United States who are devoted to the workout, several celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Kelly Ripa and Ginnifer Goodwin have also found fitness success with the Bar Method.
8. Power Moves
There are many theories of exercise among personal trainers and exercise physiologists. Among these theories is Power Moves. Created by Marco Borges, Power Moves is based on the idea that exercise movement comes from the joints. By utilizing four joints during exercise, a large amount of muscles are activated. By activating several muscle groups during an entire exercise, more calories are burned. Marco Borges not only created the workout theory, but he also wrote a book, entitled Power Moves: The 4 Motions to Transform Your Body for Life.
Two celebrities who swear by the Power Moves workout and also work closely with Marco Borges is Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. Beyonce used the Power Moves program to rid herself of extra body fat after the birth of her first child. She also uses Marco Borges Power Moves program to maintain her weight loss and stay physically fit. Jay-Z uses Power Moves as his main exercise program and even wrote the forward for Marco Borges’ book.
7. Barry’s Bootcamp
Voted the “Best Celebrity Workout” by Allure magazine, Barry’s Bootcamp is not your average workout for two reasons. First, the lighting makes the workout studio look more like a nightclub than a gym. Secondly, no other boot camp class in known for their 1,000-calorie full-body workout. How is it possible to burn 1,000 calories in just one hour? By utilizing high speed sprint intervals on cardio circuits and large muscle group weight lifting exercises on strength circuits. Add in a lot of motivation from a Barry’s Bootcamp instructor and the calories quickly start melting – or rather sweating – away.
Amazingly high calorie burns and a unique workout atmosphere has created a stir of Barry’s Bootcamp celebrity followers such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Taye Diggs and Ali Larter. Barry’s Bootcamp classes can be found in New York, California, Tennessee, Florida, and Norway.
The mental and physical benefits of yoga have been documented for decades. But when a select group of celebrities became loyal yoga gurus, the workout soared in popularity. Now it seems that every celebrity utilizes a form of yoga in one way or another. There are some celebrities, such as Madonna – who practices Ashtanga yoga, which utilizes dynamic cardio movements, Jennifer Aniston – who works closely with yoga guru Mandy Ingber and was even featured in a yoga video, and rocker Adam Levine – has been practicing yoga with trainer Chad Dennis for over five years and integrates Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Iyengar, and Anusara yoga to create his perfect routine.
The rowing machine tends to be overlooked in a gym. Most people opt for the treadmill or the elliptical machine to get their dose of cardio. But in the high-intensity, circuit based Shockwave class, the rowing machine is the main attraction. And, unlike a lot of fitness classes, so is team effort.
There are eight stations. Two of the stations are rowing machines. The other six are strength training stations, complete with BOSU balls, medicine balls, kettlebells, and body bars. Now here’s the team part of the class. The time that each person is at a station depends upon the time that it takes the rowers to finish their required distance.
To get in on this exciting class you must first be a member of an Equinox gym. Regardless of what membership is required, ultra-fit and slightly competitive celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Bradley Cooper have quickly become fans of Shockwave classes.
Celebrities who are searching for a workout that is easy on their joints and focuses on their core strength, need look no further than Pilates. While the origin of Pilates stems from the 1920’s, its methods are still highly effective and tremendously popular. Ashley Greene, Sandra Bullock, Miranda Kerr, Kate Hudson, and even NFL player Ruben Brown are among the celebrities who have credited their lean body and physical power to Pilates. Many celebrities hire Pilates instructors, such as Nicole Stuart and Alycea Ungaro, to put them through 45 minute to one hour Pilates workouts. Other celebrities choose to practice in one of the many Pilates studios across the country, which provide more equipment than an at home workout. No matter where or when celebrities choose to practice Pilates, the effectiveness of the workout is obvious to see in the graceful posture and toned muscles of those celebrities are dedicated to Pilates.
Walk into a Crossfit gym – or rather a “box” to use the precise Crossfit terminology – and you are guaranteed to find two things: whiteboards with strange acronyms like WOD, AMRAP, and PB on them and at least one sweat soaked, completely physically exhausted person whose legs are shaking so badly from their workout that they cannot get. Even before Crossfit caught on as a favorite celebrity workout, it was used by police academies, military special operations units and even elite athletes to condition their bodies and prepare for the most physically taxing situations.
Adapted to today’s celebrity, Crossfit boxes draw a large number of celebrities looking to add lean muscle and challenge themselves physically and mentally. It’s no surprise that ultra-fit and super ripped celebrities like Jessica Biel, Max Greenfield, and Jason Statham are Crossfit devotees.
2. 3-2-1 Workout
Hectic travel schedules can make it difficult for celebrities to access a gym on a regular basis. That’s why so many male and female celebrities have turned to workouts that require little or no exercise equipment. One of the most popular workouts for celebrities on-the-go is the 3-2-1 Workout. Created by Ramona Braganza, the 3-2-1 Workout consists of three cardio workouts, two resistance training exercises, and one core exercise. The workouts are followed in an order, which mixes cardio and resistance training into one workout. By doing this, celebrities are able to get a full-body workout in a short amount of time (typically 30-40 minutes). The time-friendly and efficient 3-2-1 Workout has created a loyal following among celebrities like Zac Efron and Jessica Alba.
While many workout trends have come and gone, running is the one workout that has always remained a part of most celebrities’ exercise regimen. Sean Combs, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Matthew McConaughey, and Justin Timberlake are among the few to lace up their running shoes and hit the pavement. It’s not surprising that so many celebrities make jogging a priority. The workout calls for nearly every muscle in the body to be activated, which equals a high calorie burn. Not only does jogging make burning calories a breeze, but it also has tremendous cardiovascular benefits. While many celebrities jog to lose weight or maintain their weight loss, others simply jog because they enjoy the personal satisfaction they achieve from jogging.