Marisa Miller and other Celebrity Favorite Summer Workouts

We, here at The Celebrity Workout, realize that with summer just around the corner, hitting the gym and slimming into bikini worthy shape is a greater priority than ever. Although celebrities have the luxury of taking tropical vacations year round, they are not immune from the added pressure of strutting their stuff in a bathing suit. As the weather warms up and the clothes get smaller, celebrities feel especially motivated to get active and workout.

Check out these celebrity workout summer favorites:

  • Marisa Miller, the well-known model who often graces the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, says “I go paddle-boarding and do a lot of strength training with resistance bands.” Taking advantage of water workouts is a great way to celebrate the season.
  • Kerry Washingon, the actress who played Ray Charles’ wife in Ray, says “I have an incredible Pilates instructor in NYC, Erika Bloom, and in L.A., Nonna Gleyzer. I do Pilates for an hour four or five times per week. I absolutely love it.” Toning and strengthening is especially important when showing more skin during the summer months.
  • Carrie Ann Inaba, the dancer and actress who sometime judges Dancing with the Stars, says “I mostly kickbox and do a cardio workout called Drenched. Billy Blanks‘ brother and sister started it. It’s great!” A good cardio sweat sessions feels great in the summer heat! [click to continue…]
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With Thanksgiving just days away, it is time to start planning your holiday menu. More and more celebrities are adopting diets free of poultry and red meat, and instead eating fish as a protein source. For example, Olivia Wilde of House fame calls herself a “sort of vegetarian who eats fish.” Bombshell Sofia Vergara from Modern Family quit eating red meat 16 years ago. Perhaps it is time to incorporate a fish option in your Thanksgiving menu.

In celebration of the American Music Awards and in honor of Alicia Keys’ two nominations, we bring you a special holiday recipe from Alicia’s table. With thirteen Grammys and five American Music Awards already under her belt, the musician has already enjoyed her share of accolades. We wish Alicia the best and hope you enjoy her Thanksgiving Maple-Soy Glazed Salmon recipe!

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With the sixth season of CBS’ hit show How I Met Your Mother underway, it is about time we brought you the workout of the one-and-only Barney Stinson. Okay, so Barney’s actual workout routine is a bit of a mystery – but he certainly does not lack confidence with the ladies. For now we will settle for the workout and diet tricks of Neil Patrick Harris, the actor who plays Barney Stinson on the show. Good thing Neil is even more funny and charming than his television character!

When asked about fitting a workout into his busy schedule, Neil Patrick Harris joked, “I take circus classes now and again so I feel like I have some practical strength.” According to That’s Fit, Neil exercises at Cirque School in Los Angeles. Cirque School is a studio founded by former Cirque du Soleil performer Aloysia Gavre. Classes such as suspension training, handstands and partnering, aerial trapeze tricks, and juggling are taught daily. Don’t be afraid if you lack the flexibility or strength of an acrobat, Cirque School claims its classes are “for anybody with any body.”

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Sandra Bullock and Her Workout Won Her an Oscar

Sunday at the Oscars, celebrities wowed on the red carpet with designer gowns, expensive jewels, glowing skin, and hot bods. Everyone enjoys Oscar fashion, and it is the talk of Hollywood for weeks to come. Although the designer duds are incredible on their own, it can’t be denied that the stunning stars showcasing the looks add a certain oomph. For example, beautiful people gracing the Oscar red carpet included Demi Moore, Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams, and Zoe Saldana.

Although celebrities exercise year round, they often amp up their workout routine in the weeks preceding premiers and award shows. Even if you aren’t expecting to be nominated for an award, you probably want to be in top-shape for the special events in your life. According to MSNBC Fitness Trainer, Kathy Kaehler, all you need is 2 weeks to tone-up.

To slim down before your next big event, try these tips Kathy provided to MSNBC:

1. Two weeks before the event

  • Kathy recommends you “increase your workout time (adding 15 to 20 minutes to each session), frequency (hitting the gym at least five to six times a week) and intensity (really going for the burn).”
  • “For your cardio workouts, increase the intensity by going up in levels on the machines or adding some sprints or hills to your runs/walks so that you are burning more calories.”
  • “For the strength part of your workouts (up to three days a week), focus on alternating workouts of heavier weights/fewer reps with lighter weights/more reps to challenge your muscles in different ways.”

2. The week before the event

  • Watch what you eat. Kathy tells her clients to “cut sugar, salt and alcohol.”
  • Kathy says, “watching what you heat will help you feel and look lean. You will also have amazing energy for your workouts.”
  • The day before the event, Kathy recommends “sticking with lean proteins and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, and limiting fruit and veggies to avoid feeling bloated or gassy.”

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Robert Downey Jr. Uses Unique Equipment to Prepare for Roles

Workouts for transforming Robert Downey Jr. into Iron Man’s Tony Stark, then to Sherlock Holmes, and back to Tony Stark for Iron Man 2.

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Tracy Anderson’s Weight-Loss Kick-Start

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Tracy Anderson recently published a book about her workout and diet intended to make her other fitness products more accessible.

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Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke’s Slimming Diet and Workout

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Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke’s Slimming Diet and Workout

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House Star Lisa Edelstein’s Ashtanga Yoga Practice

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Lisa Edelstein, star of House, discovered yoga and cured a recurring neck injury. Now her daily practice adds balance to her busy life.

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