The Most Popular Workouts in Hollywood (and Which Celebs Do What)
We’re obsessed with how celebrities work out. What better way to get motivated to hit the gym ourselves than by looking at an Instagram photo of a hot celeb bod, and realizing we could look like that, too? And the best way to do that is to find out just what kind of workout is required to get, say, Karlie Kloss’ body. From the celebs who made Pilates a thing (ahem, Jennifer Aniston back in Friends days) to the fitness newbs who we can’t stop Insta-stalking, we’re seriously inspired by these A-listers.
Click through to find out which celebrities spin, do yoga, box, and more.
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The more we slouch at our desks or jut our chins forward to swipe at our smartphones, the closer we are to Quasimodo posture. (Not to mention that back pain pretty much affects us all at some point in our lives.) Harry Styles surprised us recently when he posed for a photo with his Pilates instructor (rumour has it he attends class weekly). Though obviously there are the traditionalists who practise on reformers or sans equipment, some of the most popular methods—at least here, in Canada—are those that have been shaken up a bit.
One such example is Studio Lagree, which uses a machine called a Megaformer, which is a souped-up version of the humble reformer. Then, there’s a Toronto fave, Misfit Studio, where owner Amber Joliat offers a range of mash-up classes, including Fusion, a yoga+Pilates+dance mash-up. Then there’s Montreal’s Essentrics, which is based on improving posture and strength through a series of specially designed movements.
Celebs who love it: Sarah Gadon, Lily Cole, Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Amanda Seyfried.
Arguably the fitness trend that has exploded the most in recent years, boxing has been adopted by women from all walks—most notably models who tout the body-carving benefits. But for those who have tried throwing a punch, the health benefits extend beyond the physical and into the realm of mind and spirit (who doesn’t feel more at ease when punching out their frustrations at the end of a long day?). The sport is such a great workout because it torches calories because of the constant movement, which engages the whole body as you twist your core and move your feet. Also, it tones the muscles because of the extended period in which they’re used. (If you’ve ever used a speed bag, you know what I’m talking about!)
Celebs who love it: Victoria’s Secret Angels, including Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge and Candice Swanepoel), as well as Gigi Hadid and model Ashley Graham.
Ballet and barre
The ballet body continues to be covetable, with Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful at the top of the celeb love list. She leaped into the spotlight after training Natalie Portman for Black Swan back in the day. What seemed to be a fad has become a tried-and-true workout routine for it’s muscle-lengthening benefits. Unlike weight training, which works by contracting the muscle (known as concentric contractions, or in other words, the shortening of the muscle), these ballet moves include many eccentric contractions (which work the muscle when it’s long). If this isn’t enough to prove the longevity of the trend, look to the barre classes popping up continually country-wide.
Celebs who love it: Lily Aldrige, Gigi Hadi, Karen Elsom, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Karlie Kloss.
From SoulCycle to L.A’s Cycle House, spinning has taken the fitness world by storm, and celebs are jumping on
board a bike and leading the movement. SoulCycle has gained a reputation for being physically and mentally intense. With a slogan like “Change your body. Find your SOUL,” the workout promises to, well, change your life. “SoulCycle doesn’t just change bodies, it changes lives. With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls,” reads the site.
A typical spin class includes an instructor at the front taking the class through hill climbs, interval training, and sprints, making spinning an intense cardio workout.
Celebs who love it: Jessica Alba, David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Benson.
We obviously don’t need to tell you about the benefits of yoga—from mental to physical and spiritual. From improving flexibility to meditation, the centuries-old practice is a celeb favourite. And the types of yoga you can do are no longer limited to Vinyasa or Hatha—there’s hot yoga, aerial yoga, yogalates, ashtanga and more.
Celebs who love it: Madonna, Demi Moore, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, Julia Roberts, Adam Levine, Ashley Tisdale.