Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts always shines on the red carpet—in part because her amazing figure allows her to look great in just about anything. The secret those flat abs and that perky butt? "Naomi loves to get a great full-body burn and an intense interval cardio workout," says AKT INMOTION founder Anna Kaiser, who's trained Watts. "She has limited time to get it all in, so we focus on movements that work the entire body and keep her heart rate up." Kaiser shared three of the The Impossible star's favorite moves.
Challenge your booty and shoulders with this exercise.
Sit on right hip, supporting weight with left arm extended straight. Place left foot on ground with knee directly above left ankle, facing ceiling. Hold a 10-pound dumbbell in right hand. Pressing down with left palm, lift hips to ceiling by pushing down into left heel and squeezing glutes; at the same time, extend right arm toward ceiling. Slowly return to seated position, lowering right arm. Do 15 to 20 reps, then repeat on the other side.
Your abs and arms should be shaking if you really push yourself in this stability challenge.
Place a medicine ball on the floor in front of you. Balance in plank with palms positioned in the middle of the ball, squeezing inner thighs together. Keeping arms straight, bend both legs, bringing pelvis toward the back of the room. Pause, then shoot forward back into original plank position. Do 10 to 15 reps.
Your entire body has to work to stabilize your core, while your glutes get a crazy lengthening burn.
Come to all fours on a mat with a medicine ball on the floor to your left. Be sure right hand is directly under right shoulder and extend left arm to balance on ball with fingertips. Extend right leg to a right diagonal, keeping leg completely straight. As you balance, keeping arms straight the entire time, lift right leg up and lower it slowly, making sure hips stay square to the mat. Do 20 reps, then repeat on the other side.