She’s sassy, she’s sexy, and she's, of course, keeping it classy! Christina Applegate is currently heating up the big screen once again as the slapstick savvy Veronica Corningstone in the notoriously funny flick Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
The new mom to two-year-old daughter Sadie Grace has been in the biz since she was a baby, but through it all, she’s managed to remain grateful, grounded, gorgeous, and incredibly fit. We went to her longtime personal trainer Teddy Bass to steal some of her secrets for staying healthy and happy from the inside out. Bass also shared a total-body medicine ball workout, straight from the starlet's training plan.
SHAPE: So great to connect with you! How long have you been training Christina?
Teddy Bass (TB): I’ve trained Christina for more than 15 years. I’ve been with her since the Married…with Children days. She always exceeds expectations. She has a beautiful little daughter now, a wonderful family, yet still works really hard. She’s been through a lot over the years and it’s been really amazing to see her succeed and get into such incredible fighting shape.
SHAPE: Tell us about the training you’re doing with her currently.
TB: We work out three to four days a week, sometimes five, usually for 60 to 90 minutes. We’ve been doing a lot of treadmill training recently. I’ve been calling them treadmill intervals. Then we’ll finish up with abs and butt work on the floor and mix in some Pilates work. We’ll also have days when she’ll do 30 to 40 minutes of spinning and then we’ll do weights. It’s a lot of bodyweight intervals, using dumbbells and bands.
SHAPE: After so many years of working together, how much have you switched up her routine?
TB: We do something different every single day. The body is generally always ready to plateau so you have to mix it up. That’s how I pride myself in keeping such long-term clients. But certainly after 15 years there are going to be some go-to moves that will continue to bring results. We do a lot of lower-body work with a band around the knees. And you can’t go wrong with squats and lunges—they target the areas women are usually after (the booty!).
SHAPE: What’s been the biggest change in her workouts now compared to when you first started working together?
TB: We incorporate more cardio intervals into her workouts now. She used to spin or do cardio and then we'd work out, but with the intervals, she’s kept her strength and cardiovascular training up. Endurance is always that questionable thing the older we get, so we have to get something in our regimen to keep that up. So everything we did focused on cardio, but if you add in a multi-joint workout with burpees, squats, then jump into a plank on a medicine ball or stability ball, you get your heart rate up and it burns so many calories. For Christina, incorporating those intervals into the actual workout rather than treating it as separate really does the trick.
SHAPE: Did you do anything specific to help Christina prepare for her role in Anchorman 2?
TB: We just kept up her steady routine as usual, but we definitely increased the cardio. She was also really cognizant about her food choices. That girl can throw together a salad! The most incredible one you’ve ever seen in your life. All vegetables—it's amazing.
Want to achieve a sexy, strong, sculpted body like Christina? Try out her total-body, medicine-ball workout below!
Christina Applegate's Medicine-Ball Workout
You’ll need: Exercise mat, medicine ball.
How it works: This workout incorporates a medicine ball to work all areas of the body. Among other things, this type of workout will skyrocket your metabolism and leave you burning excess calories for hours after your workout is done. Try to do 2 to 3 sets with a little cardio in between each set.
Start at a brisk walk at 3.8 to 4.0 speed, then take it into a 6.5 run for 3 minutes.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, toes pointed forward. Hold medicine ball out in front of your body, slightly above your chest, with arms straight. Do not lock your elbows. Lower your body, bending at the hips, keeping your weight back on your heels. Keep your back as upright as possible. Make sure your knees don’t cross the plain of your toes. Don’t go past 90 degrees at your knees.
Forward Lunge into Overhead Press
Reps: 10 to 12 per side
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold medicine ball in front of you and lunge forward with your left leg, extending arms toward foot. Step back into starting position, and bring your right knee into your chest while pressing medicine ball overhead, fully extending arm. Return medicine ball to chest and repeat movement with right leg.
Reps: 20 to 30
Stand with good posture, feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent. With arms bent, hold medicine ball in front of chest. While looking straight ahead, contract the abdominals and slowly turn the torso to the right. Release and repeat left side.
Reps: 15 to 20 reps
Stand and hold a medicine ball in both hands with the arms extended, arms next to the ears. Keep the shoulders pulled down and away from the ears. Bend the elbows, lowering the ball behind your head until your elbows are at 90-degree angles. Squeeze the triceps to straighten the arms, taking the ball back up
Reps: 10 per side
While standing, hold the medicine ball in front of you. Jump from side to side while balancing on each foot, stepping behind you (a little like a curtsy but not a full one).
Reps: 15 to 20 reps
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a medicine ball at waist level. Keeping your elbows close to your sides, exhale while curling the ball upward to your chest. Inhale as you lower your arms back to the starting position
Reps: 10 to 12 per side
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold medicine ball in front of you and lunge backwards with your left leg, extending arms toward right foot. Go back to starting position and repeat with opposite leg.
Tip: Put a washcloth underneath your foot so it has to slide back instead of stepping back. By doing it this way, your inner thighs engage more.
Grab a medicine ball and hold it above your head. Reach back as far as you can, then slam the ball to the floor in front of you.
Lie on your back, raise your legs to 90 degrees, and place your heels on an exercise ball. Engage your core, and squeeze your buttocks while raising your hips from the ground. Your back should form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Hold for 3 seconds, and lower slowly. Repeat.
Lying down with your back on the floor and knees bent, take the medicine ball in your hands and roll up into a crunch, doing a twist at the top of the crunch.