With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, you can be sure of one thing: Most of the celebs are getting ready with some great last-minute workouts to get their bodies perfect for the cameras and those gowns! And just how do A-listers like Courteney Cox, Julianne Moore, and David Arquette tone up before a big event like the Oscars? Well, they enlist the help of Michele Lovitt, celebrity trainer and Zobha's new brand ambassador, that's how!
But you don't have to be a celeb to get Oscar-ready like one. Lovitt recently shared her favorite five moves that help her celeb clients get primed for the red carpet. And the best part is that you can easily do them at home!
Red Carpet Workout: 5 Moves You Can Do at Home
1. Twisting Squat. If you want to sculpt your entire body like Courteney Cox, this is it, Lovitt says. This squat works your arms, core, legs and rear.
To begin, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a 5- to 10-pound dumbbell in each hand, with your elbows bent to 90 degrees and your palms facing forward. Keeping your chest lift, lower down into a squat. Use your glutes to lift yourself back up and twist your body to the left, allowing your feet to pivot so that your right heel lifts off the floor. At the same time, press dumbbells overhead. Return to start. Switch sides and repeat. Lovitt recommends beginning with 12 to 15 reps on each side.
"Begin with one set and work your way up to three sets," she says.
2. Reverse Fly. "For those strapless Oscar dresses you want to have a good back," Lovitt says, "So try the reverse fly to work your rear deltoid muscles, which is on the back of your shoulders."
To perform this exercise, hold a 3-pound dumbbell in each hand, step forward with one leg, bend at the waist and allow your arms to hang. Slightly rounding your arms, raise dumbbells to your sides until they're in line with your shoulders. Switch legs after 10 repetitions, aiming for three rounds of 20 repetitions each.
3. Pelvic Tilt. For that tight firm booty that will look good in anything on the red carpet, try this simple move, Lovitt says.
Begin by lying face up on the floor, knees bent, ankles under knees and tilt your hips up, keeping your butt on the floor and flattening your spine. Hold for a few seconds and then return to starting position. Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 25 reps!
4. Push Ups. There's nothing more complementary to a dress than some toned arms and a strong chest to hold it up. And push-ups are a great way to get them. "This do-anywhere, no-equipment move not only tones your chest, arms and shoulders but it also helps strengthens your back and abdominal muscles," Lovitt says.
To begin, start face down on the floor with hands out next to your chest, fingers pointed straight ahead and slightly wider than your shoulders. Tighten your abs as you raise yourself up onto your hands and the balls of your feet. Keep your body straight; avoid hiking up hips or sagging in the middle. Bend your arms and lower your body to the floor, stopping when your elbows are at 90 degrees. Then push back up to start position. If too difficult, try doing push-ups with your knees on the floor. Shoot for three sets of 10 to 15 reps.
5. Forward Lunge. "To get your legs red carpet ready, try this exercise to work your glutes, quads and hamstrings," Lovitt recommends.
To begin, stand in a split-stance with one leg forward and one leg back. Bend your knees and lower your hips into a lunge position, keeping the front knee and back knee at 90-degree angles. Drop the back knee to the floor do a set of 10 to 15 reps and then switch legs. Do this for three sets total for best results, she says.
And don't forget the cardio, Lovitt says! Her favorite way to get celebs long and lean for the red carpet is to focus on fat-burning cardio that uses your whole body to challenge more muscles and burn extra calories in less time.
"For example, interval training, when you're keeping your heart rate up between 70 to 85 percent of your maximum. You are still in your fat-burning zone but at a higher intensity resulting in a higher calorie burn," she says. "Brisk walk for 30 seconds followed by a jog for 30 seconds. Repeat for 20 minutes."
We recommend doing this workout anytime, but definitely before Sunday's Oscar coverage begins. And if you're in the market for new workout clothes, check out the brand Lovitt swears by, Zobha
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Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.