When she was 6 years old, CSI Miami's Eva La Rue started acting and dancing. By 12 she was practicing ballet for two hours a day, six days a week. Today, shooting her series and raising her 6-year-old daughter, Kaya, fill her days, but Eva still takes three 90-minute advanced ballet classes a week. "It's an intense aerobic workout," she says. "But there are also Pilates-type moves that strengthen my core and make my muscles long and lean." We asked the busy ballerina to demonstrate the perfect grand plié—and share her tips for feeling fit inside and out.
- STOP FIXATING ON YOUR SIZE "I just turned 41 and I feel like my metabolism has slowed to a screeching halt! But since having Kaya, I don't obsess over my weight and I'm much more forgiving of my body."
- DON’T DENY YOURSELF "I love, love, love to eat, and we have delicious food available 24/7 on the set! The good news is there are lots of salads and fresh veggies; the bad news is they're right next to the brownies and candy bars. To avoid overindulging, I allow myself a few bites of a brownie if I'm craving it, and I always leave something on my plate."
- BE FLEXIBLE "Even if I don't have time for a class, I do five to 10 grand pliés to stay strong and toned."
TO TRY IT Stand two feet away from a barre or countertop, with left side closest to it, heels together, and toes turned out [A]. Hold the barre with left hand and extend right arm out to your side at shoulder height, palm turned up [B]. Look at right hand as you bend knees slightly, lift your heels, and raise right arm 45 degrees, palm facing down [C]. Bend knees farther as you lower right arm in front of you [D], almost brushing the floor with right hand [E]. Rise and bring arm up through center to return to starting position. Repeat, switching sides on next set.