From former WWF darling Stacy Keibler to boxing buff Mark Wahlberg
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Way before she was dancing with the stars (and romancing George Clooney) 32-year old Stacy Keibler was throwing her hat into the Hollywood ring as a WWE female fighter. Now that her wrestling days are gone (but not forgotten), Keibler's long and lean frame can be attributed to a mix of cross-training, stair-climbing, and kettlebells, as her trainer Juliet Kaska previously revealed to SHAPE. Watch Keibler's killer abs workout and try it yourself.
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Actress Hilary Swank famously got into rip-roaring red-carpet shape while heavily training for her role as a female boxer in 2004's box-office hit Million Dollar Baby. At the time, Swank told a magazine that she put on nearly 20 pounds of muscle for the role of Maggie Fitzgerald by stepping into the ring for more than 4 hours a day and eating a whopping 4,000 calories per day.
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Just another reason not to mess with The Queen. While curvy singer/actress Queen Latifah was filming recently in Los Angeles, she turned to 5-time World Kickboxing Champion trainer Kathy Long to help her tone up and slim down, Long tells SHAPE exclusively.
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He may not be the first person who comes to mind when one thinks of ‘fit' celebrities but formerly chubby King of Queens star Kevin James has gotten into picture-perfect shape for his new movie role, says his trainer Mark DellaGrotte.
"Through traditional Muay Thai practices, mixed martial arts techniques, and basic fitness training, I prepared him for his upcoming role in Here Comes the Boom in which a high school teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter to raise money to save the school's music program. We emphasized technique and cardio fitness because this role entailed him actually getting into the ring and it had to believable," DellaGrotte tells SHAPE.
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For the 2009 Oscar-winning flick The Fighter, which took a look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, Mark Wahlberg spent four years ‘building his boxer bod' with his trainer Brian Nguyen.
"Most great fighters like Mark have the ability to transfer force from the lower body to the upper body. The Rotational Med Ball Slam allows the fighter to not only use the hips and the lower body as it stabilizes ground force, but it helps works the obliques and upper body while delivering a powerful explosive movement as the hips rotate and the ball is thrown to the ground," Nguyen says.
Wahlberg also did lots of lunges, kettlebell exercises, and lateral walks while working with Nguyen.
"It's a bit of a Rocky thing… We go to the gym at 5 a.m. when it opens. I'm jumping rope, hitting the speed bag, the double-end bag, the mitts, and we're sparring a little bit," Wahlberg told MTV back in 2007.
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The former 90210 and Saved by the Bell star stays in shape—and fights off post-baby pounds—with a combo of strength training and mixed martial arts, says her LA-based trainer Ashley Weinbach of Kick Ash Fitness. "She works out very hard and when the gloves go on, it's go time!" Weinbach says.
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Spunky star of VH1's Mob Wives Drita D'Avanzo has thrown a few punches at fellow cast members… but when the cameras aren't rolling, the petite makeup artist, who has said she once weighed 200 pounds, is a fitness fanatic who enjoys private lessons at a local Staten Island boxing gym.
"I've been boxing for a few months now and although I pride myself on being physically fit, I have never been in better shape," D'Avanzo sys. "The stamina you need for boxing is incredible. I feel physically more fit than ever!"
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When Michelle Pfeiffer was tapped to play Catwoman in the 1992 film Batman Returns, the studio enlisted 5-time World Kickboxing Champion Kathy Long to ‘get her in the best shape of her career.' Long spent six months on the set with Pfeiffer, grooming her for the role (and the skintight catsuit).