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Charlize Theron's Ballet-Based Total-Body Workout

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Charlize Theron at the 2013 Oscars

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Charlize Theron at the 2013 Oscars

Charlize Theron is a world-renowned actress dedicated to her diverse film roles (congrats are in order for her recent Golden Globe nom!) and incredibly devoted to her intense workouts, too.

From struttin’ red carpets worldwide to stunning TV audiences in her oh-so-sexy Dior commercial campaigns, Theron is clearly one gorgeous woman with the most sensational, svelte figure to match.

But behind most fabulous figures in Hollywood is an equally as fabulous trainer. Meet powerhouse fitness expert Fedele De Santis, owner of The Gym on Nemo, where one might spot hot bods like Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, and Ms. Theron herself. 

De Santis, who has worked with the South African stunner for more than two years, trains all his female clients to look like ballerinas with long, lean, strong and beautiful bodies.

“Charlize is an extremely serious, focused, professional, no BS, balls-to-the-wall client,” De Santis says. “She is so tenacious my nickname for her is thundercat!”

The secret to a beautiful ballerina body like Theron? “Make sure your grip for every exercise is narrow. A wide grip makes the muscles grow wide and your body more masculine,” De Santis says.

When it comes to diet, De Santis advises to slowly lower your calories and focus on proteins, vegetables, and dark-colored fruits and greens. Make sure everything you eat is clean and organic, and stay away from fried foods, bread, rice, and pasta, as well.

“A lot of women make the mistake of changing their diet too quickly in one day. Lower your calories slowly so you can avoid causing emotional and mental trauma to yourself,” recommends De Santis. “As long as you don’t reduce your calories too suddenly, your body will acclimate, your stomach will adjust, and you’ll get to your goal easier.”

From Hollywood, Fla., to Hollywood, Calif., De Santis’ wealth of experience and fitness expertise definitely shows in the famous fit females he trains.

“Being a personal trainer has given me so many opportunities to help bring others not only better health, but peace of mind. This is the true success of what I do,” he says. “If you’re not having fun, it ain’t worth it!”

That’s why we were thrilled when De Santis shared with us Theron’s leading lady workout so we too can get our bodies in beautiful ballerina shape. Read on for more!

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