The total-body workout that keeps her long and lean
Blonde beauty Elizabeth Banks is one actress who rarely disappoints, whether on the big screen or on the red carpet. With recent stand out roles in The Hunger Games, Man on a Ledge, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting to her newest movie, People Like Us, Banks is as talented as she is gorgeous!
With such a strong, lean, and toned bod, there’s no question the lovable girl-next-door can rock any role—or outfit! How does she stay in such amazing shape? We spoke with her fabulous personal trainer, Joselynne Boschen of Alpha Sport, to steal her stay-fit secrets.
“Elizabeth is clearly genetically blessed, and she’s got the most awesome energy. She loves to work out!” Boschen says. “Fitness is her lifestyle. It makes things easier to maintain when you stay on top of exercising and just being healthy like she does.”
Banks, who has worked with Boschen for about five years, trains three days per week for an hour at a time when she’s in Los Angeles. Together they focus on functional agility training (components for the Nike Training Club which has joined forces with her gym) for a mix of cardio, free weights, medicine balls, plyometrics, and TRX training. The workouts are tough, but never the same!
“It’s important to change it up daily. There is nothing more boring to me—or Elizabeth—than the same thing over and over. If you can take it outside and combine your workouts with things like hiking, even better!” she says.
We were thrilled when Boschen shared one of Bank’s workout routines with us! Check it out on the next page so you’ll feel ready for your close-up, even when you least expect it.
The Elizabeth Banks Workout
You’ll need: An exercise mat, water bottle, and some good tunes so you can really rock this one!
Workout details: Complete 3 sets of the prescribed number of reps for each exercise to get your whole body in tip top shape.
1. Sawing Plank
Starting in a modified plank position on your forearms. Push your weight forward to bring your chin above your fingertips, allowing your toes to roll over the tops. Staying as flat as you can, engage your core to pull your body back in your heels to the starting position.
Go back and forth for 15 reps.
2. Sumo Squat Side Crunch
Get in squat position, but with your toes slightly turned out, hands behind your head. Squat down with the weight in your heels, dropping your booty in between your knees. As you return to standing, alternate bringing the same knee to the same elbow by crunching in your obliques.
Continually alternate until you reach 20 reps.
3. Dog Down Pushups
From a downward dog, walk your hands closer to your feet, bend in your knees, and reach your hips up to the ceiling as you press the chest to the thighs. Holding this position, bend your elbows to the sides and tap the top of your head to the floor. Press back up to the starting position.
Complete 20 reps.
If you need help, consult this video.
4. Seated Hamstring
Assume a "dips" or bridge position with your fingertips facing forward while you balance on your heels. Extend the right leg straight out so your knees are in line. Only moving your hips, swing them in between your hands then up to the sky. If your hamstring feels like it is ripping out, you are doing it right!
Complete 20 reps on each side.
5. Abs Roll Up
Lie on your back (don't think you are resting!) and bring your knees up to your chest so you roll up onto your shoulders. Using a little momentum but mostly your abs, roll forward and place both feet on the floor to come up to a standing position. Once you are stable with even weight on each leg, add a hop, reaching for the sky.
Tip: Push both of your heels evenly into the floor on either side of your butt on the way up and way down.
Complete 15 reps.
6. Jump Lunges
Begin in the lunge position with your right leg forward, making sure you have a 90-degree angle with each leg. Jump straight up into the air, pushing off evenly with each leg. While in the air, switch legs to land with the opposite foot (left) forward in your perfectly angled lunge.
Repeat until you want to scream… or until you hit 20 reps.