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The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body
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The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is the man when it comes to sculpting countless A-listers, including Jessica Simpson, Jordana Brewster, and Megan Fox. Here he shares his top exercises for your arms, abs, and legs so you can tone a red-carpet body from head to toe.

RELATED: Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak's Workout Tips

How it works: Warm up with 5 minutes of cardio. Pick one part of the body to focus on, and do 15 minutes of strength training, completing 20 reps of each exercise without rest and repeating the circuit four times. Cool down with 5 more minutes of cardio.
You will need: Free weights, Mat, Swiss ball
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The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body
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The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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  1. ALying back on a bench with dumbbells in each hand, your arms fully extended overhead. Keeping one dumbbell stationary, lower the other one by bending at the elbow until it's just above your shoulder.
  2. BPause, then extend the arm back to the start position by contracting the triceps.
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Kneeling Pushup
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body C

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4
Reps:
20
  1. AGet on your knees and place your hands on the floor in line with your shoulders, your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Contracting your core, straighten your legs to form a straight line from your knees to your shoulders.
  2. BKeeping your elbows close to the sides of your torso, bend your elbows to lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.
  3. CPause, then push yourself to the starting position.
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Dumbbell Hammer Curl
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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4
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20
  1. AGrab a set of dumbbells with a neutral grip so your palms are facing each other and stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. BWhile bracing your core, curl the dumbbells all the way up to shoulder height while keeping your palms facing each other. Pause at the top and squeeze your biceps, then lower the weights back down to the starting position.
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Superman from Floor
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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20
  1. ALie on the floor, facedown, with arms extended overhead and legs straight out behind you. Palms should be down on the floor.
  2. BSqueeze your glutes and lower back to raise your upper body and straight legs off the floor. Hold the top position for two seconds, then return back to the starting position.
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Russian Twist
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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4
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20
  1. ASit on the floor with your knees and hips bent to 90 degrees with your feet flat on the floor, holding a weight plate with your arms fully extended in front of your chest.
  2. BLean back so your torso is at a 45-degree angle and use your abs to twist your torso as far as you can in one direction before reversing the motion and returning to the starting position to prepare to twist in the opposite direction.
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Swiss Ball Hip Raise and Leg Curl
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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4
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20
  1. ALie on your back with your calves resting on a Swiss Ball. Lift your hips off the ground, form a straight line from your feet to your shoulders.
  2. BRoll the ball towards you, bending your legs while simultaneously lifting your hips higher. Finish with your feet flat on the ball and a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Roll the ball back to the starting position and complete all reps.
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Dumbbell Deadlift
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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Sets:
4
Reps:
20
  1. AGrab a pair of dumbbells and stand with feet hip width, knees slightly bent, and palms facing thighs.
  2. BKeeping spine naturally straight, brace abs in tight and hinge forward from hips, reaching dumbbells towards feet until chest is about parallel to the floor (avoid going below shin level to prevent back from rounding). Engage glutes to raise torso back to the starting position and repeat. 
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Dumbbell Side Lunge
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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4
Reps:
20
  1. AGrab a pair of dumbbells with a neutral grip so that your palms are facing each other. Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your arms should be fully extended with dumbbells resting in front of your thighs.
  2. BTake a wide step to one side. When your outside foot contacts the ground, lower your body by pushing your hip back and bending the knee. Keep your inside leg straight and foot firmly planted. Pause when your outside thigh is parallel with the ground, and then push back to the starting position.
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Dumbbell Reverse Lunge
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body B

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4
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20
  1. AStand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells by sides.
  2. BTake a wide step back with left foot, lowering into a lunge by bending both knees about 90 degrees, keeping shoulders in line with hips and abs engaged. Return to starting position. Repeat, alternating sides each rep.
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Reverse Dumbbell Diagonal Lunge
The 11 Best Exercises for an A-List Body A
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  1. AStand tall and hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing inward. Chin should remain parallel to ground.
  2. BTake a large step backward at a 45-degree angle, while simultaneously lowering the rear knee toward the ground. Bend the front knee at a 90-degree angle, brining the thigh parallel to the ground. Press your rear foot into the ground and drive your knee back under hips to return to the starting position.
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