The Tough AF Arms and Abs Exercise You're Going to Want to Steal from Chelsea Handler
Her trainer Ben Bruno just posted a video of the comedian demo-ing a hollow-body press, and it's seriously impressive.
Sure, Chelsea Handler is mostly known for being a comedic genius, but if you follow her on Instagram, you know the comedian loves to stay active by going to the gym, doing Pilates, and even kayaking. She routinely goes full beast mode with celebrity trainer Ben Bruno and performs some of the most killer-in a good way-workouts. (Related: Steal This Butt Exercise from Chelsea Handler)
In a new Instagram video posted by Bruno, Handler is seen doing what he calls a hollow-body press, described by Bruno as a "new advanced progression...where you hold one arm straight while the other presses, then switch[ing] sides." All the while, Handler is lying on her back in a hollow-body hold position, where the shoulders and legs are not touching the mat. This exercise works both your arms and abs-your entire core, in fact-but it takes strong hip flexors and glutes to maintain control throughout the movement. Basically, that means Handler deserves major props for nailing this tough AF exercise with such stability and strength. (Related: The 10-Minute Abs Workout Tone It Up's Karena and Katrina Swear By)
In another video, Handler performs another variation-the hollow-body triceps extension, which as Bruno explains, "is a very advanced anti-extension core exercise with secondary benefits for the arms," and requires a super-strong core and good shoulder mobility. In other videos, Handler kills it with the barbell hip thrust with pretty heavy weights-so clearly she's not messing around in the gym.
Bruno knows how to motivate his A-list clients-he got Kate Upton cover ready for her Sport's Illustrated and Shape covers and has worked with VS models including Barbara Fialho, but thanks to social media, you can steal his insider knowledge for your own workouts. Plus, following him means you could also catch BTS workout footage of some of your favorite celebs struggling to get through their tough workouts. Stars: They really are just like us! (Related: Watching Kate Upton Do 225-Pound Hip Lifts Is the Motivation You Need)