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Kristin Cavallari's Favorite Total-Body Gym Routine

Kristin Cavallari Total-Body Workout

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Reality star-turned-entrepreneur Kristin Cavallari's résumé is as varied as they come—since starring on Laguna Beach and The Hills, she's performed on Dancing with the Stars, designed a shoe line for Chinese Laundry and a jewelry line for Pascal Mouwad, produced a docu soap, and launched her own app. Now, a mom to two boys, Cavallari looks just as good as she did on MTV—even if we can't figure out when she has time for the gym. 

Her secret: she makes time. So we had her share the routine she can fit in any time. "I love this workout because it's fast-paced and tough, and it uses heavy weights because I'm trying to gain muscle (instead of doing cardio to lose weight)," Cavallari explains. "I know everyone has a lot on their plate, so this workout will get the job done in a short amount of time." (Plus, learn How to Work Out in the Middle of the Day.)

The object of this workout is to perform all exercises for 60 seconds, ideally only taking enough rest in between each exercise to fuel you for the next move. Do the first four moves in a row, rest for 60 to 75 seconds, then repeat five times. Then, do the second two moves in a row, rest for 60 to 75 seconds, the repeat five times. Now get to it! (For more fitness tips from the star, download the Kristin Cavallari app.)

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Single Leg Step Up

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Stand facing a bench or step, about a foot away, with feet hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand with arms at sides. Step left foot on bench, to start.

Push into left leg to stand, keeping right leg off of bench. Slowly lower to starting position for 1 rep. Do 10-12 reps. Switch sides; repeat for 1 set. Do 3 sets.

(Cavallari is just one of 25 Female Celebrities with Awesomely Toned Abs!)

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Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press

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Sit on a bench with knees bent, feet flat, holding a weight in each hand with arms at sides. Raise arms and bend elbows 90 degrees so arms form a goal post with palms facing forward to start.

Straighten elbows to press weights overhead. Pause, then slowly lower to starting position for 1 rep. Repeat for 60 seconds. 

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Lying Leg Curl

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A Lie face down on the leg curl machine with legs extended, knees soft, and ankles hooked under the bar; hold the handles to start.

Bend your knees to draw your heels toward your butt, keeping shoulders, chest, and thighs flat on the bench. Pause, then slowly lower to return to start for 1 rep.

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Cable Pull Down

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Attach handles to an overhead cable machine and sit on a bench facing the machine with knees bent and feet flat. Grasp the handles with arms extended and palms facing each other to start.

Bend elbows to pull the handles down toward your shoulders, keeping arms close to your body. Pause, then slowly return to starting positing for 1 rep. 

Light on equipment? Try this Total-Body Workout That Uses Paper Plates!

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Leg Press

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Sit on the leg press machine with feet shoulder-width apart and on the platform to start. Unlock the safety bars on the sides of the machine to release the weight.

Bend your knees to lower the platform toward your chest until your legs form a 90-degree angle from knees to ankles. Pause, then push the platform back to the starting position for 1 rep. (Get the same benefits without the fancy machine with a weighted squat.)

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Side Plank

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Lie on left side with left elbow bent and palm on floor with fingertips facing away from you, right hand on right hip, feet stacked.

Lift hips so body forms a straight line from shoulders to heels. Hold for 60 seconds. Lower. Switch sides; repeat for 1 set.

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Hanging Garhammer

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Jump up or use a step to grasp a chin up bar with both hands, arms extended, and legs dangling directly underneath your body to start.

Lift your knees up towards your chest, past 90 degrees, pause, then slowly lower back down to the starting position. That’s 1 rep.

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