Salma Hayek's Total-Body Challenge

This quick but intense workout tightens, tones, and strengthens every inch!


Move over Uma Thurman, there's a new femme fatale in town! The highly anticipated Oliver Stone thriller Savages hit theatres this summer, starring the stunning Salma Hayek, and it is definitely as gory as it is gritty. In the flick, the Oscar-nominated actress plays a sophisticated single mom who also just so happens to be the head of a Mexican drug cartel-and sports some really steamy lingerie to boot. Only Hayek could make such a ruthless, intense character so sexy!

But bringing that sexy doesn't come easy. From juicing to Pilates, the sassy senorita works hard to keep her curvy figure fabulous. Sara Shears, founder of, has trained Hayek in the past and says, "Salma is super smart and has so much drive! She always puts all her effort into her workouts and that's the reason she gets results. I can't say enough good things about her."

When the dynamic duo trained together, they worked out quite extensively-whether on location, at a hotel, or in her home-for an average of five to seven days per week. While the workouts were short (usually around 30 minutes), they were extremely intense!

"We did a lot of kickboxing, dance type workouts with strength training and ball work," Shears says. "We'd build up cardio and high-intensity interval training with exercises that really bring the heart rate up. Salma is super petite, so adding in the strength training really gave her some nice muscle definition and lines to accentuate the beautiful body she was born with."

According to Shears, the key to results is choosing workouts that are varied, challenging, and consistent. "You won't get results by training only two times a week. You should be doing something every day, in shorter durations but higher intensity," she says.

We love quick workouts that deliver better results (who doesn't!), which is why we were stoked when Shears shared one of Hayek's exercise routines with us!

Salma Hayek's Total-Body Workout

You'll need: An exercise mat, water bottle, chair or bench.

How it works: This is a quick routine that focuses on short duration yet high intensity "challenge yourself" exercises. These six moves rotate core, strength, and cardio. Do each exercise for 1 minute all the way through, then repeat the routine as many times as you can. Be prepared to sweat!

1. Burpees

To begin, stand up straight. Push your hips back and bend your knees to lower into a squat. Place both palms on the floor shoulder-width apart. Extend (jump) your legs behind you, supporting weight on the balls of your feet and your palms. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Lower your chest to within one inch of the floor (make sure that your back is straight). Push yourself upward again.

After you complete the pushup, assume a squat position again. Now, use your hamstring muscles to push yourself off the floor and JUMP!

Do as many as you can with proper form in 1 minute.

2. Alternating Pushups

Place your toes and hands on the floor, making sure your back and arms are straight. Keep your hands slightly wider than and below yours shoulders and tighten your abdominal muscles. Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend. Keep your body from touching the floor. Exhale and push yourself away from the floor. Don't lock your elbows, and don't bend your back.

For the advanced, try alternating pushups. As you push yourself away from the floor, bring your right knee to your chest, then go back down and alternate with your left knee.

Do as many as you can with proper form in 1 minute.

3. Plank

Start to get into pushup position, but bend your elbows and you're your weight on your forearms instead of on your hands. Clasp your hands in front of you. Your hips should not be lifted to the ceiling, nor should your back be arched. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles.

Tighten your abdominal muscles to help you hold the position correctly, and hold it as long as you can. When you begin to feel your lower back start to sag from fatigue, take a break, then get back into the proper position and hold the move once again. Breathe evenly throughout the move. Feel your abdominal muscles working and getting fatigued as you hold the position.

Make the move more challenging as you gain strength by lifting one leg at a time behind you, or do jumping jacks with your feet.

Hold for 1 minute.

4. Jump Squats

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides. Start by doing a regular squat and then jump up as explosively as you can when you rise up, reaching for the ceiling. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep.

Do as many as you can for 1 minute.

5. Triceps Dips

Position your hands shoulder-width apart on a secured bench or stable chair. Move your booty in front of the bench with your legs bent and feet placed about hip-width apart on the floor. Straighten your arms and keep a little bend in your elbows in order to always keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints.

Slowly bend your elbows and lower your upper body down towards the floor until your arms are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the bench. Once you reach the bottom of the movement, slowly press off with your hands, and push yourself straight back up to the starting position.

Do as many as you can for 1 minute.

6. Total-Body Sit-Ups:

Lie flat on ground with legs and arms stretched out. Holding your abdominal muscles tight, sit all the way up, curling into a ball by pulling your knees into your chest and then go all the way flat again.

Do as many as you can for 1 minute.

For more info on Sara Shears, check out her website and connect with her via Facebook or Twitter.

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