Get firm abs and a butt to match with our November cover star's 4 favorite Pilates moves
Celebrities are often the first to try the latest workout fads, but Kate Hudson is an (extremely fit) exception. The star has remained loyal to her Pilates practice—and instructor—for more than 15 years. During the duo’s three to five weekly sessions, Nicole Stuart puts our cover star through a challenging routine that includes a different mix of moves every time. But these four toners (or some variation of them) are always in the rotation. Add them to your workout and discover why, for a sexy body, Pilates has major staying power.
How it works: Three to five times a week, do each exercise in order.
Total Time: up to 15 minutes
1. Roll Up
Lie faceup with arms extended overhead, palms facing ceiling. Extend legs with heels together and toes turned out. Exhale as you raise your arms over your chest.
Pull your abs in, and roll up to seated.
Continue until you're bent over your legs reaching your hands forward. Inhale, then exhale as you reverse the sequence to return to starting position.
2. Double-Leg Stretch
Lie faceup with knees bent over your hips, heels together and toes pointed. Lift your shoulders and extend your arms on either side of your legs, palms facing each other. Inhale.
Exhale as you extend your legs in front of you and bring your arms overhead, palms facing legs. Return to starting position.
3. Rond de Jambe
Lie on your right side with legs extended and stacked on the floor, feet slightly in front of hips and heels together. Place your hands behind your head or extend right arm and rest head on it. Raise your left leg straight up.
Then move it in a circular motion in front of you.
Then move it behind you, and then raise it straight up to starting position. Switch sides to complete set.
10 per side
4. Hot Potato
Lie on your right side with legs extended on the floor, feet slightly in front of hips. Place your hands behind your head or extend right arm and rest head on it. Raise left leg toward the ceiling, then lower it toward the floor in front of right foot.
Pulse it up and down six times. Raise left leg straight up again, then lower it toward the floor behind right foot and pulse it up and down six times. Do 6 reps, pulsing for 1 count fewer each time. Switch sides to complete set.
6 per side