When it comes to amazing bodies in Hollywood, Cameron Diaz might just be at the top of the list. From her arms to her abs to her legs it’s no surprise she seriously sizzles on the big screen in her new film, Sex Tape, in theaters today. And, as you’d expect from the title, she bares all (and pulls off some crazy sex positions).
The 41-year-old blonde bombshell enjoys staying fit. “I don’t look at exercise as a chore,” Diaz has said. “I look at it as something I get to do. I am grateful that I can move my body in that way.”
She’s a long-time client of powerhouse celeb trainer Teddy Bass, who puts her to work with intervals on the treadmill, lunges with rows, squats, mountain climbers, pushups, and planks, just to name a few. We went one-on-one with the workout guru, who also whips Christina Applegate and Lucy Liu into shape, to steal some of his secrets to a great figure, clothed or naked.
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Shape: What’s your training philosophy?
Teddy Bass (TB): I combine dance, Pilates, weights, and athletic cardio for an enthusiastic core-centered workout. I like to keep things varied because that’s what our bodies respond to.
Shape: Cameron is in phenomenal shape, especially her arms! What are some of your favorite moves for awesome arms?
TB: I hate saying this, but the reality is, no one can get out of a narrow-grip pushup or a dip. If you don’t have dumbbells or weights, you can grab two soup cans and do triceps kickbacks. Cameron is highly genetically gifted without a doubt, but it’s her lifestyle choices of being so active and physical, with everything from snowboarding to surfing, that keep her so fit. She’s constantly using her entire body with whatever she does.
Shape: What other tips can you suggest to be the best when it comes to fitness?
TB: Always use your full range of motion and be sure to add flexibility to your exercises. Pilates is incredible for women who are shorter-fibered because of this. Get bands and do leg extensions, and really feel the length of your leg.
Check out this mini-workout that Bass uses with Diaz. This routine combines strength training and cardio to torch calories and transform your body. It will also help build a solid foundation by strengthening the hip flexors and lower back.
How it works: Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes an elliptical. Do each move in order.
You will need: Medicine ball, ball, mat, dumbbells, bench
Squat Press with Medicine Ball
Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder width and turned out a bit. Hold a medicine ball with both hands at chest height. Keeping body weight in heels and back straight, lower into a deep squat position until elbows touch knees. Push through heels to stand and press ball directly overhead. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Lie on the floor with elbows directly beneath shoulders and legs fully extended. Raise torso into the air until it makes a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Tighten stomach, squeeze butt, and hold for 60 seconds.
Bridge with a ball between knees
Lie faceup with legs bent and feet on the floor. Place a soft ball between knees and squeeze it. Push hips up using hamstrings and glutes. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, then lower to starting position. Do 20 to 50 reps.
Get in plank position with feet together, hands slightly wider than shoulders. Bend elbows and lower body until chest is just above the floor (avoid letting hips sag or lift). Press back up as quickly as possible. Do 10 reps. (Related: I Did 100 Push-Ups Every Day for Over a Year.)
Get in pushup position with arms completely straight and directly beneath shoulders. Body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Squeeze abs, lift right foot off the floor, and bring right knee up toward chest while keeping body in as straight of a line as possible. Return to starting position and repeat with left foot. Do 40 reps, alternating feet each rep.
Hold a dumbbell in right hand. Place left hand and left knee on a flat bench. Without rounding lower back, keep it naturally arched with torso parallel to the floor. Let the dumbbell hang at arm's length from shoulders. On exhale, pull dumbbell to side of torso, keeping elbow close to body. Lower to starting position on inhale. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch sides to complete set.
Single-Leg Biceps Curl
Grab a pair of dumbbells, stand up straight with a braced core. Allow the dumbbells to hang at arms’ length with palms facing outward. Lift right foot behind you so leg is parallel to the floor. Without moving upper arms, bend elbows and curl the dumbbells as close to shoulders as possible. Pause for a second and slowly allow the weights to return to starting position with arms fully extended. Do 10 reps, then switch legs to complete set.
Side Lunge to Curtsy
Hold a dumbbell in right hand, standing tall with feet shoulder-width apart. Arms should be fully extended with dumbbell resting in front of thigh. Take a wide step to the left, bringing right hand to left foot and lowering body by pushing hip back and bending left knee. Keep right leg straight and foot firmly planted. Pause when left thigh is parallel with the ground, and then push back to starting position and cross left leg behind right as you press dumbbell overhead. Return to starting position. Do 12 reps, then switch hands and legs to complete set.
Lie on right side with legs straight. Prop upper body up on right elbow and forearm. Raise hips until body forms a straight line from ankles to shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides to complete set.