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Try This Trend? 7 Workouts Inspired by Pop Culture

Hunger Games

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What gets your heart pumping faster than fighting for your life? Let out your inner Katniss Everdeen, the fierce heroine from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy, with new workouts that cover everything from archery survival skills to hand-to-hand combat. One hugely popular class, the "Train like a Tribute" workout designed by New York Sports Clubs Master Trainer Eric Salvador, is "a 45-minute regimen that includes Katniss kickbacks and Peeta presses (named for two of the main characters), along with archery work, simulated tree climbing (using TRX bands), and even a 'Sprint to the Cornucopia.'"

Harry Potter

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Quidditch is the high-stakes sport of choice for young wizards at Hogwarts in J.K. Rowling's hugely popular Harry Potter series. Since it's played exclusively on brooms, you probably thought you'd never get a chance to beat someone with a bludger or dive for the snitch. Guess again. Not only are there Quidditch teams around the world, but there's even a Quidditch World Cup!

So how do you play? "With feet firmly on the ground, as opposed to the high-flying version they play at Hogwarts, Quidditch becomes a combination of rugby, dodge ball, and flag football." And of course to be the best you're going to need a good training plan, like this Quidditch-specific workout.

Slumdog Millionaire

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From Slumdog Millionaire to a recent episode of Smash!, Bollywood and its characteristically energetic style of dance is gaining popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. An athletic mix of belly dancing, hip hop, jazz, and traditional Indian folk moves, this is one workout that will keep you so entertained that you won't even realize you're torching serious calories.

If you're feeling a little shy about your shimmy, try one of Hemalaaya's beginner videos. Once you're a little more comfortable, check out one of the hundreds of classes around the country to pick up some more moves (and some jingly hip scarves!).


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Watching Russell Crowe in Gladiator might make your heart race, but training like a contender is guaranteed to have you gasping for air.
Fortunately you can skip the lions and the death matches and go straight for the fun. The CG Games are a new gladiator-style competition that anyone can enter. Participants are given six tasks to complete during a set time period. Once completed, you upload your scores to the website where you will be ranked with other competitors. Top dogs travel to Austin, Texas for the CG finals. Whether you want to actually compete or just train like a competitor, check out these six standards of movement. Loincloths are optional.

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga now outranks Oprah as the most influential woman in America. And while you might not be able to sing like her, you can try out her no-gym, no-frills workout routine designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. Using just five moves (6 sets of 20 reps for each one), the Lady hits every part of her body. So if you ever decide to follow in the pop star's fashion footsteps and leave the house without pants, you can feel confident about showing off your killer lower body!

I'm Sexy and I Know It

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For a cheeky take on, um, tanning your cheeks check out this BodyRock.Tv workout based on the number one workout song in America, "I'm Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO. To get yourself into bikini-rocking form like the party rockers, try this short (but intense) 15-minute routine. It uses just a few moves to work every muscle in your body. And to get some additional ab work, laugh yourself silly watching all the parody videos on the Internet.


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When it comes to workouts based on Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, we're definitely Team Jacob! Taylor Lautner, who plays the werewolf Jacob in the films, is known for his impressive physique—for which he works very hard. Thanks to a workout centered on heavy weightlifting, the star packed on lean muscle and toned up for all those shirtless scenes. But don't worry: Following Lautner's weightlifting routine will not make you bulk up but rather help you gain strength and torch fat faster. (You know, for the next time you need to outrun a vampire.)


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