Dancing isn’t the only thing that keeps Julianne Hough in top shape. Challenging, efficient workouts with her trainer and friend, Astrid Swan McGuire, get her strong and totally toned.
Self-professed workout fanatic Julianne Hough does moves that keep her body guessing and make her stronger. “Dancing is good cardio, but strength training gives you muscle tone and gets your metabolism burning at its peak,” says Astrid Swan McGuire, who’s been working with the star for three years. The two like double-duty workouts that intersperse full-body moves with high-intensity intervals. Now you can do their routine, created by McGuire, and tone everything. Put on some upbeat music and visualize Hough’s tight, sleek physique if you need a little extra motivation.
How it works: Do 1 set of each move followed by a high-intensity cardio interval. Choose between jumping rope (100 revolutions), 20 burpees, or 3 minutes on the treadmill (alternate 30 seconds of jogging with 30 seconds of sprinting). Repeat the circuit (6 moves plus 6 intervals) once or twice. Do this routine 3 days a week on alternate days.
Total Time: up to 30 minutes
1. Pushup Kickback
Start in plank position with palms under shoulders and a weight in each hand. Bend elbows to lower chest toward floor, keeping arms close to sides.
Press up, then extend right arm back. Return to starting position and repeat pushup, then extend left arm back. Continue alternating sides for 60 seconds. If you need to make it easier, drop to your knees for the pushup and press up to plank for the kickback.
2. Plié Windmill
Stand with feet wide, toes out, and hold a weight in each hand under chin, elbows bent, palms facing in. Lower into a plié squat.
Extend left arm overhead and right arm toward floor (palms facing forward) and gaze up at left hand. Return to starting position and repeat on the other side. Continue alternating sides for 60 seconds.
Hold a weight in right hand and lie on your left side, left forearm on the floor with elbow below shoulder, legs extended forward about
30 degrees, to start. Extend right arm straight out and lift torso (hips stay down). Raise right leg and hold for a count, then raise left leg to meet it and hold for a count (shown). Lower left and hold again for a count, then lower right leg. Repeat for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat to complete set.
4. Bungee Raise
Get on all fours, place a weight behind right knee, and hold another weight in left hand. Bend and lift right knee to hip height and extend left arm forward at shoulder level with palm facing in. Hold for 5 counts.
Draw left elbow and right knee below chest. Repeat for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat to complete set.
5. Hips Bridge March
Lie faceup with your knees bent and feet flat. Hold a weight in each hand on top of hips and press them down to create resistance. Lift hips
so body is straight from shoulders to knees.
Raise left leg, knee bent 90 degrees. Lower it (keeping hips up) and raise right leg. Continue marching legs for 60 seconds.
6. Star Plank and Row
Works shoulders, back, abs, obliques, butt, thighs Hold a weight in right hand and get in side plank position on left palm. Lower right hand toward floor and raise right leg to shoulder height.
Lower weight and repeat for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat to complete set. (To make it easier, lower leg or stagger feet.)