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Some of New York City’s biggest celebrities (including Shakira and Sarah Jessica Parker) got hot with the help of A-list trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT inMotion. Now she shows you the moves to steal to get a celebrity bod.
1. Kelly Ripa’s toned arms, Sarah Jessica Parker’s lean legs, Shakira’s signature abs … do we have your attention yet? These sculpted celebs work with Manhattan’s trendiest trainer, Anna Kaiser. (That’s her leaping!) She created AKT inMotion, a dance-inspired routine combining cardio and strength moves to earn you a body worthy of its 15 minutes of fame, fast!
You’ll Need: An 8-pound medicine ball and a resistance band with handles. No gym.
How: Perform 2 sets of the indicated reps of each move on alternate days.
Get in the mood: Before you start, cue music. Kaiser’s workouts are more like jam sessions. In her flagship NYC studio, the lights are low, the bass is high … and there’s a disco-ball cooldown. Party!
2. Swizzle Stick
Works: abs, obliques, thighs, hamstrings, calves
Stand with feet together, hands in fists at chest, elbows out. Jump as high as you can, twisting hips to left and upper body to right (as shown). Land and repeat quickly on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 8 reps.
3. Works: abs, butt, thighs, calves
Start in a lunge with left leg forward, left arm at side, right arm bent at chest. Jump, straightening left leg and bringing right knee up, as you raise left arm overhead and extend right arm behind you (as shown). Return to start as you land for 1 rep. Quickly do 8 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
4. Get a Leg Up
Works: abs, butt, thighs
Start on all fours with a resistance band around knees. Keeping shoulders parallel to floor, lift and extend right leg out to side (as shown). Bend and lower for 1 rep. Do 30 reps. Switch sides; repeat.
Works: shoulders, chest, arms, abs, thighs
Start in a plank with feet together, hands on a medicine ball. Keeping ball in place, pull shoulders back, bend knees and drive butt toward ceiling (as shown). Quickly return to start and hold for 2 counts for 1 rep. Do 8 reps.
6. Hips Don’t Lie
Works: chest, abs, butt, thighs
Stand in a sumo squat with feet wide, toes out, knees bent, squeezing a medicine ball between palms at chest, elbows out. Hold squat and squeeze butt as you scoop pelvis under (as shown), then pop booty out and back (think twerking) for 1 rep. Quickly do 30 reps.
7.Twist and Kick
Works: arms, back, abs, obliques
Anchor a resistance band overhead. Sit with feet hip-width apart, knees bent, a handle in each hand. Engage abs and lean back at a 45-degree angle to start. Rotate torso to right, pulling right elbow to floor while lifting and extending right leg (as shown). Hold for 2 counts; return to start for 1 rep. Do 16 reps. Switch sides; repeat.