Personal trainer and author Kathy Kaehler specializes in getting the stars in shape for their upcoming roles. In her new book, "Celebrity Workouts: How to get a Hollywood Body in Just Thirty Minutes a Day," Kaehler focuses on the new type of Hollywood body — one that's toned, strong and healthy — and details seven 30-minute exercise routines that can be used to target specific areas of the body. Here's an excerpt.
These routines are straightforward and can be done at home using household items like a deck of cards, masking tape, and a chair. You don't have to join a gym or buy fancy equipment. As Kaehler says, it's not about having a perfect body — curves can be just as sexy as a long, slender body. It's about staying healthy, feeling good and looking your best. Here are a few of the exercises:
Chair tap with biceps curls
Stand facing a chair with your back straight, chest lifted, belly button pulled in, and arms by your sides. Exhale as you lift your right foot and tap the chair seat, simultaneously bending your elbows to lift your hands up toward your shoulders in a biceps curl. Inhale as you lower your foot and hands to the starting position, then repeat with left foot. Do 20 taps with each foot. This targets the quads, hamstrings, buttocks and biceps.
Freeze and shoot
Lay face up on a fitness ball with shoulders and head supported on top of the ball, knees bent, feet flat on the floor and behind lifted. Extend your arms straight up with fingers interlaced, pointing your index finger upward and looking up at your hands. Pretend you're holding a gun, aim it at an imaginary villain, and fire. Exhale as you lift your left shoulder up off the ball, shift your upper body to the right, and drop your hands to the right so you're aiming toward the right wall. This move should be repeated to the left, aiming at the left wall. Repeat five times on each side. This exercise targets the core muscles, buttocks and quads.
Hold playing cards in your right hand. Lie on your back with knees bent and arms extended above your head. Exhale as you lift your torso up into a seated position, simultaneously using your left hand to deal a card onto the floor in between your legs. Then lower to the starting position and repeat. Do this until all the cards are dealt.
Then, continue the sit-ups, picking up one card at a time. Do this until all cards are back in your right hand. This exercise is great for developing abdominal muscles.
Excerpted from "Celebrity Workouts: How to get a Hollywood Body in Just Thirty Minutes a Day," by Kathy Kaehler. Copyright ©2005. Used by permission of Broadway Books, a division of Random House. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt can be used without the expressed written permission of the publisher.