No matter how long you’ve been eating healthy and exercising, it’s only normal to hit a plateau occasionally in your wellness routine. The best way to overcome that hurdle is to seek out fresh inspiration and mix up your workouts. Check out these celebrity workout images for all the motivation you’ll need to get off the sofa and back into the gym.
Former Victoria’s Secret angel Bar Refaeli knows better than to skip out on meals. Instead of starving herself, Refaeli is dedicated to daily workouts and a healthy diet. Her favorite Einclude TRX and Krav Maga, a style of martial arts with Israeli techniques for unarmed combat. She may be beautiful, but don’t underestimate this model’s strength. When it comes time to really get lean, Refaeli cuts oil, nuts, sugar, salt, alcohol, and caffeine from her already well-balanced daily diet.
In her book Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, actress Kate Hudson spills her secrets to a toned and healthy body. She writes, “My approach to how I exercise is based on combining three forms of movement: cardio, strengthening, and toning or lengthening my muscles.” Next time you’re in a rut, remember her two key pieces of advice: “Food is more important than you think… and you absolutely need to switch up what you do for exercise so you don’t get bored.”
Britney Spears has had a lot of ups and downs throughout her life in the spotlight, but the star is currently in stellar shape. The busy star told one interviewer, “I like my workouts to be effective in a short amount of time. I start with 20 minutes of intense cardio—usually running—move on to light free weights, body-weight exercises such as pushups, squats, and situps, then finish it off with a stretch.” If you don’t have hours to spend at your local gym, Spears’ routine is easy to follow at home. No more excuses!
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen is stunning and incredibly fit. To ensure she never gets bored, she incorporates a wide variety of activities in her daily life. The model has used martial arts, biking, surfing, yoga, aerobic dance classes, and hiking to stay healthy, strong, and sexy. Her flawless figure is the perfect inspiration to get out and get moving.
As if the British pop star’s powerful voice wasn’t enough to make you love her, Elli Goulding is also an inspiration for those looking to stay in shape. An avid runner, Goulding completed her fourth half-marathon in Washington D.C. in just 1:41. She once said, “For me, exercise is a crucial part of being alive. It’s like breathing.” Next time you use her tunes to drive your workout session, let her shared passion for fitness inspire you to take it to the next level.
If you’ve ever watched Dancing with the Stars, you already know Julianne Hough is in incredible shape. The star designates an entire section of her lifestyle blog to her pursuit of fitness. She may have a lot to be proud of, but shared on her blog, “I feel most accomplished when I’m living a balanced lifestyle with diet and exercise, in my relationships with friends, family, and my fiancé. All these little things add up.” Hough relies on varied movements, standing ab exercises, and weights to stay toned and strong.
If you can’t have a voice like Glee star Lea Michele, you can at least share her workout regimen. The actress’s five favorite exercises include yoga, weight training, intervals, outdoor workouts, and fitness app workouts. Her varied and well-balanced approach to fitness is sure to keep your body guessing and make fitness fun again.
When Chris Hemsworth had to put on 20 pounds of pure muscle and achieve biceps Thor would be proud to show off, he turned to bodybuilding and gave it all he had. Duffy Gaver, Hemsworth’s trainer, once said, “People see Chris and they think he was on steroids, but he didn’t touch a single substance. It was just red meat, heavy weights, and some protein powder. He crushed every single workout. He simply decided to look like Thor.” It just goes to show that with will power and consistent exercise, there’s nothing you can’t do.
TV personality and fashion model Gigi Hadid showed off her fit physique in the 2014 swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. The secret to her toned and sexy look may surprise you: the star is an avid boxer. Her trainer Rob Piela revealed that the model gets in workouts that combine boxing and cardio up to four times a week. Between that and her healthy diet, largely free of sugar, it’s no wonder the star has such an enviable figure.
Scott Eastwood’s all-American manliness, much like that of his father Clint Eastwood, is fueled by workouts as sexy as they are effective. As a big fan of switching up his workout routine, Eastwood told one interviewer, “A Good day for me would be hit the gym, do some sort of cross training in the gym, and then go surfing, and then maybe take a jiu-jitsu class at night, or go swimming at night, or go stand up paddle boarding in the evening.” Do you think you can keep up with the star’s seemingly boundless energy?
Serena Williams has long dominated on the tennis courts, but the athlete’s fitness routine is just as impressive when she lays down her racket. Williams partnered with Nike to make her workouts accessible to those inspired by her undeniably sexy strength. In an interview about the partnership, she explained, “My workout will challenge your core to make you tighter and stronger, and give you the power to control whatever happens next.”
Reality TV Star Khloe Kardashian may be beautiful, but that doesn’t mean she’s scared of hard work. Her personal trainer, Gunnar Peterson, is a strength and conditioning specialist who keeps her workouts centered around getting stronger with the help of interval work, med-ball slams, sled pushes, battle ropes, and more. Kardashian even shared a picture of her squatting on a Bosu ball with her 56 million followers on Instagram. Strong is the new sexy after all.
Rapper Drake shares a lot of snapshots of his fitness routine with followers on his Instagram account. The pictures tell the story of a star who isn’t too busy to make his fitness a priority. From hitting bicep curls and bench presses in the gym to getting outside and enjoying water sports, baseball, and more, Drake always seems to find a way to prioritize his health and share the impressive results with anyone who could use a little extra motivation.
Jennifer Lopez has been the envy of women everywhere for years, and she doesn’t seem to be succumbing to the effects of aging anytime soon. J. Lo’s celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson, once revealed, “She needs to get her exercise in one hour each day, 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of muscular structure.” Efficient workouts ensure Lopez can keep her fitness a top priority, no matter how busy her schedule may be.
Jessica Biel found the perfect way to stay in shape and raise awareness for another cause close to her heart, the global water crisis. The star partnered with the United Nation Foundation when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 and shared the journey online. If you want to double the rush of endorphins in your next workout, follow Biel’s lead and find a way to pair it with your favorite philanthropy. 5K fundraiser, anyone?
At 44 years old, Hugh Jackman has a physique better than men half his age. When he had to build muscle quickly for his role in Wolverine, the star turned to personal trainer David Kingsbury for help. His weight lifting plan paired low reps of heavy weights with higher rep counts of lighter loads. Jackman complemented his hard work in the gym with carb cycling and clean eating to get in the best shape of his life in less than 6 months.
Nina Dobrev, star of CW’s The Vampire Diaries, is no stranger to a healthy lifestyle. The former competitive gymnast once claimed, “When I work out, I feel happy, confident, and accomplished.” Dobrev turns to hot yoga, surfing, and spinning for fun ways to keep fitness a top priority. Personal trainer Steve Moyer also leads the actress through workouts to improve her strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance.
Supermodel Christy Turlington is as confident as she is beautiful, serving as an inspirational reminder of how healthy living can affect all aspects of your life. She once remarked, “If you do one thing a day, make it a headstand. It’s the king of all postures and has so many benefits. It helps me sleep better and focus. I can’t imagine my life without yoga. It’s more than just a physical practice—it’s about being in the present and learning to accept what you have to reach your full potential.” Namaste, Christy.
Chris Pratt received a lot of attention when he shed 60 pounds in preparation for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy. The star relied on a strict diet, weightlifting regimen, and muscle building cardio for his jaw-dropping transformation. Muscle building cardio features sprinting, jumping, and other explosive strength exercises that keep your metabolism working long after your workout is done. When Pratt paired the routine with 6 small, healthy meals throughout the day, the fat melted off in record time.
Usher knows that there’s more to fitness than hitting the gym, though he’s certainly not one to shy away from a grueling workout. The successful artist once said, “If you eat clean, you get better results. Seventy percent of ab work is what you eat.” Next time you finish up a solid gym session, remember his advice. What you do outside of the gym is every bit as important as what you do in it.
Twilight star Ashley Greene is a great reminder that there’s no better way to get in shape than to hit the gym with close friends. When an interviewer asked Greene how she got ready to play Alice Cullen, she explained, “We did circuit training at a gym while filming Twilight. We formed friendly competitions between the girls—who could do the most squats, or who could run the quickest mile. It put us in great shape and in a great place mentally.”
Actor and model Shemar Moore’s fitness levels can border on intimidating. In 2009, he revealed that his workouts included a 70-mile bike ride every Sunday. Despite his impressive physique, the star is just as human as the next guy. He once confessed, “I’m not a machine. I get really motivated, then I fall off the wagon and want to eat Chinese food and sit on my couch and gain five or 10 pounds!” If Moore can pick himself back up and make his fitness a priority, then so can you.
Is there anything this woman can’t do? Stacy Keibler’s fitness background includes modeling, cheerleading, professional wrestling, and an appearance on Dancing with the Stars. If you’re envious of the woman who captured the eye of George Clooney, hit your shoulders, legs, butt, triceps, and abs with a well-rounded exercise plan that combines strength, cardio, and core workouts.
Nick Jonas uses his type 1 diabetes as a source of motivation rather than frustration as he pursues a healthy lifestyle. He told one interviewer, “I don’t have the luxury of eating whatever I want whenever I want anyway, because of my type 1 diabetes, so I have been conscientious about food for a long time.” The Jonas brother pairs a healthy diet with weightlifting and yoga for a well-balanced approach to healthy living that has him in incredibly good shape.
When Jordin Sparks shared a gym selfie on her Instagram, it was easy to see that she has been putting in the work to achieve a strong and healthy body. The star lost 50 pounds when she began working out five days a week, hitting cardio exercise, body weight movements, and weight machines to slim down and tone her muscles. Follow her example by taking weekends off so your body can recover, then hit the gym hard again on Monday.
If you think your schedule is too slammed to fit in a workout, take a look at Jessica Alba’s routine. Ramona Braganza, Alba’s trainer, once revealed, “Even when on a movie where she works 16-hour days, she gets up half an hour earlier to exercise. It’s about time management, scheduling it in and sticking to it.” The actress and mom keeps her fitness a top priority, and it certainly shows.