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Ever wonder why "the beautiful people" often seem so chipper? (Not that we can't all answer that question firsthand.) It could be the free gifts from transfixed average folks. Or . . . it could be the exercise.
Just ask Valerie Waters, fitness expert on LIVESTRONG.com's advisory board and trainer to pretty folks like Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Cindy Crawford, and Jennifer Lopez. Her motto: "You're one workout away from a good mood."
And I would add, with these moves culled from her "Red Carpet Ready" program, you're only a few workouts away from a better body too.
So, first of all, what makes Valerie Waters such a sought after trainer? It might be her flexible attitude and her bright smile, among other things. "Every workout needs to move you toward your goal, but also make you feel better," she asserts. "I always have a plan, but I also have a plan B. If someone didn't sleep the night before or they [have] PMS, I may modify the workout. I always make sure the client feels successful."
4 Tried and True Tips From Waters
- Being consistent is key. That doesn't mean doing the same exercises all the time, but being regular, healthy and moderate in your lifestyle.
- Don't do too much too soon or assume the workout will do it all. If you want to lose weight, you must work on your diet!
- For fast results, circuit train and eliminate sugar and white flour.
- Eat more veggies and drink more water. These are cliches for a reason.
So, what's this "Red Carpet Ready" program really about? Read for a few key signature Valerie Waters moves using signature Valslide props, demonstrated by model Courtney Parks, after the break.
Valband Deluxe Squat/Row
How To: Anchor a Valband Deluxe (from $11.99) around a heavy object or use the door attachment — hold the handles of the Valband Deluxe (or other stretchy band with handles) as you sit back in squat position, with arms extended. When you stand up, pull your elbows back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. That is one rep. Do 15 reps.
ValSlide Side Lunge with Shoulder Press
How To: With a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your right foot flat on the Valslide ($29.99). (If you don't have one, try using a paper plate!) Slide your right foot to the side, keeping your right leg straight, and toes always pointing forward. Bend your left leg and sit back in a squat, allowing your arms to hang in front of you. Raise the weights above your head as you slide your right foot back to the starting position. Complete reps and switch legs. Do 15 reps X 5-8 lbs.
Valslide Upside Down Snow Angel
How To: Place a Valslide under each foot and come down into a plank position, with your forearms on the floor. Starting with your feet together, slide your legs open (out) without letting your hips drop. Slide your legs back together to complete one rep. Do 15-20 reps.
Don't you feel cheerier already?
Sources: Getty and Cory Sorensen