Fun, lively, and motivating, we dig celebrity trainer Lacey Stone's "strong-is-the-new-sexy" brand of fitness. Lacy's made appearances on The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show and has worked with high-profile clients like Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, and Amanda Seyfried. I recently chatted with Lacey about the top items on her holiday wish list and what she'll be giving friends and family.
Pink: Long Leg RotationWorks: Core
Lie faceup with legs extended over your hips, hands behind your head, and elbows pointing out to the sides. Crunch up, lifting your head and shoulders. Lower your left leg toward the floor as you rotate to the right, bringing your left elbow toward your right knee. Return to the starting position; repeat on the opposite side. Do 20 reps, alternating sides each rep.
Jordin Sparks: Mountain ClimberWorks: Core, butt, and legs
Get in plank position, feet hip width apart. Pull your right knee toward your chest. Extend your right leg as you pull your left knee toward your chest to complete one rep. Do 20 reps.
Nicole Scherzinger: Reverse ChopWorks: Core
Hold a weighted ball with both hands in front of your hips, and stand with your feet wider than your shoulders, knees slightly bent. Rotate your shoulders to the left, bringing the ball outside of your left hip. Twist your torso to the right as you raise the ball up at a diagonal to the right. Return to the starting position. Switch sides to complete the set.
Alison Sweeney: DeadliftWorks: Core, butt, and legs
Stand holding the dumbbells or a light bar with your feet shoulder width apart, hands slightly wider than your hips, and palms facing your body. Keep a straight lower back as you bend your knees, lowering the bar toward to the floor. Rise up to starting position.
Kate Walsh: Glute SweepWorks: Butt
Stand facing a wall with feet wide, toes turned out, and arms extended at chest height in front of you, palms pressed against wall. Bend your knees, then rise up on your right leg as you keep your left leg bent and press it up behind you. Return to the starting position. Do 15 reps; repeat on the opposite side to complete the set.
Kourtney Kardashian: Low WalkingWorks: Butt and legs
Stand with feet hip width apart and extend your arms in front of you, your hands clasped. Squat low and walk forward 20 steps, then backward 20 steps.
Vanessa Hudgens: Box JumpWorks: Butt and legs
Stand facing a box or step, feet shoulder width apart and arms extended at your sides. Squat, then jump onto the plyo box, using your arms to propel you. Step down to return to the starting position and repeat. Do 20 to 25 reps.
Molly Sims: Side-Lying Knee InWorks: Butt and outer thighs
Lie on your left side with your left elbow bent, weight on your forearm, and your right hand on the mat in front of you. Bend your knees, place your right foot behind your left ankle, and raise your left foot, toes pointed. Lift your right knee, then extend your right leg out at a diagonal to the side. Bend your right knee and repeat, keeping your left calf raised the entire time. Return to the starting position.
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Here's some food for thought: birthday boy Jay Z and his wife, Beyoncé, have decided to go vegan for a full 22 days. From now until Christmas, the music moguls will embrace a plant-based diet inspired by Marco Borges and his 22-day nutrition plan. But this isn't the first time Hollywood has gone vegan. Back in 2011, Oprah took a one-week challenge, not to mention the wide array of celebrities who have embraced veganism for good. In fact, eating one vegan meal a day can even help you lose weight! With all this hype, have you ever tried a vegan diet? Let us know in the poll below!
It's true! The fitness world has a new power couple, and we couldn't be happier. Starting Dec. 16, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson will team up in a new fit reality show, The Restart Project. An AOL web series, this show aims not to get women "into their skinny jeans" but rather showcase the stories of amazing women who have healed themselves from the inside out. With Gwyneth and Tracy by their sides, they will reveal how they found "what's possible" through health and fitness. Just through the trailer alone, we can tell this show is going to be a tearjerker and definitely the motivation we need to stay on track throughout the holidays. Will you tune in?
Gaining a pound or two during the month of December may not sound like a lot, but a dedicated habit of pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving to New Year's can mean piled-on pounds as the years go by. Luckily, you don't have to swear off holiday treats or spend hours at the gym in order to participate in this month's celebrations — you just have to make a few smart choices when it counts. For a crash course on enjoying the holidays without an expanding waistline, we spoke to Extra TV host and Ocean Spray spokesperson Maria Menounos, who shed 40 pounds over a decade ago and has kept it off. Maria's newest book, The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness ($14, available for preorder) will be published in April, but she shared with us a few of her go-to tips just in time for the holidays. Read on for her practical advice for preventing weight gain this season.
- Plan ahead for a feast: Whether it's a Christmas Eve feast with the family or a long night of holiday parties, if you know you're going to be indulging at night, plan ahead, says Maria. "If you know you're going to have a big meal that night, it's better to make sure that throughout the day you keep it simple and clean," she says. Feeling especially nervous that packed-on pounds are in your future? Go for a clean-eating diet a couple of days before the big day, as well as a couple of days after, Maria says, "so you can really splurge and not feel guilty on that day."
- Just keep moving: What to do when a packed week doesn't leave time for a gym trip? Just keep moving, Maria advises. "Maintain your steps throughout the day: try to walk as much as you can and at a brisk pace, so that you're burning calories throughout the day." Maria aims for 10,000 steps a day, which is just what most experts recommend you fit into your day.
- Drink hot water, not calories: Maria always keep a mug of hot water around — it's one of her favorite tricks for feeling full and energized throughout the day. "Hot water is like magic. It fills you up: it also is detoxifying, de-stressing, and helps digest the food in your stomach," she says. Also, "you'll find yourself eating a little less if you're drinking hot water," she adds. It's not just during the day that she recommends imbibing calorie-free: she even opts for water over juices or alcohol at holiday parties when watching her calorie count. "I save it for the food," she says.
If you're going to indulge a little this Thanksgiving (and who isn't?), might as well get some workouts in beforehand. That's just what some celebs did the week before the big holiday shebang. From running in the rain to jogging with studded fanny packs, see what these famous faces were up to in the workout world before chowing down.
The actress was quite the multitasker as she talked on the phone while taking a jog in Los Angeles.
Not even the rainy weather could stop Emmy Rossum from a pre-Thanksgiving workout.
Fergie was all geared up for a jog in Los Angeles with her personal trainer (check out that studded fanny pack). Think she was listening to The Black Eyed Peas?
Runway or parking lot? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley showed off her fit body while leaving the gym in Los Angeles.
Hilary Duff was full of smiles and looking comfy after she hit the gym for a pre-Thanksgiving workout in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Fresh faces and moms dominated the celeb workout scene this week, and the activities were as varied as ever. Ashley Tisdale hit up Equinox while Naomi Watts went for a run in chilly New York City. Check out who else made time to sweat!Lea's entire fitness routine here.
Ashley TisdaleAshley Tisdale sported a smiley face and crossbones tee while leaving a recent workout at Equinox. This shirt is definitely a workout fave of Ashley's; she wore it to the gym a few months earlier!
Naomi WattsWhat better way to fit in a workout than while taking your kids to school? Naomi Watts ran behind her kids as they biked to school.
Stop by Anna Kaiser's newly opened studio, and you just might run into Kelly Ripa, Shakira, or Sarah Jessica Parker. These are just some of Anna's high-profile clients who stop by the Upper East Side locale for personal training sessions.
Lucky for us, you don't have to be famous to work out here. Anna offers plenty of classes to the public that still rely on her tried-and-true method of training. Classes start at $35 a session, which still make them a bit out of reach for some, but the intimacy of each class makes it feel like a semi-private session. "The design of Studio AKT/NYC was based on Andy Warhol's Factory," says Anna. "I wanted to create an atmosphere that housed not only the electricity and passion of my team, but the comfort of home — a way to truly embody fitness as a community and as a lifestyle."
Curious to see where some of NYC's most famous citizens get their sweat on? Take this virtual tour that ends with an exclusive Anna Kaiser workout that you can do at home!