Ariana Grande’s Workout Routine is Easier Than You’d Think

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Ariana Grande is always on the go. From traveling around on tour to making late night show appearances to spending time with loved ones, her days always seem to be packed. So when it comes to her workout routine, she needs something that can be done anytime, anywhere. Luckily, her longtime exercise trainer, Harley Pasternak, has shared the secrets to Grande’s workout routine.

He explained to Women’s Health in 2017, “The key to working with the kind of people like Ariana, is making the most of what we have, time-wise and equipment-wise and space-wise, without ever injuring her.” He continued, “If I hurt [Ariana’s] knee, she cancels a show. She cancels two weeks of performing.”

Pasternak also pointed out, “If you hurt yourself exercising, not only are you not going to exercise for a while, you might not be able to do a lot of the things you love.”

Grande’s exercises are far from extreme, involving no heavy weight lifting or high-intensity interval training. Considering she always manages to stay in great shape, her simple workout routine is clearly effective.

A variety of lunges

Lunges are Pasternak’s favorite move, thanks to their their ability to “improve balance, boost core stability, and overall strengths.” Plus, they enhance flexibility to tight hips. Grande often does reverse lunges, which Pasternak described to Look magazine in 2016: “Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Step one foot back and drop knee down, before returning to the original position. Repeat by alternating each leg.”

Grande also does walking lunges, which move you forward instead of standing a stationary position. Skater lunges are also a go-to, which will literally have you “walkin’ side to side.”

The pike plank

Pasternak also attests that the pike plank works wonders for Grande. He described the workout to Look magazine: “Drop down into the plank position and look down at your shoes. As you do so, lift your hips and contract your abs. Then fall back down to a flat position.”

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The Superman

One exercise that seems minimal but is surprisingly effective? The Superman. Pasternak explained, “Lie face down with your arms and legs extended. Lift your thighs and chest off the ground before going back down. Repeat this up and down movement.”

Glute bridges

For the last exercise in Grande’s routine, Pasternak has her do glute bridges. He told Self Magazine that this workout starts by laying flat on your back, knees bent, and “arms in low V by your hips.”

“Your feet should be about hip-distance apart with your heels a few inches away from your butt,” he continued. “Push through your heels to lift your hips up while squeezing your glutes, [trying] to create one diagonal line from your shoulders to your knees.” Take a pause before lowering your backside down to the ground.

“Lift your toes off the ground to make sure you’re really activating the glutes instead of the quads,” Pasternak added. That’s just one rep of the workout, which you should try to fit as many as you can into two minutes.

She gets lots of steps in throughout the day

Grande stands by the fact that her secret to staying fit is just staying active throughout the day. She often gets 12,000 to 14,000 steps in per day, which can seem like a challenge if you’re not used to so much movement.

She told Women’s Health, “For the longest time, I was like, ‘How is that more effective than doing a full-fledged workout?’ It really is.” She added, “I feel better when I’m just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving.”

Pasternak also told PopSugar, “I give [Ariana] a step goal every day, whether she be dancing to get that step goal or watching her favorite movies while walking down the treadmill really slowly. 12,000 steps a day and she hits it. I can’t imagine her being still.”