Celebrities are just like us: They’re not just blessed with perfect physique’s and rock hard six-pack abs. They have to work just as diligently as we do, though, unlike most of us, they have the extra help of all-star trainers.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t train on your own with the real workout routines they use. Here are four celebrity approved ab workouts that have gotten them to where you want to be this summer.
1. Bradley Cooper’s ab circuit
We all know Bradley Cooper has rocking abs, and this workout, courtesy of Ashley Conrad, a world-renowned fitness trainer responsible for some of Hollywood’s most coveted abs, and BodyBuilding.com, is part of her signature mind-and-body training method known as the Clutch System. There are eight ab exercises in all, with a 1 minute rest in between the five total rounds you need to complete. Move from one exercise to the next without resting, until you complete them all. Most of her exercises are supposed to be repeated until failure, which means that there are no set number of reps for each workout — do each until you can’t anymore. Here’s how to do it:
- Start by grabbing a light to moderate weighted ball.
- Lay flat down on a bench with your legs straight and your arms extended behind your head. The ball should should align with the rest of your body. This is the starting position.
- Raise your arms and legs, careful not to bend them, at the same time until they meet in the middle.
- Once the weighted ball touches your legs, slowly lower your arms and legs back to their starting position.
- Repeat to failure.
Try and concentrate on your abs, isolating that part of your body and go until failure, even if it means you don’t do as many reps, you’ll be able to get better muscle contraction.
2. Mario Lopez’s ab circuit
Mario Lopez has been known for his jacked-up physique since his days at Bayside High School in Saved by the Bell. His ab routine, also courtesy of BodyBuilding.com is part of a super-circuit with 4 awesome ab exercises, performed for three rounds with 15 to 20 reps per set or to failure, depending upon the exercise. Rest for 3 to 5 minutes in between rounds. Here’s how to do the Double Crunch exercise, which targets the upper and lower abdominals.
- Lie on the ground with your feet 6 inches off the ground and bent at a 90 degree angle, with your arms straight behind your head.
- Next, bring your knees and arms to your chest as you perform the crunch, with your body moving like an accordion, as Body Building describes it.
- Repeat to failure.
3. Joe Manganiello’s core workout
The Magic Mike star is very well known for his rock hard abs and herculean physique. This ab exercise, courtesy of Men’s Health is Manganiello’s go-to ab routine, while it’s very short, consisting of four ab exercises, it’s very effective at targeting every muscle group in and around your abs. We chose the Barbell Hip-Thrust exercise, which looks the most interesting and challenging of the four. Complete one set with 20 reps. Here’s how to do it:
- Sit on the ground with your back to the side of the bench.
- Grab hold of a loaded barbell over your legs and roll the bar so that it’s directly above your hips.
- Next, lean back against the bench so that your shoulder blades are positioned near the top. Drive through your feet and hips vertically through the bar.
- Support your weight from your shoulder blades and feet. Extend as far as possible, then reverse the motion.
- Repeat 20 times to complete one set.
4. Chris Hemsworth’s ‘God Like Thor Workout’
Whether you’ve seen his six-pack as he showed them off in Vacation, or as Thor in his recurring role in the The Avengers, as well as a solo-feature in Thor: The Dark World, he’s noted as one of those actors in recent years to have endured a huge body transformation with his most recent roles. Hemsworth’s “God Like Thor Workout” is heavily detailed in full in Muscle and Fitness, but it’s his ab workout, particularly the Hanging Leg Raise that really caught our attention. It’s incredibly challenging, activating not only the abs, but the obliques, lats, back, and hips. It’s a core strengthening exercise that targets the entire abdominal region, with an emphasis on the lower abdominals (the hardest part to work), as well as the hip flexors, while also improving the stability of the lower back. All you need is a pull up bar. Here’s how to do it:
- Grab the pull up bar with an overhand grip, making sure your arms are completely straight with your feet off the ground.
- With your legs completely straight through the entire workout, tighten your core muscles and use your abs to raise your feet towards your shoulders. Stop for a beat once your thighs reach your chest. Return to start position.
- Don’t use your momentum to bring your legs up because all the movement is created by your legs.
- Make sure not to shrug your shoulders while you hang from the bar. Keep them tucked down and back.
- Be sure not to allow your body to swing back and forth.