40 Female Celebrities Who Are Secretly Ripped – Women's Health

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If you follow Halle on Instagram, you know that she frequents the gym on a regular basis. Though the 52-year-old has the body of someone in their 20s, she knows her limits. That’s why she has adopted a low-impact workout for bad knees.

2. Kate Beckinsale

Kate puts herself through many tough stunts on set these days, but when she first started embracing this side of the job, she admits she wasn’t super prepared: “When I first started training for Underworld they were like: ‘She can’t even f**king run!’ And I couldn’t,” Kate told Women’s Health US in 2013. These days she’s a fitness fanatic. Don’t believe it? Try her full-body workout and see if you can keep up.

3. Kerry Washington

Kerry swears by Pilates and says this form of exercise helps her destress, relieve muscle tension after long days on set, and feel more confident in general. “Pilates has allowed me to be focused on my appearance and my health in ways that are not abusive or critical,” she told Women’s Health US.

4. Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo has one of the most recognizable bodies in the industry, but it requires serious upkeep. The singer/actress doesn’t work out alone, though—her fiancé Alex Rodriguez joins and they use FitPlan app to stay toned. Lemme say: It. Is. Working.

5. Jennifer Lawrence

As for J.Law, she had to get into shape for The Hunger Games franchise and says these days she prefers strength training. In fact, she swears by these 10 moves in particular, according to her personal trainer Dalton Wong.

6. Nicole Scherzinger

The Pussycat Dolls singer looks hella good, and it’s all thanks to the food and fitness guidelines she follows. Her workouts vary from day-to-day: She hikes, practices yoga and ballet, and also runs on the treadmill. But the key to any good workout is the best playlist, and Nicole has that area covered.

7. Jessica Alba

Jessica has the physique of a dancer, and there is good reason for that: The actress, mom, and entrepreneur takes dance classes to stay fit. “Anything where I have to do something, but I can get my mind off of doing it, that’s so much better for me than anything that’s repetitive,” Jessica told Women’s Health US.

8. Hilary Swank

The Million Dollar Baby star has a very healthy relationship with exercise. The 44-year-old actress sets realistic goals and takes some days off, but she also ventures outside of her comfort zone, according to Women’s Health Australia.

9. Julianne Hough

Professional dancing can take a toll on your body if you’re not careful and strong in the right places. That’s why Julianne incorporates a mix of SoulCycle and hot power yoga, plus weight training with her husband, she told Women’s Health US. Now that’s an impressive regime.

10. Eva Longoria

Eva gave birth to a son in June 2018, and she gave her body plenty of time to rest postpartum. Us Weekly reported in December that the actress returned to her workout routine, adding in weight training to her regular running, Pilates, and yoga rotation.

11. Gwen Stefani

The Voice coach and singer has stunning abs, well-defined arms, and legs anyone would want to show off. Her former personal trainer Mike Heatlie gave Shape a guide to getting a toned body like Gwen. BRB, going to try it right now.

12. Christina Milian

Christina says a mix of cardio (she loves hiking in L.A.) and strength training are how she stays fit—but it’s not as simple as it looks. “At 5′ 2″, it’s not that easy to always stay trim. You do have to make an effort,” she told Essence. The one artist who can always get her moving? Beyoncé. Same, girl.

14. Kate Upton

Kate welcomed a daughter in 2018, and she’s worked hard to get in shape since—both for herself and her daughter. “Eating healthy and working out is putting you in the best mental place to be your best self and to have that confidence,” she told PEOPLE. Her go-to workout: strength-based circuit training.

15. Lucy Liu 

Lucy has kicked some serious butt on the big screen in Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill Vol. 1. To stay fit, the actress is a fan of SoulCycle and Pilates, according to PopSugar. Whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it right

16. Kate Hudson 

The Fabletics founder has always had an insanely fit physique. Her secret sauce includes Pilates (you can check out Kate’s favorite moves here) and Weight Watchers.

17. Nicole Kidman

The Big Little Lies actress loves running, which she told Women’s Health US she grew up doing. On her runs, she love jamming out to Britney Spears, which same. When she’s not in the mood for a jog, she hits up a spin or yoga class.

18. Kelly Rowland

It’s hard to find people who love burpees, but this Destiny’s Child singer swears by them. And, clearly, they’re paying off.

19. Madonna

There’s a reason Madonna has been able to perform for the better part of three decades: When she’s off the stage, she’s still dancing and prioritizing her fitness. The singer can also be found hitting up Pilates or yoga classes, according to Pop Workouts.

20. Mel B

Mel B is a wannabe yoga lover, but she just doesn’t care for it. What she does like is a quick, hard ab workout that involves varying crunches and planks. Her real key to success: embracing workouts you enjoy. “If you hate what you’re doing, you’re never going to feel motivated, so do what works for you and keep switching it up so it never gets boring,” she told Women’s Health Australia.

21. Cameron Diaz

For Cameron, fitness should all be about building up your most important muscle: your heart. In Oprah Magazine she revealed how she starts her workouts. Just hop on the elliptical, sprint for 1 minute, then take it easy for another minute. Alternate until you reach five minutes, then you’ve hit peak cardio.

22. Jillian Michaels

Jillian is a total fitness guru, but she doesn’t work out all of the time. In fact, she only works out for 4 and a half hours a week. Jillian combines cardio and strength training for maximum optimization, but she also rotates through yoga, cycling, and martial arts. When she’s on a tight schedule, she opts for a HIIT routine.

23. Gabrielle Union

The legs. The torso. The arms. I can’t find a single part of Gabrielle’s body that isn’t toned—and that’s largely due to her love of Pilates. “The great thing about Pilates is that I can take out my annoyance from waking up early on the machines instead of human beings. It’s for the greater good. My body responds to it, and I’m also more clear,” she told Women’s Health US.

24. Nina Dobrev

Did you know The Vampire Diaries star was a gymnast in high school? That explains her athletic physique. But the actress didn’t get visible abs for the first time until after the finale of the CW hit, she told Women’s Health US. Her current routine is what she calls a “workout cocktail,” aka a mix of yoga, running, weight training, boxing, and group classes.

25. Jennifer Aniston 

Jennifer has the same body she rocked during the early days of Friends, but her workouts have only gotten harder throughout the years. According to her trainer, Leyon Azubuike, Jennifer loves to box—and I have a feeling she has a mean right hook.

16. Mila Kunis

Mila’s not one to stick to harsh diets or exercise. Instead, she turns to spending time outdoors to stay in shape. Hey, whatever works for you (and clearly this works!).

27. Amber Heard

ICYMI, Amber starred in Aquaman and she looked hot. The actress trained like an athlete for multiple hours a day, trainer Gunnar Peterson told PEOPLE. He says workouts included everything from squat presses to sled work to resistance training.

28. Vanessa Hudgens

“Working out is like moving meditation,” Vanessa told Women’s Health US. “I feel you can work through things better in movement than being stagnant.” Her workout of choice? Hitting up group classes, like SoulCycle, whenever she can.

30. Hoda Kotb

The Today show cohost is 54 years old, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her slim figure. Even better: The TV personality is a great workout partner, because she brings a ton of energy, says her trainer, Chris Finn. Hoda’s also been open in the past when going through an exercise or diet rut, including when she went on J.Lo’s crazy hard 10-day no-carb challenge just to see if she could.

31. Elsa Pataky

The Spanish actress and producer loves to work out. In fact, she says she can’t go two weeks without exercising. “I just get really nervous and my energy starts to go down,” she told Women’s Health US. “When you start working out and your body’s changing and achieving your goals that’s such a great thing.”

32. Maria Menounos

The TV host appeared on Dancing with The Stars in 2012, which she said was the best workout ever. “My core got so tight, and my butt was like a rock! I have never been able to get my calves so defined,” she said. She’s clearly maintained that body post-DWTS.

33. Margot Robbie

Margot takes every movie role she seriously, which means she can get roped into some pretty intense workout routines. When she laced up ice skates for I, Tonya, the Australian actress trained five days a week for four hours a day.

34. Janet Jackson

Janet is known for her rock-hard abs, but you might be surprised to learn her routine is very simple. It consists of lunges, squats, crunches, and push-ups, according to Self.

35. Zoe Saldana

Being fit really helps with stunt choreography, which Zoe is a pro at thanks to films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek. The actress told Women’s Health US that she likes high-intensity workouts, but every now and then she’ll slow it down for a yoga class: “I often take for granted how helpful stretching and breathing exercises are.”

36. Khloe Kardashian 


Look. At. Those. Abs. Khloe has never looked better, and the Revenge Body host has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to crafting the perfect routine. To get that iconic Kardashian booty, she does fire hydrants and donkey kicks. *Adds moves to tomorrow’s workout.*

37. Jennifer Morrison

The Once Upon A Time star exercises six times a week, so it’s no surprise she has sculpted abs and well-defined arms. She alternates between Barry’s Bootcamp, cycling, running, and hot yoga.

38. Rachel Bilson 

The Hart of Dixie actress says her dream workout is taking a hip-hop class: “It’s a workout, but you’re doing something fun. I want all my girlfriends to go and take a class,” she told Health. Same, Rach.

39. Jenny McCarthy 

Even though Jenny has a lot on her plate, she manages to squeeze in at least a 15-minute workout three times a week. Her routine consists of running and dumbbell exercises, but she doesn’t call upon a personal trainer or go to an exclusive gym. She stays fit at home, according to Shape.

40. Gal Gadot 

In preparation for her leading role in Wonder Woman, Gal practiced kung fu, kickboxing, and jiu jitsu. Not to mention she served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat instructor. You don’t want to mess with Gal.

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