Chrissy Teigen has been candid about everything from her struggle with fertility to her postpartum depression. She has also revealed how unrealistic it is for people to think celebrities like her bounce back into pre-baby shape easily. “We have nutritionists, we have dietitians, we have trainers, we have our own schedules, we have nannies. We have people who make it possible for us to get back into shape. But nobody should feel like that’s normal, or like that’s realistic,” Teigen told People.com. Teigan was determined to stay fit while pregnant so that bouncing back post baby wouldn’t be as uphill of a battle. She worked out religiously with celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue during and after her pregnancy. Simone shared a few of the model’s favorite exercises with SELF magazine.
1. Tricep Shredder- You will need a resistance band for this exercise. Hold one end of the band over your head with your right hand. Bend the right arm, keeping your elbow pointed up to the ceiling. Reach behind your back and grab onto the other end of the band with your left hand. Anchor the bottom of the band down with your left hand to provide resistance. You can rest your left fist onto your lower back for stability. Straighten your right arm up to the ceiling, trying to keep your right elbow in the same place in space. Bend the right arm back down and repeat. Do three sets of 10 reps and then switch sides.
2. Core Strengthener-Get into a plank position with your forearms on the ground. Pull your abdominals up and into your back without lifting your hips. Lower your right knee to the ground without changing the shape of your body and then lift it back up. Lower your left knee to the ground and then back up. Lower both knees to the ground and then lift them back up. That is one rep. Do a total of 20 reps.
3. Pony Kick- Simone recommends doing this exercise with a small exercise ball, but it can also be done without one. Get onto all fours, and if you have a ball, place it behind your right hamstring and calf. Lift the right knee up slightly, flex the foot and squeeze the ball with the back of your leg. If you do not have a ball, just contract your hamstring by bringing your heel to your butt. Keep your body square and use your core to remain stable as you are now only on one knee. Lower the right knee to the ground and squeeze your glute to kick your heel towards the ceiling. Keep your abs engaged as you kick the heel up so your back does not completely arch. Lower the knee back down and repeat. Do 30 reps on each side.
You may not have the advantage of hiring a celebrity trainer, but now you can do the exact same moves that Simone has Chrissy do to keep her in tip-top shape.
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Photo: Chrissy Teigen via Instagram; Video: Crystal Chin