Shape Up Like Shakira With Her Smoldering Full Body Workout, Courtesy Of AKT In Motion
Sexy pop star, Shakira, hasn’t let touring the world and being a mother of two stop her from staying in the best shape possible. The Colombian singer has maintained her fit and curvy figure by working out five days a week with celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser. Shakira always gives her all in her workouts, doing a mixture of strength training and cardio. Consistency was key to losing her baby weight and gaining the endurance to make it through two hour shows every night.
Kaiser told E! News that not even working in the studio until 6am stopped Shakira from doing her “intense” workouts. To shape up and slim down like Shakira, follow this full body workout her trainer shared with SHAPE Magazine that you can do in your own home. You will not only strengthen your core, legs and arms, but will increase spinal flexibility and length. (I’ve included low impact, pregnancy safe modifications in this workout as I am in my second trimester of pregnancy.)
Step Kick Step Lunge- Get your heart rate up while working your legs and core. Stand with your arms on your hips. Step forward with your left foot and kick your right foot up. Step onto your right foot and lunge your left foot back as you twist your torso to the right (skip the twist if you are past your first trimester in pregnancy.) Do 15 reps before switching sides.
Isolated Glute Pulse- Stand with your feet in parallel and your hands on your hips. Lift your right leg up to the side about 6-12 inches off the floor and balance. If you have a hard time balancing, you may lightly hold onto a chair or counter top with your left hand. Flex your right foot and pulse it up and down 30-40 times. Repeat on the other leg.
Abs Exercise- Stand in a wide plié squat with your hands behind your head. Your legs should be slightly turned out with your knees right over your toes. Keep your back straight and your tailbone pointing down. Work your outer thigh area by staying deep in the squat and continuing to open the inner thighs out by squeezing your glutes together. Stay in that position as you bring your right elbow to your right knee and then back up. Repeat on the left side, keeping your abs engaged the entire time. Do two sets of 15 reps on each side.
Leg/Booty Burnout- Stay in your wide plié squat position and either keep your hands behind your head or place them on your hips. Lift your heels up and down without moving your body up and down. Do two sets of 15 reps. At the end of each set, Kaiser says to hop up and down for another 15 reps, but another low impact option I prefer is holding your heels up and pulsing up and down.
Pulsing Cat- Get onto all fours with your shoulders over wrists and hips over knees. Pull your navel into your spine as you round your back up to the sky like an angry cat. Quickly pulse your abs into your back 30 times in this position. Your back should stay rounded the entire time and your hips slightly tucked.
Moving Half-Plank Pushup- Start in a half plank position on your knees and your shoulders right over your wrists. If you are pregnant, spread your knees apart depending on how big your belly is. Bend your elbows to 45 degrees to lower your upper body down into a pushup position. Push back into child’s pose and then come back to a half plank. Lower your body back down into a pushup and pulse 20 times. Push back into child’s pose and repeat. Do 15 reps.
The Sphinx- Lie face down on the floor with your forearms on the ground. If you are pregnant, place a bolster or cushion underneath your thighs. Do not do this exercise if you have diastasis recti. The closer your elbows are to your body, the more intense the sensation will be on your back. Continue to draw your navel into your spine to lengthen the lower back area. Press down into your hands to straighten your arms and lift your torso up. Pull your shoulder blades down your back to create length in your neck. Slowly lower back down. Do 30 reps.
Thera-Band Burn and Chest Opener- Stand while holding a Thera-Band between your hands with your arms straight out at shoulder height. Keep your left arm where it is as you twist your torso to the right, opening your right arm to the side. Come back to center and repeat on the left side. Do two sets of 20 reps per side.
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Photo: Shakira via Instagram; Video: Crystal Chin