Even with green skin, Zoe Saldana’s body is a sight to behold in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Her beauty and toned physique are a perfect combination for an ass-kicking-galaxy-saving leading lady. Saldana is not one to favor long workouts. She prefers to do shorter, 20-30 minute slimming workouts several times a week with her busy schedule. According to celebrity trainer Steve Moyer, who has trained Saldana for the past eight years, you don’t need to work out for long periods to get results. Moyer told Shape magazine, “Thirty minutes, three times a week, done right and combined with smart eating habits, can get you in great everyday shape.” A sample vegan breakfast he would suggest to his clients would be oatmeal made with almond milk, chia seeds, dried banana, mango, pineapple, and macadamia nuts.
In his interview with Shape, Moyer revealed a routine he gives to his celebrity clients like Saldana to get into ass-kicking shape in a short amount of time. Do this full body circuit five times with a one minute break in between each round.
Squats– (24 reps) Stand with your feet slightly turned out, about shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees as you bring your arms in front of you, trying to get your thighs parallel to the ground. Keep your abs pulled in and you back as upright as possible. Make sure to sit back, keeping your weight on your heels so that your knees do not go beyond your toes. Squeeze your glutes to straighten back up and lower the arms back down.
Plank Pushups- (24 reps) Get into a push-up position on your knees with your body in one straight diagonal line from the top of your head to your knees. Your hands are on the floor slightly wider than your shoulders. Pull your abs in as you bend your elbows to 90 degrees, lowering your body towards the ground. Straighten your arms and repeat.
Jumping Lunges- (24 reps) Get into a lunge position with your right foot in front of the left. You should have a 90-degree bend in the front leg without the knee passing the toes and your back knee should be under your hip, hovering above the ground. Keep your back straight and abs tight as you jump, switching the legs in the air to land with the left foot forward. Continue alternating legs as you jump.
Hanging Knee Raises- (24 reps) Hold onto a pull-up bar, allowing your body to hang down. Use your arms to partially pull your body up like you’re about to do a pull-up and hold that position. Use your abs to lift the knees up as high as you can. Lower the legs back down with control, trying to avoid swinging the legs.
After doing this circuit for several weeks, you could save the galaxy yourself!
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