The gorgeous 33-year-old actress graces the September cover and reveals how she got her toned body by working out six hours a day over three months — but you can do it in just 30 minutes on the treadmill!
Zoe Saldana has an enviable figure — and now you can have it too! HollywoodLife.com obtained an exclusive outtake [above] of Zoe from her September issue cover shoot for Women’s Health and we must say she’s looks phenomenal. Zoe trained hardcore to get her body in tip top shape to play an assain in her upcoming film Colombiana — and she wants to reveal her secrets right now with you!
Zoe worked with a stunt choreographer, trainer and stunt coordinator and she did a mix of cardio, core moves, light weights and martial arts. Now you probably don’t have the time or the resources to obtain three round-the-clock trainers, but if you can find a bike and do some crunches you’re in luck!
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Change Up Your Cardio:
- Zoe began with 30 minutes on the treadmill: five minutes at a comfortable walk, 15 minutes of jogging, then two minutes of running as fast as she could.
- For another challenge, Zoe’s stunt coordinator Garrett Warren would have her walk while doing shoulder presses with two- pound weights.
- Zoe also did 20- to 30-minute sessions on a stair-climber and an upright bike. “She wasn’t allowed to go below 90 rpms on the bike,” says Warren. “The faster you pull your knees up to your chest, the harder a workout your abs get.”
Do Balance Work:
- It’s one of the best ways to strengthen your core. Part of the drill incorporates a stability ball, which Zoe used for stomach crunches and push-ups. Or she’d balance herself in a plank position, resting her forearms on the ball and holding the position for 30 seconds. “It forces you to use your abdominal muscles,” says Warren. Next came stints on the balance board, lifting weights or doing squats.
Up The Weight Training:
- Zoe wanted to get strong but not overly muscular, so the weights varied. She might do biceps curls and triceps extensions with five-pounders, then up the ante by doing deadlifts with 15-pound weights. (When you try this, aim to do three sets of 12 to 20 reps.) How to get the most from this move: “Keep your legs straight or slightly bent, but make sure they’re as stiff as they can be,” says Warren. “Use the muscles in your lower back and stomach—along with your glutes—to lift the weights.”
Try A Martial Art:
- Martial arts are great total-body workouts because they entail all styles of exercise. Zoe used three types to develop eye-hand coordination for her fight scenes: Krav Maga (a method of self- defense developed for the Israeli army) and Kali and Eskrima (two Filipino martial arts that employ hand-to-hand combat techniques). “They’re all about being able to maneuver quickly by throwing elbows, blocking, and punching,” says Warren.
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