You know how there are certain spring days when you catch a whiff of something that just smells like summer? You can’t explain exactly what it is, but when it happens, you suddenly find yourself getting very excited for beach season.
I caught it the other day, and it reminded me that it might be time to start getting back into shape. Maybe this will be the summer when I finally motivate myself to work toward the arms of Gigi Hadid and the legs of Miranda Kerr. Hey, anything’s possible.
We figured you might be having similar thoughts. So we decided to find out exactly what our It-girl fitspirations are doing to stay in such great shape.
Ever wondered how Chanel Iman gets her flat stomach? Or how Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stays so slim? Look below for 11 workouts real top models love!
Gigi channels Rocky in her activity of choice, which she does in hour-long sessions with trainer Rob Piela. Gigi says what she loves about boxing is that “you get so into it mentally that you forget you’re working out, so by the end of the hour, you always want more.”
Boxing blends calorie-burning cardio and arm-sculpting strength training, not to mention getting to beat someone up for an hour is fun, and it's a proven stress reducer. Other models like Kendall Jenner and Gisele Bündchen also swear by it.
Kloss is all about Pilates, a model mainstay for its ability to strengthen your core and banish belly fat.
Model Lindsay Ellingson is also Pilates junkie. She has a great 10-minute workout you can find step-by-step instructions for here.
Rosie swears by L.A. trainer Simone De La Rue, whose exercise program, Body by Simone, involves full-body, high-intensity dance cardio. To get in on the action, check out De La Rue’s book, Body by Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan ($20).
Sometimes you just have to suck it up and hit the gym. Chanel Iman owes her flat midsection to these pull-up–bar leg raises.
Tookes maintains her Victoria’s Secret Angel physique with these one-legged, bent-arm raises on a Bosu ball, targeting her arms, legs, and core all at once.
DiDonato admits these single-leg deadlifts on a Bosu ball aren’t fun, but they’re her secret to toned stems.
Doing outdoor yoga with a buddy is always superior to indoor yoga alone. Especially when your fitness partner is as creative as Marks’s is. Now that is a masterful pose.
For a model-approved routine that’s maybe a little more tradish, click over to Lindsay Ellingson’s five-minute yoga workout in GIFs.
Goulart is a total exercise fanatic, which comes as no surprise, considering her 12-pack. You can catch her doing all kinds of cool workouts on Instagram, including these superhuman medicine ball push-ups.
When we think “model body,” we think toned and long, and these are exactly the results one gets from ballet. Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, Erin Heatherton, and Gigi Hadid all train in ballet with Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful. You can steal these models’ exact moves with this step-by-step guide.
Lima started boxing long before it was trendy (14 years ago, to be exact), and it’s still her favorite workout. She finds boxing “very empowering” because it allows you to explore your own strength and power. “It’s the best exercise that exists because you can get really ripped but not too big,” she says.
To work her arms, Kate Upton prefers this rope-pulling exercise over traditional weight lifting.
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