Find out how these celebs got their beach bodiesBy: From the Editors of Men’s Health and Women’s Health
The leading lady’s head-turning curves, the action hero’s arms, the television host’s enviable abs—we’ve seen the best that every ultra-fit A-lister has to offer. More importantly, we asked all of them how they did it. Read on to see the the best summer bodies of 2012 and kick-start your own beach-ready transformation.
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Training for her role on Smash keeps this 28-year-old starlet in killer shape! When she’s not in five-hour dance rehearsals prepping for her role as Karen Cartwright, she works with personal trainer Oscar Smith. Smith’s routines incorporate dynamic moves like burpees (Search: What are burpees?), pushups, and alternating lunge jumps.
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Joe Manganiello spent five months muscling up for his role as the hulking, love-struck werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO's hit drama True Blood. In order to play the supernatural shape-shifter, Manganiello needed to build legs like oaks and arms that other men could use for pullups. He started on a 2,500 calorie-a-day diet and two-a-day workouts that focused on total body circuit training. By the time Manganiello stepped on the set of True Blood, he had shed 10 pounds from his 6'5" frame and dropped his total body fat to just 8 percent. Ready to take your own workouts to the next level? Try these Two-for-One Workout Moves.
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This 40-year-old mom of four shares her workout secrets in her Transform Your Body DVD. In this challenging fat-burning workout, Brooke leads you through a three-part sequence of dynamic exercises that work your total body.
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This year, Channing Tatum broke out in the hit comedy 21 Jump Street, playing an undercover cop alongside Jonah Hill. That was after he’d already made women misty-eyed playing the hunk in romances like The Vow, and saved his fellow man in action flicks like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (a role he’ll reprise this June). Clearly, his physique continues to impress, as Tatum’s next role involves playing a male stripper alongside fellow beach bum and workout fiend Matthew McConaughey in the Steven Soderbergh-directed comedy Magic Mike. Want an action-hero body worthy of the A-list? Check out The Men's Health Workout Center for fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want.
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Lea stays in shape by tackling the trails in picturesque Runyon Canyon—a 15-minute drive from her apartment—and working out with L.A. health counselor Devon Butler. “We do a lot of yoga during red-carpet season,” says Butler. “Lea has so much attention on her, and this is so calming.” Lea especially likes Bikram, poses and breathing exercises done in a heated studio for deeper stretching and stress relief.
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While it takes enormous stamina to perform live in concert, it doesn't necessarily require a 29-inch waist, which musician Kenny Chesney is rumored to hide under his boot-cut jeans and cut-off T-shirts. Chesney takes his fitness seriously, working out daily with a trainer and eschewing traditional Southern-fried fare for a healthier low-carb, high-protein eating plan. Sure, country music stars aren't known for sporting six-packs, but Chesney's body can rival that of any athlete or actor on our list. What better way is there to get a body just like his, than to do his routine? Check out The Kenney Chesney Workout to upgrade your own exercise program.
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This 33-year-old model is known for her phenomenally flat belly. Her secret? She targets her obliques. “Working your obliques pulls everything together and gives you a slim waist,” says Marisa. One of her favorite moves is the alternating crunch.
When it comes to keeping a diet on track, she offers this advice: “Eating smart is all about having an awareness of your body. The most obvious way to do that is by seeing it. So when you’re trying to lose weight, spend more time wearing less.”
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The 30-year-old actor was first featured on the cover of Men’s Health when he appeared in the TV series Friday Night Lights back in 2007, and again in 2009 when he played Gambit in X-Men Origins. His third cover coincides with his biggest role yet: the lead in the action-adventure flick Battleship.
Rather than simply push weights all day, Kitsch mixes it up with an intense boxing routine. In the ring, he goes as hard as he can for 3 minutes, takes a minute off, and then repeats. The result: more stamina, but also cobblestone abs. (Keep your ab routine on track every morning. Sign up for the Men’s Health Daily Dose Newsletter today!)
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This multitalented 23-year-old hates the gym and turns to celeb fitness trainer Tracy Anderson for total-body “dance-y” workouts. When on the road, she mixes up sessions with her trainer and P90X DVDs. After all that hard work, Julianne follows a strict diet. When dining out, her order generally looks like this: a mixed green salad with lemon (and without cheese) and salmon with mixed vegetables—no oil or salt.
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Last December, Lochte was named Swimmer of the Year after winning five gold medals at the 2011 World Championships. It was there that he finally and decisively emerged from the wake of his friend and rival Michael Phelps. Lochte’s winning time of 1:54.00 in the 200-meter individual medley was the first new world record set since performance-enhancing suits were banned in 2009. Lochte didn’t need a special suit thanks in large part to a world-class core strengthening routine. He does 30 minutes of abs work every day, choosing from a menu of planks, hanging leg raises, Swiss ball moves, and medicine ball work. (And, we’ve got more of their training tips, check out Olympic Fitness Secrets of the World’s Top Athletes to elevate your game in 2012.)
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