Celebrity-Promoted Workouts You’re Probably Doing Wrong

Like everyone else, you love your favorite celebrities from the tops of their expertly-coiffed heads to the tips of their perfectly-pedicured toes. This, of course, means you probably emulate how these celebrities stay in such magnificent shape. But there is a bit of a problem — you’re probably doing their workouts completely wrong.

Here are seven celebrity-promoted workouts you may be missing the mark on.

Julianne Hough

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It takes more than a few pliés to get as fit as Julianne Hough. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Hough is partially responsible for putting the obsession with dancer-focused workouts on the map. Along with successful shows like So You Think You Can Dance? and movies like Black Swan, workouts that mimic dance have become increasingly trendy. But you probably go dancing now and still can’t drop the pounds … so what gives?

The solution?

Fitness Sport Dance

The only way to get a dancer’s body is to actually get your dance on. | iStock.com/inarik

There is a solution to help you get the best out of a dance workout without going back in time and starting ballet classes as a 3-year-old child. By all means take up a dance call or two, then follow Hough’s lead by integrating some resistance training into your dance workout. Shape chronicles some of her go-to exercises involving weights that will help you get in tip-top shape.

Candice Swanepoel

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Candice Swanepoel likely incorporates way more types of exercise into her routine than you would guess. | Kris Connor/Getty Images

This Victoria’s Secret model graces pretty much every Pinterest board out there, whether it’s for her off-duty street style or her lithe figure. (Especially since she was in killer shape after having a baby!) Swanepoel’s trainer revealed to Pop Workouts that the model stays in runway shape by circuit training. And everyone can do a circuit, right? Yes, but you probably don’t have as much time for a sweat session as Swanepoel.

The solution?

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Work with a fitness ball is sure to give your exercise circuit a boost. | iStock.com/Anetlanda

You might not have the time and resources to do the same exact circuit as Swanepoel, however, you can take the variety of exercises in her plan and integrate them into yours. (Think spinning one day a week, resistance band workout the next, etc.) Plus, spreading them out over the course of a week — or even a couple of weeks — will give your workout variety. And what does variety do? Keep you from plateauing, of course.

Zoe Kravitz

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Zoe Kravitz loves barre classes, but they’re probably just a tiny portion of her overall routine. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Although she appears to be slightly tight-lipped about her exercise regimen, the Big Little Lies star has credited ballet barre classes with keeping her toned. She has even gone so far as to say that if she can’t get to a studio three times a week, she will check out an online class. And if rock royalty Zoe Kravitz can get in shape through an online barre class, so can you, right? No.

The solution?

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Add cardio to your floor and barre exercise for a well-rounded workout. | iStock.com/undrey

By all means, keep barre in your workout routine. Just make sure you are implementing enough cardio into your fitness regimen to aid in getting the results you desire. Think hiking, jogging, even swimming. You’ll be burning calories, plus reaping the benefits of barre’s muscle-toning properties.

Jessica Biel

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Jessica Biel is on a completely different fitness level, so you’ll need to take a more gradual approach. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

For years now, Biel’s bodacious bod has been the envy of ladies everywhere. Her figure is athletic but feminine, thanks to an ever-expanding workout regimen that evolves to keep her in tip-top shape. Plus, Biel is pretty open about what her exercise plan entails, making it appear oh-so easy for us ordinary people to copy in order to look just as svelte. This might make you think that you can wake up at the start of the week and jump head-first into a crazy fitness regimen. But, not really.

The solution?

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One common thread in most celebrity workouts: There is always variety. | iStock.com

Taking on Biel’s entire workout plan might be too much, but adapting her all-around fitness philosophy is a pretty good starting point. Follow Jason Walsh — Biel’s rock star personal trainer — as he breaks down Biel’s basic workout schedule and aesthetics for Fitness Hacker. You will learn that Biel’s varied workouts and healthy eating habits are a good foundation for any workout regimen, no matter how intense it might be.

Blake Lively

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Blake Lively is clearly doing something right — and it involves adequate training. | ROBYN BECK/Getty Images

Anyone who has poured over exercise plans inspired by the lovely Blake Lively knows plyometric exercise is a big part of the equation. The actress has said on more than one occasion that she is a big fan of plyometrics, which WebMD aptly describes as the adult version of jumping around a kid’s playground. So naturally, anyone wanting to copy her physique is going to take on the challenge.

The solution?

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There’s no harm in asking for help when it comes to a strenuous workout. | iStock.com

It’s worth seeking guidance to make sure you are doing a plyometric workout properly. Then, take baby steps by adding plyometric moves to your workout arsenal. Verywell says, “Remember, plyometric training is an advanced activity and most of us don’t need to do too much of it to reap the benefits — once or twice a week is enough. Easing in a few plyo exercises is a great way, however, to raise your heart rate quickly and to improve your stamina, strength and muscle endurance.”

Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson might love Pilates, but there’s more to her regimen than that. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Hudson started a fitness clothing line, for crying out loud. So, of course you want to know her fitness secrets. Especially when it comes to her abs, which are still rock hard after having kids. Hudson herself has credited Pilates time and time again for her six pack. But there’s more to it …

The solution?

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It will take more than just a couple core moves to get abs like Hudson’s. | iStock.com/undrey

At least the same Chron.com article was kind enough to offer some guidance. “In order for an exercise activity to be an effective way to lose fat, it’s got to burn a high number of calories.” Adding cardio — swimming, cycling, etc. — to a Pilates core workout is sure to get better results. (Hudson, more than likely, has an exercise regimen that expands beyond ab exercises anyway.)

Jennifer Lopez

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Don’t expect to get a backside like Jennifer Lopez’s with just a few squats.  | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The desire to have a backside like J.Lo’s has carried over for decades now. Everywhere from magazines to instructional videos have attempted to bring the superstar’s fitness secrets to the masses. Lower-body blasts and glute-centered workouts can be found just about anywhere. So why aren’t they working?

The solution?

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A full-body workout is always a stellar choice. | iStock.com/Jacob Ammentorp Lund

There is an easy fix here. A mega- celebrity like J.Lo has many trainers who have shared her real-life workouts. Healthy Celeb has the inside scoop on the bare bones of Lopez’s fitness regimen, which gives you a much better idea of how the triple threat stays in shape. You might be surprised to find that she is big on full-body workouts and cardio — not just ones to target her derriere.