Vanessa Hudgens is in the best shape of her life thanks to hours upon hours of training for her last film, Sucker Punch.
During 6 months of working with a personal trainer for 90-minute workout routines, the actress didn't just hit the treadmill, but actually pulled heavy ropes, hoisted kettlebells, and dragged tractor tires.
We know everyone can't go out and find a tractor tire to drag, BUT everyone CAN get a kettlebell and medicine ball to do the same workout that worked wonders for Vanessa!
Pick up two 12 to 24-pound kettlebells or dumbbells (they should feel heavy) and perform the following routine 3 times a week, doing 1 set of each exercise in order without resting, then repeating once or twice.
Farmer and High-Low Carry (full body):
Stand holding a kettlebell in each hand at your sides, palms facing thighs. Walk forward at a moderate pace for 2 minutes.
Next, keep left arm extended at side and raise right arm straight overhead, palm facing in front of you. Walk forward at a moderate pace for 1 minute, then switch arms and repeat.
Goblet Squat (Butt, Legs):
Hold the sides of a kettlebell handle with both hands in front of chest, elbows bent and palms facing each other. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders, toes pointing out and knees slightly bent.
Squat until thighs are parallel to the ground and elbows touch legs (only go as low as you're comfortable with), rise up and repeat. Do 15 to 20 reps.
Up-Down Plank (Arms, Chest, Core):
Get in plank position a few inches from a plyo box, body aligned from head to heels.
Place right hand on top of box, then left. Return hands to starting position and repeat, leading with opposite hand. Do 16 to 20 reps.
Box Jump (Butt, Legs):
Stand facing a box or step, feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended at sides and squat.
Jump onto the plyo box, using your arms to propel you. Step down to return to starting position and repeat. Do 20 to 25 reps.
Push-Press (Butt, Legs, Shoulders, Triceps):
Hold a kettlebell in right hand in front of right shoulder, palm facing body, and stand with feet shoulder-width apart, left arm at side.
Bend knees, then quickly straighten legs and press weight overhead, rotating palm forward. Return to starting position; repeat. Do 15 to 20 reps; switch sides to complete set.
Ball Slam (Butt, Legs, Core:
Stand with feet wider than shoulders and place a medicine ball (preferably a no-bounce one) on the ground in front of you. Squat low and pick up ball.
Rise up, raise ball overhead and immediately slam it down on the ground in front of you; repeat. Do 20 to 25 reps.
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