February 1, 2011
So it’s February now, which means if we haven’t already burned off that extra Holiday weight gain, we should start thinking about it. What’s even better is we can follow Ashley Greene & Shape Magazine’s step-by-step methods! Ashley is super fit and toned and now she is sharing the tips (below) that helped get her ready for Eclipse fight training! Lets go:
Twilight and Eclipse star Ashley Greene shares the moves that helped her get in fighting shape.
How does Ashley Greene look so sexy while she’s kicking butt? The answer: She trained like a fighter. “Ashley’s workouts included cardio, strength work, gymnastics, balance moves and a few styles of martial arts,” says Jackson Spidell, an assistant fight coordinator on Eclipse. The star had to master the exercises here – designed to strengthen her core, improve balance, and teach her the foundation of fight sequences – before she tackled Eclipse’s choreography. Give them a try – because even if you’ll never fight vampires, it doesn’t hurt to look like you could!
How it works:
Warm up with 5 minutes of easy cardio, such as walking or jogging, then do 2 sets of each move in order. Try not to rest between sets.
You’ll need: A rubber ball or empty water bottle.
Warms up the upper body, works the core, and improves balance
Hold a ball (or water bottle) in right hand and stand on right foot, left knee bent. Raise arms to shoulder height out to sides, palms facing up, and turn your head towards the ball [A]. Raise arms overhead and look up at the ball [B]. Then pass the ball to your left hand and lower arms to shoulder height again, following the ball with your eyes the entire time. Repeat, this time passing ball from left hand to right hand. Continue for 1 minute; switch legs halfway through set.
Works legs and bum
Stand with feet wide, elbows bent and hands in fists under chin; squat. Pivot on left foot and lift right leg out to the side [A] as you rotate body 180 degrees to the left. Place right foot on floor and squat deep again [B]. Immediately repeat, this time rotating to the right. Continue for 1 minute.
Works abs, legs, and bum
Stand with feet wide and toes turned slightly out, elbows bent and hands in fists under chin. Squat and bend forward at hips, lowering your chest toward right thigh [A]. Keep knees bent and torso low as you quickly rotate toward left thigh, then stand (maintain the same position with arms the entire time) [B]. Immediately repeat, moving to the right, to complete 1 rep. Do 15 to 20 reps.
♥ There’s more. To see the front kick, wide hooks & Scorpion plank visit Ashley Greene’s SHAPE workout page here!