This Celeb Trainer Has The Ultimate Home Workout And We’re Obsessed
If you’re anything like us, you’re all about that home workout life right now. And with lockdown having been extended for another two weeks, we’re on the hunt for more great workouts to try. Because nothing says ‘plateau’ like doing the same thing over and over again. So when SA-born Hollywood celeb and two-time WH cover star, Lesley-Ann Brandt, invited us to join her for a Livestream workout, we were sold. Her trainer, Paolo Mascitti, has helped several stars get in their best shape ever. So we were ready for a light killing. And we weren’t disappointed. This ticks all the boxes for an awesome home workout.
You don’t need space or equipment.
All you need for this workout is a mat, towel or carpet and it takes up hardly any space. So even if your home gym is a tiny corner of your bachelor flat, you’ll be able to train like a celeb.
You might expect a celeb workout to involve exercises you’ve never even heard of, let alone attempted. But the moves aren’t complex. So even though you don’t have Paolo’s eagle-eyed gaze watching every rep like Lesley-Ann had (“Move the phone so I can see your hands. Hmmm.”), you should still be able to nail the exercises pretty easily. If you can’t train in front of a mirror, set up your phone on selfie mode and record a few reps to check your form.
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The workout comprises a seven-move circuit. You repeat the circuit four times with one minute’s rest between rounds. You can make it harder by adding a fifth round or doing active rest between rounds — do star jumps or shuffle side to side on the spot.
If four rounds are too much of an ask, you can do three rounds or even two. But if you really want to train like a Hollywood celeb, imagine you have a bikini scene coming up and challenge yourself!
Watch this hilarious Q&A with Lesley-Ann and Paolo…
Do The Workout
Do these exercises in order, for the number of reps shown. Move straight from one exercise to the next, trying not to rest (or, you know, die). Once you’ve done all reps of all exercises, that’s one round done. Woohoo! Rest for a minute, then start from the beginning again. Do four rounds in total.
1/ Plank Walk-Outs
This one will sculpt your core, arms and shoulders. So next time you take the bin out, you can show off in a strappy gown like a celeb at the Oscars. From standing, hinge at the hips and place your hands on the ground in front of you. Keeping your core tight, walk your hands forward into a high plank, then walk them back and stand up again. That’s one rep.
With feet about shoulder width apart, sit your bum back until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Keep your chest up and weight in your heels. Squeeze your bum to return to start. That’s one rep.
3/ Squat Jumps
Lower into a squat again, but this time, push through your heels to jump up off the ground. As you land, sink into a squat again to absorb the impact and land softly. (Also to make sure you don’t try sneak any unscheduled rest.) That’s one rep. Keep going.
4/ Squat to Reverse Lunge
Reps: 10 each side
On your last squat jump, as you land, stay down in your squat. Yes, really. Shift your weight into your left leg and lunge your right leg back behind you so both knees are bent ninety degrees. Return to your squat. No standing up! That’s one rep. Do all reps on your right leg, then switch legs. This one burns like hell. But we didn’t say getting legs like a celeb would be easy!
5/ Jumping Lunges
Stand with one foot in front of the other and lower into a lunge. Keep your torso upright, find your balance and brace your core. From here, jump up explosively, switching legs in mid air so you land back in a lunge with the opposite foot in front. That’s one rep. Keep going.
6/ Plank Builders With Pop-Up
Get into a high plank, hands in line with shoulders, abs braced, bum squeezed. Keeping your hips still, lower onto one elbow, then the other. Reverse back to start, then repeat, leading with your opposite arm. Now, immediately jump or step your feet to your hands and sit back on your heels, raising your hands off the ground. So you’re in a low squat with your hands up. Place your hands down again and jump or step your feet back to plank. That’s one rep. Keep going. Hello, Hollywood celeb abs!
7/ Plank to Pike Ankle Tap
Reps: 8 each side
In your high plank, push your hips back and stick you bum up so your body forms a triangle. Reach back with your right hand to touch your left ankle. Lower back into high plank. That’s one rep. Now repeat the movement, this time reaching your left hand to touch your right ankle. Continue alternating.