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Emma Stone's Trainer Swears By These 3 Full-Body Exercises 

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Emma Stone's Trainer Swears By These 3 Full-Body Exercises 

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In La La Land, Emma Stone goes on a sing-and-dance journey through Los Angeles—and boy does all that tap dancing look tiring. We wondered what Stone did to build the strength and stamina needed for long days of dancing and singing on set, so we reached out to her personal trainer, Jason Walsh. Here, he shares the three exercises he uses in training with all of his celebrity clients, who in addition to Stone include Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and John Krasinski. 

Deadlifts

"Deadlifting is essential to all of my training programs, weather its men or women, because it strengthens all the major muscle groups while reinforcing primitive movement patterns and alignments," Walsh says. "Essentially, its the most effective move there is."

To do a deadlift, stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Keeping your weight in your heels, push your hips back and lower your torso as you slide a weighted bar or dumbbells down the front of your thighs to just below your knees. Slowly rise to standing while keeping your shoulders back.

If you don't have a bar or weights, you can do a single-leg deadlift to improve balance and strengthen your legs. Watch the video for a tutorial:

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Sled pushes

Walsh also swears by sled pushes. "They're another great tool that utilizes all major muscle groups but in a unilateral form, with a single leg working at a time," he says. Walsh says this move is great for conditioning and burning fat.

To do it, stand in front of a weighted sled. Stagger your feet, hinge forward at your hips slightly, place your hands on the front of the sled, and push. Walk as far as you can. 

Hip thrusts

Get the most out of a booty-burning workout with hip thrusts (also known as hip bridges), which strengthen hip movement and activate the glutes. "This might be the single best exercise for the glutes, which are the biggest, and in my opinion, the most important muscle group in the body," Walsh says. To do a hip thrust or glute bridge, lay on your back, knees bent, with your feet parallel to each other, palms face down. Raise your hips towards the ceiling and the slowly lower. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Snowboarder Shaun White Settled a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit. Here's What You Need to Know

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Snowboarder Shaun White Settled a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit. Here's What You Need to Know

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Allegations of sexual harassment against American snowboarder Shaun White resurfaced this week just as he prepared to compete in the men’s halfpipe event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday, where he made history by winning his third Olympic gold medal.

Lena Zawaideh, who was formerly a drummer in White’s rock band Bad Things, accused him of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed in August 2016, alleging that White “repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years.”

“White sent sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises, forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualizing human fecal matter, and made vulgar sexual remarks to her,” the suit said.

Attorneys representing Zawaideh and White did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. White’s attorney has previously said the allegations lacked merit. Zawaideh and White reached an undisclosed settlement in May 2017, USA Today reported at the time.

The allegations against White resurfaced in reports by New York magazine and Slate in the week leading up to his appearance in PyeongChang, which comes amid a national reckoning over the treatment of women in the workplace. Allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein set off a wave of accusations against powerful men in entertainment, media and other industries.

White took gold in the men’s halfpipe event on Wednesday in South Korea, Tuesday night E.T., becoming the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals.

Shortly after his victorious run, White told reporters who asked about the allegations that he was there to “talk about the Olympics not, you know, gossip.” The snowboarder later apologized for that comment during a Today show appearance on Wednesday.

“I’m truly sorry that I chose the word ‘gossip,’” White said. “It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today and I’m just truly sorry.”

Zawaideh initially filed a different lawsuit against White, accusing him of breach of contract for lack of payment. Later, in the lawsuit filed in August 2016, she also accused him of sexual harassment.

Screenshots of text messages included in the complaint show White told Zawaideh to wear sexually revealing clothes and cut her hair shorter. When she declined, he questioned whether she was sure about her “decision to not do what I’m asking.”

“As the financier of Bad Things, White used his role to imposed a strict regime over Zawaideh, going so far as to demand that she cut her hair, wear sexually revealing clothes and underwear, and refrain from wearing red lipstick—her own personal signature,” the suit said.

Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

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Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine


Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

4 Upper-Body Exercises to Steal From Taraji P. Henson’s Workout

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4 Upper-Body Exercises to Steal From Taraji P. Henson’s Workout

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Not only is Taraji P. Henson a powerhouse on screen as Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox series Empire, but the actress has also proven to be one in the gym too. Don’t believe us? Just check out this video her trainer, Mike T. of Force Fitness Inc., shared on Instagram the other day. While we're tired just watching Taraji get her sweat on, the 46-year-old mom seems to just breeze through this strength circuit.

Looking to boost your upper-body strength too? Try working your way through the exact moves that keep Taraji looking super toned.

Chest Press With Legs Lifted

Lie faceup on a bench, with legs up, knees bent at about 90 degrees and ankles crossed. Hold a dumbbell in each hand on either side of chest; palms face forward. Lift both weights, pushing them straight up until arms are fully extended. Pause for a second, and then lower back to start. Continue repeating.

Biceps Curl in Split Stance

Stand with feet staggered, one foot in front of the other, and knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell in each hand in front of body; palms face out. Lean forward slightly, bend elbows, and curl dumbbells toward shoulders. Slowly lower weights back down to start, and then repeat. Alternate stance with each set.

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Seated Chest Fly

Adjust seat height on machine so that handles are at chest height. Sit tall with feet planted on floor and middle and lower back touching the back of the seat. Maintaining a slight bend in elbows, squeeze the handles, bringing them in toward one another until hands meet. Pause, and then slowly open arms back out to start. Continue repeating. 

Single Arm American Kettlebell Swing

Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and knees bent into a half-squat. Grasp kettlebell with one hand so it hangs between (and slightly behind) calves. Come up out of squat, letting kettlebell swing until arm is extended straight up over head, and then bend at hips and knees to squat back down as the kettlebell swings back between legs. Repeat with opposite arm.

Amy Schumer’s Trainer Shares Her Full-Body Workout—and It’s No Joke

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Amy Schumer’s Trainer Shares Her Full-Body Workout—and It’s No Joke

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We may know Amy Schumer as the funny girl who can crack a joke on command, but there is one thing that the star of the new movie Snatched takes seriously: her workouts.

The proof in this video, which shows Schumer sweating it out under the watchful eye of her trainer Harley Pasternak. Pasternak recently posted this clip of the comedienne performing a two-minute cardio burst on a Helix. (More on that later.)

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“First of all, Amy's naturally an athlete,” notes Pasternak who says Schumer has an effortless humor that lights up the room  and makes everyone around her smile. “She played sports at a high-level through high school and college, and was an aerobics instructor. So she's very coordinated, and easy to push in the gym.”

So how exactly does Pasternak help keep Schumer looking her best? The simple seven, he says—that is, a circuit of seven strength moves that target the entire body. “The exercises sometimes vary, but I usually pick one exercise for each of the seven major body parts,” explains Pasternak who offered up the skater lunge, dumbbell stiff-leg deadlift, dumbbell curl press, single arm dumbbell row, lying dumbbell triceps extension with hip thrust, spider plank and Superman. “Sometimes I have her just pick one of these exercises and do anywhere from three to five sets with 15 to 30 reps. Other times I'll have her do all seven exercises, doing one to three sets of 15 to 20 reps.”

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Pasternak also has Schumer hit the Helix, a gym machine that works the body on a lateral plane. “Most of what we do is forward and back, so to find something that works us more side to side I think is really helpful for those under-worked muscles like the abductors and obliques, while still hitting the glutes and quads,” he says. “I mainly use the Helix as a cardio burst when doing a circuit, but it can easily be used for more prolonged bouts of cardio.” Don’t have access to a Helix? No worries. Pasternak, says you can put two towels underneath your feet and slide side to side on a hardwood floor to mimic the movement of the machine.

For overall wellness, though, Pasternak reminds us that walking is essential. “This is by far the most important thing that I can ever tell someone to do,” he says. “Get a Fitbit, set a daily step goal of at least 10,000, and keep moving.”

Now that you’re armed with Pasternak's A-list tips, give Schumer’s simple seven a try:

1. Skater Lunge

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hinge forward at waist as you raise left foot. Push off right foot and explode toward the left, landing on left foot with knees slightly bent; touch right toes to the ground behind left foot. Push off left foot and explode back toward the right, landing on right foot with left toes touching behind it. Continue, alternating back and forth. (Click here to see a photo.)

2. Dumbbell Stiff Leg Deadlift

Stand with feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand, palms face thighs. Brace core, and keeping weight in heels, hinge at hips and lower torso as you slide dumbbells down the front of thighs. Weights should only go down as far as hamstrings will allow without your back rounding. Slowly rise to standing, and then repeat.

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3. Dumbbell Curl Press

Stand holding a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing out, with  hands shoulder-width apart and arms hanging in front of you. Curl the weight toward shoulders and then press weights up directly over shoulders until arms are straight. Lower back to start and then repeat.

4. Single Arm Dumbbell Row

Start from a lunge position with left leg forward and left elbow resting on knee. (Or, place left knee and left palm on a bench.) Grab a dumbbell with your right hand. Row the dumbbell up along your ribs, squeezing the right shoulder blade. Lower back to start and then repeat. When you switch sides, switch legs so that the right is forward.

5. Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extension With Hip Thrust

Lie faceup with knees bent, feet flat and a dumbbell in each hand. Extend arms straight up; palms face each other. Hinge arms at elbows, and lower dumbbells back toward ears. Contract triceps and extend arms back up as you simultaneously engage glutes and push hips up as high as possible. As you lower hips, lower dumbbells back towards ears again; repeat.

6. Superman

Lie facedown with arms and legs fully extended and shoulder-width apart. Simultaneously lift legs and arms at least 6 inches off the floor; hold for 5 seconds, lower and then repeat.

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7. Spider Plank

Get into the “up” part of a pushup. Lift right foot, bending right knee and brining it toward the outside of right elbow. Return to start, switch legs and repeat on the left side.

Gabrielle Union's Workout Will Give You Toned, Tight Arms

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Gabrielle Union's Workout Will Give You Toned, Tight Arms

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Gabrielle Union has never been shy about sharing her secrets to a bangin’ bod. The 44-year-old actress loves posting snippets of her grueling workouts to Instagram, and on Wednesday morning, she treated us to an Insta story of her favorite go-to exercise regimen.

This 7-move circuit routine especially targets the star’s shoulders and back—so she’ll look extra fit for backless gowns on the red carpet this summer. Union has previously chronicled her quest to “build a booty,” as she put it, so her trainer threw in a few glute-toning moves too.

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Think you can handle Union’s workout? We say bring it on. But trust us, you’ll definitely be feeling the burn once you finish.

Rope Shoulder Pulls

Union captioned this image “25 reps of rope shoulder pulls = sexy shoulders,” and we can see why. It’ll seriously work your shoulders and upper back. Stand with your legs slightly bent and back straight. Hold a cable rope in both hands and pull toward your chest. Push the rope back in, then repeat. (Union did 25 reps.)

Dumbbell Front Raise

Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing in. Raise your arms straight in front of you and lower once they’re at shoulder level. Make sure your arms don’t go above 90 degrees. Repeat.
 

TRX Squats with Thigh Band

The caption says this is Union’s warm up, but to us it looks like the main event. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Holding a TRX suspension rope, do a low squat, making sure your knees don’t sneak past your toes. To add a little extra fire, slip a resistance band around your thighs, just above your knees.

Suspended Thigh Pulses

Stay in a squat position holding a TRX rope. With a resistance band around your thighs, pulse your legs in and out, keeping feet still. Judging by Union’s expression here, this will really pack a punch, but it’ll do wonders for your posterior.

RELATED: The Better Butt Workout

Kettlebell Squats

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a kettlebell with both hands between your legs. Squat with your back straight, making sure your knees don’t go past your toes. Repeat.

Medicine Ball Throw

Standing with one foot in front of the other, back straight and knees slightly bent, hold a medicine ball in both hands. Making sure you pull it across your whole body, throw the ball against a nearby wall and catch it. Repeat.

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Full Body Dumbbell Snatch

Standing with your legs more than shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell with that arm above your head, other arm extended out and parallel with the ground. Bring the dumbbell down to the ground in one move, squatting as you go. Bring the dumbbell back above your head and straighten out your legs. Repeat.

Hot Mama! Blake Lively Lost the 61 Lbs. She Gained During Pregnancy: 'Feeling Very Proud'

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Hot Mama! Blake Lively Lost the 61 Lbs. She Gained During Pregnancy: 'Feeling Very Proud'

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Blake Lively’s stats: mom of two, owner of six-pack abs.

The actress, 30, showed off her newly-ripped body after 14 months of hard work with her trainer, Don Saladino, to lose the weight she gained during her last pregnancy.

“Turns out you can’t lose the 61 lbs. you gained during pregnancy by just scrolling through Instagram and wondering why you don’t look like all the bikini models,” Lively joked on Instagram. “Thanks @donsaladino for kickin my A double S into shape. 10 months to gain, 14 months to lose. Feeling very proud.”

Lively is mom to daughters James, 3, and Inez, 16 months, with husband Ryan Reynolds. After her pregnancy with James, she felt like her body was different, but she was okay with that.

“After I had a kid I thought, ‘Okay, this is what my body looks like. This is amazing — I earned this body,’ ” she said in 2016. “‘And it’s not as good as it was before I had a kid, but, oh well.’ ”

But then Lively quickly jumped into shooting The Shallows, and had to be in surfer shape within 10 months, which she said was a “nice advantage.”

“I’ve never been in that great a shape in my whole life,” she said. “So to do it after having a kid was actually really nice. Because you see your body after having a kid and it’s beautiful because you just gave birth, but it’s also ‘Oh my god, this is not what my body looks like.’ You feel like you’re never going to get your body back again.”

Lively also worked with Saladino ahead of The Shallows, and followed a strict gluten- and soy-free diet.

“I did no gluten and no soy,” she said. “Once you remove soy, you realize you’re eating no processed foods. So that’s basically what I did. No processed foods and then working out. [It] seems like, ‘Oh, that’s really easy to cut that out,’ but then you realize, there’s soy in everything. Like, everything you eat, there is soy in it. Even if it’s healthy, Whole Foods-organic stuff, there’s always soy in it.”

But luckily, Lively didn’t have to cut out everything delicious.

“I was still able to have sugar and all of those things. It’s all in moderation. You just have a balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables. And it wasn’t the worst. Like, I was eating rice and sushi.”

The Sweet Reason the Finnish Snowboarding Coach Was Knitting Mid-Olympics

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The Sweet Reason the Finnish Snowboarding Coach Was Knitting Mid-Olympics

Everyone copes with stress differently—some people hit the gym to blow off steam, others express themselves creatively. If you’re Finnish snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen, you knit mid-Olympics.

Koskinen has become Internet famous after photos surfaced on social media of the coach knitting at the top of the slopes during pivotal snowboarding events at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Koskinen’s moment of hygge atop the mountain isn’t a new hobby—he was spotted knitting during the Sochi Olympics back in 2014, too. Back then, Yahoo Sports noted that Koskinen claimed to have "brought out the knitting kit in order to keep things light for the athletes before the competition began." Apparently, Finnish snowboarder Roope Tonteri got a kick out of Koskinen’s knitting, so he was sure to bring his needles when it came time for Tonteri to compete in the men’s slopestyle competition this year.

The official Twitter page of the Finnish Olympic team has even joked about Koskinen’s favorite pasttime, quipping, "Oh yes, he is knitting again." When asked what the coach was making, they revealed the sweetest answer imaginable: Koskinen is hard at work whipping up a blanket for the Finnish president’s newborn baby. Major "aww" alert.

Koskinen could be onto something here: Repetitive activities like knitting may have health benefits, since they help you get out of your head and relieve stress. The Olympics are an intense and stressful time for athletes and their coaches, and Koskinen's hobby is a good reminder for everyone to make time for self-care. Especially since in this case, the end result will be a cozy blanket for one lucky baby!

This Olympic Ice Dancer Powered Through a Wardrobe Malfunction Like a Total Pro

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This Olympic Ice Dancer Powered Through a Wardrobe Malfunction Like a Total Pro

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Let Olympic ice dancer Yura Min show you how to recover expertly from a wardrobe malfunction.

As Min hit the ice with her partner Alexander Gamelin on Sunday, her costume became unhooked just seconds into their routine.

“I was like, ‘Oh no!’” she told The Detroit Free Press. “If that comes undone, the whole thing could just pop off. I was terrified the entire program.”

While Min, who has dual citizenship in South Korea and the United States, could have stopped to fix the clasp, she didn’t want to lose points. “This is my first Olympics, our first program and if my top were to come down, that would have been a disaster,” she said.

So she powered on and managed to avoid any more snafus by skating with her shoulders back and head held high. Unfortunately a stiff back doesn’t make for a fluid, graceful ice dance and the pair, who were competing for South Korea, placed near the bottom of the rankings, 9th out of ten competitors. Min took the wardrobe malfunction in stride, though. “I promise to sew myself in for the individual event,” she wrote on Twitter on Sunday, adding a laughing emoji. “I would like to thank the audience for keeping us going until the end. Couldn’t have done it without you guys.”

Min’s good-natured response should earn her points with fans, if not the judges. Min may be okay with that, though. Last week she told The Boston Globe that she and her partner were at the Olympics for the experience, not the top prize. “We’re not going for a medal or anything, so there’s not that much pressure on us,” she said. “We just want to have fun.”

7 Food Posts From Olympic Snowboarder Chloe Kim That Are Too Relatable

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7 Food Posts From Olympic Snowboarder Chloe Kim That Are Too Relatable

 

Chloe Kim is the 17-year-old gold medalist everyone is talking about. And while we can’t get enough of her halfpipe performance, we're also loving all of her social media posts referencing food. She’s a hardworking prodigy on the slopes, but when she’s off her board, she’s eating something delicious. Here are seven all-too-relatable posts that have convinced us she needs a food blog.

She calms her nerves with churros

At Monday's qualifiers, Kim posted this tweet, “Oh and I also had 2 churros today and they were pretty bomb so if you ever get nervous go eat a churro.” BRB, sprinting to the nearest street purveyor.

In one of the most pivotal moments of her life, all she could think about was ice cream

Between qualifying runs, she also tweeted, “Could be down for some ice cream rn.” Don’t worry, Kim eventually satisfied that ice cream craving…and snacked on a churro (!) ice cream sammy from Momofuku after her winning run.

She knows that hanger is a severe affliction

Kim had one regret on competition day: She didn’t finish her most important meal. “Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I'm getting hangry,” she tweeted. Despite her hanger, winning gold certainly turned her mood around.

Her training go-to is pizza

Last month, Kim shared a hilarious photo of herself picking up her order from California Pizza Kitchen. She cheekily captioned the image with a question she's often asked. “So what’s your training diet like” she wrote before hopping the car with her grub.

She’s more concerned about waffles than her weight 

Nearly as impressive as her Olympic performance was this breakfast order last fall. Kim shared a photo of herself with a giant waffle topped with ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and fruit. Her caption? “Working on my winter bod.”

Drive-thru and Dad are two of her essentials 

Late last year, Kim shared a selfie from the passenger seat as her dad headed toward hamburger heaven. “We are going to In N Out,” she captioned the photo.

Nothing can keep her away from Cheetos

Kim makes things happen. So when she was in New Zealand and wanted to snack on some spicy Cheetos, she had a bag delivered internationally. “So New Zealand doesn’t have hot cheetos, so i got @Shay_Will to ship me some,” she shared in a post from October 2016.