It looks like dumbbells don’t cut the mustard for Hollywood’s A-list anymore. Here are just some of the unique ways they’re toning up!
Victoria Beckham – yogalosophy
The former singer turned fashion designer has reportedly started on the new fitness regime - which combines the ancient meditative practice of yoga with astrology, the study of the stars and starsigns - after being introduced to it by actress Jennifer Aniston.
A friend told Heat magazine: "Victoria hates working out in the gym, but she has to keep in shape, so she is always on the lookout for a new exercise regime.
"She bought the Yogalosophy DVD and does her workout at home around four times a week to 'align her mind and spirit'. She's really starting to notice the difference."
Yogalosophy was invented by personal trainer Mandy Ingber and requires the user to do a number of challenging stretching routines to aid weight loss and increase muscle definition.
Mandy said: "Yogalosophy can help you use the natural flow to recreate your body through intentions, emotions, and other motivational triggers. I created the Yogalosophy DVD so that I could incorporate yoga into other exercises programs. So, it's really a hybrid workout -- a toning exercise paired with a yoga pose.”
Jake Gyllenhaal - free running
It’s hard to argue anyone in Hollywood has a fitter body than the ‘Prince of Persia’ himself, Jake Gyllenhaal! So how did he get it?
The 29-year-old has admitted he pushed himself harder than ever when he took up the French martial art – known as Parkour - in order to get into perfect physical condition for his role in video game-based action movie ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’.
“We worked really closely with David Belle, who invented Parkour,” he said. “I worked with a lot of gymnasts. I started jumping off of a lot of things that were padded and learned the fundamental stuff, and then slowly started working on harder surfaces, really carefully. And I’d say, ‘OK, I’ll try it,’ and then I’d say, ‘Oh God! Oh please.’ But then I’d get it, and we’d go a little further and a little longer and a little higher and just kept it up.
“I never did anything this intensive before to change my body. It’s a physical role. And when I commit to playing a part, it’s 110 per cent.”
The difficult technique – which involves training to overcome any obstacles in the most efficient way possible – also boosted the actor’s confidence, though he admits he ended up scaring himself by taking on some difficult stunts for the film.
He added to People magazine: “It got a little bit dicey there near the end, when they saw that I liked doing things that were dangerous. I tried my hand at things that were pushing it a little bit. There was this big 35 foot jump that I did that got a little hairy.”
Scarlett Johansson – ping pong
Once it was just for teenage boys with nothing better to do, but not anymore! Ping pong is cool again thanks to Susan Sarandon who has recently opened SPiN, a ping-pong social club that counts Axl Rose and Scarlett Johansson as members.
Think it sounds boring? Not true! Ping pong can be a great social game and a good workout if you really get into the “swing” of things. Grab a cheap table on eBay and challenge your friends.
Jodie Kidd - polo
The former supermodel is a dedicated player of the horseback sport and I enjoys the benefits it gives to her figure.
She told BANG Showbiz: "I'd encourage everyone to be as active as possible and Polo is a great option for keeping fit. It's great for getting a nice toned bum!
"I definitely prefer polo to modelling. I love modelling but polo wins! Do I miss the catwalk? Of course, but I'm lucky that I have all these other things to keep me busy!
"It's a lot more physical than people think. Girls play alongside boys, so you have to be prepared to get stuck in! It's what I love about the sport. You're riding these magnificent animals, charging down the opposition. It's a buzz. Smacking the ball is pretty satisfying too - especially when you really get hold of it!"
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