Trainers dish on how hollywood moms get their bodies back—and how you can, too!
CELEBRITY: Halle Berry
TRAINER: Ramona Braganza
Halle got her hips and thighs back into shape by doing squats, lunges and jumps. Here's the combination I suggested for Halle: 20 squats, 20 forward lunges, 20 curtseys and 10 squat jumps. Do two sets in a row, three times a week.
CELEBRITY: Christa Miller
TRAINER: Jamie Milnes
Six weeks after Christa gave birth, we started with low-level cardio four times per week. We walked until she was slightly out of breath, then gradually introduced some inclines and gentle hikes. My emphasis was to help Christa get her basic strength and stamina back as well as regain her core stability.
CELEBRITY: Julia Roberts
TRAINER: Kathy Kaehler
One of my favorite postpregnancy exercises that I did with Julia uses a band with handles. Wrap it around something stationary, such as a banister. Stand with feet hip-width apart, hold the handles in both hands and pull back with both arms, bending at the elbows. Do two sets of 12, three times a week. This move strengthens the back of the shoulders and the upper back.
CELEBRITY: Liv Tyler
TRAINER: David Kirsch
Liv lost her pregnancy weight by focusing on weight training, cardio work and core exercises. To strengthen her core, we did planks and crunches. A session might include three sets of 30-second side and front planks as well as medicine ball crunches. Holding a 6-pound medicine ball, Liv would do three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions of crunches.
CELEBRITY: Minnie Driver
TRAINER: Mari Winsor
Minnie's butt lifted as a result of my Side Kick Series, six exercises that target the lower body. One exercise is the Little Circles move: Lie on your left side, legs at a 45-degree angle to the body, hips stacked. (One hand is behind your head, supporting it with the elbow bent, and the other is in front of your chest on the mat.) Elevate your right leg to hip level. Moving from the hip, rotate the leg in small circles. Do 10 circles in each direction, then switch sides. Do this 3 times per week.
CELEBRITY: Poppy Montgomery
TRAINER: Helene Guzman
Poppy loves to keep her legs and arms sleek and toned. Starting six weeks after giving birth, she did lateral leg lifts off a step (a raised platform) in addition to lateral arm raises using 5-pound weights. Each move was done 15 to 20 times, up to three sets. I also incorporated three- to five-minute cardio bursts into her workout session.