Like everyone else, you worship your favorite celebrities from the tops of their expertly-coiffed heads to the tips of their perfectly-pedicured toes. And as is customary when paying homage to the deities that grace magazine covers, you desire their expert advice. That, of course, includes emulating how these celebrities stay in such magnificent shape. But there is a fly in the ointment when it comes to replicating the workouts of the stars — you’re probably doing them completely wrong.
Those articles claiming to hold the key to “replicating Jennifer Lopez’s backside” or “getting Kate Hudson’s abs” (more on them in a bit) are probably only giving you a sliver of the celeb’s actual fitness regimen. Or, so little instruction is given that it’s easy to adopt improper form and potentially hurt yourself.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into A-lister shape! Here are 10 celebrity-promoted workouts that you are more than likely doing wrong — and what you need to know to do them right.
Hough is partially responsible for putting the obsession with dancer-focused workouts on the map. Along with successful shows like So You Think You Can Dance? and movies like Black Swan, workouts that mimic dance have become increasingly trendy. Since the Dancing With the Stars alum is known to promote such workouts, many believe a couple dance-infused moves are all you need to copy her stellar physique.
The problem? Doing a couple basic exercises isn’t going to give you the body of a dancer. In fact, anything that tells you you can get a dancer’s body without hardcore training is bogus. As former New York City Ballet dancer Brynn Jinnett tells the Daily Mail, it takes “more than basic barre work, leggings, and a cute ballet hair bun to keep fit.” Jinnett explains non-dancers, “don’t have the history of training or the steely core stability of trained ballet dancers to cope with the stressful and demanding positions — leading to injury at worse, or no results at all at best.”