This Is How Kerry Washington Stays in Such Great Shape

Kerry Washington always seems to appear flawless. From her just-glossed pucker and her smooth complexion to her classy fashion finds, she doesn't miss a beat. And then there's that stunning body of hers. The "Scandal" star turns heads with her toned and taught physique. Have you ever wanted to know what this beautiful celebrity's secret is to staying in such great shape? Her trainer, Julie Turner, spills the beans on the Pilates routine that gets Washington to look so lengthened and toned in SELF's September issue: Standing Jumps Stand with feet hip-width apart. Gently bend knees, then lift heels, then straighten legs, then lower heels. Now add a jump after straightening legs; land softly on feet. Jump for 60 seconds, then rest for 60 seconds. That’s 1 set. Arm Circles Tie a stretchy resistance band to a doorknob and place mat on floor under doorknob. Lie faceup on mat, head under doorknob. Raise legs; bend 90 degrees. Reach back and grab band in each hand, then pull ends out to sides so arms make a T. Circle arms forward 10 times, then backward 10 times for 1 set. Leg Springs Lie faceup on mat with center of band under arches of feet. Cross it over tops of feet and hold one end in each hand. Raise straightened legs 24 inches off floor and pull arms close to your sides. Open legs out to sides; pause, then press together. That’s 1 rep; do 10. Repeat, changing leg position so heels touch end to end. Repeat, changing leg position so toes touch end to end. That’s 1 set. Of the routine, Washington says, "With Pilates, I get to bring my true self. I cry, I laugh. I think, What do I need today?” Have you tried a similar routine to this? Source: Self  

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