If their gravity-defying backsides don’t impress you, their rock-hard abs certainly will. Check out the women whose bodies inspire us—plus, the tips and tricks that will get you ready for your own close up
20: RACHEL BILSON
The star of Hart of Dixie swears she isn’t a gym rat—even if her bikini body begs to differ. She told Women’s Health that her favorite form of exercise is dancing or “some sort of sport.” Instead of hitting the gym, Rachel says she prefers playing tennis with friends, hiking, or popping in a yoga DVD.
When it comes to looking flawless on the red carpet, Nicole nails it every time. The reason: She knows how to show off her best assets—like her envy-inducing arms.
The Cougar Town star stays in amazing shape with interval training. Courtney’s trainer, Michelle Lovitt, varies her cardio between the elliptical and treadmill, then adds in resistance-band and power-plate strength training.
Even after two kids, Jennifer’s body is as toned as ever. The key to her famously fit backside: her trainer Gunnar Peterson guides her through lower-body exercises like weighted sumo squats, single-leg squats, and reverse lunges to front kicks.
Let’s face it, Madonna makes over 50 look good. Her super-toned body stole the show during last year’s Super Bowl half-time performance, and it’s rumored that she had a hydraulic yoga mat installed in her hotel room to keep her fit before the game!
Nicole’s trainer, Adam Ernster, likes to focus on building muscle, which the singer supplements with running, dancing, and plenty of squats.
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model has a kick-butt workout—literally. Her trainer takes her through different martial-arts style kicking sequences that work the abs, butt, and legs.
The Fast & Furious 6 star sure knows how to show off her assets. But she puts in a lot of hard work to get that head-turning body. She recently told Women’s Health that she does strength training at least twice a week, practices yoga or Pilates three or four times a week, and even adds a little muay Thai to that.
Gwen’s abs are still as amazing as ever—even after having two kids. But the singer swears she doesn’t have a magic workout regimen. Instead, she told Harper’s Bazaar that she eats healthy, works out, and gets her cardio in by dancing around the stage during performances.
The singer wowed everyone in this daring dress at the Grammy Awards, but there was no doubt that Kelly had the body to pull it off. She told Us Weekly that she does 45 minutes of ab work every night. Plus she makes sure to keep her core engaged at all times—from walking around to dancing her butt off on stage.
The Smash star has a super crazy schedule, but she still finds time to sneak in a workout. Her secret: ankle weights! Katharine told Women’s Health that they’re great for impromptu exercises in her trailer.
Kerry’s Scandal character may be known for her amazing outfits, but it’s the star’s seriously toned body that got our attention. Kerry tones up with Pilates instructor Nonna Gleyzer, who gave us a sneak peak at their fat-blasting workout routine.
The secret to Jessica’s trim figure is having fun with her workouts. She recently told Women’s Health that she mixes up her fitness routine with everything from dance and hip-hop classes to indoor cycling and sprint intervals. “Anything where I have to do something but I can get my mind off of doing it, that’s so much better for me than anything that’s repetitive. Or the music has to be loud and I have to be moving,” says Jessica.
When she’s not surfing, the 40-year-old SoCal native sculpts her long legs and tightens her tummy by joining trainer Teddy Bass in the gym—three or four days a week, 60 minutes a session—for either Pilates, cardio, weight training, or a mix of all three!.
This tough-love celebrity trainer is known for her hardcore workouts and rock-solid physique. It’s no wonder that Jillian considers her abs to be her favorite body part—have you seen them!? Ready for that same kind of confidence?
From the choreography on Glee to her performances on tour with the show, Naya is bound to burn major calories at work. But she also swears by indoor cycling and hot yoga to stay in awesome shape.
4: JENNIFER ANISTON
From the big screen to the red carpet, Jennifer’s body always looks flawless. Her secret: a combination of hardcore cycling and super-toning yoga with trainer Mandy Ingber.
From the look of those abs, it didn’t take too long for Pink to bounce back after the birth of her daughter, Willow. Pre-baby, the singer told Women’s Health that her workout routine consisted of an hour of cardio, an hour of P90X or yoga, and a half-hour of warm-up for her shows.
Jessica’s super-fit body is the result of training sessions with Robert Dos Remedios.
Maria is more than qualified for her role as one of the judges on our upcoming challenge, “The Next Fitness Star.” The 34-year-old says her secret is constantly switching up her workouts. “I change it up and exercise outside, like playing volleyball on the beach. That way, I never feel like working out is a chore—it’s just fun!” she told Fitbie. And there’s also the fact that she grows her own food—seriously! She tells Fitbie that having her own garden motivates her to eat better.