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She played a frumpy reporter in The Help, but in real life, Emma Stone is the epitome of young Hollywood glamour. The 24-year-old made the transition from child actor to leading lady look effortless, but Stone puts plenty of hard work into every project she tackles, including her Pilates workout. "There's not much to chisel away at on her body, but she enjoys the feeling of flexibility and well-being," says LA-based Pilates instructor Mari Winsor, who has worked with Stone for the past year. "Whenever she's in town, she tries to come in every day."
During their hour-long sessions, the actress likes to focus her energy on firming her thighs and glutes and especially her core. "She was excited about the little lines that were created in her abs," says Winsor. "Pilates is great for creating long, sexy muscles, and we all want to feel sexy!"
Incorporate these three moves into your regular routine to get sculpted abs like Emma Stone. (Note: Oscar nomination not included!)
Get the moves after the break.
Lie flat on your back and bring your knees into your chest, making sure that the lower back is pressing into the floor. Keep your palms facing down and lift your head and shoulders up off the mat. Take your arms straight down by your side, palms facing down. Straighten your legs to a 45-degree angle (below), rotating your legs open from the hip and squeezing your legs and heels together. If you have a bad back, bend your knees a little. Breathe in through your nose for a count of five, then out through your nose for a count of five until you reach 100. As you're breathing, pump your arms up and down 100 times, keeping them next to your body and parallel to the floor.
Single Leg Stretches
Lie flat on your back, bending your left knee into the chest and lifting your right leg up to a 45-degree angle. Lift your head and shoulders up off the mat. Place your left hand on your right ankle and your right hand on top of your left knee (below). Tug the bent knee twice when it comes in and then switch hands and legs. Count one, two, then switch, so it's fast and controlled with your tummy pulled into your lower back. Do 10 to 20 reps.
Lie flat on your back. Your hands go behind your head with one hand on top of the other, elbows open and shoulders down. Lift your head and shoulders up off the mat as your left knee comes into your chest and your right leg is extended out at a 45-degree angle. Twist in your waist, taking your right elbow toward your left knee (below). Remember to twist from the waist rather than just moving your elbow toward your knee. As you twist to one side, hold the position for three counts, then switch to the other side for three counts. Do 10 reps.