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Some women may take it easy during their last trimester, but Hilary Duff isn't the type to let her workouts slide just because she's eating for two. The singer-actress may be seven months pregnant, but according to her trainer of eight years, Vivica Jensen, she's still staying fit with biweekly Piloxing sessions. "Piloxing is the first fitness program that blends the best of Pilates, boxing, and dance into a high-energy, hour-long interval workout," says Jensen, who created the hybrid class. "I put a lot of focus into balance and alignment, which can be thrown off when you're pregnant. You also get a great cardio workout, and the boxing element tones your arms and legs."
Although Jensen has tweaked Duff's workouts to accommodate her pregnancy, she's quick to point out that the mom-to-be is no slouch in the gym. "Since Hilary was already in good shape, she's able to do everything but at her own pace with a few modifications like taking more breaks to drink water and catch her breath when her heart rate goes up and not doing advanced ab exercises," says Jensen.
As her due date draws near, the former Lizzie McGuire star is also preparing her body for the hardships of labor. That means plenty of arm, leg, chest, and core exercises. "For now, I'm focusing on her core muscles because I want those muscles intact so she has an easier delivery," says Jensen. Just don't expect Mrs. Comrie to stay bedridden for very long since "Hilary loves being healthy and has always been very active. Once she gets the OK from her doctor, we're really going to kick it up a notch," says Jensen. "She's tough with amazing form, so I'm able to work her hard and really kick her butt!"
Want to stay fit throughout all nine months of your pregnancy (or even if you're not eating for two!)? Incorporate four moves into your regular workout routine to get buff like Duff. Read on for the moves.
- Stand with your feet in the Pilates "V" position, bending knees deep into a plié squat to target the butt and reaching your arms straight behind you (top). Begin pumping arms behind your body, then reach one leg forward, tapping the floor in front of you (bottom) and return to the start position. Repeat several times, then keeping your extended leg in front of you, bend your standing leg in an up-and-down motion while sticking your butt back to create a burn.
- Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders, core engaged, knees bent, and bring your fists into a guard position. Throw an uppercut by slightly leaning your right shoulder down and center and extending the right arm out in front of your body with your fist facing up (top). Do not fully extend the elbow. Retract your right arm while leaning your left shoulder down and center. Repeat the uppercut with your left arm (bottom) then alternate right and left arms for two minutes while your shoulders and back move in a rolling motion. Make sure to keep your core engaged at all times.
Standing Side Crunch (Open)
- Stand with your weight on your left foot, knee slightly bent with your right leg extended to the side with toes touching the floor. Engage your core, then reach your left arm to the side at shoulder level and your right arm to the ceiling (top). Pull your right knee into your right elbow by using your right oblique muscles (bottom). Return to the start position and repeat for 30 seconds on the same leg. Repeat exercise on the opposite side for 30 seconds. Do three repetitions on each side.
- Kneel with your knees aligned under your hips. Place your left forearm on the ground under your left shoulder and your right hand on the ground under your right shoulder. Cross your right bent leg behind your left knee (above). Lift and extend your right leg toward your right shoulder while contracting the stomach (bottom). Keep your core engaged throughout the exercise. Do the exercise for 30 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side.