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Naya Rivera Shares How She Stays in Shape as Santana

Glee's Naya Rivera on How She Shapes Up For the Cheerios

I heart Naya Rivera — aka Santana from the Cheerios! — for playing one of my favorite characters on Glee. The back-and-forth she and Brittany (Heather Morris) share is hilarious and is usually the source for the best one-liners of the show. But Naya's not all snark. Since she spends her days running around in a cheerleader skirt that reaches all the way up to there, staying in shape is also part of the routine.

Here's what Naya shared about her diet and exercise routine in the November issue of Fitness.

  • Her go-to exercise: "Legs and butt get the most attention in the Cheerios uniform, so those are my target areas. Lots of squats!"
  • Least favorite move: "I hate crunches. I do planks — traditional and side planks — instead for my abs."
  • Can’t-live-without foods: "When we did the Glee Live tour, I had to have hummus and guacamole on hand for healthy snacks."
  • On her athletic past: "My dad always wanted me to be sporty, so I tried softball. I was 12 and tiny, and all the other girls were huge and looked 25. I was too afraid of the ball to bat."
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lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
I love her! ... but planks are one of the least effective abs moves, if you look at the science. (only strengthens them at one point of movement.) still though, love her, and guac, and hummus.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 6 years
I love her so much! She's gorgeous
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't watch Glee, but I like her. I must agree with her that guacamole is especially delicious...yummy!!
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