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Reese Witherspoon may be one of Hollywood's most in-demand leading ladies, but don't expect the Oscar winner to solicit any special treatment during her tri-weekly yoga sessions.
"We've done private training a few times but she usually comes to the group class," says YogaHop owner Matthew Reyes, who has trained Witherspoon for the past five years. "I treat Reese the same as I treat everyone else but I'm glad she feels comfortable enough to come in with the general public."
Reyes enthusiastically endorses the 35-year-old's other passion (running) as a perfect complement to yoga but warns, "Women across the board, especially runners, have a much better developed lower body than upper body." That's why he pushes the actress to find her edge in every power yoga session. "My goal is, if someone were to work out until their arms were exhausted, take a day off then do it again, take a day off and do it again. You will see some really nice development in your muscular tone."
Want to get strong, sexy arms like the Water For Elephants star? Add these four moves to your regular routine three times a week and you'll be flaunting Witherspoon-like guns in no time.
See the moves after the break.
Come to the top of a push-up (above), then lift one leg off the floor and hold in the air for 10-15 seconds. Repeat five times on each side for sculpted arms and abs.
Straighten your arms and legs so your body is parallel to the floor. Lower halfway down (above) with your elbows pointing in towards your ribcage and hold for 10-15 seconds then push up to a full extension again. If this is too challenging, rest on your knees then lower halfway down towards the floor. Repeat five times.
Downward Facing Dog
Stand with your feet hip width apart and lower your arms down in a 45-degree angle so your pelvis is facing down towards the floor and your hips are lifted up towards the ceiling (above). Hold for 30-60 seconds then rest on your knees and repeat. Do three to five reps to create long, lean muscles in your back, arms and shoulders.