July 31, 2017
With summer in full swing, the last thing you want to do is stay inside when you don’t have to. That’s why personal trainers love taking their clients outdoors for their scheduled sweat sessions. Not only do you get in a hard workout, but you’ll also breathe in fresh air, soak up vitamin D, and nab some serious brain benefits. (Research shows outdoor workouts can improve enthusiasm, pleasure, and self-esteem, while decreasing tension, depression, and fatigue.)
In this case, celebs are, for once, just like us. They, too, want the health benefits of an outdoor workout—and with paparazzi constantly after them, they likely need the stress relief. So we asked their trainers to share their go-to outdoor workouts for famous clientele. Choose your favorite, head to a park, and get moving.
Peterson is known for his celebrity clientele—from Khloe Kardashian and Melanie Griffith to Amber Heard and Jennifer Lopez—and this year, he was announced as the new director for strength and endurance training for the Los Angeles Lakers. The reason he’s so popular with the stars? His philosophy is all about living healthy and keeping things simple, using bodyweight and athletic-based moves to get the job done.
For this routine, which is adapted from workouts he put Amber Heard through while training for her role in Aquaman, the only equipment you’ll need is a deck of cards. First, flip a card over—whatever number is on the card, that’s the number of reps you’ll have to do of each of the below exercises (face cards equal 10 reps). Flip a second card over—that’s the number of sets you need to do. So, if you flip over a Jack and a four, that’s 10 reps of each exercise, repeated 4 times. Wrap it all up with 20 minutes of cardio, however you like (walking, running, biking), and you’re set. (Looking for a running challenge? Sign up for Women’s Health’s Run 10 Feed 10 10-K Race!)
How to:Start standing, feet hip-width apart (a). Squat down to place your hands on the floor in front of you (b). Quickly jump feet back into plank position (c). Do a pushup. Jump feet back in. Return to stand (d).
How to:Start lying flat on your stomach, face toward the ground, arms straight out in front of you with a slight bend in your elbows (a). Raise your arms and legs at the same time, bringing your chest and thighs off the ground (b). Lower to return to start.
How to:Start in a split position, one leg forward and one leg back. Lower toward the ground, bending front knee to 90 degrees and back knee to almost touch the ground (a). Drive through the heel of your forward foot to return to start (b). Switch legs for each round.