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Halle Berry Shares Photo of 6-Pack Abs on Instagram—and Her Fans are Freaking Out

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Stop what you’re doing, put down all hot liquids, and prepare yourself for a real can-you-believe-she-looks-like-that moment.

Behold, Halle Berry’s actual six-pack abs—and in her new Instagram photo posted Friday, she looks pretty pleased about them. As she should be, of course; apparently Berry worked hard for those washboard abs while training for her new movie, Bruised.

“There’s no better feeling than setting a goal and smashing it,” Berry, 53, wrote. “One of my goals for #BruisedTheMovie? Ripped Abs – and today? I finally got them, and it feels unbelievable!”

RELATED: Halle Berry Just Revealed the One Workout That’s Kept Her Fit and Toned for 10 Years

Luckily, Berry shared her top tips and encouragement in the post for setting a goal (like her abs) and sticking with it. “I encourage you to guys to set your bar,” she wrote. “What is your fitness goal? Set the BAR higher than you think, share your goal in the comments and HOLD yourself to it.”

Yes, it sounds difficult—and Berry agrees that the work won’t be easy, but says that the payoff will be “worth every damn second.”

Even then, Berry didn’t stop there—in her Instagram Stories, she shared her “Fitness Friday: Bruised Edition,” appearing alongside her Bruised performance coach Mubarak “Bar” Malik to share some of the exact moves she does to get those ripped abs—all including a kettlebell.

Her routine includes kettlebell squat presses (three sets of 10 reps each), kettlebell swings (three sets of 15 reps each), and kettlebell lift-and-lunge (three sets of five reps each, on each side).

RELATED: This Is Halle Berry's Workout For Better Sex

This is obviously not the first time Berry has shown off her physique (and workout routines) on Instagram. A quick glance—okay, an envious trawl—through it, and it’s clear that she’s seriously dedicated to staying fit. In January 2018, she and her longtime trainer Peter Lee Thomas started their #FitnessFriday video series, in which they post something inspiring about fitness to inspire her followers.

Earlier this year, Thomas told the Los Angeles Times that “there’s no secret” to Berry’s off-the-chart bod, except really, really hard work. “With Halle, she has the drive and the tenacity,” he said. “She shows up and looks at working out as something that has to be done and she doesn’t hold back.”

And Malik agrees. On Berry’s Instagram stories, he declares, “Halle is a beast […] Her mental focus is top, top level […] She has been killing it every day, she trains like four hours a day […] She’s inspired me, and I thought I was at a certain level.”

And it's not just Berry's trainers that are giving her all the praise—her fans and other celebs on Instagram can't stop fawning over Berry's super-ripped core…

Get a Full-Body HIIT Workout at Home

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For most of us, this time of year is jam-packed. Between endless to-do lists, parties, and traveling, you can get thrown off your normal routine. One thing you should try to fit in? Workouts. Exercise is the ultimate sign of self-care, explains Tara Nicolas, a NASM certified personal trainer and instructor at Fhitting Room in New York City and Fhitting Room on Demand—and making it a priority can help you keep stress at bay. “I designed the workout to be full-body with an emphasis on core, because we all tend to eat a bit more around this time of year,” she says. “Also, there’s no equipment necessary, it requires very little space, and it only takes about 20 minutes, making it easy to fit in.” Just start with a three-minute warm-up (think jumping jacks and reverse lunges), and then HIIT it! 

Core moves (1–3): Do each for 30 seconds back-to-back; perform two rounds. Strength moves (4–7): Do each for 30 seconds, resting for 10 seconds in between each move; Do three rounds. 

RELATED: This 30-Day Bodyweight Challenge Will Tone and Tighten Your Entire Body

Forearm Planks 

Lie facedown with legs extended, feet hip-width apart, and elbows bent and directly under shoulders. Keeping forearms on the ground, contract abs, squeeze glutes, tuck toes, and lift body, forming a straight line from head to heels. 

RELATED: I Did a Plank Every Day for 3 Months With My Husband—and It Helped More Than Just My Core

Slow Bicycle

Lie faceup with your lower back pressed into the floor, fingers interlaced and placed lightly behind your head, and legs in tabletop. Lift your head and bring your shoulder blades off the ground. Straighten your left leg while turning the upper body right and bringing your left elbow to your right knee, making sure you rotate from your core; hold for three seconds. Switch sides, and repeat the move on the other side. 

RELATED: 5 Ways to Torch Your Core in Every Workout 

Oblique V-ups 

Lie on your left side, legs angled about 30 degrees from your hips. Rest your left arm on the floor, and extend your right arm overhead. Lift your legs up, bringing your torso up toward your legs; allow your right hand to meet your ankles. Slowly return to start, and repeat. Perform for 30 seconds; then switch sides and repeat. 

RELATED: 11 Best Oblique Ab Exercises for Women Who Want a Toned Core

Push-up 

Get into a straight-arm plank with hands under shoulders, feet hip-width apart, and core tight. Bend elbows, and lower body down for a count of three. Pause for one second; then quickly push yourself back up. On the second round, lower quickly, hold for one second, and push up for a count of three. For the final round, do each movement for a count of one. 

RELATED: This 30-Day Arms Challenge Will Transform Your Upper Body In Just 4 Weeks

Quadrupled Walk 

Start on hands and knees, with wrists under shoulders and knees under hips; lift knees up…

Watch Jennifer Lopez Leg Press Nearly 300 Pounds Like It's Nothing

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If you thought Jennifer Lopez accepting Alex Rodriguez's marriage proposal mid-leg extensions would be her best gym moment this week, think again. Lopez is back with another look at her workouts, this time showing everyone how leg presses are done.

Lopez posted a video to Instagram, sharing that she fit in a workout while filming her upcoming movie, Marry Me. "Just another Tuesday… After work workout," she captioned the post.

RELATED: Jennifer Lopez's Trainer Explains How She Got Her Incredible Body: 'She's Got Crazy Discipline'

At the start of the video, Lopez's trainer, Dodd Romero, adjusts the weight on the 45-degree leg press machine so that it's loaded with 270 pounds. "I got it," Lopez told her trainer, to which he responded, "Okay, it's heavy." Lopez proceeded to crank out 10 reps and wink at the camera, apparently unfazed.

The exercise that Lopez so smoothly pulled off hits a lot of muscles, so if you steal it for your own workout, plan on knocking it out early on. "Because this exercise works big muscle groups—your glutes, hamstrings, and quads—it should be one of the first lower-body exercises you complete at the gym," Laura Arndt, C.S.C.S., CEO of Matriarc, a pre- and postnatal fitness app, previously told us. The leg press also offers a solid modification to a traditional squat position, as it works many of the same muscles without putting too much strain on your lower back and knees, added Arndt.

RELATED: J. Lo’s Abs Are On Fire in This Super Sweaty Gym Selfie

Another note: If you have weak glutes and hamstrings and want to engage them more during the exercise, focus on digging into your heels as you press.

BTW, Lopez's trainer's decision to increase her weight probably wasn't just a ploy to impress her Instagram followers. (Although, if it was, it worked.) Continuing to lift heavier and heavier weights can help prevent plateaus when it comes to fat loss, strength, or muscle mass. This practice of lifting heavier over time is one form of progressive overload, the concept of increasing the difficulty of your workouts over time in order to see continued progress. 

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Heavy leg presses are no joke, especially at the end of a workday. But leave it to the woman who mastered pole dancing in a matter of months and feels like superwoman after hours-long performances to make them look easy.

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Halle Berry Shares Photo of 6-Pack Abs on Instagram—and Her Fans are Freaking Outhealth.com
Get a Full-Body HIIT Workout at Homehealth.com
Watch Jennifer Lopez Leg Press Nearly 300 Pounds Like It's Nothinghealth.com

Jada Pinkett Smith's Trainer Demonstrates Her Gravity-Defying, At-Home Workout: 'You Don't Need a Gym' + MORE

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Daphne Oz Just Shared the Most Relatable Abs Photo 10 Weeks After Giving Birth

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Daphne Oz, author and TV host of Master Chef Junior, shared a super-relatable selfie on Monday, to show that she’s jumping back into the fitness game after giving birth just 10 weeks ago.

“Everyone starts somewhere,” she wrote, along with the hashtag #10weekspostpartum. “Just got sweaty and it felt so GOOD!!”

Oz, 33, who’s the daughter of TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, gave birth to her fourth child in August, according to People. She welcomed daughter Giovanna Ines Jovanovic (nicknamed Gigi) with husband John Jovanovic.

This was Oz’s fourth pregnancy in five years—Daphne has three other children, Philomena, 5, Jovan, 3, and Domenica, 1, with her husband—and she told People it was the most physically challenging. Oz said that she battled the challenges that came with her pregnancy by “trying to feel good in my skin, whether it’s finding little ways to take care of myself or finding clothes that fit in a way that makes me feel good.”

RELATED: 3 Meal Prep Hacks Daphne Oz Swears By

As far as her workout Monday, Oz said it was actually her second since giving birth to Gigi—and that she’s in no hurry to get back to working out on the regular. “I’m not in a rush,” she wrote. “I just want to start to feel my core again and strength in my skin. Consistency and baby steps get it done #onmyway #herewego.”

Also important: The new mom chose a super cute workout set from Outdoor Voices for her sweat session. The Athena Crop Top ($45; outdoorvoices.com) offers more coverage while still showing off your core, and the coordinating Hi-Rise 7/8 Warmup Leggings ($75; outdoorvoices.com) keep you comfortable and stay in place throughout your workout, thanks to the stretchy yet compressive fabric.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Oz has gotten real with her Instagram followers about postpartum life. Last year she posted a photo of herself seven weeks after giving birth. She encouraged new moms not to get discouraged with the challenges that come with motherhood and countered the advice that women should simply “bounce back” after giving birth. “There is no bounce-back, it’s all onwards and upwards,” Oz wrote.

In addition to her body positivity, Oz has also shown a few of her workouts on Instagram, pre-pregnancy. In December 2018, she shared a photo after “starting the weekend sweaty” with a class by Obé Fitness, with instructor Madelaine O’Connell. Before that, Oz shared another sweaty selfie after a workout class, where she revealed she sweats “(almost) every day.” According to Oz, her workouts aren’t about immediate results, but rather doing something good for yourself every day. Amen to that.

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Britney Spears' Abs Are on Full Display In Her Newest Workout Video

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Another week, another Britney Spears workout video—and this time the pop star is combining two of her favorite routines.

In a new Instagram post, shared Monday, Spears shared a video of herself doing an exercise mash-up. "My normal yoga and weights routine always gets me going!!!!!" she wrote. "Great day !!!!!!!"

During the sped-up video, Spears, 37, is shown wearing pink polka-dotted bootie shorts and a black strappy sports bra. Throughout the video, you can see Spears going through a yoga flow (from Downward-Facing Dog to Upward-Facing Dog) and doing other yoga poses like Child's Pose and Cobra Pose, along with variations on free-weight lifts. 

RELATED: Britney Spears Shows Off Her Abs While Doing the Splits to Share Her New Workout Routine

Of course, Spears is no stranger to sharing her workouts on Instagram. Just last week, she shared a video of herself with an unidentified stranger doing an acro yoga-esque routine together. In the video's caption, Spears wrote that it was her "first time to walk on my hands up and down stairs," which, of course, she shared a video of. In addition to her handstand walking, Spears was also shown doing backbends and balancing on her partner's feet. 

RELATED: Britney Spears' Boyfriend Sam Asghari on How He Lost 100 Lbs. — and the Couple's Fun Workouts

But yoga and free weights aren't the only workouts Spears does. In another recent Instagram post, Spears shared that she had just logged some pool time. "Yes I did my challenge of 60 laps and yes it was hard !!!!!" she wrote. (Spears, however, spoke to her viewers and said she typically swims 20 laps a day—she just chose to challenge herself that particular morning). "When I swim laps in the mornings …. I usually have to take a nap … the water makes me sleepy like a baby," she added.

Clearly, Spears knows a thing or two about switching up her workouts to keep herself engaged. So what's next, Brit? Maybe some HIIT workouts?

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Jada Pinkett Smith's Trainer Demonstrates Her Gravity-Defying, At-Home Workout: 'You Don't Need a Gym'

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Jada Pinkett Smith is showing fans that you don’t need a fancy gym membership to get in a decent workout.

On Tuesday, the 47-year-old Girls Trip star shared a video of the intense full-body exercise routine, created and demonstrated by her trainer Jeanette Jenkins all done in a hallway at the W Hollywood without the aid of a single piece of gym equipment.

Dressed in a black athleisure ensemble with a hot pink sports bra and matching Nike sneakers, Jenkins appeared cool as a cucumber throughout—even though she was upside down for most of the workout.

“THIS!!! Whooped my a#@!!!” Pinkett Smith captioned the video, set to Migos’ song “Stir Fry.”

“Try it! It’s a GREAT routine and u don’t need a gym!” she added.

RELATED: Jada Pinkett Smith Admits She's 'Not Built for a Conventional Marriage': It Would 'Kill Me'

Jenkins, a Los Angeles-based trainer dubbed it the “7 Exercise Core & #WallWorkoutChallenge“—going into detail about it on Instagram. 

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To follow along, one must repeat three sets of wall mountain climbers, toe taps, walk out and ins, alternating knee crosses, hand to opposite knees, walk planks to squat jumps, and single leg wall jumps, for 30 to 60 seconds each.

“Let’s just say my entire core & upper body were sore for three days after this!” the trainer wrote in her own IG post. “You can do it! Have fun!!!!”

Of course, fans of Pinkett Smith’s know this isn’t the first time she’s shown off her workouts on Instagram.

Late last month, the wife of Will Smith flaunted her impressive set of abs alongside 17-year-old daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, 64, after their family workout.

RELATED: The Best Booty-Boosting Exercises, According to Jeanette Jenkins

“That three generational thing,” Pinkett Smith captioned the shot of her and her family. The three ladies are nearly matching in their sports bras and black leggings, while baring their fit stomachs.

In August, Smith posted a video of Banfield-Jones breaking a sweat during a gym workout. “Why is Gam Bam putting me to shame???” Pinkett Smith joked.

Banfield-Jones also previously showed off her abs on her own Instagram in May, when she posted a revealing shot of herself in a colorful bikini.

RELATED: Jada Pinkett Smith Just Revealed She’s Struggled With Sex Addiction—Here’s What That Means

The three generations of women are tight-knit, and launched their own Facebook talk show, Red Table Talk, where they share captivating personal stories.

“I feel like the only real valuable thing in life is sharing what we’ve gone through…

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Daphne Oz Just Shared the Most Relatable Abs Photo 10 Weeks After Giving Birthhealth.com
Britney Spears' Abs Are on Full Display In Her Newest Workout Videohealth.com
Jada Pinkett Smith's Trainer Demonstrates Her Gravity-Defying, At-Home Workout: 'You Don't Need a Gym'health.com