Strictly Come Dancing: workout like the stars

Not only do the Strictly Come Dancing stars impress fans with their glamorous costumes and dazzling dance routines, but their fitness regimes are equally as admirable as they train hard ahead of each show. Now, Fitness First's personal trainer Amanda O'Hare has revealed her top tips so you can recreate a dancer's workout at home…


The Strictly Come Dancing stars train hard ahead of the dance competition

Tone your legs with multi-directional lunges

These will work the thighs and bum from every angle. Kick off with a lunge on the right leg, moving around each point of the compass aiming to keep your knees at 90 degrees and your torso upright. Once you’ve completed one rotation, switch to your left leg.

Work on your abs with a plank workout

Start on your tip toes and with your elbows on the ground before rising up onto your hands, keeping your body rigid and your glutes squeezed tight to protect your back. Not only will this give you great abs but it will also strengthen your shoulders.

There are simple exercises you can do to get in shape

Improve your balance with co-ordination exercises

These are key to improving balance and performance – something all dancers need. Jumping jacks and skipping are both great workouts that will help with your leg and feet co-ordination, as well as toning your calves.

Improve your posture by hitting the rowing machine

One of the best ways to improve your posture is to hit the TRX machine at the gym and do some 'rows'. By holding the straps close either side of your chest, lean back and fully extend the arms before pulling yourself up to the top again. Repeat this for eight reps while making sure to keep the hips high to ensure your core muscles are engaged.

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