Healthy Hollywood: Sandra's Sexy Legs (June 21, 2010)

Sandra Bullock on stage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, Calif. Sandra Bullock on stage at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, Calif.

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Sandra Bullock pulled off her first post-breakup outing at MTV’s Movie Awards with class, humor, and a fabulous style. It’s been said “looking good is the best revenge” and Sandra knocked it out of the park. The 45-year-old actress showed off her long ‘n’ lean shape – and had me wondering what’s her workout secret? “Sandra starts out with a great genetic background and total dedication,” reveals the actresses’ trainer Eden Paul. “We do a lot of changing things up. One day might be strength training, the next kickboxing, the next reformer pilates followed by pilates jump board. Her long, lean muscles require higher reps, lower weights.”

Sandra’s fave toning exercises are done on a pilates machines, which builds strength while creating length. No access to pilates? No problem! Eden reveals three of her favorite lower-body shaping moves that can easily be done at home.

1. Reverse Lunges:

*Step into the basic lunge position with one leg stepped back.

*Move vertically up and down – almost as if you are kneeling to propose without committing to the ground, we need to save the kneecap. Stepping back (the reverse part) will protect the load on the knee on the back leg.

*Watch the angle of the front knee – don’t let knee go over your toes – this will help protect your front knee.

*Start with a static lunge (do 10 full reps one leg, switch and do the other). Alternate for 3 sets. Progress to an alternating lunge; step back 15 times each leg for 3 sets.

2. Wide Squat:

*Stand with feet wider than shoulders, knees slightly bent, toes turned outward (much like a dancer plie).

*Squat until thighs are nearly parallel to the floor.

*Do a bottom half pulse when in squat position to get the ultimate inner thigh/glute engagement.

*Squeeze glutes as you straighten legs to starting position. Do full squats each with 20 mini pulses. Ouch!

3. Chair Squat:

*Place a chair behind you and stand in front of it with feet about hip width apart.

*Bend knees and slowly squat toward the chair. Keep weight in heels. Hover just above chair and pause.

*Contract glutes and hamstrings and return to starting position.

*Repeat this for 3 sets of 25 reps. Rest 30 seconds between sets.

For more info on Eden, check out www.edenpaulfitness.com

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