A stellar film career? Check. A gorgeous figure? Check. A delectable piece of man candy? Check. As if we didn’t have enough reasons to envy the beautiful Eva Mendes, her body is also home to some of the best abs in Hollywood.
Known for playing characters with somewhat revealing roles, Mendes works hard for her body and sites hiking, walking her dogs and regular cardio sessions with her personal trainer as ways she stays trim while maintaining a healthy figure.
If you want to get her abs simply follow these four easy steps, and if you’re ever lacking in motivation, just think that in the quest for Mendes-worthy abs, you might find a Ryan Gosling lookalike at the gym…
The Right Diet
Eva favours fish and vegetables over meat products, and has commented on how much her skin has benefited as a result. Eating a diet rich in a rainbow of colours and plenty of oily fish will also do wonders for your abs as it can help increase your metabolism. Eva also drinks three litres of water a day to keep her body hydrated.
As well as topping up your calcium levels, drinking a glass of milk after each workout will help your aching abs to heal quicker, resulting in you needing less rest days between workouts.
The Right Moves
Stomach crunches, or sit-ups, have long been recognised as an abs enhancer, but to see the best results you should use a combination of different core exercises. The plank and its sister move, the side plank, are both guaranteed to strengthen your core, tone your abdominal muscles and improve posture.
Controlled leg extensions, where you lie with your back flat on the floor and take it in turns to raise each leg off the ground, are also a great way of toning up your lower abdominal muscles and improving your core. Raise straight legs in a slow and controlled manner, keeping each leg hovering a couple inches above the floor rather than placing straight back down, is the best way to get results.
The Right Cardio
While crunches and planks will refine your abs, if they’re covered in a layer of fat, you won’t be able to see all your hard work! Keeping up your cardio and including fat burning circuits or runs will help to keep you lean and strong, giving you well-needed energy to complete your abdominal exercises. Metabolic conditioning – mixing your core exercises with using every muscle group in short but intense exercise sessions – can also add to your strength and weight loss.
The Right Rest
Eva also advocates yoga and transcendental meditation as a way of relaxing, and yoga is a great way to have a gentle workout on your rest days. The focus on breathing and extended stretches in a series of poses is a great way of stretching out your hard-working muscles and improving your posture.
Follow these four rules and you’ll have abs Eva would be proud of. Do you have any over tips for improving your core?
Susannah Perez is a fashion and beauty blogger on a quest to shape up and get fit, like her favourite celebrities. She writes for FutureShape and her favourite abs-enhancing exercise is the side plank.