Vanessa Minnillo’s Tabata Intervals and Sculpting Workout

by Nate

in Celebrity Workouts, Workout Routines

Exercise Routine Featuring Tabata Intervals with Vanessa Minnillo

True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo is as fit as they come in Hollywood and is certainly looking great as she gets ready to hit the beach this summer.  Self Magazine chose Vanessa to test their latest bikini workout featured in their July issue.

The workout features three parts: high intensity intervals called Tabata intervals, a circuit of body sculpting strength moves, and an abdominal exercise to tone up the stomach.

“When you move through this routine with short periods of rest, your heart rate soars, so you’ll increase your calorie burn and see results fast,” says Jeff Halevy, CEO of Halevy Fitness in New York City, who created the plan.

You can build a bikini body like Vanessa Minnillo by following this three-part workout routine 3 or 4 times per week.

Part 1: Tabata Intervals

MinnilloJumpRope e1278070908527 Vanessa Minnillos Tabata Intervals and Sculpting Workout  workout routines celebrity workouts Tabata intervals are a form of a high intensity workout which feature 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest.  The sequence is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes of work.  Tabata intervals are named for the Japanese doctor who’s study showed that these shorter periods of high intensity exercise followed by minimal rest have a greater impact on fat burning.

Warmup for 5 minutes before starting the Tabata intervals, then pick an exercise, or a group of movements to perform during the series.   The Self workout calls for jumping rope, but other options include running on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike, using the elliptical, or hitting a heavy bag.  You could also do any number of body-weight exercises such as squats, pushups, or burpees.

Vanessa Minnillo is a former childhood jump roping star, so it’s easy to see why she would pick that exercise for her Tabata intervals.  ”When I was living in Turkey as a kid, I was on a traveling team and performed all over the country,” she says.

Part 2: Sculpting and Toning

Circuit 1

Do these 3 moves as a circuit for a total of 3 circuits.

A) Rear Raiser – 12 reps

Stand with feet hip-width apart, a weight in each hand, palms facing thighs. Squat, lowering weights toward feet (as shown). Return to start.

B) Lean-Leg Lunge – 12 reps each side

Stand with feet hip-width apart, a weight in left hand, elbow bent, palm facing out, so weight is at shoulder level; place right hand on hip. Lunge forward with right leg, left heel lifted, then press weight straight up (as shown). Return to start for one rep. Switch sides; repeat.

C) Hot Body Hop – 20 reps

Stand with feet hip-width apart. Crouch down, placing hands on ground under shoulders. With hands planted, jump feet behind you (as shown), landing in a plank. Hop feet back to hands, then quickly return to standing for one rep.

Circuit 2

Do these 2 moves as a circuit and repeat for a total of 3 circuits

A) Power Punch – 12 reps each side

Sit on ball with a weight in left hand, elbow bent 90 degrees, palm facing out so weight is at shoulder, feet hip-width apart on ground. Roll forward into a tabletop position with upper back and elbows resting on ball, hips lifted. Drive right elbow into ball as you lift upper body off ball and punch left arm up (as shown). Return to tabletop for one rep. Switch sides; repeat.

B) Jiggle Free Jump – 20 reps

Squat with arms extended in front of you at shoulder height, palms down. Jump up, throwing arms behind you (as shown), then land in squat position.

Part 3: Abs

MinnilloAbs e1278070681924 Vanessa Minnillos Tabata Intervals and Sculpting Workout  workout routines celebrity workouts Do this move to finish out the workout and give yourself a flat belly like Vanessa Minnillo.

“Lie faceup, arms extended on ground overhead. Contract abs and crunch up, lifting legs and raising arms until parallel with thighs (as shown). Return to start. Do eight sets of 12 reps, resting for 10 seconds between each set.”

This is a great full body workout, even for someone like Minnillo, who is no stranger to exercise and fitness.  Earlier this year she competed in the Roselyn Sanchez Triathlon for Life with fellow celebs Kellan Lutz, AnnaLynne McCord, Eric Winter, and Nick Lachey.

While the workout won’t quite get you ready for a triathlon, it will get you looking good for your next trip to the beach this summer.  Try out the workout and let us know what you think.  Check back tomorrow for more from Vanessa Minnillo and the workout playlist that keeps her motivated in the gym.

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