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For a pert bottom


The trainer  – Gunnar Peterson

Credentials – Peterson is a Beverly Hills-based personal trainer whose celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez and Penélope Cruz.

Why this move? ‘It exercises several muscle groups at the same time,’ says Peterson, ‘plus it’s core-specific, so you’ll work your abdominals and lower-back muscles, too.’

Side-to-side deadlift

1 Stand with your feet apart and your toes pointing slightly outwards, holding a dumb-bell in each hand.

2 Turn your upper body to the right, bend your right knee and lower the dumb-bells to the floor, resting one on either side of your right foot.

3 Stand back up, rotate slowly to the opposite side and repeat. Perform the move slowly as you rotate and lower the dumb-bells, but more explosively as you rise. Do two to four sets of eight to 12 reps. To ensure you don’t strain your back, keep your core abdominals engaged as you come up.

For slender calves

The trainer – Cornel Chin
Credentials – Chin is the author of Bone Idle To Body Idol (Hodder Arnold, £9.99) and has honed the bodies of many an A-lister, including Tilda Swinton and Audrey ‘Amélie’ Tautou. For more information, visit www.cmcfit.co.uk.

Why this move? ‘Calves are very sinewy muscles, so you need to do a high number of repetitions to get a result,’ says Chin.

Dumb-bell calf-raise

1 You’ll need two dumb-bells and a small platform about 2.5cm to 4cm high (try a phonebook)

2 Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding the dumb-bells at your sides, the balls of your feet on the phonebook, heels on the ground.

3 With back straight and shoulders relaxed, bend your knees slightly and rise onto the balls of your feet, lifting your heels off the floor. Go as high as you can without losing your balance.


4 Hold for one second and lower, allowing your heels to brush the floor but not fully resting on them. Repeat 25 times.