Alicia’s Keys to a Lower Body Workout

How the Grammy winner shapes up her hips, thighs and butt. 

Posted: 08/29/2014 12:41 PM EDT

Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, Alicia Keys is a wife, mother, HIV/AIDS activist, producer…and more! So where on earth does she find time to workout? Well, she does admit she knows that being healthy does not mean having to slim down to a size 0–her hips are proof of that. She loves her curves and loves jogging too. Alicia Keys leans on celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to help tone and firm up the bottom half of her body.  

Here’s three workouts she does (and what you can do too):

Bench Step-UpWhat Its Good For:

Thighs, Hips, Glutes, Shoulders
Hold a light- or medium-weight dumbbell in each hand standing next to the bench lengthwise.
Step up with right foot onto the middle of the bench; hold for 3 counts with left leg lifted to side.
Step down with left foot and tap down with the right.
Immediately step back up to the bench with right foot.
Do all reps on this leg, rest for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

Cross-Twist on BenchWhat Its Good For:

Obliques, Abs, Lower Back
Sit on a flat bench with knees bent and feet flat on the floor or on the seat of the bench.
Lean back slightly, engaging your abdominals.
Punch right fist across outside of left thigh, twisting upper body to the left.
Hold for 3 counts.
Repeat, punching left fist to outside of right thigh.
Continue, alternating punching to each side; keep your upper body lifted and your abdominals engaged throughout the exercise.

Bent-Knee DeadliftWhat It’s Good For:

Hamstrings, Glutes, Lower Back, Hips
Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart, holding medium-weight dumbbells in each hand, arms at sides with palms in.
Keeping head up, shoulders back, abs tight and knees slightly bent, hinge forward from the hips to slide your butt back.
As you bend forward, slide weights down the legs, gazing slightly ahead of you.
Keeping body weight over heels, slowly return to starting position; repeat.

Read more about Alicia Keys’ lower body workout at BlackDoctor.Org.

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