Kate Hudson, actress, mum of three, co-founder of the activewear brand Fabletics, and current Weight Watchers ambassador, is total #fitnessgoals. (Like, seriously, have you seen her abs pics?) Luckily for her fans, Kate is super-open about her fitness routine and healthy habits. And she’s never been afraid to share her successes and struggles.
Just recently, the 39-year-old posted a long message on her IG about balancing being a mum to her new daughter, Rani Rose, working, and keeping up all her fab fitspo.
“The routine with our baby is getting more familiar and I’m ready to start taking a little time in the day focusing on myself. For me that means my health. Why? Because I wanna be around a long time for these three kiddos of mine,” she captioned her sports bra selfie. Amen to that!
Kate also opened up recently about her goal to lose 12kg with Weight Watchers in the new year.
So what exactly does Kate do on the reg to get (and stay) so fit?
1. She has a love affair with Pilates.
She hasn't mentioned it as much post-pregnancy (her daughter was just born October 2), but Kate's IG mentions lots and lots of Pilates. She’s shared exercises on the reformer multiple times, declaring the core-centric workout as her number-one. (Scroll down for a list of Kate's fave Pilates moves, courtesy of her trainer.)
“Pilates makes my day better and that’s just the straight truth! Every time I finish a class I feel two inches taller, lighter, and more grounded,” she captioned one video.
2. Kate turns to her trainer.
Kate gives Instagram shout outs to her trainer, Nicole Stuart, all. the. time. She’s revealed lots of tips from the fitness pro, including a five-minute workout and a bunch of Pilates exercises.
3. She's a dancing queen.
Girl's got moves and she’s not afraid to show ‘em. You’ll find Kate casually dancing around her apartment or at parties. "I think cardio is really important, not necessarily running a long distance, but doing something that will get your heart rate up which is why we love dance," her trainer Stuart says.
Kate has also teamed up with dance trainer and founder of the NW Method, Nicole Winhoffer, according to her posts. Just check out those body rolls and booty shakes and you realise her top-notch rhythm and stamina.
“She's one of my favourites because her spirit is so free and she's so fun," Winhoffer told Popsugar about Kate.
4. Kate's a fan of cycling.
In addition to striking a Pilates pose, Kate has also been caught spinning—particularly on her at-home Peloton bike.“I spin sometimes but, for me, Peloton is the best no-excuse workout—especially if I only have 20 minutes to spare," she told Women's Health UK. "And I love riding my bike—to me, that’s not a workout.
On Thanksgiving, she posted about cycling on her Instagram story, and said she's super grateful for the cardio workout, per People.
5. Sometimes she cranks out circuit workouts.
Besides busting a move and biking as a source of cardio, “sometimes I do circuit training," Kate told Women's Health UK.
"There’s a place in LA called Circuit Works, which my brother goes to a lot and that’s hard core, like Barry’s Bootcamp. There’ll be fast sprints, heavy weights, and multiple push ups or pull ups. I like doing that stuff too. When you know you feel good when you sweat, you always want to go back to it.”
6. She takes her workouts outside.
It's no mystery that Kate is a big fan of the great outdoors (just check out her totally swoon-worthy photos on Instagram for proof).
And she brings that into her fitness routine, too. “There are times when I’m so busy with work that I don’t have time for a proper exercise session. But I’ll go for a hike instead," Kate told Women's Health UK.
In fact, her very first date with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa took place on the trail. “A year ago today Danny took me on a hike and what I thought was just a hike with a family friend turned very quickly into an unexpected first date,” Kate wrote in an Instagram caption. Awww!
7. Kate keeps fitness fun.
Rather than view fitness as a chore, Kate has said time and time again that she genuinely loves breaking a sweat. And she finds all kinds of fun ways to stay active.
Just take this hilarious routine Kate and Stuart created together using an extra creative exercise tool: wine bottles. Now that's a workout I can really get behind.
Kate also loves testing new workouts: "You name it—we always try new things," Stuart says of her longtime client.
Recently, Kate mentioned on Instagram stories that she's trying out the Mirror, an in-home device that streams workouts, per People. “Never done it. Don’t know anything about it. About to try it,” she said. Because there’s no better way to keep seeing results than switching up your routine.
Cheers (with wine bottle weights!) to the hard work, Kate.
Kate's Go-To Pilates Moves
THE ROLL DOWN ON THE CADILLAC
"You can use this as an opening exercise," Stuart says. "This is really good for people with a stiff spine, but also if you're just stiff in general."
Try it at home: "Lie flat on your back and roll up the same way: slowly one vertebra at a time, stretching forward and working from your stomach, not using your arms to throw your body up, then rolling back down the same way, slowly with control."
THE ADVANCED FROG
The Advanced Frog, Stuart shares, "entirely works your stomach, trunk, and glutes."
Try it at home: "I wouldn't try this at home unless you're super advanced," Stuart warns, "But if you are, you can replicate this by going into the same position and do exactly what Kate's doing [in the Instagram above] with your hands placed behind the small of your back to offer you support."
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"Right before this [video] Kate did pullups, which work your arms and back and then the reward is hanging," Stuart says. "She's hanging here at the end of the session."
How to at home: "You can do a backbend over a big ball at home after doing [traditional] pushups on the floor."
This video depicts Kate effortlessly hanging off the front of a Gratz machine (a Pilates apparatus). "It's good for decompression in the spine and hips and circulation and blood flow."
How to at home: "You can recreate this same move on a big round ball."
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.