Brooke Shields Shares the Lower-Body Workout That Gives Her Toned Glutes at 55

Nicol Natale
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Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

From Woman's Day

Brooke Shields is the queen of home workouts, and her latest fitness post proves she isn’t slowing down. Every Wednesday, the model and actress shares new exercises on Instagram Live with trainer Ngo Okafor, and this week the duo focused on glutes and arms.

While most of Shields’ workouts require no equipment, this week’s was taken up a notch with resistance bands. “You can also do this without a band, the band just adds a little more resistance,” Okafor said in the video. Shields started with glute work and then finished out the circuit with arms, for two whole sets. It did not look easy!

For the first move, Shields put the resistance bands above her knees and performed what Okafor called “in-and-outs.” While squatting low, step one foot out to the side and step back in, then repeat on the other side. “You want to keep your chest up,” Okafor said, as Shields finished 10 reps.

Next, while keeping the resistance bands on, Shields lowered down to the mat and performed fire hydrants. “Keep the back flat and your core engaged to protect your lower back,” Okafor said. “Keep your head forward, because when you look sideways, you tighten up the neck.”

Then, Shields extended one leg while keeping the other bent with her foot on the ground. Working against the resistance of the bands, she lifted her leg up, and then lowered it for one rep. She alternated sides to target each glute.

After glutes, Shields moved on to arms. Okafor said if you’re at home, all you need is two water bottles to use as extra weight. Shields had some weights laying around, so she grabbed those and got to work with bicep curls and tricep kickbacks. To bring the workout home, Shields held a one-minute plank to strengthen her core.

In a follow-up live, Shields and Okafor chatted about the workout. Okafor said you can do the arm series every other day at home. “Rest and recovery is good too. Your body grows when it’s resting,” he said. “You work it, you break the muscles down, they grow, then you give it time to recover.”

Shields said she definitely needs rest as she’s been feeling really sore. “I think I need an Epsom salt bath,” she said, adding that exercise has helped her through the coronavirus pandemic. “We just did 20 minutes, it wasn’t a big deal, but for 20 minutes I didn’t think the world was ending,” she said. “I was focused and just thinking about how lucky I am that we get to do this.”

She added, “I feel like it’s a way to connect with yourself and others.” So, don’t miss Shields’ live workout series every Wednesday on Instagram! It’s free and a fun way to keep your body moving this summer.

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