The Red-Carpet Ready Oscars Workout


The 86th Academy Awards is just around the corner! Judging by the star-studded Oscars nominees, we’re sure that the guests are squeezing in a few extra workouts to get glowing and gown-ready. Although we didn’t make the guest list, we wanted to join the (workout) party as if we were strutting our stuff on the red carpet on March 2nd.

When you have a specific goal in mind, working hard is fine and dandy so long as you’re doing it in a healthy and balanced way. If you’re looking for results (fast), try switching up your regular routine with short bursts of cardio and strength training moves. With this in mind, LA celebrity trainer Sara Haley has created a Red-Carpet Ready Oscars Workout circuit to burn calories quick, tone your shoulders for those strapless gowns, and tone your abs (no spanx necessary).

  • Perform exercises in the order below for 1 minute each.
  • Rest 15-20 seconds between each exercise.
  • After you’ve completed all 4 exercises, rest for one minute.
  • Repeat 3-4 times.

1. The “American Hustle”

  • Take your feet shoulder width apart.
  • With knees bent into a small squat, come up on your toes and quickly run in place, like a football player.
  • Go as fast as you can for the entire minute.

2. “Spiderman” Planks


  • Find your perfect plank position with your hands underneath your shoulders, your back long, your navel pulled in towards the spine, and your legs straight.
  • Bring your right knee up to touch your right elbow and bring your foot back so you’re in plank position.
  • Bring your left knee to touch your left elbow and bring your foot back so you’re in plank position.
  • Alternate legs as quickly as you can for 1 minute while staying strong in the abs and upper body.
  • If your knee doesn’t touch your elbow, that’s okay – just work toward it and you’ll get a little closer each time.

3. SIT TO Box-office HIT

  • Lie down on your back with your hands behind your head, your knees bent, and your feet planted on the floor (at least hip-width apart).
  • Sit up all the way and hit the floor in front of you, between your feet.
  • If you find that you are getting stuck on the way up, keep your hands in front of you the entire time.
  • Repeat as quickly as possible for 1 minute, keeping your navel pulled in toward your spine.

4. Anti-“Gravity” BURPEES

  • From standing, squat down with your heels on the floor to place your palms on the floor in front of your feet.
  • Jump or walk your feet back to plank position.
  • From plank, bend your knees and jump or walk feet back up toward your hands and land in a low squat.
  • Stand tall and clap your hands above your head.
  • Move as quickly as possible through the movements for 1 minute.

5. The “Rocky” crunch


  • From a seated position with feet on the floor, pull your navel to your spine and lean back with your spine long (without rounding your shoulders forward).
  • Twist left and right, punching low across the body.
  • Twist left and right, punching high across the body.
  • Repeat low-low-high-high for the 1 minute duration. For an extra challenge, pick your feet up off the floor.

6.  “TOP GUN” Triceps


  • With knees bent, hinge forward at your hips so you have a nice flat back.
  • Hold a towel pulled tight between your 2 hands behind your back.  If you don’t have a towel, just straighten and engage your arms as if you were holding a towel.
  • Pulse your arms up towards the ceiling and back down toward your hips, engaging your arms the entire time.  You’ll even feel this in your glutes and legs too – a major bonus!
  • Repeat at a steady pace for 1 minute.

7. “GI Jane” Plank CRAWLS

  • Begin on your knees or in a full plank (both positions will be hard work) with your palms on the floor below your shoulders.
  • Lower your right forearm to the floor, followed by your left (so you end up in forearm plank).
  • Walk back up to your hands, starting with your right.
  • Lower your left forearm to the floor, followed by your right (so you’re in forearm plank).
  • Walk back up to your hands, starting with your left.
  • Repeat entire sequence for 1 minute, alternating arms as described above.  Keep your glutes and legs engaged so your hips stay even, and pull your navel to your spine to support your lower back.

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Model wears: Delta Sports Bra, Charlotte F/L Tights (also available in 7/8 length).

Sara Haley Fitness Expert

Sara Haley is an international fitness expert with over twenty years of fitness and dance training.  Sara has traveled the globe teaching master classes and educating other fitness instructors and trainers. Sara currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her family and teaches for Equinox health clubs while continuing to develop her own workout program and lifestyle brand, The Daily Sweat®.
To learn more about Sara, visit her website, Facebook, or Twitter.