At 55 years old, Meg Ryan is showing the rest of us how it's done. The actress looks better than ever with that wavy blonde bob and toned AF bod — I mean, just look at her sculpted arms, people!
While we may have not been born with her exact genes or impressive acting chops, there's still a way we can try and look as good as Ryan. Enter her trainer, Michael George.
In addition to the When Harry Met Sally star, George has trained many other celebs, like Reese Witherspoon, Lori Loughlin and Julianne Moore. The former mixed martial artist and bodyguard uses strength training and cardio to get most of his stars into strength — just check out some of the fat-burning, muscle-building moves below that he uses on his famous clients.
The best part of these exercises is that all you need is a pair of light dumbbells. Try three or four sets of 10-12 reps each, depending on your fitness level, and repeat this workout three times per week. Break out these moves next time you hit the gym, are out for a long hike or even in your $10 million SoHo apartment. Oh wait, that last one is only if you're actually Meg Ryan, sorry.
Grab a pair of dumbbells and let them hang at arm's length at the edge of your hips. Turn your arms so that your palms face forward. Tuck your elbows into your sides and bend them, curling the dumbbells up to your shoulders. Make sure your elbows stay stationary and your upper arms do not move. Slowly lower the weights back to your thighs. Your arms should be fully extended at the bottom. That is one rep.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand with feet about hip-width apart. Bend your elbows and raise your upper arms to shoulder height so the dumbbells are at ear level. Push the dumbbells up and in, directly over your head, and then lower the dumbbells back to ear level. This is one rep. Click here for step-by-step photos!
Lateral Shoulder Raise
Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your elbows straight, raise your arms up so that they are level with your shoulders. Your palms should now face the ground. Slowly lower the dumbbells down to the front of your thighs, palms still facing inward. Repeat for allocated amount of reps. Continue for allotted time. If you have to swing your body to raise the dumbbells, then decrease the weight. Click here for more photos.
Hold one dumbbell with both hands and raise it over your head, keeping the weight vertical. Pull the elbows in closely so they're nearly squeezing your head. Keep your stance neutral. Dip the weight behind your head. Keep your elbows in close to your head — when you dip the weight back, your elbows will want to flare out. Instead, keep it tight and depend on the triceps to hold it together. Click here for more info.
Holding a dumbbell in each hand, hinge forward from your hips, bending the knees slightly. Bend your elbows behind you. Straighten your arms behind you with your palms facing in, and elbows tucked in tight to your side. Squeeze your triceps, and then return to the starting position. That is one rep. Click here to see more.
Assume plank position with your arms shoulder-width apart. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Raise yourself back up. That's one rep. Click here for step-by-step photos.
Stand in front of a bench or step, and place your right foot firmly on the step. Your foot should be flat on the step. Press into the foot on the step and lift your body up until your leg is straight. Do not bring the other foot to the step — let it hover above the step. Lower your body back down until your hovering foot touches the floor. Add weights and height to increase the intensity. Click here for more info.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your back straight and shoulders back. Perform a squat, bending your knees at a 90-degree angle, keeping your back straight and your chest up. Hold and return to starting position. See more here.
Add dumbbells for an extra challenge! Start with feet hip-width apart and arms at sides with dumbbells, palms facing in. Lunge forward with your left foot, bending the knee at a 90‐degree angle and lowering until your right knee almost touches the ground. Be sure to step the left foot out far enough to prevent your knee from extending over the toe. Pushing into your left heel, rise up to standing position and walk your right foot out to a lunge. Quickly alternate legs and repeat the walking forward lunging motion for 60 seconds. Click here for more photos.
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