In St. Tropez with Hubby
Eva Longoria is a total fox, and based on her pics, we can see she works hard to stay in tip top shape for us all to behold. Does she have to work for that body? The answer is YES!
Eva is more knowledgeable than your average celeb when it comes to fitness: The 31-year-old is a former aerobics instructor and has a degree in kinesiology from Texas A & M University-Kingsville. These days she gets her expert moves, as well as her motivation, from Los Angeles trainer Patrick Murphy, with whom she works out for one hour, three times a week. “Sometimes Pat literally has to drag me out of bed,” she says. As a mother of a 3 year old, I know exactly how she feels!
Get some of his expert moves off this website where several mini-workouts are featured.
Eva warms up for 10 minutes on the bike or the treadmill and then focuses on strength training. “Each session we do between 25 and 30 total-body exercises–lunges with torso twists and one-legged squats with clean and press, for example–with 30- to 45-second rests in between,” says Patrick, who uses tools , which test endurance while increasing strength and balance. Eva says she’s seen the most results focusing her efforts behind her: “With all the lunges, squats and leg presses I’ve done in the last two months, I think I’ve gained an inch of muscle in my butt.”
To keep her energy up after the gym, Eva has a hearty, protein-packed breakfast. “I love egg whites,” she says. “My mom made them for me when I was little.” Raised on a ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas, Eva learned early to love fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy cooking, including Tex-Mex specialties like tacos and tortilla soup. “When I don’t have time to cook, I still squeeze fresh lemon on cucumber slices,” she says. “It’s a Mexican delicacy.”
Eating right is made easy on the Desperate Housewives set, Eva says, because the cast and crew prefer fruit, salads and meals made with lean proteins and whole grains.
But the actress does keep it real–and yes! she indulges. “Chocolate-chip cookies are my weakness, and I eat pizza often–sometimes twice a week,” Eva says. “I know my body craves what it needs, and sometimes it needs pizza!” I am pretty sure she eats very healthy and in moderation most of the time.
On her rare days off, Eva recharges by sleeping late, flipping through paperbacks on the private balcony off her bedroom–Candace Bushnell’s Lipstick Jungle is a recent favorite–or catching an early movie. “When I really want to reward myself, I get a relaxing massage,” she says. Her favorite way to spend her weekend is with her boyfriend, 6-foot-2-inch San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker–either snuggling under a blanket while watching a basketball game or de-stressing together in Eva’s home spa.
Things Eva loves:
Borba Skin Balance Aqua-Less Crystalline packets ($28 for 14 packets; borba.net) “I drink this when I’m on set.”
Bebe Sport workout gear ($69; bebe.com) “They have really sexy cuts–I actually look forward to putting this on!”
Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt (69 cents; at grocery stores nationwide) “This fuels my early-morning gym session.”
Nike Zoom Percept ($100; nikewomen.com) “I have a high arch, and these give me great support.”
ON EVA’S PLAYLIST NOW
“I love happy music–especially anything ’80s.”
* Madonna, Like a Virgin
* The Cars, Heartbeat City
* Prince, Purple Rain
* Cyndi Lauper, She’s So Unusual
* Air Supply, Lost in Love
GET RESULTS WITH THIS
“Standing on a balance tool forces Eva to stabilize her core–and use muscles she normally wouldn’t–in every move we do,” says trainer Patrick Murphy. “If she does squats with one of these under each foot, her obliques and lower back work to keep her balanced.”
VersaDisc ($20; power-systems.com) “Doing lunges on this has changed the look of my abs–without crunches!”