Try this challenging 30-minute home workout by Kate Beckinsale's trainer

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Photo credit: John Shearer - Getty Images
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Kate Beckinsale’s home workout regime is just as tough as you’d expect. Along with her regular LEKFit trampoline workouts and frequent yoga, Beckinsale trains in the gym six days a week when she’s not away on location.

"I wake up, eat something, and go straight to the gym," she says. "Then, if I’m going to do cardio I’ll do it later on in the day." For her hour-long gym sessions, Beckinsale relies on her trainer, Brad Siskind of Gunnar Gym in Beverly Hills, California.

And when she’s in there, she gets right down to business, according to Siskind. "Because of her extensive skill set she built during her action movie career, she brings the same laser focus in the gym," he says. "She busts her butt for the whole hour. No phone. No breaks. We work and I love that about her."

Siskind programs her sessions using a system called PHA (peripheral heart action) training – a kind of high-intensity circuit training that combines cardio and resistance work, with moves that alternately target upper and then the lower body. This keeps the heart and lungs maxing out to pump blood and oxygen to the various parts of the body that require it.

Because Beckinsale is a hard worker, Siskind levels up the traditional PHA approach by lining up eight big, compound moves that target two muscle groups at the same time. They’ll repeat that circuit twice.

"And then we finish with one big move at the end to crush her soul, but make her feel like a champion," Siskind adds.

"The focus is training for life," he explains. "It’s a big crazy world out there and even former vampires like Kate can always improve and strive for more."

"The best home workout advice I can give is simple. Just start! The basics are the easiest way to get your blood moving." If you don’t have the equipment, moves like squats, press-ups, planks, jumping jacks, glute bridges are great options," he adds.

"You’ll never regret a workout you’ve done. It clears the mind. Gets the sweat going and before you know it 45 minutes has gone by and it felt awesome."

Kate Beckinsale’s total body at-home workout

  • You'll need: A yoga mat. This workout was designed as a bodyweight circuit, but if you want to dumbbells them, feel free.

  • Targets: Total body

  • Time: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Instructions: Repeat the below moves 3 times

Forward lunge – left leg

Do: 10

  1. Start with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles.

  2. Take a big step forward with your left foot and bend your knee until your right thigh is parallel to the floor.

  3. Step back to the starting position, then repeat on the same side.

Reverse lunge – right leg

Do: 10

  1. Start with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles.

  2. Step back with your right leg, and lower your body until your left knee is bent at 90 degrees.

  3. Step back to the starting position, then repeat on the same side.

Forward lunge – right leg

Do: 10

  1. Start with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles.

  2. Take a big step forward with your right foot and bend your knee until your right thigh is parallel to the floor.

  3. Step back to the starting position, then repeat on the same side.

Reverse lunge – left leg

Do: 10

  1. Start with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles.

  2. Step back with your right leg, and lower your body until your left knee is bent at 90 degrees.

  3. Step back to the starting position, then repeat on the same side.

Jumping jacks

Do: 25

  1. Start with your legs together and your arms down at your sides.

  2. Jump to spread your legs and simultaneously swing your arms above your head. Jump back to the starting position and repeat.

Calf raises

Do: 25 each side

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend your left knee and raise your left foot slightly off the floor.

  2. Shift your weight to the ball or your right foot and raise your right heel off the ground until you’re standing on your toes. Lower back down and repeat 25 times before switching sides.

Press-up

Do: Drop set

  • 10 reps

  • Rest 1 min

  • 8 reps

  • Rest 50 sec

  • 6 reps

  • Rest 40 sec

  • 4 reps

  • Rest 30

  • 2 reps

  • Rest 10 sec

  1. Get into plank position, with your hands under but slightly outside of your shoulders. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.

  2. As you lower yourself, tuck your elbows, pulling them close to your body so that your upper arms form a 45-degree angle when your torso is in the bottom position of the move.

  3. Pause, then push back to the starting position as quickly as possible. Keep your core braced the entire time. Drop down to your knees if you need to, but make sure your weight is shifted forwards.

Plank

Do: Hold for as long as possible, 3 times

  1. From a press-up position, bend elbows and rest your weight on your forearms.

  2. Keeping your body in a straight line, brace your core and hold for as long as you can.

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