Reese Witherspoon just oozes confidence and positivity, plus she’s crazy healthy and doesn’t look like she’s aged a day since “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Her former trainer, Michael George, worked with the Oscar-winning actress three to four times a week when dealing with the stress of her divorce from Ryan Phillippe.

“Reese likes to be outdoors and really likes hiking,” George told  “She didn’t like the gym and still doesn’t like the gym that much. So I took her on long, what I call, power hikes.”

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To accompany those power hikes, George incorporated yoga postures into the routine to warm up Witherspoon’s muscles.

“I would have her walking on pretty steep hikes and she would be doing dumbbell work as we were walking: biceps curls, shoulder press, laterals, triceps extensions and kickbacks,” he said.

“We would find a bench and she would do push-ups and bench steps. We would stop and she would do squats and walking lunges. I just incorporated this into the workout. So she got a good cardiovascular, strength and stretching workout,” George continued.

Their workouts lasted for six months, two to three days a week.

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“The most rewarding part of what I do is to watch the transformation process at work,” George told Shape Magazine. “Of course clients bodies change expediently, but I like to watch as their personality becomes lighter… they smile more… joke around and feel more self-confident. In essence, they take life a little lighter with a more positive attitude.”

Want to work out like Reese? Try incorporating these three fitness routines into your workout schedule!

1. Walking with shoulder press.

For two sets of 15-25 times, hold a dumbbell in each hand and raise your upper arms until the dumbbells are at the same level as your ears. Push the dumbbells up and in until they touch above your head.


2. Squats. 

You’ll do 25-50 reps for two sets. Stand with your backside to the seat of the chair. Get your feet at least as wide as your shoulders and turn the toes out about an inch. The chest is lifted and your weight is planted firmly into your heels. Extend the arms out in front of you to balance and to keep the chest lifted. Squat as far as you can without discomfort. Push through the heels, squeeze the glutes and the quads and you exhale and come up. For more details on squats, click here!


3. Leg raises with glue kickbacks.

Stand behind a chair and lift your right leg straight out to the side, hold for several seconds. Keep torso straight. Return leg to normal position. Next, move leg back as far as you can! The knee should be slightly bent. Don’t arch your back. Hold the leg for a few seconds, and then lower. Repeat 25-50 times for two sets.