Brooke Burke-Charvet’s Workout Moves to Get Those Killer Abs

08/06/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Brooke Burke Shares Her Ab Workout in Shape
Courtesy Shape

Brooke Burke-Charvet didn’t let major life curveballs like a cancer diagnosis or her abrupt dismissal from her longtime role on Dancing with the Stars slow her down.

“The one thing I learned in the ballroom was how to dance through the chaos of life gracefully,” the 43-year-old mom of four told Shape magazine in their September issue, on newsstands Thursday. “The way you exit is as important as the way you walk through the door.”

The Melissa & Joey actress and dancer has also found work away from television’s lens as a fitness instructor teaching a Booty Burn cardio and sculpting class near her home in Malibu. “We’re addicted and obsessed—but in the healthiest way possible. I truly feel better than ever,” says Burke-Charvet, who is now thyroid cancer-free and says her health is “great.”

She shared six of her favorite core exercises with the magazine: two plank variations, a side crunch, a twist, a standing dumbbell row and a Pilates-style floor exercise.

For her “cheek to cheek” move (shown below), get in modified plank position on your forearms, elbows aligned under shoulders, so your body is straight from head to heels. Slowly turn your hips and legs to the left and lower your left hip toward the floor, then repeat to the right. Burke does this for 30 seconds, which is tougher than it sounds and leaves you feeling like you’ve truly worked your entire midsection.

 

Brooke Burke Shares Her Ab Workout in Shape
Courtesy Shape

But one key technique Burke-Charvet practices in her classes that isn’t captured in photos: Quiet meditation.

Brooke Burke Shares Her Ab Workout in Shape
Courtesy Shape

Stressing that she wants people to “leave feeling better than when they came in,” she encourages her students to turn inwards after working up a sweat. “We forget to simply be still, which is so valuable. It’s not just about burning and sculpting—it’s about checking in with yourself and believing that you’re stronger than you think you are,” she tells the magazine.

—Lexi Dwyer

Want more stories like this?

Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers:

sign me up

Thank you for signing up!

Share this story:

Your reaction:

Add A Comment

PEOPLE.com reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 28 comments

Madison on

Mom of 4? What’s with all the half nude photos? Totally inappropriate. She should be posing for Playboy, not Shape.

murrs on

Pahlease! Put some clothes on and at least act like a mom! Nice example you’re setting for your teenage daughter. Get over yourself!

goodie on

Being proud of your body should never equate to pose half or full naked.
Be proud for being healthy, be proud for being strong but exposing your breasts is for porn. There is a multitude of clothes you can wear that show off an amazing figure if that was the point but Shape hides under the guise of ‘we want to sell magazines with nudity’ and it perpetuates the lack of self esteem problem we have with our young women.
Sorry Brooke, but you and Shape could of done better.

harp on

She looks gorgeous

AnnG on

Brook is fabulous……send this over to Kim K showing the difference in fabulous and sleezy

Guest on

I think that she looks amazing and I’m sure she works out hard. But I see no loose skin on her abdomen. With as many children as she has given birth to I seriously doubt there is no plastic surgery involved here.

Nadia Nyc on

She has the best body!! She inspires me!!
Everyone posting negative comments, You are just jealous.
Get over it and get to the gym!!

karen on

Put a bra on!!

more on

Technique C: Increase the size of your computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory). The Sony Play – Station Two is Sony’s second computer game console, the successor to the original Sony Play – Station, and the predecessor to the Sony Play – Station Three. You could give yourself some leisure time between classes or just within the break time, however are not in front of your TV.
more http://www.qianjiu1009.com/comment/html/index.php?page=1&id=24880

Mckinley Mckinley on

It’s remarkable to pay a visit this web page and reading the views of all friends about this paragraph,while I am also keen of getting know-how.

http://www.R03RrE2syT.com/R03RrE2syT

Pat Bolz on

I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A couple of my blog readers have complained about my site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any suggestions to help fix this issue?

http://www.pcgamekeys.com/uplay-games/

Renita Buddemeyer on

You made some respectable points there. I looked on the web for the problem and located most people will go together with with your website.

http://wj-virtual.org/index.php/screenshots

Rich Holesovsky on

What are the core or basic lessons taught Writing classes? One of the first things I learned about was Freytags Pyramid. I was told that isn’t an across the board learning device. So what is? I’m really curious. In poetry I was taught, ‘if it means too many things to too many people it misses it’s mark’. I have since learned that good writing tends to bring out different reactions in different people and different interpretations. How can learning about creative writing (creativity is so individualized) be standardized?.

http://www.2IHFmxulBo.com/2IHFmxulBo

Houston Oyer on

Absolutely composed written content, Really enjoyed looking through.

http://www.dOO81AsjoA.com/dOO81AsjoA

Claris Cambel on

Hi there very nice site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to find a lot of helpful info here in the submit, we need develop extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

http://www.dqhty.com/comment/html/Index.php?page=1&id=48677

split system installation on

The issue which u have discussed in this blogs is very much common nowadays . Thank You so much for giving me the tips

http://smarturl.co/96816

ducted heating on

This is very amazing, You are a very good blogger. I have enjoyed your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

http://cutefbvideos.com/93775

Snowman evaporative cooler installation on

I have been browsing online for over 4 hours today, but I haven’t found any interesting article like yours. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers make good articles like what you have done, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

http://c.or.at/nowmanevaporativecoolinginstallation77899

plumbers on

Thank you for every other excellent blog.I’ve a presentation next week, and I have found what I can add in my speech. Great job!

http://s.miku.moe/plumbingservice10305

heating and cooling Melbourne on

Hi, I saw you visited my website So i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to put in my website!I suppose its ok to use some of yours if you don’t mind.

http://sem.chat/nowmanductedheatingandcoolinginstallation20492

Snowman evaporative cooling on

I have been browsing online for over 4 hours today, but I haven’t found any great article like yours. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers write good articles like what you have done, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

http://www.eryihu.com/evaporatiercooler29520

bond back cleaning on

Aw, this was an exceptional good post. It must have taken you great efforts to create this article… Appreciate!

http://plztwt.me/84761

Jesse Grillo on

I found this on Pinterest I just stumbled upon your blogs. I will bookmark this page. I simply must tell you that I love your pages blog.

http://www.authorstream.com/JesseI60wmFla/

Jesse Grillo on

Thank you for sharing your info. Oh my gosh! A amazing article.

https://foursquare.com/user/446069870

Manhattan Beach Marketing on

This website really sparked my couriousity. I used to be really into this field back in the day when I lived in Minnesota. I love articles like this one but I find myself spending hours simply browsing and reading. I bet you make babies smile. On a scale from 1 to 10, You are an 11.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/70803925-manhattan-beach-marketing

entrepreneur adviser on

Seasoned Reddit experts would love this. I have been looking everywhere for this!

https://foursquare.com/user/444841478

big data adviser on

Is there anything else I could read to learn more about this? I am hoping you write once more very soon! That is a smart way of thinking about it. Keep doing what you are doing!

https://github.com/speakerxczxqs

tech adviser on

I have added your post to my WordPress bookmarks Thank you again.

http://speaker1utihn.yelp.com

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters