All About the Workout That Keeps Missy Elliott in Shape

02/11/2016 at 09:22 AM ET

Missy Elliott/Shaun TPrince Williams/WireImage; Inset: James Petrozzello

Missy Elliott knows how to work it!

The 44-year-old hip-hop star – who showcased her svelte figure in an Amazon Echo Super Bowl ad – stays in shape with Beachbody’s FOCUS T25 workouts, created by celebrity trainer Shaun T.

“T25 is a workout I created for people that were short on time, and want to get as much of a workout in [as they can] in a short time,” Shaun T tells PEOPLE.

Each workout is 25 minutes, and each day has a different focus – cardio, total body, lower body, abs and speed.

“It’s an all-encompassing workout,” says Shaun T. “It’s a really good mixture of toning, cardio and core stability.”

And he promises people of all fitness levels can do it.

“With T25, I don’t get you to a point where you are overwhelmed,” Shaun T explains. “You work hard, but it’s only one body part at a time so you can continue on.”

Shaun T created three levels of the workout – alpha, beta and gamma – and says Missy Elliott has made it all the way up to the gamma level.

“What she really enjoyed about it is the [short] time,” he says. “It’s manageable, it’s doable, and I think she really likes Shaun T!”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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