Carrie Underwood’s Trainer Shares the Secret to the Singer’s Amazing Legs

04/05/2016 at 02:26 PM ET


Celebrity trainer Erin Oprea knows a thing or two about how to get great legs.

“This is what people come to me for,” Oprea tells PEOPLE. “Carrie Underwood has beautiful legs. That’s what I love doing. So here’s one thing I find absolutely so useful – lunges.”

Oprea says beginners can start out with a basic lunge, and advance the move by adding a jump to really work the legs and get them super toned.

Carrie Underwood/Erin OpreaLarry Busacca/ACM2016/Getty; Inset: Zach Harrison

The 4×4 Diet author also recommends staying active whenever possible – even at the airport while waiting to board your plane.

“The whole world is our gym,” says Oprea. “At the airport, for instance, I take my jump rope. Let’s get our steps in. Why not keep active instead of just sitting? You don’t have to follow everyone else’s example.”

“Stay active wherever you are,” she continues. “Take advantage of any downtime that you might have to get a couple of extra steps in.”

Of course good nutrition is just as important as fitness when it comes to having a lean physique. That’s why Oprea recommends starting off the day with a hearty breakfast of oatmeal topped with blueberries and a side of egg whites.

“Oatmeal is my favorite thing,” she says. “Crock-pot oatmeal is the best. You want to do two cups of steal-cut oats, six cups of water, two cups of almond milk and then sprinkle some cinnamon. Put that in a crock-pot overnight, and in the morning you have a bowl of deliciousness.”

Oprea practices what she preaches when it comes to staying active wherever she can – she even jumps rope while watching her son’s soccer games. When a stranger made fun of her online for jumping rope during a game, she stood up to her bully.

“I will never change my ways because of someone trying to shame me,” she told PEOPLE in March. “The next soccer game is Friday and I will continue to do what I always do, what I have always done, for years and years and years. It keeps me active, it keeps me moving, and it keeps me from ever yelling at my kids when they’re on the field.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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Lola on

How many sets and reps for the lunges,and how often?

Anonymous on

Carrie really does have great legs!!

ImALadyToo on

She does have gorgeous legs, but lose the dress. Too funky-looking.

paris on

she has such beautiful legs

Whitney on

For those curious about her book…. I bought it about a month ago. It’s awesome. Easy to read, practical, and those workouts (paired with her diet tips) are giving me some great results. Buy it. You’ll be glad you did!

Gia on

Well I’m a parent who does yell at her kid on the side lines because he needs to be reminded to focus. I would rather it be me instead of someone else. It’s my job and it’s about him not me needing everyone to look at me jump around like a four year old!

bane on

As a guy I will say she has the best legs I have ever seen

Anonymous on

I think Carrie looks great and props to everyone who wants and desires to be healthy. Anyone can work out anywhere they wish or they choose to however being healthy and working out was not the issue in the “Jump Rope” post. People can call it what they want to call it to make themselves feel better or to sell a book hurt others or whatever they want to make of it. Both parties were wrong if anyone felt bullied by the post repaying bulling for bulling, and then accusing one of such is backwards. Maybe the post shouldn’t have been posted and maybe the parties should have handled it between each other if there was such a issue. This is no difference than the millions of people that post on Walmart.com and there is way worse offenses taken place there. every one has a opinion, everyone. In the process of accusing one of bullying let’s make known that the other party and their families were also threatened, lawyers were involved and death threats. I highly doubt that Mrs Opera, wanted to do such drastic measures because of the way she felt about the post. Maybe one thought that the other should be paying attention to the game and their children maybe the other thought they should work out and be healthy whose to say either is wrong. What is wrong is using others mistakes or poor judgement to insult, bully, degrade, or to sell a book.

bella2758 on

Good singing but legs look like sticks.