Why Tamra Judge Started Her Intense Bodybuilding Regimen: ‘I’d Been Seeing Some Changes in My Body and I Didn’t Like It’
Working out regularly is one thing, but training to compete in a bodybuilding competition? That’s a whole different ballgame — and one Tamra Judge now certainly knows a thing or two about.
Less than six months ago, the Real Housewives of Orange County star decided she wanted to transform her body. Now the mom of four is fresh off of winning her first Muscle Mania competition — but she’s not doing it for the trophies.
“To me, it was never about getting on stage and winning,” Judge, 48, tells PEOPLE. “It was more about setting a goal for myself and completing it. That’s what I did. That was the rewarding part.” Read More
Tamra Judge Reveals the Secret to Her New Bodybuilding Figure: ‘Enjoying Food Is Pretty Much Out of the Question’
In a video with E! News, the Real Housewives of Orange County star — who took home the first place trophy at her first Muscle Mania competition Saturday — shared just how she whipped herself into shape.
“Mess with me! Go ahead, bring it!” she jokes in the clip with her trainer at CUT Fitness. When it comes to the workout routine, Judge, 48, did everything from sprints to pull-ups to bicep curls. Read More
What Is It: AG6, a fitness class that is said to resemble a video game
Who Tried It: Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE writer-reporter
Level of Difficulty: 7/10
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“A bodysuit is perfect under jeans, pencil skirts and leather pants – or on its own, depending on how frisky I feel, LOL,” Kardashian says. “Because of the tight fit, I like to work out my abs and hips before I wear one. No muffin top, please!!!”
“Start in the plank position, with your palms on the floor directly underneath your shoulders. Use your abs to bring your left knee towards your right elbow, keeping your shoulders squared. Bring your body back to starting position and repeat with your right knee. Do 2 sets of 10 reps.”
For an extra burn, Kardashian suggests putting your toes on a small towel. “It helps isolate ab muscles!”
Front plank hip dip
“Start on your right side and raise your body off the ground, using your forearm and the sides of your feet for support.” Then lower your hips to the ground, and come back up, doing 3 sets of 10 reps on alternate sides.
“Stand with your feet a little further than hip-width apart and point your toes outward. Extend your arms to the side with your palms facing outwards, and twist your torso to the left. While you twist, move your arms so that your right hand ends up near your left hip, and vice versa.”
“Keep your hips in place while you do this!” she advises. “Hold for a breath, then repeat. Do 2 sets of 20 reps, alternating sides.”
Hey – if we can get abs like Khloé’s, we’ll do as many wrap twists as she says!
–Julie Mazziotta @julietmazz
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“Her workouts have always been very varied and very different,” Belle tells PEOPLE. “That’s what I really love about it.”
“I do Pilates or SoulCycle or a bunch of different things so then with that, she’ll incorporate that into her training as well. So we’ll do one day really more with weights, another day with TRX, another day with more boxing, so in that sense it makes you an overall more fit person.”
Hansen put Belle through a four-move workout that anyone can do – all you need are TRX straps, two free weights, and a mat.
1. Single leg squats
“We’re going to do a two-part movement. I’m going to have her move into a single-leg squat, so coming down into parallel, driving up through her heel, and then nice and long with the arms, and squeezing that glute,” Hansen explains. Do this for 10 reps on each side, and think about spreading your toes as a stabilizer and focus on your breathing.
Squats are also Belle’s favorite movement.
“Squats are always fantastic because you know they’re really working, and they hurt after many repetitions,” Belle says. “But you know they’re going to work the next day,” she laughs.
2. Plank variation
“Our feet are about hip distance, and I’m going to have you lower down onto your forearms, and then placing one hand, and then the other, back up to the top. Remember each time you come up to alternate the left and right hands.” Keep your legs rigid throughout the plank, and push up with your hands as you do the movement for a full minute. This strengthens the core and arms.
3. Free weight rows
“Think yoga warrior 2 [pose], so we’re going to place one foot facing in the direction we’re looking, and the other at about 45 degrees. Then we’re going to bring the weights up, and we’re going to drift forward a little bit, and bring this arm down onto our thigh. From here, give me a row down, and coming up twisting through the torso.” Do 20 reps, and then switch to the other side.
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4. TRX rows
“I want you guys to bring your palms facing each other, and we’re going to bring the chest into the straps, and release all the way up.” Do this for 15 reps.
To make it easier, walk your feet away from the straps. But Hansen has Belle move in closer for a tougher movement. “As you can see, she’s a lot lower now,” Hansen says. “And it’s a lot harder now!” Belle laughs.
From there, you can take a 30 second break, and then repeat the entire set two more times.
“Have fun working out at home, and I hope you do as well as Camilla did,” Hansen says. “Yeah, right!” Belle jokes.