Looking for a regular dose of serious fitness inspiration? Make sure you follow Halle Berry on Instagram. The actress and keto diet OG shares workouts and fitness tips on her page every week — and one of her latest workouts is seriously legit. Seriously: try Halle Berry’s ab workout and try to laugh the next day — it’ll hurt (in a good way).
All you need is one piece of exercise “equipment” that you already have in your bathroom.
“Today, @peterleethomas and I will be demonstrating effective core exercises that can all be completed with ONE seasonal essential -that imma pray you all have ???? – a TOWEL,” she wrote.
“This quick workout isolates various muscles in your abdomen to ignite your whole core no matter where you are.
How to Do Halle Berry’s Ab Workout
Don’t let the simplicity of the equipment fool you: This bodyweight workout is packed with high-intensity compound movements — like burpees and squats — that’ll increase your heart rate and engage your core like whoa.
The whole towel workout — as shown by Berry and her trainer — involves these five exercises:
- Straight-arm towel sit-up
- Straight arm slow Russian twist
- Squat, press, and jump-through burpee
- Overhead Bulgarian back lunge and side knee
- Mega plyo skater
You can do this as a one-set workout (meaning just going all the moves back-to-back once), or you can do multiple rounds — with a short breather in between, of course.
Straight Arm Towel Sit-Up
With your arms fully extended, grip the towel taut at opposite ends and do a sit up. Repeat for 10 to 20 reps.
Straight Arm Slow Russian Twist
This one is a bit tricky to nail down for beginners, but it’s doable.
Start by sitting on the floor. Lean back so you’re balancing on the area around your tailbone (known as your sacrum). Then, you have two options: Either cross your feet at the ankles and keep them on the ground, or lift them up a few inches off the ground (this’ll torch your ab muscles).
Fully extend your arms holding the towel taut and then slowly twist your torso to the right side. Return to the center and repeat on the left side. This is one rep. Repeat for 10 to 20 reps.
Squat, Press, and Jump-Through Burpee
This move will get your heart rate up, big time.
Hold the towel while you perform a squat, then stand up and press the towel overhead. Then, jump over the towel — like a jump rope — and then do a burpee. That whole sequence is one rep. Repeat 16 to 20 total reps.
Overhead Towel Bulgarian Back Lunge and Side Knee
Fully extend your arms overhead, holding the towel taut on both ends. Carefully do a reverse lunge by stepping back with your right leg. Stand back up and then step out to the side. Return to standing and repeat with your left leg. That’s one rep. Repeat for 10 to 20 reps.
Mega Plyo Skater
This move sounds challenging, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it.
Start by standing with your towel on the ground, about one foot away from your right leg. Jump over the towel with your right leg like you’re on skates. Return to the middle and repeat on the same side for 10 to 20 reps before doing the same on the left side.
Meagan Morris is the editor in chief of Celebribody. She's veteran health and wellness editor with over 15 years of experience. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Yahoo Health, Cosmopolitan, SELF, and Women's Health, among others. She spends most of her time writing, but her favorite part of the day is spent under a barbell doing squats.