Taraji P. Henson’s Total Body Workout: “It Keeps Me Calm & Happy”

Taraji P. Henson

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What does the hardest working woman in show business, Taraji. P. Henson, do when she’s got some downtime? Hit the gym of course! In an Instagram video shared by her trainer, Mike T. of Force Fitness Inc., the 2017 host of “Black Girls Rock!” shows us all the right moves to tone up your arms, back and shoulders.

Watch the video below and read on for four strength training moves that’ll have you red carpet ready.

Flat Chest Press with Leg Raise

Lie on your back, while holding a pair of dumbbells in a neutral grip. Engage your core, by lifting your legs off the floor. Press the dumbbells up while simultaneously raising your legs to a vertical position and lower as you bring the weights down. You can also perform this combination by holding one dumbbell in each hand on either side of the chest; with palms face forward. Lift both weights, pushing them straight up until arms are fully extended – legs should remain up, with knees bent at a 90-degree angle and ankles crossed. Pause briefly and repeat.

Split-stance Bicep Curl

Holding dumbbells with palms facing outwards and pinkies resting against dumbbell head. Place one foot on top of a bench and fully extend arms down to your core, exhale and quickly raise dumbbells to shoulders. Keep elbows tucked at your sides. Pause, then slowly retract dumbbells back to the starting position. Make sure to swap lifted leg after repetitions are completed. Complete 3 to 5 sets of 15-20 repetitions for ultimate results.

No bench, no problem. With feet placed in a staggered position and knees slightly bent, hold a dumbbell in each hand; palms face out. Beginning with the…