Paula Patton: Making Moves & Moving On

Paula Patton posing in a red dress
“You know I’m doing really well. It’s been a long year and a lot of challenges but I’ve grown quite a bit and just getting used to change,” the actress, who filed for divorce from the “Blurred Lines” singer in October 2014, said during a recent appearance.

Patton and Thicke initially separated back in February 2014 after nearly nine years of marriage before the brunette stunner filed for divorce eight months later. The two are also parents to 4-year-old son, Julian, whom they share custody of.

But despite the separation, Paula is keeping her mind and her body busy, turning to fitness as a way to keep her ind clear and her body in shape. The Two Guns and Mission Impossible star is shaping up to resume a series of career-boosting film roles.

Instead of saying that she simply pumped her way back to an amazing body, Paula says that when she’s not filming, she works out for two and a half hours, six days a week. It is a serious commitment and one that is not easy. “Its really the most grueling and one of the hardest things I’ve done,” Patton told People Magazine.

She went on to say, “I would never cry in front of the boys, but inside I was hurting and a little depressed. You have to get past that moment of self-doubt. After a month, the wall came down and the training felt doable. It still wasn’t easy, but doable and that felt really empowering.”

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Her secret: the Alternating Leg Lower with Oblique Twist, says her trainer, Jeanette Jenkins. Jenkins says you’ll notice a difference after just one workout; do 15 to 20 reps, two or three times a week for stronger abs in three weeks.

How to do the move:

1. Lie face up with legs straight and raised at a 90-degree angle. Place hands behind head, lift shoulder blades, and inhale.