Carmen Electra’s “Electra-cise” Workout Routine

If there’s anyone who knows how to electrify, it’s Carmen Electra. The bodacious model, actress, dancer, and author (she released her own empowering self-help novel entitled How to Be Sexy), has always been confident with her curves-and wants her fellow females to be too!

Inspiring women worldwide to workout, have fun, and feel super sexy at the same time, her spicy Aerobic Striptease DVDs and professional home pole dancing kit bring a whole new meaning to the word ‘exercise’.

That’s why we were thrilled when the vivacious vixen created an “Electra-cise” workout, exclusively for SHAPE!

Created by: Carmen Electra. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Level: Beginner

Works: Entire body

Equipment: Exercise mat, jump rope, dumbbells, foam roller

Workout details: Do 1 set of 8 to 10 reps of each exercise (unless otherwise noted), taking up to a minute to catch your breath between sets. As you get stronger, increase the intensity by doing 2 or 3 sets.

This workout features the following exercises:

1) Shadowboxing (5-10 minutes)

2) Foam Rolling Shoulder Blades

3) Lying Side Leg Raise (1 set on each leg)

4) Single Leg Circles (1 set on each leg)

5) Quadraped

6) Turkish Get Up

7) Dumbbell Lunge (1 set on each leg)

8) Squat Thrusts

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  • By Kristen Aldridge

Carmen Electra Photo: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com/BFA NYC

Jetting off to a remote island with an ex may sound like your own personal nightmare, but it’s the premise behind Carmen Electra’s new show, Ex-Isle, which premieres tomorrow night. A lot has changed in the two decades since Electra became a household name. There are fewer male-gaze photo spreads for her and more opportunities, like Ex-Isle and So You Think You Can Dance, where she’s flexing her hosting muscle. The Cut talked to Electra about the importance of setting boundaries, cookies in bed, and how she noticed a change in her body overnight.

How I start my day: It depends. If I’m not working, mornings are not my friend. I take my time. I never turn off my TV, so I’ll watch a little TV and then turn on my phone. I turn off my phone at nights because you have to have boundaries. Sleep is very important, especially when you start working. I made it a rule that I have to drink two bottles of water before I start my day.

How I stay hydrated: I used to drink soda, but I don’t get any caffeine any more. It’s been my New Year’s resolution for like seven years. Finally when I started dancing again and working on music, I noticed that I was dehydrated from being so active and consistently sweating. I started drinking water and noticed a change in my body overnight. It’s easier for me now to keep the weight off, whereas before, it was more of a struggle. Before I had to be perfectly healthy when I was drinking soda to lose weight. My skin is completely different because it’s not as dehydrated. Water has changed my life.

How I like to sweat: I don’t go to the gym every day. Usually when I’m on break, I’ve already danced a lot so I’m okay for a while. Sometimes I work out at my house. I’ll do some lunges, something simple like that. Otherwise I’ll go to the gym. I’ve only had one trainer in my life, and I realized that because of my dance background, I already have discipline and I don’t need to be pushed. I think I’ve saved a lot of money too. As a dancer, I’ve never put strict rules on my workout habits and sometimes I just want to go to the gym and do something light.

What wellness means to me: It’s a lifestyle. I can’t say that I’m 100 percent perfect. My doctors always tell me I have vitamin deficiencies. It’s hard to be consistent with taking vitamins, that’s the honest truth. Wellness is about finding your balance, it’s not what someone tells you.

How wellness has changed for me: I’m not a balanced person and I still search for that kind of balance with everything that I do. I’m really extreme, even when it comes to working and my personal life. If I’m in a relationship I’m 100 percent in that and will slack on my career. And there’s also the opposite. If I’m 100 percent into my career, then I won’t take the time to put into a relationship. Balance, balance, balance is what I’m trying to figure out in all aspects of my life.

My wellness shortcut is: I listen to my body. There have been times in my life where I’ve pushed myself so hard to do everything, and I had to learn how to say no. It’s important in dating to say no, in your daily life, and with your friends. I think boundaries are really healthy. When you feel guilty about having boundaries in your life, that’s a problem. People don’t respond to boundaries well; they think that you’re being selfish. But if you’re not taking care of yourself, then you can’t take care of anyone else. As a woman I know it’s hard to be heard. I want people to understand that when I say no, it’s not because I don’t love you. That’s been a huge misconception with me. If I’m not constantly available or constantly co-dependent with someone, they feel like I’m being selfish or that I’m rejecting them and that’s not the case at all. I’ve gone through so much, maybe I can be a self-help person. Sometimes I know the answers for everyone else but can’t help myself.

How I eat when I’m alone: Especially if I’m not in a relationship and sleeping by myself, or if I’m on the road, I resort to food. I love my sweets: cookies and baked goods in bed. There’s something about it that’s really comforting. It’s sounds too good for me because I have such a bad-girl image — and I still have a wild side — but I’ve just learned to think a little bit before I act out.

My wellness advice is: Stop worrying so much, things usually work out. I used to worry myself so much where I didn’t sleep or I didn’t take care of myself, but when I looked back it was meaningless. I look back and think about things that I’ve missed, being happy because I was so worried about something silly. I don’t want to look back at things with regrets.

The interview has been edited and condensed.

A new Baywatch movie launched this summer, but it didn’t make anyone forget about Carmen Electra — the OG babe in a red swimsuit. Especially since the now 45-year-old dancer and actress looks alarmingly similar to the way she did when the show ran in the ’90s. Recently, she signed on for a completely new role: one of the contestants on Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America, which airs Aug. 23. Although she might not know how to roast a pan of veggies, Electra definitely has the wherewithal to eat healthfully. Here are her tips for treating her body well.

She drinks more water than you do.

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Good morning 🌴☀️ #fbf

A post shared by Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) on May 12, 2017 at 3:16am PDT

Unlike the rest of Hollywood’s green juice girls, Electra has a more affordable hydration obsession. “I made it a rule that I have to drink two bottles of water before I start my day,” she told The Cut. It’s been a years-long resolution of hers to cut down on soda and increase her water intake. Now that Electra’s finally doing it, she’s noticing a huge difference. “It’s easier for me now to keep the weight off,” Electra revealed, adding her skin is completely different, too.

Her go-to foods are insanely clean.

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Loving my new furniture from @SofaManiaUSA 💤

A post shared by Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) on Jul 21, 2017 at 6:13pm PDT

Electra likes to fill up on fish — especially in the form of sushi. You’ll often see paparazzi snapping the star in front of Southern California’s hottest Japanese spots, like Sushi Roka and Omi Sushi. When Electra is prepping for a performance or photo shoot, she says, “I will focus more on fruits and vegetables, too.”

When it comes to working out, she sticks to her roots.

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Gym day today 💪🏼 #fitness #backtowork #gym #workout #letsgo

A post shared by Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) on Jun 20, 2016 at 6:58pm PDT

Electra’s parents put her in dance classes as a young child, and she’s turned the hobby into her main source of exercise. It sometimes takes on a more risqué quality — she released a set of aerobic striptease workout DVDs more than a decade ago — but Electra prefers a few body rolls in the studio to logging time at the gym. “I look at fitness as a way of expressing myself,” she told Muscle & Fitness. On the days Electra doesn’t feel like dancing or even getting herself to a gym, she focuses on a few at-home moves. “I’ll do some lunges, something simple like that,” she told The Cut.

Carmen knows when to be strict, and when to just eat a cupcake.

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I did it all for the cookie 🍪😘 TY to my favorite makeup artist @ash_kholm for my #selfiecookie

A post shared by Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) on Nov 9, 2016 at 7:16pm PST

According to Electra, wellness is a lifestyle. She tries her hardest to eat healthfully, but won’t deny herself a treat here and there. “I can’t say that I’m 100 percent perfect,” she admitted. Her sweet tooth tends to be her downfall, especially when she’s alone or on the road. “I love my sweets: cookies and baked goods in bed,” she revealed.

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Carmen Electra has always danced. She became famous by posing for Playboy in 1996.

She on occasion also dances for the Pussy Cat Dolls. She has had roles in films like Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Scary Movie.

Celebrity Diet

Carmen Electra eats lots of lean protein like sushi, chicken and veggies. She maintains a low carb and low fat diet combination.

She is known to be a Cola addict, drinking 6-10 cans per day.

On the more healthy side, Carmen drinks green tea and ginseng herb tea for improved energy and weight loss.

Celebrity Exercise

Carmen does conventional exercise as well as striptease dancing.

Practically every day you will find Cameron at the gym, walking, dancing or doing sit ups.

Carmen has also produced an Aerobic Striptease series which provides you with her striptease basics. She combines popular fitness and dance techniques and places them in a gentle workout which strengthens and tones the body, especially hips, thighs, bums and abs.

Aerobic striptease can of course help you look feel fab, look good and put some spice into your personal life.

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