Harper’s Bazaar: How do you balance your career, company and big social life with eating well and staying fit?
Kate Hudson: You know, I think it’s just about taking it easy and not putting too much pressure on yourself. I think that’s what our company is also about. It’s like, you want to be as healthy and as fit as you can because it’s great for you, but you also want to enjoy your life and be able to have some fun and have everything in moderation. That’s kind of always been what my family is like and how we grew up—my mom was always incredibly healthy and fit but then you know, we’d watch her and my dad go off in the summer and eat and have fun, have their rose. It’s enjoying a quality of life but also being tuned in and recognizing the need to stay focused on our health and always keeping that in mind.
HB: Tell me about your fitness routine.
KH: You know, it just depends on if I have time to workout and what my mood is. Like sometimes, I’ll just want to stretch and do more of a hot yoga-type situation, sometimes I want to sweat it out and do more cardio, spinning. But my go-to’s are Brazilian Butt Lifts—it’s just really, really concentrating on your core and your butt—and Pilates.
HB: What are your favorite studios?
KH: I mostly do it at my house. In London, I do this thing called Heartcore and it’s amazing. They’re bringing that to the states soon hopefully. And Circuit Works. So I’m all over the place really. Sometimes I’ll just move around and dance around to kind of just sweat because I feel like I need to get things circulating. But I’m not hardcore about it.
HB: What about diet—do you have any restrictions?
KH: I live by a rulebook of eating alkaline. And then I’ll cheat when I want to, but I sort of make that my go-to unless I’m out at a great restaurant. I’m a bit of a foodie, so I can’t cut out the things that I love, so I just make sure that on a daily basis I eat very alkaline. So no meat, no dairy, no gluten, I try to stay away from sugar. But then I could be at a movie theater and throw down on some popcorn and milk duds or at an Italian restaurant and I’ll have my pasta. So I try not to make it about dieting, I try just to make alkaline my normal and then have fun.
HB: What are some of the best beauty lessons you’ve picked up over the years from your mom and being on-set?
KH: It’s actually not necessarily my mom as much as it is her makeup artist Tom Case from years ago who has now passed on. Tom was like a magician who could just take three little pencils and a foundation and create a face that was just amazing. And then also watching my dad in action movies where, you know, it’s more prosthetic-type makeup. So I actually got to see some really cool stuff growing up that’s a little different than say, beauty makeup. I don’t fuss too much over makeup as much as I love it. Leslie Lopez has been doing my makeup for years and she’s taught me a lot of great little eye tricks. We were just talking about it actually on the way here, how mascara is so key. The right mascara is a big one, and different ones work differently on different people. We used a Lancôme one today that was really good, but I love Too Faced Better Than Sex.
HB: Do you have a favorite beauty look from any of your films?
KH: I’ve had a couple that I’ve enjoyed but the number that we did in Nine was so much fun. The outfit and the whole thing—I must have had 15 pounds of hair on my head and just whipping that around and the big lashes and the big, black lined eyes—was really fun. And then another one would be that yellow dress thing in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. That was nice.
Alexandra Tunell Senior Beauty Editor Alexandra Tunell is the Senior Digital Beauty Editor at Harper’s BAZAAR, where she writes beauty features and covers industry news, health, fitness and wellness trends.
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Kate Hudson Shows Off Her Post-Baby Abs 7 Months After Giving Birth to Daughter Rani
Kate Hudson is in washboard ab-shape!
Hudson, who turned 40 last month, shared a mirror selfie of her toned stomach on Friday, nearly seven months after she and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa welcomed their first child, daughter Rani Rose in October 2018.
“Bored on set…? Take some weird mirror selfies in the trailers bathroom,” the mom of three captioned her post.
Hudson is also mom to sons Bingham “Bing” Hawn, 7½, and Ryder Russell, 15.
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Hudson credits Weight Watchers in reaching her post-pregnancy “goal weight” of losing 25 pounds, a goal she revealed she met just six months after Rani’s birth.
“Okay my friends, wanted to share! I’m a couple lbs. from goal weight!” Hudson posted on Instagram in April. “I’ve done it without stressing on food or working out like crazy although I have been disciplined.”
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“After pregnancy, getting your body back into shape for me — especially in fitness — finding my stomach muscles again and pushing myself a little bit harder sometimes are things that I enjoy,” she told PEOPLE in December.
While it’s unclear what movie set Hudson’s referring to in her most recent Instagram post, she has been busy as a brand ambassador for Weight Watchers since late 2018.
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Hudson was welcomed as an ambassador for WW by Oprah Winfrey, who herself partnered with Weight Watchers back in 2015.
“I’ve become an Ambassador for the WW family because it is the perfect community for people to live healthy their own way and I love sharing this knowledge with you all!” Hudson posted of her involvement with the weight-loss company.
“This is not a community for people who just want to lose weight, although leading a healthy lifestyle lends itself to such, this is a community about supporting each other through a lifelong journey of wellness,” she said, adding, “I’m so happy to share this with everyone and I have to say, having @oprah on my call list was a dream come true! Love you O #WwAmbassador #WellnessThatWorks.”
Kate Hudson Is the Face of Fitness-Life Balance We All Need Right Now
Last month, Kate Hudson announced she was joining forces with Oprah as an ambassador for WW-the brand formerly known as Weight Watchers. Some were confused; the actress and Fabletics founder isn’t known for struggling with her weight like her famous “I love bread” counterpart. But the partnership makes sense when you consider the overhaul that Weight Watchers unveiled this fall. The company, long synonymous with weigh-ins (they’ve been around since the early ’60s), ditched their name and before-and-after photos in their ads and introduced new programming to focus on members’ overall health and wellness, including millennial-friendly partnerships with brands like Headspace and Blue Apron.
Hudson understands the confusion; she had preconceived notions about what the brand was about too, she admits. “People look at me like, why are you doing this? And I go, what do you mean? Don’t you know what this is? It’s nice to reimagine this with them and remind people that it’s not just about weight,” she tells Shape. “It’s really a perfect program, because it’s all about individuals and diversity. We’re not all going to like the same things. Oprah’s favorite free-style food is fish tacos. I like cocktails! Everyone has their thing.”
“It’s a community of people who want to see each other get healthy and I love that, and it’s affordable which is the big thing for me-making this accessible to everyone.”
Hudson has pretty much always been the picture of health and wellness. Growing up in Colorado, she was always outdoors and serious about sports, like travel soccer, and dancing. As an adult, she’s been a huge proponent of Pilates, which she’s been practicing for two decades. Now, after recently giving birth to her third child, her wellness goals have shifted. As she recently shared on Instagram, she’s on a mission to lose 25 pounds and get back to her “fighting weight,” but also try new workouts, keep up her milk production, spend time with friends and family, and keep her sanity along the way. (She knows the scale isn’t everything!)
We talked to her about how her wellness journey has been going thus far, including how pregnancy helped her *finally* nail proper yoga form, and the workout class she wants to try in 2019.
Why she thinks we need to give new moms a break.
“You know, when you’re breastfeeding, it’s not the time to be thinking about losing weight. I give myself three or four months , and I’m just there now. I’m someone that produces the amount of milk that my kids want, so then the second I start to go back to work, it becomes really difficult, so I’m trying to find that balance. So now I’m asking myself if I should start supplementing a little bit, or do I not, or how long I’m going to wait before I introduce formula. We all know how important breastfeeding is for the baby, but to me, it’s like, just love your babies and make sure that they’re getting what they need-make sure they’re healthy and do the best you can. Women put so much pressure on themselves to be this perfect Earth Mother, the Instagram mother.” (Related: Serena Williams Opens Up About Her Difficult Decision to Stop Breastfeeding)
How pregnancy helped her learn how to do yoga.
“I still think Pilates is the best, but when I was pregnant I couldn’t do the reformer. I could, but something about my body was not letting me work out at all-I was so sick all the time. So I started doing yoga and I realized that I was doing yoga wrong my whole life. I’m a dancer so I’m usually pretty good with flexibility, but my yoga instructor, she kicked my ass. I realized that I was doing my lunges nearly not deep enough. I think I’m strong, but when you get into those yoga poses in the right way, you’re just like that’s a whole nother level. She had me in the proper form and alignment and I was dying-I had never felt yoga like that before. It got me excited about new challenges.”
The workout class on her 2019 fitness bucket list.
“I’m the type of person that does everything, I like everything. I’ve never done Barry’s Bootcamp, so I want to try that. Sophie, my stylist, she does it and is a beast. There’s this thing called Circuit Works in LA that I’ve done, it’s a version of it and it’s hard-core! I also want to do more things outside, like ride my bike. And I want to start running again. I used to do four miles a day and three of those would be uphill. I did that for six months under 30 minutes. I’d like to get back to that and have it be easy. It’s a great feeling when you feel light on your feet. When you run, you understand what they say about runner’s high.”
She’s not afraid of the scale-but she doesn’t need it either.
“, I can feel it when I wake up. I have this thing in my book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body-it’s my body scan that I do in the morning. I can feel if I’m on the right track or if I have to be more focused on my own health. But I’m not afraid of the scale. I like having a deeper understanding of the scale. It gives me an understanding of my storyline and the place I’m trying to get to, but it’s okay if it ends up changing. Your body changes as you get older, so do you wanna hang on to the jeans you had in high school? At some point, you want to feel better about your body and you end up getting stronger and you’re not necessarily going to be the same body shape.”
- By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert
The Secret to Kate Hudson’s 6-Pack Abs
Gleek alert! The always adorable Kate Hudson is back in the spotlight with a six-episode arc on Glee playing a dance instructor, and let’s just say… she’s shakin’ what her mama gave her! The 33-year-old looked amazing on the season four premiere, flaunting some pretty awesome abs.
There’s no question the blonde bombshell is back and better than ever, but how did she get that rock-hard, post-baby bod? Nicole Stuart, Hudson’s long-time Pilates trainer, dished with SHAPE about the sexy star’s workout and more!
SHAPE: We love Kate Hudson! Her abs are incredible on Glee this season. How long have you been working with her and what’s it like training her?
Nicole Stuart (NS): I’ve worked with her for 15 years. It’s been great! When you’ve worked with someone for so long, she’s become one of my best friends now. She’s an incredible person and she really challenges me as a trainer because she’s such a great athlete. We both give each other a run for our money. She’s always been amazing when it comes to her workouts.
SHAPE: How often do you train her and how long are the sessions?
NS: We do Pilates for an hour, three times a week. If she’s prepping for something it will be more. We always combine cardio-like a mile run-before a Pilates class. On off days, she’ll meet me for yoga or a spin class.
SHAPE: Why is Pilates such a great workout?
NS: It primarily works your core, but not just the front. You’ll work the entire body-front, sides, back, your whole midsection, trunk-it pulls everything in and together. You’ll become tighter, more toned, and stronger. It makes you stand taller, makes you have more confidence, makes you more grounded. You’ll lose inches and get that leaner, longer look. After the first 10 sessions, you’ll feel different. After 20 sessions, you’ll see a difference!
We were dying to know more, so we asked Stuart to share a sample of Hudson’s workout. Now you too can feel longer, leaner, tighter, stronger, and more toned with her Pilates routine. Check it out on the next page!
You’ll Need: A Pilates mat, water
Lie on your back with your legs bent in a tabletop position with your shins and ankles parallel to the floor. Inhale.
Exhale. Bring your head up with your chin down. You should be looking straight at your belly button. Curl your upper spine off the floor and inhale.
Extend your arms and legs out directly in front of you and exhale. Lower your legs just enough so that you feel the tension in your stomach but your legs don’t shake. Hold your arms about a half-inch off the floor.
Hold this position and slightly pump your arms up-and-down in a repetitive movement. Take short breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Take five breaths in and five breaths out.
Do a cycle of 10 full breaths. Each cycle is five short in-breaths and five short out-breaths. When you finish, slowly pull your legs into your stomach. Wrap your arms around them and drop your head and shoulders to the floor.
Lay on your back on a yoga or gym mat. Your legs should be straight. Inhale and reach your arms above your head so that you are stretching your entire body like you would in the morning.
Exhale and lift your arms toward the sky. When your arms become perpendicular to the sky, begin to gradually lift your head and shoulders off the mat. Remember to keep your neck in good alignment by pretending that there is an orange under your chin.
Scoop your abdominals in to begin the roll up. At the same time, squeeze your inner thigh and butt muscles. You want to keep your legs on the floor; if you have trouble with this, use a modification like bending your knees to help protect your back during the exercise.
Inhale once you’ve reached the top and are in a sitting position. Stretch forward over your toes.
Begin to roll back down, keeping your spine in a “C” shape. Roll down slowly one vertebra at a time. The slow movement forces you to have greater control and ultimately, strengthen your muscles.
Reach your arms back over your head once you have completed your roll down. When you’ve reached the beginning position, repeat the process for another roll up. Do this five times.
3. Single-Leg Pull
Begin lying on the floor with your legs extended straight out in front of you. Rest your arms along your sides with your palms facing down. Relax your shoulders away from your ears and let your belly drop toward the floor.
Inhale as you pull your abs in deeply, sinking your navel in toward your spine. Curl your head forward until your chin touches your chest as you simultaneously bend both of your knees and pull both legs in toward your chest. Point your toes and clasp your hands around your shins.
Extend your right leg straight up to the ceiling. Hold onto your right ankle with both hands. Extend your left leg in front of you, fully straightening the leg. Let your left heel hover about two inches above the mat.
Keep your abdominal muscles scooped, your back flat, and your upper body curved throughout the movements.
Inhale and press your spine deeply into the mat. Exhale as you pull your right leg closer toward your head with two short pulses. Exhale twice, once with each pulse.
Inhale again and on your exhalation, quickly switch the position of your legs by “scissoring” them past each other.
Hold onto your left ankle and repeat the movement. Inhale as you press your spine and exhale as you pull your leg close with two short pulses.
Repeat 10 to 20 times.
4. Criss Cross
Lie on your back in neutral spine. Bend your knees and bring your shins up so that they are parallel to the floor.
Place your hands behind your head, supporting the base of the skull. Keep the elbows wide. Use an exhale to pull your abs into a deep scoop, and leaving the pelvis in a neutral position (not tucked or tipped), curl the chin and shoulders off the mat up to the base of the shoulder blades.
Inhale: Your upper body is in a full curve, your abs are pulling your bellybutton down to your spine, and your legs are in tabletop position.
Exhale: Reach your left leg out long, and as you keep the elbows wide, rotate your torso toward the bent right knee so that your left armpit is reaching toward the knee.
Inhale: Inhale as you switch legs and bring the trunk through center.
Exhale: Extend the right leg. Rotate your upper body toward the left knee. Keep your chest open and elbows wide the whole time. Resist the urge to hold yourself up with your arms. Make this exercise about the abs.
Do this 10 times.
For more great Nicole Stuart workouts, check out her website and ! “You can do the workouts anywhere, even in your office!” says Stuart.
- By Kristen Aldridge
Kate Hudson shook what her mama gave her on the fourth season premiere of Glee!
More than a year after she gave birth to son Bingham (with fiancee Matthew Bellamy, 34), the 33-year-old actress flashed her six-pack abs in a midriff-baring ensemble during the September 13 episode. (Hudson is also mom to son Ryder, 8, with ex-husband and Black Crowes musician Chris Robinson, 45.)
To get her post-baby body back, Hudson had a dance studio built in her L.A. home — complete with state-of-the-art stereo system — for daily, hourlong dance workouts, a source told Us Weekly in April. The cheery actress also kept to strict portions of protein and veggies and stopped eating after 7 p.m. “It worked,” raved a friend. “She has no baby fat left!”
On Glee, Hudson plays the perpetually unimpressed Cassandra July, a dance instructor at the fictional New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Her character torments McKinley High School graduate Rachel Berry (Lea Michele, 25), who moved to the Big Apple to fulfill her dream of becoming a Broadway star.
Like her famous mother Goldie Hawn, 66, Hudson grew up dancing. “Dancing with all the people who are on Glee — I don’t know! I’m a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance, and I showed up to set, and students in my dance class: Melanie and Marko ,” Hudson said on the Ellen DeGeneres Show September 13. “I just flipped out. And I’m a huge Melanie fan, so I was a total geek going, ‘Oh, my god! I love you so much!’ And they’re sitting there going, ‘This is so weird. Thanks!'”
“I get to be mean to all of them, so it’s really fun,” Hudson added.
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Kate Hudson Gets in Dancer Shape for Upcoming Glee Appearance
Blond bombshell Kate Hudson has been gracing the set of Glee lately looking quite scandalous as Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) dance teacher, Cassandra July. The 33-year-old actress is slated to star in six episodes of the sitcom’s upcoming fourth season, according to People Magazine. And fans of the show and Hudson couldn’t be more thrilled.
Hudson certainly has one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood, making her an obvious choice for this skin-bearing role. But what some people may not realize is she’s maintained her stunning figure throughout two pregnancies. A mom with that kind of physique deserves some serious praise.
It doesn’t hurt that the Hudson lives in sunny California most of the time, which allows for plenty of walks, jogs, and bike rides outdoors. But to maintain her toned body, Hudson frequently relies on Pilates sessions with celebrity trainer Nicole Stuart.
Hudson didn’t use pregnancy as an excuse to be sidelined from fitness, even though she did admit to eating whatever she wanted when serious cravings hit. To stay in shape with an expanding belly, Hudson turned to celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, famous for her Method workouts and sweat sessions that cater specifically to moms-to-be.
Beyond gym time, Hudson also stays active with her two boys Ryder and Bingham by going on frequent walks, bike rides and even paddle boarding. She also enjoys a good 5-mile run outside or a dance session in her home studio when her busy schedule allows it. And to let out her wild side, she’s also dabbled in striptease dance classes to stay toned while having fun.
When it comes to her diet, Hudson keeps a close eye on what she eats, admitting to counting calories to maintain her trim figure. But she mainly tries to eat five small meals throughout the day while staying hydrated with plenty of water.
In addition to a healthy diet and exercise routine, Hudson maintains a balanced viewpoint in all areas of life and tries not to sweat the small stuff.
In a past interview with Elle Magazine, Hudson said “It’s important to be conscious of your health and not indulge too much in the things that are bad for you. Do I mind having my appearance constantly scrutinized? I don’t have enough time on this planet to worry about things like that. I’m more concerned with if I’m raising my son properly, with what makes my family happy, with what makes me happy. ”
That’s a viewpoint that makes Hudson radiate health to us even more. We can’t wait to tune into Glee to see her in action when the upcoming fourth season debuts this September.
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