Kate Hudson (born April 19, 1979) is a very famous American actress, model, and Hollywood personality. She has worked in more than 25 movies and has also worked in many shows. Kate has also appeared in the famous survival show named “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (2015).

At the age of 19 years, she started her career from a Hollywood drama movie named Desert Blue (1998) directed by Morgan Freeman. After this, 2 years later she appeared in a movie named 200 Cigarettes (2000).

She got famous and a leap in her career by appearing in another drama movie named Almost Famous (2000).


Childhood, Parents, Siblings & Education

In the Hollywood city, LA the loveable actress Kate Garry Hudson (age 40 years old) was born. She took birth in the family of star parents on 19, April 1979. Her father Bill Hudson is a famous actor and musician and her mother Goldie Hawn is also an award-winning actress, director & producer.

She also has an elder brother and his name is Oliver Hudson. After 1 and a half-year of her birth, Bill and Goldie divorced each other. Kate is a Jew and practices Buddhism.

She did her schooling from a school in Santa Monica named Crossroads. After her schooling, her application got approved at New York University but she changed her mind and went to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.

Physical Stats, How tall & Appearance

In Hollywood, Kate is considered as one of the prettiest actresses. She has the facial and physical characteristics of a perfect model also. Kate Hudson has a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall which makes her stance impressive.

Kate Hudson’s tall height, weight & figure measurements.

As a founder of a fitness brand named “Fabletics” she herself also goes to the gym daily and has a bodyweight of only 121 lbs (55 kg). Her body measurements are 34-23-34 (in inches). She has very mesmerizing grey eyes and blonde hair.

Personal Life, Spouse, Boyfriend & Children

She has seen many lows and highs in her relationship front. First, she met a man named Chris Robinson who is a famous American singer and musician. In the year 2000 on 31st December, the lady married him.

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They got blessed with a child, a son & they named him Ryder Russell Robinson. In 2007 they got divorced and granted the joint custody of their son Ryder.

After getting over this she found herself a partner and his name is Matt Bellamy. The man is also a very famous musician. They began dating each other and soon they announced that they are expecting a baby.

In the years 2010, they both got engaged. But in the year 2010 on 9 December, by mutual consent, the couple broke their engagement. From this relationship, she has a son named Bingham Hawn Bellamy.

Hudson with Matt Bellamy.

Currently, she is in a relationship with boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa. They first met each other in the year 2007 and Kate Hudson was only 28 years old at that time. Fujikawa and Hudson are living together and have a daughter named Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa (born 2 October 2018).

Kate Hudson & her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa.

In her personal life, she daily practices Meditation. As she described in an interview it helps her in discovering and improving herself.

Some Interesting Facts about Kate Hudson

Career & Net worth

In the year 2003, she worked in a romantic comedy movie named “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)” after this, she worked in another Rom-Com, Le Divorce (2003).

Her character Cassandra from the series named “Glee” got very popular. Kate Hudson has worked in more than 28 movies and in about 7 shows. The lady has also got many awards for her acting.

She is working on her upcoming movie “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon”. The release date of the movie is yet to be announced.

She has also written a book in 2006 and the name of the book is Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. Currently, she lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Over the 22 years of her career, Kate Hudson has accumulated a net worth of $80 Million US dollars. She enjoys a very luxury life & lives in the city of Hollywood in a fancy Mansion.


  • The Aries woman is very independent and generous.
  • She meditates for 20 minutes in the morning and also in the afternoon.
  • Kate is a dog lover.
  • Hudson loves to spend time with her kids and also posts many images with them on Instagram.
  • Her brother Oliver Hudson is also an actor.

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  • After the divorce of her parents, she got raised by her mother and mother’s boyfriend.
  • Kate loves nail art.
  • Purple is her favorite color as she wears so much purple shade dresses.
  • In one of her statements, she said it is difficult to watch her own performance.
  • The actress workouts a lot as she said once cardio makes her feel good and meditation makes feel fresh.

Kate Hudson Height, Wiki, Age, Bio, Husband, Ethnicity, Facts

Who is Kate Hudson?

Kate Hudson is an American actress and model and the daughter of actors Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson. She is perhaps best known for portraying the role of Peny in the 2000 American comedy film, Almost Famous, which earned her a Golden Globe and a nomination for Academy Awards in Best Supporting Actress category. Since she is from a family of film fraternity, She was destined to become an actress at a young age and her parents ensured to make her dreams come true.


Hudson dropped out from college to pursue her acting career. She debuted as an actress as a teenager and went on to do small roles in films that didn’t get her noticed. She received fame and recognition only after landing a role in the film Almost Famous. With such huge fame and popularity, she is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.

Personal Life

Kate Hudson was born on the 19th of April 1979 in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. She is currently 40 years old.

Birth Name Kate Garry Hudson
Nickname Kate
Date of Birth April 19, 1979
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Age 40
Sun Sign Aries
Profession Actress, Dancer
Nationality American


  • Father – Bill Hudson (Actor, comedian, and musician)
  • Mother – Goldie Hawn (Actress, director, producer, and singer)
  • Siblings – Oliver Hudson (Older Brother) (Actor), Wyatt Russell (Younger Half Brother), Zachary Hudson (Younger Half Brother), Boston Russell (Step Brother), Lalania Hudson (Younger Half Sister), Emily Hudson (Younger Half Sister)
  • Relatives – Cindy Williams (Stepmother), Kurt Russell (Her mom Goldie’s longtime boyfriend)


She attended Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, a college preparatory school in Santa Monica, California. She, then, enrolled at the New York University, but she left her undergraduate degree to pursue a career in acting.

Ethnicity and Religion

Hudson is of Italian, Hungarian Jewish, with a hint of English and German ancestry. She was raised Jewish but practices Buddhism

Husband, Dating

Matt LeBlanc (1996) – Kate had a brief relationship with Matt LeBlanc in 1996.

Chris Robinson (2000 – 2007) – She began dating Chris Robinson, the frontman of the American rock band “The Black Crowes”, Chris Robinson dated Hudson since May 2000. They were married in December 2000 in Aspen, Colorado. They lived together for six years and officially announced their separation on August 14, 2006. They have a son named Ryder Russell Robinson. On October 22, 2007, the couple divorced.

Owen Wilson (2006 – 2007) – Kate Hudson met American actor Owen Wilson while filming the 2006 film, You, Me and Dupree and they started dating each other. Their relationship was short lived that lasted only 10 months.

The duo again found intimate in 2008 and, in fact, they had On-and-Off relationship. They finally ended on terms in 2009.

Dax Shepard (2007) – Kate dated American actor and comedian Dax Shepard between July and October 2007.

Lance Armstrong (2008 ) – She then dated American road racing cyclist, Lance Armstrong in 2008. The duo, obviously, had a short-term relationship and mutually ended their relationship in July 2008, but still they are on good terms.

Alex Rodriguez (2009) – Kate dated Alex Rodriguez for a few months in 2009.

Matthew Bellamy (2010 – 2014) – Kate began dating the Muse band frontman, Matthew Bellamy in 2010. The couple became engaged in April 2011 and had their first child (son), Bingham Hawn Bellamy on July 9, 2011. The couple called off their engagement on December 9, 2014 and still on good terms.

Derek Hough (2014) – She was rumoured to be dating dancer Derek Hough when they were spotted together at a restaurant in Los Angeles in 2014.

Nick Jonas (2015) – Kate was again rumored to be dating, this time, singer Nick Jonas in 2015. The couple was actually spotted together at Disney World having breakfast.

J. J. Watt (2016) – She was reported to be dating American football player, J. J. Watt in April 2016.

Brad Pitt (2016) – In November 2016, the actors Kate and Brad Pitt were RUMORed to have had a fling.

Danny Fujikawa (2017-Present) – She was found dating a musician, Danny Fujikawa, co-founder of Lightwave Records in March 2017. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Rani Rose on October 2nd, 2018.

Physical Statistics

Height Feet – 5 feet 6 inches
Centimeters – 168 cm
Meters – 1.68 m
Weight Kilograms – 55 kg
Pounds – 121 lbs
Body Build Slim
Body Measurements 34-24-35
Body Shape Banana
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Sexuality Straight
Shoe Size 6 (US)
Dress Size 4 (US)
Distinctive Features

Professional Statistics

Film Debut

She made her debut in the 1988 American comedy drama, Desert Blue as Skye Davidson.

However, her is best known for playing Penny Lane in Almost Famous, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Television Debut

She first appeared in the 1996 American teen drama television series Part of Five playing Cory.

Brand Endorsements

She was associated with Almay in 2010.


Kate Hudson Favorite Things

  • Food – Chicken Salad, Candy, Chocolates, Pineapple
  • Actor – Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Actress – Bette Davis
  • Movie – This is Spinal Tap, Desert Blue
  • Beauty Products – Bourjois’ blush (for red cheeks), Bliss’ Foot Patrol (for feet), Stila tinted moisturizer (for the clear complexion), ooh la lift from Benefit (for eyes), Lancôme’s fabulous Hypnose and Max Factor 2000 Calorie (for eyelashes)
  • Skincare – Care by Stella McCartney
  • Holiday Destination – Greece


“Never worry about bad press: All that matters is if they spell your name right.”

“I gained 60 pounds, and I’m proud of it. Why do I need to watch my weight when I’m pregnant? I could eat whatever the hell I want to eat.”

“Honesty will never break you.”

“I did not like leaving them when they were little or big. You have to have priorities regarding what you will allow to take you away from your kid.”

“I’m not afraid of heights. I rock climb. I can repel off the side of a building.”

Kate Hudson Net worth

Hudson made a fortune of $80 million US dollars throughout her stint in acting. At the same time, she is a lavish spender, more of a shopping girl. The 38-year old actress is alos actively involved in charity works and supports Donate Life America and Healthy Child Healthy World among others.

Cars & Bikes

Kate has a few expensive cars from famous brands, including a Toyota Prius and a Tesla Model S, a Cadillac Escalade ESV amongst others.


She owns several properties in the U.S. and the U.K. She purchased a beautiful luxury mansion along with her British fiancé Matt Bellamy. The six bedrooms house is worth US$12 million that incorporates all the features required for a celeb house.

She also owns a US$4.5 million exquisite house in North London that features 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Kate bought a Tudor style 7,000 sq-feet mansion in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles for US$5.3 million in December 2012. This elegant mansion features 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a large open space kitchen, a large living room, a dining room, a large swimming pool and a library with a rare collection of books.

Kate Hudson Facts

Kate is not a type of celeb who enjoys seeing herself on-screen. She says that she gets cold, trembles and sweats after watching her performances.

She loves playing guitar, dancing, exercising, watching movies, and acting.

When the Oscar-nominated actress Kate is upset over things, she wears lots of jewelry. She even borrows pieces from her mother. Her love for jewelry is lucrative.

In July 2006, she sued an American supermarket tabloid ‘National Enquirer’ for calling her as painfully thin.

Kate Hudson has 3 dogs – Clara (a Pomeranian), Doctor (an English bulldog), and Bella (a Neapolitan mastiff).

She portrayed Amy Stanton, the girlfriend of a sadistic serial killer in the crime thriller ‘The Killer Inside Me’ (2010), a film based on the novel of the same name by Jim Thompson.

She was named one of the ’50 Most Beautiful People in the World’ by People Magazine in 2000.

Her best friend is Liv Tyler.

She loves to be in natural look.

She is a proud co-founder of Fabletics, a fitness brand and membership program operated by JustFab.

Kate Hudson Reveals Her Weight ‘Fluctuates At Least 5 Lbs. Every Month’ – But She Still Loves Her Hawaiian Pizza!

So what’s Kate Hudson‘s weakness?

“Pizza,” the actress tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “Like Hawaiian pizza. I’m always the person that orders the pizza that everybody goes, ‘Why did you order that?’ ”

After years of “yo-yo dieting,” the actress, 36, says she’s finally learned body acceptance and now embraces a lifestyle that makes her look and feel good. “It’s about health and mindfulness,” she adds. “Because you can have the greatest body and you can be really unhappy if that’s all you’re working toward.”

In her new lifestyle book, Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, which is “not meant to be a tell-all, but rather a tell-true,” Hudson shares how to become “healthy, strong and beautiful from the inside out,” while giving readers interactive quizzes to help them jump-start their own wellness routines.

For more of Kate Hudson’s interview, including an exclusive excerpt from her new book, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday

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“I think we’ve put so much focus on the results that everybody is forgetting to enjoy the process,” she says. “And really the only way you can get there in a way that is meaningful is if you enjoy it. And everybody has a different way of finding out what that is.”

Hudson says she can relate to people who struggle with body-acceptance and the desire to be healthy. “I have fluctuated my whole life,” adds the actress, who credits dancing as one activity that has helped her body confidence.

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“I fluctuate at least five pounds every month. I really want to reach people that are asking, ‘How do I get there?’ A lot of people are quite discouraged by the process of getting healthy because one, they think they can’t afford it, and two, it’s daunting. I wanted to start a dialogue. Because you won’t be able to even get there until you actually accept yourself and start connecting with yourself.”

As the co-founder of Fabletics, the actress is hoping to inspire readers to focus on health and inner beauty. “People make excuses, ‘Oh, it’s genetics or this or that.’ I’m not talking about aesthetics, I’m actually talking about health,” Hudson says. “You can have aesthetic goals, that’s one piece of the puzzle. You can see images of men or women and say, ‘Oh, that’s my goal, that’s what I’d like to look like some day’. But that’s not going to get you there in a way that embodies and encompasses what it is to really feel strong mentally and physically.”

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body hits bookshelves on Feb. 16.

Ultimate Abs Workout: 5 Pilates Exercises for a Toned Core

Fitness trends go out of style nearly as soon as people even know what they are, so it’s remarkable Pilates has managed to stick around for so long. It probably has a lot to do with the workout program’s focus on core strength. Most Pilates routines call upon the muscles around your midsection, so it’s nearly always a great abs workout.

Whether you’re male or female, fitness newbie or gym junkie, Pilates can seriously help strengthen your core. Get started with these five exercises.

1. Wind down

Try this Pilates move for a strong core. | iStock.com

For this move, sit in the center of the mat with your knees bent and your feet lightly resting on the ground. Sit straight up so your shoulders, back, and hips are all in alignment. Bend your elbows and curl your hands into fists directly in front of your chest. Move your fists in a circular motion as you roll your body down toward the mat, keeping your stomach tight. Stop before your back touches the ground, then reverse the direction of your hands as you sit back up.

2. The hundred

You can do this exercise from home, too. | iStock.com

Begin lying on your mat with your legs together and your arms at your sides. As you tighten your glutes and core, raise your feet off the ground, keeping your toes pointed. Extend your arms in front of you so your hands are just above your hips and raise your upper back and shoulders off the mat. From this position, pump your arms several inches up and down five times as you inhale, then do five more as you exhale. Repeat as you’re able, eventually building up to 100 total pumps.

3. Double-leg stretch

Two women are strengthening their core muscles during Pilates. | iStock.com

Start on your back with your knees lifted directly above your hip points, heels together. Extend your arms out to your sides as you lift your shoulders and upper back off the ground, keeping your gaze just below your knees. In a slow, controlled movement, simultaneously extend your arms and legs in opposite directions as you exhale. Inhale as you return to the starting position. Shape recommends performing 15 repetitions.

4. Extension arrow

Make sure you’re working your back muscles, too. | iStock.com

Begin on your stomach with your arms at your sides and your legs extended in a straight line. Maintaining steady breathing, gently arch your back to lift both your arms and legs off the ground. Hold the position, then release your limbs back to the ground. You can check out a variation using dumbbells by heading to Muscle & Fitness. Beginners should start without the weights, then reach for a set of light dumbbells as the move becomes easier.

5. Roll-up

The roll-up doesn’t hurt your back or neck. | iStock.com/Jacob Ammentorp Lund

Lie on your back with your legs together and toes pointed. Raise your arms so they point toward the ceiling with your palms facing forward. Moving slowly, engage your abs and exhale as you slowly roll up to a seated position. As you move, bring your arms down so they end parallel to the ground. Self suggests aiming for 10 repetitions.

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If you’re sick of slogging through endless rounds of crunches at the gym, we don’t blame you. Ab workouts can be boring — but that’s where Pilates comes into play. Based on more than 600 exercises and variations, Pilates keeps ab work interesting while helping you sculpt a powerful core. And the benefits are more than just aesthetic. “I love every kind of physical fitness, but I will say Pilates is the only thing that gave me this kind of abdominal strength,” says Daily Burn Pilates instructor Andrea Speir.

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Try It Now: The Daily Burn Pilates Ab Workout

This six-move core series makes for an intense workout, Speir says. Use a Pilates Magic Circle to add resistance to some of the exercises. Don’t own one? No problem. All you need is your mat. Perform these moves with no breaks in between — we dare you!

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Wind Down
How to: Sit in the center of your mat, knees bent, feet hip-distance apart (a). Bend your elbows and make a fist with each hand. Stack your fists on top of one another in front of your chest (b). Begin circling your fists around each other (c). Inhale and curl your tailbone under, scooping the abdominals in, and roll down towards the mat. Stop before touching the mat (d). Exhale as you round back up, winding arms in the opposite direction. Repeat four more times.

RELATED: 7 Easy Pilates Ab Moves for Beginners

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Frog-Circle Combo
How to: Lie flat, holding your knees to your chest (a). Curl your head and neck off the floor, and stack your hands like a pillow behind your head (b). Heels together, toes apart, slide your legs out along the mat, hovering your feet just about the mat (c). Lift legs up to a high diagonal, about 45 degrees from the ground (d). Bend your knees in towards your ears, and then slide your legs out along the mat again, hovering feet a few inches off the ground. Repeat 16 times. Think about engaging the abdominals from the two inches below your navel, Speir says. That will help the lower abs really engage and control the movement.

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How to: Lie directly in the center of the mat, and bring your knees into your chest (a). Curl your head and chest up. Gazing at your abdominals, stack hands palm over palm like a pillow and place them directly behind the head (b). With heels together and toes pointed, turn your knees out, keeping them shoulder-distance apart (c). Send legs out to a high diagonal, at least 45 degrees from the ground, and hold (d). Bend knees back towards your ears. Repeat 10 times.

RELATED: Hate Crunches? 6 Better Core Exercises

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Tabletop Control
How to: Sitting on the mat, position the Pilates Magic Circle between your legs, just above the anklebone (a). Lie down on your back, knees drawn towards your chest. Stack your hands palm over palm, and place them behind your neck (b). Curl up, squeezing the Pilates Magic Circle between your legs (c). Lower your toes towards the mat (d). Without arching your back, scoop your abdominals in to lift your legs back up to your chest. Repeat 10 times.

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Crunch Series
How to: Lie on the mat, knees bent, feet together and planted on the floor. Stack your hands palm over palm, and place them behind your head (a). Drop your knees down to one side (b). Gazing at your navel, curl your body up slightly (the middle of your back should be on the ground at all times), keeping elbows wide, lifting from your core. Repeat 10 times, then switch sides.

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Side Bend
How to: Sit on your right hip, folding your right leg under your body and extending your left leg out to the side in a straight line (a). With your right hand placed on the ground next to your hip, bend the left knee slightly, pushing yourself up to balance on your right knee (b). Flex the foot of your left leg, pull your abs in and lift your right leg, placing it behind your left leg. (c). Place your left hand on your hip, then pulse your hip up two-inches and down two-inches, keeping you right arm straight. Repeat eight times. Switch sides.

For more Pilates workouts you can do anytime, anyplace, head to DailyBurn.com/Pilates.

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Originally posted June 2015. Updated December 2015.

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If you’re ready to take your ab workout to the next level, then it might be time to take a break from your current core routine and test the limits with some Pilates-inspired core moves.

Pilates focuses on overall strength, flexibility, and mobility using a variety of equipment and techniques. For cyclists, the emphasis on core training that happens in a Pilates workout can help improve the three P’s: posture, performance, and power.

“Pilates-based moves are especially important for cyclists because the controlled, and oftentimes slow movements, focus on the development of the supportive, smaller groups of muscles that are overlooked during a ride when the bigger muscles like the quadriceps and glutes are dominating the movements,” explains Club Pilates instructor and consultant for education Vanessa Huffman.

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Makes sense, right? After all, we’ve been told over and over again that these smaller, supportive muscles are the ones that help us kick it into gear when pushing up a hill or allow us to stay upright towards the end of a century ride.

But how is it that these smaller core muscles can play such a huge role in overall performance? Well, says Huffman, your spine and core muscles function similarly to a tree’s trunk; and in a healthy tree, the trunk is completely rooted and stable while the limbs and branches constantly sway and grow.

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“When your core is functioning similarly to a healthy tree trunk, the spine and the muscles that surround it (the core) create a stabilizing structure, and make it so the rest of the body can mobilize and function more efficiently,” she explains.

With that in mind, Huffman created a series of 5 Pilates-inspired core moves you can do individually or as a total workout—all you need is a mat and a Pilates ball. Each move will help target the supportive core muscles including the abdominals, obliques, back extensor muscles and shoulders.

How to do it: Complete each move for the recommended amount of reps. Beginners, go through the workout one time. Intermediate to advanced fitness levels can complete two rounds of the five moves. (If you have access to a Pilates Reformer, you can also give the crunch variations at the end of the video a try).

Toe Taps

Start on your back, legs in table top position with shins parallel to the ground. Place the ball behind your head with elbows open wide and hands holding on to either side of the Pilates ball. Maintain a stable upper half, and hinge at your waist one side at a time to attempt to tap one big toe down to the mat at a time. Tap your right toe to the mat, then left toe, then both feet together. Repeat this sequence 4 times.

If your back stays on the ground, you can add an upper-body lift. Lift your head, neck, chest, and shoulders while you repeat the alternating toe taps and double-foot toe taps.


Stay in the same place as you were with the Toe Taps, with the elbows bent and hand supporting the neck. Place the ball at the left thigh. Lift up the chest and cross the upper half of the body over, so the right elbow holds the ball against the left inner thigh while the right leg extends to a 45-degree angle. Stay up there and try to squeeze the ball between your elbow and leg as you slowly move it up and down the thigh in a small range of motion. Switch sides and repeat 4 times on each side.

Side Plank With Ball

Roll onto your side and place the ball under the shin of the lower bent knee, leaving your top leg either bent or straight. With your weight on your forearm, lift up the hips to the side, pushing the shin into the ball. Bend the knee of the lower leg in and out. Complete 4 to 5 reps on each side. If you want a deeper oblique challenge, add 3 to 4 upper body rotations. Repeat on the other side.

Teaser Prep With Back Extension

Place the ball at the small of the back, so it supports the back while seated with the knees bent. Extend the arms overhead and one leg to a 45-degree angle. Keep the back long and straight while you lean back and pull the abdominal muscles in so that you smash the ball. Come back to the starting position without using momentum. and without momentum come back to the starting position. Complete 4 to 6 reps on each side.

Teaser Hold

Maintain the same position as the Teaser Prep, except remove the ball, so now your back and abs have to support the move. Bring both legs to a 45-degree angle, with the arms extended above. Hold this for 4 to 5 deep, slow breaths. Repeat 4 to 5 times.

Sara Lindberg Sara Lindberg, B.S., M.Ed., is a freelance writer focusing on health and fitness.

The 30-Minute Pilates Workout for Stronger Abs

We wish it were as easy as a walk in the park, but building a strong core takes time and hard work. Womp womp. The good news is the results are worth it. Once you’ve mastered the basics like planks or tried out some standing exercises, this Pilates video will help you take your workout to the next level.

This routine takes core-strengthening Pilates exercises like the Hundred and incorporates cardio blasts throughout to get your heart rate up and keep it there. We’re not going to sugarcoat it: This workout is challenging. So if it feels too tough at first, try this beginner version or a shorter Pilates workout like this one. All you need is an exercise mat and a yes-I-can attitude.

To recap:

Ab Work
•Point and Flex

•Hands Behind Head
•Pulse at Halfway Point
•Rotation at Halfway Point

Roll Over With Jack Knife

Rolling Like a Ball
•Add Hover and Leap

Ab 5
•Single Leg Stretch
•Double Leg Stretch
•Single Straight Leg
•Double Straight Leg

•Downward Dog Leg Travel
•Knee to Chest
•Knee to Opposite Elbow
•Knee to Same Side Elbow
•Knee Flex

•Halfway Pulse

•Roll Up and Down
•Single Leg Variation
•Pulse at Top
•Leg Lower and Lift
•Leg Circle

•Build Up From Feet Down to Full Teaser

Kneeling Side Kick
•Front and Back
•Pulse Up

Prone Work
•Swan Dive


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Can’t remember the last time you tried to tone your core? Though it might sound intimidating, a Pilates workout could be one way to start developing a stronger center. “One of the best things about Pilates is it is truly for anyone of any level,” says Andrea Speir, Daily Burn Pilates instructor. “Classical Pilates consists of over 600 exercises, all of which have modifications and variations.”

Pilates might imply a pricey studio or fancy equipment to some, but in reality, all you need is a mat. These seven easy Pilates moves require no gear, and are simple enough to try almost anywhere. You’ll find yourself strengthening more than just your core, too. “Pilates is a full-body form of exercise, so everything is getting targeted,” Speir says.

Even if you’ve been skipping out on ab workouts for a while, you can probably still pull off these moves with a few modifications. “In my opinion, it is one of the best things for newbies or people who feel they are out of shape because it will help build a solid base of strength… Everything is based on what your level is and yours alone,” says Speir. Try these seven simple moves to get started today.

RELATED: Hate Crunches? 6 Better Core Exercises for Beginners

7 Core Exercises for a Beginners’ Pilates Workout

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1. The 100
At the core of every Pilates practice is ‘The 100,’ which is designed to get your blood pumping and warm you up, Speir says. Struggling to make it to the end of this move? “Make this a “50” instead,” Speir advises. “That means inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Do that five times. Focus on how much your abdominals are engaging and breathe.”

How to: Draw both legs into your chest, hold on to your legs, curl your head and chest up to a tight ball (a). Send your legs out to a tabletop position with your knee directly above your hip and shins parallel to floor. Hold on behind your thighs and actively curl up, deepening and hollowing out your abs (b). Hover your arms right above your abdominal wall and start to pump your arms 6 to 8 inches up and down, taking deep breaths, inhaling for 5 counts, exhaling for 5 counts (c). Repeat 10 times, without taking a break. Rest your head flat on the floor, rather than curling it up, if the move feels too difficult.

RELATED: The Ab Moves You Aren’t Doing (But Should!)

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2. Rolling Like a Ball
Don’t take yourself too seriously. This playful move is actually a simple way to simultaneously massage your back muscles while also working your abs, Speir says. “This exercise is great for beginners because the rounded shape of your spine helps teach you how to properly and effectively engage the core muscles, while challenging them to work hard,” Speir says.

RELATED: 5 Crazy-Effective Crunch Variations

How to: Come into a seated position, knees bent, feet pointed, with just your toes touching the floor (a). Grasp the back of each thigh with each hand, and lift your legs up. Keep your knees shoulder-distance apart, and lower your head between your knees (b). Inhale, exhale, deepening your abdominals, practicing your balance, for two breaths (c). Rock back to your shoulder tips (never onto your head or neck), then back up, finding your balance for a moment. Repeat five times.

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3. Single-Leg Circles
With this simple sequence, you’ll learn how to keep your abs engaged, even when you’re moving your legs. “If you need a little bend in that knee of the circling leg, go for it!” Speir says. “It’s far better to bend that leg than to have your hip lifting up and out of place.” Another tip for first-timers: It may help to bend your non-circling leg, rather than keeping it flat on the mat — this will help you engage your core and align your hips.

How to: Lay down on the mat, shoulders down, ribs down, and extend your right leg straight up to the sky, with the left leg bent, foot flat on the floor (a). Circle your right leg across your body to your left shoulder, than back around to your right shoulder, stop at your nose. Focus on keeping abdominals scooped in (b). Repeat five times, then reverse, and switch legs.

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4. Single-Leg Teaser
The single-leg teaser is an easy way to get your body prepared for the more advanced regular Pilates teaser — in which both legs are extended in the air. Mastering the single-leg teaser first will help you learn how to find and maintain proper form, Speir says. “Make sure your legs are tightly hugging together, even though one leg is extended. You want your knees touching the entire time,” Speir advises. “This midline connection will help the lower abdominals engage and also keep the leg from swinging or dipping around, which makes the exercise more difficult and allows the back and hips to take over.”

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How to: Lying on your back, walk your feet in closer together, with your legs at a longer angle (not right in near your hands) (a). Extend one leg out, tightly hugging your inner thighs and knees together (b). Reach your fingers for your toes. Piece by piece, start to slowly round your body up reaching for those toes (c). Roll down only to your shoulder tips, come right back up and reach (d). Repeat four times. Place that foot down, send the other one out, and repeat 4 times.

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5. Criss-Cross
Who said Pilates had to be complex? You’ll work your entire mid-section with this simple move. “This is one of exercises for building amazing core strength,” Speir says. Having trouble lifting your head? Try rolling up a towel and placing it under your neck. “This will help you see your abdominals and make sure they are probably engaging while in a way imitating the action of having the head and neck up,” Speir says. Remember, you only want to use this modification for moves that require your head and neck to curl up, not any exercises where you’re lying flat on the ground.

How to: Lay on your back, knees pulled into your chest, hands supporting the base of your head (a). Extend your right leg straight in front of you, left leg remains bent. Twist towards your left leg, holding for three counts (b). Switch, extending your left leg straight, pulling your right knee into your body. Spiral your chest towards the right knee, holding for three counts. Repeat twice. Then, do the move faster for four more full rotations (once on each side).

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6. Saw
If you tend to shy away from traditional ab work (like crunches), this move might be your new go-to. “This exercise helps open and stretch the shoulders and upper back,” Speir says. “This is a must-do for beginners because it establishes a proper base and form for the body. It also builds strength, while giving a good juicy stretch.”

How to: Sit up, legs spread as wide as a yoga mat (a). With your arms straight out to your sides, twist to your left (b). Stretch your right hand towards your left foot, pulsing three times (c). Roll up in the twist, untwist, and return to center. Repeat on the opposite side. Repeat once more on each side.

RELATED: 3 Yoga-Inspired Ab Moves You’ve Never Seen Before

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7. Mermaid
This stretch gives some much-needed attention to the sides of your body, which rarely get the TLC they deserve, Speir says. “Not only does it feel fantastic but it will help relieve tension and lengthen out your body.”

How to: Rest on your right hip in a seated position, with your legs folded together to the left side (like a mermaid!) (a). Place your left hand around your ankles, and hold your right arm straight up in the air, grazing your ear (b). Keeping your abdominals engaged, reach your right arm towards the ceiling, and then out and over to the left, making sure your arm stays straight. You should feel a stretch along the right side of your body. Repeat twice (c). For a counter-stretch, place your right hand on the mat, bending it slightly (d). Lift your left arm up near your ear, and stretch to the right. Spin your legs around, and repeat on the opposite side.

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Originally published March 2015. Updated on August 2016.

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As soon as the weather hits 60 degrees, all I want to do is wear a bikini, sip on prosecco, and eat some watermelon as I scroll through Instagram, poolside. Even if swimsuit weather is still a whopping three(ish) months away, it’s the time of year where we all start to evaluate juuuuuust how confident we feel strapping on our most revealing attire and showing off our beach bodies.

As a Pilates instructor, I frequently get requests for stronger, more toned abs, especially the obliques. Since Pilates was created specifically with the idea that your core is the powerhouse of the body, almost every exercise in mat or reformer Pilates will get your abdominals fired up. And while a lot of us want toned abs to show off in a strategically taken thirst trap for our followers, a strong core is more important to help our bodies function properly, improve posture, and stop low back pain as we sit at our desks all day. If you’re looking to get as strong as possible before Memorial Day weekend hits, here are the best eight ab exercises to try without leaving your apartment:

The Plank

Your basic plank is one of the best exercises ever invented, IMO. You’ll work your full body when you’re correctly executing a plank. Keep your hands stacked right underneath your shoulders, keeping palms (or forearms) pressing down into the floor to help stabilize your shoulder girdle. Pull your belly button into your spine and think about lengthening your body from the backs of the heels through the crown of the head. This will help find your glutes while finding the isometric contraction of the muscles.

Hold your plank for as long as you can! If you’re new to planks, start by holding this position for 30 seconds (remember to continuously breathe!) and then work up to one or two minute intervals.

The Plank Plus Mountain Climbers

Once you’ve mastered just holding your basic plank, it’s time to up the ante. While a basic plank will definitely help you strengthen your transverse abdominals (the corset-like muscles that wrap around your middle), adding mountain climbers will challenge and tone your obliques (the “side” abdominals the Dua Lipa flaunts in every single crop top).

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Add mountain climber variations by bringing your knee to your elbow. Bringing your knee inside of your elbow will work your internal obliques, bringing it outside of your elbow will work your external obliques, and bringing it diagonally to your opposite elbow will help your oblique slings work congruently.

As you get fancy with your footwork, don’t lose shoulder stability and let your chest collapse. This can result in dumping the work of the exercise into your lower back, causing pain. Think about pressing into your palms and pushing into the floor to help keep your scapula (the “chicken wing” part of your shoulder blades) secure.

If you feel yourself arching your low back or if you feel a pinching sensation, work on your basic plank form until you feel confident enough to add the mountain climbers back in.

See if you can challenge yourself to hold your plank for at least one minute as you add your mountain climbers.

Bird Dog Plus Windshield Wipers

This exercise seems innocent enough, but be prepared to fall over on your first attempt. You can start by getting into an all fours position, knees stacked underneath hips, hands underneath shoulders.

Next, lift opposite arm and opposite leg off of the floor. Think about reaching both limbs as far as possible in opposite directions. Press your supporting hand down into the ground to help keep your shoulder supported. Hips should be level (you can place a book on your low back to see if your hips are squared. If it falls off, you’ll need to adjust). To finish the movement, move each limb to their respective sides 2-3 inches like a windshield wiper. You’ll want to keep it small. Pull it back into your starting position. That’s one rep. You should feel your obliques and transverse abdominals fire on to help maintain stability and balance. Aim for 8-10 reps per side.


You’ve probably done “bicycles” before, but chances are, your form is incorrect. The objective of Crisscross—the official term for the exercise in Pilates—is to find your oblique slings. When done too quickly or with poor form, you’re not squeezing the most you can out of the exercise.

First, move slowly. A lot of times I see clients whip these out as fast as they can, but moving with purpose will actually help you find more work in the exercise, which means efficiency! Pretend you’re moving through peanut butter as you start by coming up into a mini ab curl. Then think about twisting your armpit over to your opposite hip point while simultaneously extending the leg on the same side you’re twisting from.

Instead of pulling your knee closer into your face, think of it staying in space while twisting your upper body to it. You want your pelvis and lower body to stay as still as possible. Imagine your upper body ringing out like a wet towel, finding every inch of rotation through your thoracic spine.

See if you can work continuously for 30 seconds, alternating sides.

The Side Plank Plus Mountain Climbers

In case you didn’t notice, I LOVE planks. Side planks are even better because they’re super hard and super humbling, even if you work out a ton.

Before you add mountain climbers, make sure you can maintain a strong side plank. Similarly to a regular plank, you should feel like your bottom shoulder is stable as it bears the weight of your upper body. Your elbow (or hand) should be directly underneath your shoulder, and as you press into your forearm, avoid keeping all of your weight in the elbow—I know it’s tempting. Think of the bottom waist lifting up to help recruit your obliques into the exercise. This will help take some of the workload off from your shoulder. Keep your feet flexed. You can have them stacked ankle over ankle or scissored, totally your preference.

If a side plank is super challenging for you, you can also leave your top hand (or fingertips for lighter support) on the ground to help stabilize. Just make sure you’re not rounding your top shoulder too much. Your chest should be squared to the side of the room.

Once you feel confident with your plank form, take your top hand behind your head and lift your top leg into a tabletop position. Think of it “crunching” into your waist to fire up your top oblique. You might feel the outside of your butt/hip area start to work. Totally normal! That’s where your gluteus medius and gluteus minimus are—two helper muscles for your gluteus maximus, aka your booty! They’re jumping in to help bear the support of the side plank.

Try holding your side plank for 30 seconds and fit in as many mountain climbers as you can.

Double Leg Stretch

The double leg stretch is a great way to find the hard-to-reach low abs. This will challenge your entire core while also feeling fun. (OK, maybe it’s just me who thinks chillin’ in a little ball is fun…)

To begin, lie down on your back and curl up into the tiniest little fetal position you can. Let your knees come into your chest and think of your tailbone tucking under (this will protect your low back) and place your hands lightly on your shins. Take an inhale to prepare and as you exhale, shoot both arms and legs out in opposite directions. Circle your arms back to your shins. That’s one rep. The lower you aim your legs, the harder it’ll be for your abdominals. Pick what feels most challenging to your body, but if you feel a pinch in your low back, aim your legs higher toward the ceiling.

Repeat for 10-12 reps.


The Scissors move is a little twist on the crisscross. Instead of staying up into an ab curl, let your upper body stay down and place your hands on either side of your body in a low “V” shape. Spread out your fingertips and make sure you’re pressing into the ground (this will help give you more support from your triceps). Take your legs up toward the ceiling and begin by alternating the legs like a pair of scissors—oooh, see what we did there?—on a 45-degree angle. Again, the lower you go with your legs, the more challenging it’ll be for your abdominals.

If you feel a pinch in your low back at any point for this exercise, make a diamond shape with your hands and place them underneath your sacrum (right between your low back and your tailbone). This will help keep your pelvis supported and make you’re working safely.

Try to work continuously for 30 seconds.

The Rollup

Last but not least, the roll up! The next time you find yourself lying on the floor hungover, trying to find the meaning of life, try getting up using only your abdominals.

Start by lying flat on your back and place a little pressure into your heels. This will help you “push” against gravity. Bring your arms above your shoulders, palms facing in. Inhale to prepare, exhale to begin, nodding the chin toward your chest as you roll up through your spine, pulling your belly button in toward your middle like you’re trying to zip your tightest pair of jeans. Arrive seated on your sitz bones, the bony parts of your butt. Inhale again, and exhale as you reverse the direction, returning to the starting position. That’s one rep.

Go for 8-10 reps.

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Emi Gutgold, better known as @miscongeniemily, is an editor and Pilates Instructor in New York City. Just like Elle Woods, she is also a gemini vegetarian. Follow her on Instagram for a lot of vegan mac and cheese recipes, Pilates, and animal pics.

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