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The Workout Routines of These 11 Latina Celebrities

Have you ever wondered what your favorite celebrities do to maintain their gorgeous bodies? Although some people are genetically blessed with smooth skin, amazing curves, and a built-in 6-pack, for most people maintaining a Hollywood body takes work, and lots of it. Today, we’re going to explore the workout routines of some of our favorite Latina celebs, and bring you all their tips and tricks to help shake up your everyday workout routine.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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Bombshell J-Lo is the definition of a triple threat- she can sing, dance, and act (hello, have you seen The Wedding Planner?) Plus, with her smoking hot boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at her side, there’s no stopping her now.

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To keep looking so amazing at 46, J-Lo maintains a great fitness regime- starting with her healthy eating habits. She almost never drinks alcohol or coffee, and doesn’t smoke. She works out every day using the Tracy Anderson method, and makes sure to wash her face so the sweat doesn’t clog her pores. Even if she’s not performing that day, she makes sure to keep active through a dance cardio program like Zumba.   

2. Demi Lovato

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Texas-born Demi Lovato is primarily a singer now, but she first got her start in TV shows on the Disney Channel. Even though she’s had trouble with illicit substances in the past, now that she’s out of rehab, it’s likely she’ll be back to her regular workout routine in no time.  

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Demi gets her amazing buns, sculpted shoulders, and defined triceps through a specialized martial arts workout. She had it designed for her so that she could do it on the road, and even though the moves are all pretty simple, it’s exhausting to do. All of the moves work the entire body, so it’s super effective in a short amount of time.

3. Sofia Vergara

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Curvy bombshell Sofia Vergara definitely has some abuelas to thank when it comes to her amazing figure- curves like that cannot be faked. The Modern Family star works out with two separate trainers- Gunnar Peterson (whose past clients include Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie), and Justin Gelband.

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Sofia’s trainers makes sure that their workouts are effective for celebrity clients, who are often short on time and need to get their sweat on in 40 minutes or less. Sofia also avoids carbs, sugar and alcohol later in the day. If she overindulges, she’ll often do a food cleanse for a month or so to get back on track.

4. Jessica Alba

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Actor and Honest Company founder Jessica Alba’s Latina genetics definitely play a role in her gorgeous physique. However, she’s not afraid to admit that she does a lot of work to maintain her beautiful bod. On days that she doesn’t work out, she makes exercise part of her family time by going on walks with her daughters.

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On her workout days, she’ll wake up early (think 5:15 AM) to fit in a hot yoga or Spin class. Her favorite classes are YogaSculpt, a hot yoga full-body workout. She loves to work out with friends to keep herself accountable, and so the classes are more enjoyable.

5. America Ferrera

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American-Honduran actress America Ferrera is one of the most outspoken activists within the Latina community. She’s worked for amazing organizations like Voto Latino and the Time’s Up legal defense fund, and spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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America recently spoke out about how being active and pushing her body to its limits has been incredibly empowering for her. She ran her first triathlon in 2017 and since then has trained for at least one more. She stopped weighing herself, and instead focuses on how she feels.

6. Salma Hayek

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Actress Salma Hayek loves to show off her body- especially her gorgeous cleavage – in dresses that fit and flatter her shape in incredible ways. 52-year-old Hayek was born in Mexico, and moved to the United States in 1991. She gave birth to her daughter Valentina in 2007, and since then has said that she doesn’t have time to work out.

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Instead of working out, Hayek claims that by holding her body in a specific way that helps tone muscles, she can maintain her enviable physique without regular exercise. She does enjoy yoga occasionally, and generally eats whatever she likes.

7. Penelope Cruz

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Although she first got her start as a model, Penelope Cruz has had a successful career as an actress since her first role in Hollywood in 1992. Married to actor and fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem, she gave birth to their two children Leo and Luna in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

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After giving birth to her children, Cruz got back into pre-baby shape by following the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes lean proteins, veggies, and healthy fats like olive oil. She loves to take Bikram yoga classes, which she says give her energy, and she does lots of dance workouts at home.

8. Eva Mendes

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As an actress and mom of two young girls, Eva Mendes doesn’t have much time to spend on herself. When she gets time alone, she usually heads to the gym, or does a workout at home, between three and five times a week.

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Mendes admits that her indulgences are all pretty normal- she loves candy, especially Cadbury Crème Eggs, and her mom’s Cuban black beans. To ensure her skin is glowing, she takes fish oil supplements, and uses coconut oil as a facial moisturizer.

9. Cameron Diaz

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Although Cameron Diaz has always been gorgeous, lately her sculpted arms are giving us some real fitness envy. Even though she says that she’s retired from acting- her last role was in the 2014 film Annie- she’s still been seen out and about in Hollywood.

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To get her incredible arms, Diaz works out with trainer Teddy Bass, who got her to switch from lighter weights and more reps to a system that uses heavier weights and fewer reps. He also makes sure to include confidence-boosting exercises, which help pull the shoulders back and improve the posture.

10. Christina Milian

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Singer/songwriter, actress, and mom of one Christina Milian is rocking a ridiculously hot body- and isn’t afraid to show it off. When she’s not hanging out with her 6-year-old daughter Violet, recording, or filming, she tries to get in as much exercise as possible.

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She doesn’t like high-intensity workouts, so she tends to stick to more sedate activities like hiking. She does love cardio and strength training, and will often pop on one of her own albums to help pump her up.

11. Eva Longoria

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Since her divorce from basketball star Tony Parker seven years ago, Eva Longoria has vowed to always maintain her health through exercise and eating healthy, protein-rich foods. She loves to mix up her routine, but running is definitely her favorite activity. She does it wherever she is in the world.

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Every day, she tries to work out before she eats breakfast. Sometimes it’s a run, or yoga, and then she’ll tuck into plate of egg whites with spinach and turkey bacon, or fruit and yogurt. She eats a healthy lunch, but will often indulge her cravings for dinner. When she’s not running or doing yoga, she’ll take a SoulCycle class, or go to pilates.

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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