The Secret to Fergie's Amazing Abs

The Black Eyed Peas star is happiest when she's exercising hard, playing hard and chilling hard. You just might want to adopt some of her tricks.

NAB HER PLAYLIST…

1 "GOOD MORNING"
Kanye West
2 "STARSHIPS"
Nicki Minaj
3 "MIDNIGHT CITY" M83
4 "VIOLET" Hole
5 "EXPRESS YOURSELF" N.W.A.

THEN NAB THOSE ABS…

"I work out four times a week—five or six if I'm being psycho, twice if I'm being lazy. My trainer, Don ‘DB' Brooks, knows how to keep me from getting bored." Here are three moves that keep Fergie ab-ilicious!

Swiss sports swing works abs
Lie back, knees bent, feet flat on floor, arms at sides, palms down. Extend right arm overhead and left leg straight out, then bring right hand and left foot up toward each other as you curl your upper back off floor. Exhale; lower. Do 20 reps, then repeat on opposite side.

Trunk twister works abs, obliques
Stand with feet together, arms down, elbows bent to 90 degrees. Jump about 6 inches to left as you twist torso right 45 degrees. Repeat in opposite direction for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 as fast as you can.

Hip swivel works abs, obliques, shoulders, back and chest
Get into a plank, resting on forearms, hands clasped. Lift butt toward ceiling while rotating left hip toward floor; return to plank. Repeat on right side for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20. Admire your rock-star abs in the mirror.

MORE SECRETS FROM FERGIELAND…

She gets soulful. "I needed to take a break from performing, and from the Peas, to be happy. I craved female time, and time with my husband to feed my soul. My life now is about being balanced. I'm passionate about work and working out, seeing friends and family, and letting my hair down once in a while."

She knows what's important. "I'm very ambitious, but I also love myself—which means I try to take care of myself."

She finds her happy place. "I call the fifth floor of my house Fergieland. It's where I go to refresh myself and be inspired. It's a total boudoir, decorated in black, white and red. The rest of our home is very earthy."

She visualizes her dreams. "My hypnotherapist gave me a book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, that changed my life. It taught me not to say, ‘I think I want this,' but ‘I'm going to do this.' See your goal, visualize it in detail, and make it come true. I visualized getting a Grammy, and I did, which is insane!"

She has a secret energy source. "Josh turned me on to juicing, and now I do it when I wake up and between meals. The energy it gives me is amazing—I hardly need caffeine anymore. We blend kale, spinach, broccoli and celery with a banana, an apple and a pear. We have two Vitamixes going at once! But I'm only really strict about what I eat when I know I have to be in a bathing suit."

She keeps the faith. "On Saturday nights, we like going to mass, then dinner. It feeds our spiritual side, and it's great to hear Josh sing in church—he's a great singer. Then we go out and have a really nice wine, like all good Catholics."

She gives her workouts a focus. "I want to be able to run around without worrying about sucking in my stomach!"

She shows up with the boys. "Working out with Josh inspires me, but he is competitive. And loud! So are the Peas. Men scream and go crazy in the gym. I'm a silent workout partner, but when my adrenaline gets up, I talk trash. I'll wait, and when Josh does something embarrassing, I'll throw a jab! I used to yell and curse in the gym, but now I'm looking for a more healthy, positive feeling."

She's made peace with herself. "I've learned to be more accepting of myself. I'm 37, not 18, and I've got the lines to prove it. I try to remind myself that a girl can have it all, just not all at once."

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