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Lupita Nyong'o Shares the Workout That Made Her So Fit

Here is everything the Oscar winner does to stay in shape

Lupita Nyong'o has got something to prove — in the gym. The Academy Award winning actress shared an impressive workout video on Thursday, executing 50 glute bridges to the tune of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé's Feeling Myself — even taking a moment in between bridges to add in a dance move. What other moves and workout tips and tricks does the actress have up her sleeve? Read on to see 7 ways Lupita Nyong'o stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bikini Photos!


She Does Glute Bridges

In the workout video, Lupita perfectly demonstrates a glute bridge, which works the hamstrings, lower back, abs, in addition to the glutes. "#HumpDay

50 glute bridges. #letsgetit #bodybossing," she captioned the clip on Instagram. 


Music Motivates Her and Makes Her Workouts Fun

Lupita clearly infuses some fun into her workouts with the help of her favorite music. "Faith in myself is always renewed when the beat drops… #waitforit," she captioned a recent video, breaking into dance after completing an exercise with dumbbells. #bodybossing


She Fuses Weights and Cardio

In another workout video, set to Ace of Base, she makes weight lifting double as cardio, punching dumbbells to the beat of the music. "Punching through with Ace Of Base #bodybossing Starting the week with the right energy and the wrong words," she captioned it. 


She Treats Herself

Lupita is a firm believer in treating herself. "About to take a bite off this weekend like… #workhardplayhard," she captioned an image of herself taking a bite out of a few chocolate squares. 


She Works Out for Her Body…And Her Mind

Lupita uses exercise for more than just staying in shape. "When I feel the burn, I smile and it tricks my body into thinking I am fine. And then I am! #Fitnesscanbefun #SweatNSmile," she explained in one of her posts. 


When She Has to Get Into Shape for a Role, She Cuts Sugar


Lupita revealed to Essence that she sacrificed sweet stuff to get into Black Panther shape. "It was only once we wrapped that I realized I was on a sugar-free diet," she said "We could have fruit, which is a good sugar, but no fructose or refined sugar. But we could have carbs, which are good when you work out as much as we did, and we weren't eating less. We actually had to eat smaller meals every three hours. I never got bored. I've never worked on a project like this where there is a diet and a workout plan."


She Gets Her Zen On

The actress knows the importance of getting her zen on. Yoga and meditation are a big part of Lupita's life, she once revealed to Vogue

Leah Groth
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