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Vanessa Hudgens in Sweater Bra Top Shares Photo From Fitting

Here’s how the trendsetter stays fit.

Vanessa Hudgens is testing out a new trend. Over the summer, several stars including Addison Rae, Dua Lipa, and Kourtney Kardashian rocked upside down swimsuit tops. Now, the My Little Pony: A New Generation star is debuting a similar winterized style, flaunting her washboard abs in a sleeved sweater bra top during a fitting. How does the 32-year-old keep herself so fit? Read on to see 10 ways Vanessa Hudgens 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 Bathing Suit Photos!


She Works Out Almost Daily

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Vanessa is so committed to fitness that she works out nearly every day. "I would do seven days if I had time," she told Parade. "I love starting my day off that way because sometimes I'll have a less productive days and if I've gotten a workout in, then I feel like I'm accomplished no matter what."


Cardio Is No Longer Her Go-To Workout

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Vanessa used to do a lot of cardio, but shifted her focus. In the new issue of Shape, the My Little Pony star explains that she recently switched up her routine. "My fitness has taken a turn. Cardio has been put on the back burner, and I'm very OK with that. The things that have become the most important are balance and mental health," she said. 


She Put Her Focus on Strength Training

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Vanessa is now doing a lot of strength training at The Dogpound. "During the pandemic, when everything was paused, I created a little community. I'd get my friends together over Zoom and we would do Isaac Boots's live workout classes. As the world started to reopen, I found myself obsessed with Dogpound," she revealed to Shape. "I go with my best friend; we're extremely competitive. We have the best time — the amount of dancing we do between sets is ridiculous. Everyone knows when we're at the gym. They say they hear us before they see us." She also revealed one of her favorite moves, squats with a rack, "and I love to see how much weight I can add to the bar."


She Also Does a Lot of Other Workouts

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Vanessa mixes up her workouts. "My body builds muscle very quickly and I don't love the way it looks on my body. So I find the way that I achieve the body that I want for myself is to lengthen, to lean and to tone," she revealed during a recent interview with Parade. Pilates, Soul Cycle, and hot yoga are a few of her favorites. "I've been going to this Pilates studio called WundaBar for years and it's just a great deep muscle-training workout. It's not super high intensity but I always feel it the next day." She added to Shape that doing Pilates on a reformer, "works your muscles like nothing else."


She Does Two-a-Days

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Vanessa is so hardcore with her fitness routine that she sometimes does two-a-days. "And some days when I have the time, I love doing Pilates first and then going over to Soul Cycle. I love a double up!" she told Parade. "I always feel so accomplished when I double up.


She Makes Fitness a Group Activity

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"I'm the type of person that needs to be in a class," Vanessa told PopSugar. "I need someone telling me what to do, and I love being in a group environment because I'm very competitive, so it pushes me to work harder than I would if I was by myself."


She Plans Exercise in Advance

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Vanessa sets herself up for success by planning her workouts ahead of time "I normally sign up for a class the night before so I don't even have time to think about it and just wake up to having to go to workout. If I don't do it first thing in the morning it normally does not happen," she said.


Her Diet Is Healthy

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"My overall food philosophy is, if it's real, I'll eat it," she told Shape. "Many things are processed and contain chemicals and ingredients I can't pronounce. I want real food. If I'm in Italy, and I see them making pasta by hand, or if it grows from the earth, that's real. I stay away from the processed stuff. I also don't eat meat. I'm a pescatarian. What animals go through is so inhumane. That's not a system that I support."


She Eats Two Big Meals a Day


Vanessa is a fan of intermittent fasting. "I eat two bigger meals a day instead of three," she told Shape. Breakfast usually involves an avocado, "maybe vegan sausage, and a piece of healthy bread," she dished. "Dinner depends on my mood. I let myself have what I want. If that's a big bowl of spaghetti with clams and a glass of wine, then that's what I'm eating. Sometimes I crave a salad, and I'll make a big one with nuts and goat cheese and salmon. Other times, it's tacos and a margarita. I've learned that when I try to be super conscientious of everything I put into my mouth, all I can think about is food. But when I listen to my body and eat what I want, that's when I'm happiest."


She Finds Fitness Empowering

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For Vanessa, staying in shape is about much more than just looking good. "At my fittest, I feel unstoppable," she told Shape. "You think, 'There's no way I can get through 30 reps.' But then you do, and you remind yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to," she explained. "Those little victories should always be celebrated. That's what contributes joy and happiness and power and strength to your life."

Leah Groth
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