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Vanessa Hudgens in Bathing Suit Says "Suns Out"

Here’s how the swimsuit queen stays in shape.

Another day, another excuse for Vanessa Hudgens to slip on her swimsuit—and why not. The gorgeous actress and Caliwater founder shared a new photo of herself rocking a bathing suit via her Instagram Stories, looking incredibly fit per usual. "SUNS OUT. BATHING SUIT ON," she wrote across the image in all caps. What are her stay-fit secrets? Read on to see 10 of Vanessa Hudgens' top tips for staying 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!


Work Out Daily

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If you want a strong body like Vanessa, plan on making exercise a daily job. "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."


Focus On Strength Training

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Vanessa focuses more on strength training than cardio. "My fitness has taken a turn. Cardio has been put on the back burner, and I'm very OK with that," she told Shape. "The things that have become the most important are balance and mental health." The star spends a lot of time working out at The Dogpound gym, where she does a lot of strength training and weight lifting. "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 said.


Find Someone to Compete With

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Vanessa hits the gym with her best friend, explaining that they are "extremely competitive" which motivates her to work harder. "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 told Shape. She also revealed one of her favorite moves is doing squats with a rack, "and I love to see how much weight I can add to the bar," she added. 


Do Different Workouts

In addition to strength training, Vanessa relies on lots of other workouts to stay in shape. "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 told Parade. Pilates, Soul Cycle, and hot yoga are a few of her go-tos. "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 also likes Pilates on a reformer, because it "works your muscles like nothing else," she told Shape. 


Do Two-a-Days

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Sometimes Vanessa doesn't stop after one workout. "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."


Take Classes

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"I'm the type of person that needs to be in a class," Vanessa explained to 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."


Plan Workouts Ahead of Time


Vanessa doesn't wait until the last minute when it comes to exercise. "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.


Eat Healthy

Vanessa eats clean. "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."


Do Intermittent Fasting


Vanessa is a fan of intermittent fasting. "I eat two bigger meals a day instead of three," she told Shape. An avocado, "maybe vegan sausage, and a piece of healthy bread" is a usual breakfast for her. "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."


Push Through Your Workouts

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Vanessa reveals that she always pushes herself at the gym. "Sometimes I'll be at the gym and I will not want to do something, but I'll push through it. Celebrating those small wins is so important for happiness," she told Glamour UK

Leah Groth
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