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Gabrielle Union, 45, shares her intense workout routine

Gabrielle Union is in extraordinary shape, and recently detailed the workout routine that keeps her so strong and fit.

The actress, 45, took to Instagram on Wednesday to document her exercise session, which saw her working every muscle group in her body using challenging moves.

She began with barbell squats, which are performed with a loaded barbell resting on someone’s shoulders and mainly work the quadriceps.

Working! Gabrielle Union took to Instagram on Wednesday to document her exercise session, which included barbell squats (pictured)

Tough: The actress, 45, then moved on to pistol squats, a challenging variation of the classic glute-strenghtening move that involves standing on one leg

Tough: The actress, 45, then moved on to pistol squats, a challenging variation of the classic glute-strenghtening move that involves standing on one leg

Exhaustive: In order to tone her upper body, Gabrielle performed chest presses while lying on an exercise ball, holding a dumbbell in each hand

Exhaustive: In order to tone her upper body, Gabrielle performed chest presses while lying on an exercise ball, holding a dumbbell in each hand

‘Getting that work in,’ she wrote on Instagram Stories as she shared the images. 

Gabrielle then moved on to pistol squats, a challenging variation of the glute-strenghtening move, which involves standing on one leg while lowering towards the ground.

The actress did hers on an elevated box and while holding a medicine ball for an additional challenge.

In order to tone her upper body, Gabrielle performed chest presses while lying on an exercise ball, holding a dumbbell in each hand.

She then did box jumps, challenging plyometric moves during which someone jumps on top of an elevated platform with both feet at the same time.

Plyometrics require muscles to exert significant force in a short amount of time, which trainers say helps build up more power over time.

Power: She then did box jumps, challenging plyometric moves during which someone jumps on top of an elevated platform with both feet at the same time

Power: She then did box jumps, challenging plyometric moves during which someone jumps on top of an elevated platform with both feet at the same time

Jump! Gabrielle's workout also included high knees, with hurdles added for extra difficulty

Strength: The actress also worked on her sled push

Jump! Gabrielle’s workout also included high knees (left), with hurdles added for extra difficulty, after which the actress worked on her sled push (right)

Abs: She finished off with mid-cable rotations, which saw her holding onto a pulley with straight arms and activating her core muscles to rotate her torso onto the other side

Abs: She finished off with mid-cable rotations, which saw her holding onto a pulley with straight arms and activating her core muscles to rotate her torso onto the other side

Gabrielle’s workout also included a cardio aspect, which saw the actress performing high knees, with hurdles added for extra difficulty.

‘Working on agility, mechanics aren’t quite there but working on it,’ she wrote modestly. 

At the end of her exercise session, Gabrielle performed worked on her sled push, which strengthens the quads, writing that she was ‘still working still trying to improve’.

She finished off with mid-cable rotations, which saw her holding onto a pulley with straight arms and activating her core muscles to rotate her torso onto the other side.

The actress previously opened up about her fitness routine during an interview with Health in August, telling the magazine she prefers to work with a trainer.

Really? Perhaps surprisingly in light of the supercharged workout she shared on Wednesday, Gabrielle previously revealed she doesn't actually like exercising

Really? Perhaps surprisingly in light of the supercharged workout she shared on Wednesday, Gabrielle previously revealed she doesn’t actually like exercising

Where did the time go? Gabrielle looks just as fit today as she did 17 years ago in Bring It On

Where did the time go? Gabrielle looks just as fit today as she did 17 years ago in Bring It On

‘I do know how to train myself, but I’ve realized that if someone’s not waiting for me, I do not feel obligated to get up,’ she said.

Perhaps surprisingly in light of the supercharged workout she shared on Wednesday, Gabrielle revealed she doesn’t actually like exercising.

‘I’m not one of those people, like, “I can’t start my day without it.” Nope. I can actually start my day beautifully, sleeping in, eating some pancakes,’ she said.

‘But I work out because I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease. Knowing what I can do to prevent that has been a huge thing. And then there’s my job. Knowing that there are people who cannot wait to circle your fat and draw an arrow to it keeps me in the gym.’

Gabrielle, who said her favorite moves are squats, also made it clear she wants to enjoy her life first and foremost.  

‘You know, my grandma lived to be 110, and she drank alcohol, like, every day,’ she added. ‘I don’t drink every day. But if somebody’s like, “Shots!” I’m like, “Yes!” If someone says, “Bacon!” I’m like, “Yes!” She lived. I definitely live.’



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