• This week, Summer Shape Up paid a visit to celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak to get the skinny on perfect abs. The creator of the Five Factor Diet has trained Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Halle Berry, and most recently began working with Weight Watchers spokesperson Jessica Simpson. Harley believes having a healthy body overall begins with a nutritious diet. However, when it comes to having killer abs like the A-listers, it's a strict combination of diet and exercise. Here are a few key ingredients that Harley suggests to get a flat tummy.

    -Egg Whites are a good source of protein that helps to build leaner muscle. You can make an egg white scramble and add veggies such as spinach and broccoli.

    -Apples are packed with fiber and makes you feel fuller longer. It's also a quick snack to quiet cravings, and it's a delicious fruit to add to smoothies.

    -Spinach is another ingredient that's perfect for flat abs. This leafy green is low in calories and helps your muscles

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  • What your personal trainer really wants to say!What your personal trainer really wants to say!by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.com

    Have you ever wondered what's going through your bootcamp instructor's head when he's not barking orders? Or if your yoga teacher notices when you slip out before the final savasana? We interviewed a handful of group fitness instructors, who will remain anonymous, to find out what they wish they could really shout into those mics sometimes.

    1. Stop staring at me: "Don't just stare blankly at me through the whole class. It gets creepy. Smile. Or at least look around."

    2. Please laugh at my jokes: "Laugh at my jokes! Please! It can be hard standing up in front of everyone and trying to keep the energy going."

    3. Yes, I'm talking to you: "If you think I'm talking to you, I'm talking to you."

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    4. Wear underwear to class: "I don't want to see all your business. Please wear longer, looser shorts. And underwear !"

    5. Leave your phone at home: "Never text in class! It's beyond disrespectful!"

    6. I'm here to

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  • Source: Jackie Warner's Must-Do Moves For Staying in Bikini Shape

    If you're looking to stay in shape during bikini season, check out four moves that trainer Jackie Warner swears by. During the "hardcore" routine, Jackie told us it may feel like you can't lift yourself up again, but that's the perfect time to kick in the extra motivation.

    Dumbbell Squats

    Two sets of 15 reps with 15-pound dumbbells

    1. Stand with your feet hip distance apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand.
    2. Slowly bend your knees as if you were going to sit in a chair, keeping all the weight in your heels. Don't let your knees move beyond your toes, and don't let the knees roll out or in. The knee should track toward your second toe. Squat down as low as you can, keeping your head and chest lifted, your spine long, and your shoulders relaxed.
    3. Press through your heels and slowly straighten your legs to stand up.
    4. Make sure to keep your spine neutral. Do not round your back.

    Jump Squats

    10 reps
    1. Stand with feet
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  • Try these low sugar options kids will love.If I left the choice to them, my daughters would eat cupcakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thankfully, it's not entirely up to them, and I still get a say in what fuel they put into their little bodies. I work hard to make sure they eat a well-balanced diet rich in whole grains, fiber, protein, and all the vitamins they need to help them grow big and strong. Simultaneously, I need to work to avoid too much sugar (without shutting down their sweet tooth completely). A low-sugar breakfast is a great way to start your child's day.

    Start with Oatmeal

    My children love that oatmeal is a hot breakfast option. I love that it's faster and easier than eggs and toast, and my children can (usually) handle its preparation all by themselves. Low in sugar and high in soluble fiber, Quaker Instant Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice for kids of all ages. Add the following to round out your healthy breakfast:

    Add Scrambled Eggs & Toast

    Though we're usually pressed for time in the

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  • What's on your fitness bucket list?What's on your fitness bucket list?Creating a bucket list of things you want to do before you die won't do much good if you're not healthy enough to follow through on them. So before you make good on your plans to run with the bulls or swim with the dolphins, why not make a separate fitness bucket list?

    Each of the following challenges targets a different aspect of fitness, from endurance to flexibility and strength. Once you've mastered one, strive to go to the next level by adding intensity, time, or reps. For example, once you finish a 10K, try training for a half-marathon . Read on for seven goals every fit woman should conquer and expert tips on the why and how.

    Do 25 pushupsDo 25 pushups1. Do 25 pushups: Mastering the ability to perform 25 pushups is a very reasonable, realistic, and reachable goal for most women, says Timothy L. Miller, MD, assistant professor at the Ohio State University Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, OSU Track and Field Team Physician, and co-director the OSU Endurance Medicine Team. Benefits

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  • Getting in shape sometimes isn't fun, but hula hooping puts a cool spin on fitness. "Summer Shape Up" stopped by the "Hoopnotica" studio to see how easy it is to shed pounds by using a hula hoop. Beyonce', Olivia Wilde, and Marisa Tomei have all enjoyed staying in shape with "Hoopnotica." The fat-burning workout strengthens your core and is an excellent cardio exercise. Their weighted hula hoop can help you burn 400 to 600 calories. Here's a few "Hoopnotica" fit moves that will blast the fat and keep you young at heart.

    Waist Hooping- Place one foot in front of the other and spin the hula hoop around your waist. Rock forward and backward with you hips, while pulling your abs towards your spine. It's a great core exercise.

    Lunge Hooping- Place one foot in front of the other and bend your knees into a lunge position. Spin the hula hoop around your waist, while lunging up and down. Lunge hooping tightens up your core and glutes.

    Ninja Pass- Begin in a plié' position with toes

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  • Increase your daily fiber with delicious oatmeal.

    Fiber has become the mantra of healthy eating, and rightly so. High-fiber diets can reduce our risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Quaker Oats has been spreading the word about the benefits of their high-fiber oatmeal cereal for well over a century now. But just what is this fuss all about?

    Why Breakfast Is So Important

    You've probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After going 10-12 hours without food, both your body and brain need nourishment to re-energize and be ready for the day. Kids who skip breakfast don't perform as well in school, and experience higher tardiness rates and absenteeism. Adults who skip breakfast often feel tired and fuzzy, even though they've had a good night's sleep. Eating breakfast is better for everyone, and can actually improve memory, concentration, and productivity.

    Why a High-Fiber Breakfast Is Important

    Eating a breakfast high in fiber makes us feel full

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  • No Gym, No Problem

    If you don't have time to hit the gym, that's no longer an excuse. Celebrity fitness trainer Jennifer Cohen (who has worked with Keanu Reeves) and creator of "No Gym Required" stopped by "Summer Shape Up" to share the secrets to getting fit without ever going to the gym. Jennifer is also the fitness spokesperson for Weight Watchers and she even created their "Points/Activities Plus Fitness Series" DVD. She believes that if you only have a few minutes throughout the day at home, the grocery store, or even at the office there's easy ways to build lean muscle and burn fat. Try a few of these "No Gym Required" exercises to start getting in shape.

    Prisoner Squat with Twist- Deep squat past your knees while your hands are laced behind your head. As you come back up to starting position you twist your knee to your opposite elbow. This requires no equipment and tones your thighs, abs, and glutes.

    Lateral Lunge to Half X- Lunge to one side and push your hips back. As you come back

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  • Want a body like Jennifer Aniston? Celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber stopped by "Summer Shape Up" to show us how to get a killer bod like her A-list client. Mandy created the DVD "Yogalosophy," which pairs a yoga pose with a toning exercise. In addition to Jen, Mandy incorporates the "Yogalosophy" moves with her other celebrity clients such as Kate Beckinsale, Woody Harrelson, and Helen Hunt to name a few. Here are a few yoga moves that Mandy recommends to achieve a sleek summer body.

    Side Plank: Begin in plank position and turn to balance on one arm. Lift up your waist and place one foot slightly in front of the other. Try holding for eight reps on each side.

    Triceps Push-Up: Begin this exercise in plank position. Graze your ribs with your elbows. Lead with your chest while lowering down, and keep your body nice and straight. Do five to eight reps.

    3-Legged Dog/ Knee Ins: Begin in downward facing dog position. Extend your leg up, then shift your body weight

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  • FitSugarFitSugarSource: Rock Your Bikini and Add Weights to Your Ab Work

    According to celeb trainer Gunnar Peterson, the secret to awesome abs is "working consistently, working in different planes of motion, and adding weights to your abdominal work." Take this advice to heart - here are a handful of exercises that put these principals into action. Grab a set of dumbbells, from five to 10 pounds, and get ready to work on your abs.

    • Single Leg Standing Wood Chop : The wood chop works the entire torso, and standing on one leg means you're challenging your balance, too. Bonus! This exercise works the obliques and upper abs. Although this is a full-body move, it doesn't require a lot of space, so you can do it almost anywhere. Learn the move directly from Gunnar in this video about Minka Kelly's ab workout.
    • Leaning Camel: In yoga, Camel is a pose that increases flexibility in your spine, but this challenging variation using a weight strengthens your quads and abs. This exercise works the abs as
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