Zoe Saldana: How She Got Into Sexy Shape Following the Birth of Twins

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Zoe Saldana gave birth to twin sons Cy and Bowie 14 months ago, but to look at her today, one would never believe she'd been pregnant.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star is quick to give credit where credit is due, however. She kept fans apprised via social media of the workouts she did at the hands of her personal trainer.

“All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, damn it!!!” Zoe Saldana said earlier this summer.

Not every new mom has access to a personal trainer, though, and it sounds like that may have been key to Zoe Saldana's amazing appearance.

In Saldana's case that celebrity trainer was Ramona Braganza. Beginning nine months after giving birth, the actress began working hard.

“Our workouts were to not only get her looking strong but feeling fit again,” Braganza, who also works with celebrities including Jessica Alba and Halle Berry, said in a recent interview with People magazine.

Zoe Saldana weighed 185 pounds at her highest pregnancy weight, so Braganza worked up a routine with plenty of cardio, which wasn't easy as the actress hates the treadmill.

“Zoë is not a big fan of the treadmill so for cardio, I focused on dance-based moves and boxing moves to get her heart rate up, kicks, leg lifts, plyometric combinations, and had her doing interval training if we did get on the cardio equipment,” the trainer says.

“Building back her stamina was key, as was strengthening her core,” Braganza adds. “Our focus there was Pilates-based exercises including 100s [lying back with legs and shoulders off the ground, while pumping the arms up and down slightly for 100 reps], bicycles, leg lifts and exercises such as Spyder on the Bosu ball.”

Zoe Saldana mixed up her workouts with outdoor exercise, including hikes. By December, she was able to fit back into her pre-pregnancy Guardians of the Galaxy jumpsuit.

“Holy S—! You guys, I had to share this, this is one of the old #guardiansofthegalaxy costumes that I wore back in 2013,” she captioned her Instagram post. “After twins I can’t believe I was able to slip into this.”

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“It pays off to work hard! I mean it mommies of the world, if I did it you can too,” Zoe Saldana added at the end of her Instagram post.

Do you think the average "mommies of the world" are a bit incited by this kind of encouragement? Without the money to pay a high-profile trainer--and probably a nanny, too--not everyone can work out the way Zoe Saldana did.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.