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Personal Best: Q&A With Julianne Hough

The actress and fitness coach dishes about health, beauty, and her perfect day.
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You've released two cardio-fitness DVDs. Describe your workout regimen.

I'm trying to get into a routine right now. I'm traveling, and trying to figure out what works for me in different locations. I get bored quickly. I like to switch it up. Right now I'm loving SoulCycle [a full-body workout using weights and resistance bands while riding a recumbent cycle]. I'm doing that with some friends. It's not only a great workout and you sweat your butt off, but I just love the instructors. They're so uplifting, motivational, and inspirational that by the end of it you want to cry, you’re so inspired, and you feel like you can conquer the world afterward. So I love doing that first thing on a Monday morning and starting my week like that. I haven't danced for two-and-half years just for fun, so I'm taking ballet classes again -- I haven't done ballet since I was teen. And I love to swim. I'm not great -- I tend to swim sideways and into the corner! But it's a great workout. Instead of doing laps I'll add paddles to my feet or hands, and try to swim in place, almost like a water aerobics kind of thing. One thing I just found that I'm obsessed with is the Woodway treadmill. It's so soft on your knees. You don't feel like you’re bouncing, you feel like you're gliding. It's amazing. You can put it on a manual setting where you have to run to make it move. So that's fun.

What do you like least about your fitness routine?

"I've done the Tracy Anderson workout a few times, and the whole thing is like that! It's so hardcore. Ridiculously hard moves, stretch bands, light weights. When I get to the cardio part, I'm dying. You do the weight training and body sculpting beforehand, and then the cardio."

If you could visit any one place on earth, where would you go?

"To Africa, to go on a safari, and do some philanthropic work. Just experience life and things you can't do and see every day."

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