The 15-Minute Workout Hailee Steinfeld Does When She's Short on Time

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On a clear, sunny day in Los Angeles, you can see every home that dots the West Hollywood Hills, each with its own level of grandiosity. Today is one of those classic 75 degree days, and I lace up my running shoes, hop in the car, and head north on Doheny Drive, through the twisting, winding roads of the fabled Hills. As I climb up the narrow streets, I imagine I'm surrounded by homes of producers, screenwriters, musicians, and actors. And once I reach my destination, I wander onto a property with sweeping views of the sprawling cityscape down below, and the homes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, and LeBron James up above, on the next street over (so I'm told). 

It seems fitting, then, that it's here I'm sitting down with the Academy Award-nominated actress and singer, Hailee Steinfeld. When we spoke, the young star was just gearing up to accompany Katy Perry on her 2019 tour, before starting work on the Apple TV series, Dickinson, which debuted later that year. To withstand long rehearsals and demanding performances, Steinfeld turns to her personal trainer (aka her dad, Peter) who keeps her in tip-top shape. She's become such a fitness maven that she's now a brand ambassador for the activewear line, Mission, too. We spend some time talking about food, fitness, and balance before Hailee and her father give me a taste of her typical, pre-tour circuit workout. 

It's really more about feeling good rather than looking good.

On Food

When it comes to diet, Steinfeld doesn't subscribe to any popular fads like the ketogenic diet or Whole30. Instead, she adjusts her diet based on what's going on in her life: "I kind of do my thing," she says. When there's a tour coming up, for example, she'll cut sugar. But when she's on the road or in a foreign country, she says it's not as easy to be so restrictive. She's also a fan of indulging now and then, especially after she's been diligent with her health goals. "I try to discipline myself; it's a no-sugar thing for two weeks, and then I splurge a little," she explains. "I like to do everything in increments."

On Fitness

Steinfeld's father has played a large role in both her professional life and her relationship to fitness. "Seeing his discipline, drive, and motivation inspires me and my work-life," she says. The actress-singer admits she's lucky to have a live-in personal trainer, and her father creates many of her workout routines when she's training to sing on tour or prepping for a new acting gig.

When she has the time, Hailee's favorite full-length workouts are kickboxing and dancing, which she focuses on when rehearsing for musical performances. "[Dancing] is the one exercise when I don't necessarily know how much I'm doing until I'm done," she says. Even when she's too busy for a longer workout, Steinfeld always spends at least 15 minutes every day doing something physical.

"One thing I do with my dad is circuit training," she explains. They're workouts that typically last from 10 to 15 minutes and don't require the use of equipment (think: high steps, crunches, and squats). They get her moving—no matter where she is or what little time she has to spare.

On Balance

Steinfeld views her workouts as physical and mental exercises. "It's really more about feeling good rather than looking good," she explains. "Looking good is the reward you get for going into it with the mindset of I'm doing this to feel good about myself."

When Hailee isn't busy working out, filming, or cranking out a new single in the recording studio, you can find her taking a walk, getting her nails done, spending time with friends, and listening to music—all activities that read like the to-do list of any typical twenty-something. "I have gotten really good at relaxing," she shares. "It gives me a chance to appreciate the hard work I've been doing." And her workouts are just that.

After we finish chatting, I find myself atop a yoga mat in her gorgeous backyard, on all fours, and attempting to follow her dad's instructions for a series of small but powerful movements, all while counting aloud. (Counting this way also helps Hailee prepare for singing and dancing on-stage, without losing her breath.)

By the end of this 30-minute series of exercises, I felt as wiped out as if I'd just completed the North American leg of one of Hailee's concert tour. Here's what we did.

Warm-Up

1. Jumping Jacks
Count 25 reps out loud.

2. Mountain Climbers

Count 20 reps out loud.

3. Right Butt-Burner

Start on all fours. Keep your left leg on the ground as you extend your right leg behind you, pressing your heel to the sky. Count to 25 out loud while doing slow reps.

4. Left Butt-Burner

Start on all fours. Keep your right leg on the ground as you extend your left leg behind you, pressing your heel to the sky. Count to 25 out loud while doing slow reps.

5. Mountain Climbers

Count 20 reps out loud.

6. Push-Ups

Count five reps out loud. Modify on your knees with ankles crossed.

7. Mountain Climbers

Count 20 reps out loud. Rest.

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Feel The Burn

1. Right Fire Hydrants
Start on all fours. Keep your right knee bent as you lift your leg out to the side. Pause. Lower your knee back to the ground. Count 25 reps out loud.

2. Left Fire Hydrants

Start on all fours. Keep your left knee bent as you lift your leg out to the side. Pause. Lower your knee back to the ground. Count 25 reps out loud.

3. Mountain Climbers

Slowly count 20 reps out loud.

4. Push-Ups

Count five reps out loud.

5. Mountain Climbers

Count 20 reps out loud. Rest.

6. Right Butt Burner Push-Up

Start in plank position.
Hold your right leg in the air at 90 degrees, pressing your heel up to the sky. Do a push-up with your leg off the ground. Count 25 reps out loud.

7. Left Butt Burner Push-Up

Start in plank position. Hold your left leg in the air at 90 degrees, pressing your heel up to the sky. Do a push-up with your leg off the ground. Count 25 reps out loud.

8. Mountain Climbers

Count 20 reps out loud. Rest.

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9. Crossover Crunches
Start on your back. Lace your hands behind your head. Touch your right leg to your left elbow. Alternate to touch your left leg to your right elbow. Count 30 reps out loud.

10. Scissor and Flutter Kicks

Start on your back. Keep legs locked at the knees while you alternate your left and right legs over one another in a scissor motion. Count 20 reps out loud. Flutter your legs up and down. Count 20 reps out loud.

11. Double Crossover Crunches

Do the same motion as a standard crossover crunch, but add an extra pulse motion for each rep. Count 20 reps out loud.

12. Limb Extension

Start on your back with both knees at a 90-degree angle. Pull your knees into your chest then kick out your heels. Pull your knees back into your chest. Count 20 reps out loud. Rest.

13. Kickboxing Combo

Start standing up. Punch with your left arm. Kick your right leg out straight ahead and come back to standing. Kick your left leg out in front of you with toes pointed to the right and come back to standing. Count 10 reps out loud.

14. High Steps

Step in place with high knees. Count 30 reps out loud.

15. Mountain Climbers

Count 20 reps.

16. Shoulder Tap Plank.

Start in plank position. Tap your right hand to your left shoulder and place it back down. Tap your left hand to your left shoulder and place it back down. Count 20 reps aloud.

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17. Kickboxing Combo
Count eight reps out loud.

18. Right Static Lunge

Count five reps out loud.

19. Left Static Lunge

Count five reps out loud.

20. High Steps

Count 50 quick reps out loud.

21. Mountain Climbers

Count 30 reps out loud.

22. Shoulder Tap Plank 

Count 20 reps out loud.

23. Kickboxing Combo

Count 20 reps out loud. Rest.

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Cool Down

1. Jumping Jacks
Count 50 reps out loud.

2. Mountain Climbers

Count 40 reps out loud.

3. Shoulder Tap Planks

Count 20 reps out loud.

4. Standing Stretch

Start standing. Raise both arms up high to the sky and take a deep breath in. Exhale and release your arms back to your sides.

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Add Hailee Steinfeld's workout routine (or at least parts of it) to your own exercise regimen to tone your muscles while strengthening your heart and lungs with a bit of cardio. Even if you just have 15 minutes to spare, try out a few of these circuits to get a full-body workout in record time. Trust me, it will get your heart pumping and your muscles burning.

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