Sexy Shape-Up: Carmen Electra Strip-Tease Aerobics Are Fun

Updated on Aug 27, 2004 06:33 PM IST

The 31-year-old star of Starsky And Hutch proudly tones her figure with aerobics, while hubby daveNavarro watches.

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PTI | ByKatie Wright

Hide in the gym? Forget it! The 31-year-old star of Starsky And Hutch proudly tones her figure with strip-tease aerobics, while hubby daveNavarro watches.

You name it, she's danced it: Ballet as a child, jazz and tap as a teen, modern moves with Prince.Now Carmen Electra combines it into
stip-tease aerobics.

What She Does
About three times a week, Electra turns on some hip-hop and invents her own dance combinations based on moves she learnt during the two years she performed with the Pussycat Dolls. "My schedule is always different, so I dance whenever I can for as long as I want up to an hour,"says Electra who does everything from high kicks to plies in the living room of her Los Angeles home she shares with her husband of four months, Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro

What It Does For Her Body
"While rehearsing with the Pussycat Dolls, I was in the best shape ever,"says the 5'4" Electra who has been doing her strip-tease aerobics since. "I had always had this thin layer of fat, but it vanished!" she says, adding that, "it toned my thighs, buns and abs." Effective,yes. But only in moderation: Electra injured her knee after dancing every day, the month before her Novermber 22 wedding. "I try not to push myself.Now I fit in workouts when it feels right."

Why She Loves It
"I enjoy strip-tease aerobics that it doesn’t feel like I am working out" says Electra, who actually created a DVD (Carmen Electra's Aerobics Strip-tease aerobics. striptease.com) so she could spread the love.
"It also helped me embrace my body. My whole life I wanted to be a stick figure but I had curves. Doing moves where I use and touch my stomach, thighs and hips has helped me be happy with my body the way it is."

How She Prefers To Fuel Up
Alert the dieticians, Electra skips breakfast! "I never eat it,"she says. Another dirty secret. She’s hooked on regular Coke. "I can't stop drinking it,"Electra says. "I think I need to go to rehab. I'm serious!" For lunch, Electra fills up on chicken and lots of vegetables. Dinner is often the same. "It's sort of an Atkins diet thing," Electra says. "I love sushi, so sometimes I have rice." 

Carmen Electra works hard for her killer body, but no quite as hard as her husband, Dave Navarro labours for his. "Dave loves to work out every single day," Electra says of her fitness-focussed partner from MTV's Til Death Do US Part. "Every morning he's at the gym." Although Electra used to hit the treadmill in weights right next to her hubby, she has scaled back her workouts since discovering aerobics strip-tease.

But somehow Navarro still keeps his wife motivated. "I dance for him at home all the time,"says Electra. Hmm, sounds like both parties benefit.

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