It’s only been a little bit more than a year since Zoe Saldana gave birth to twins and she is looking better than ever.
Shortly after the 37-year-old beauty welcomed little Cy and Bowie into the world in November 2014, she was due to start filming for the next Star Trek movie. To get herself and her body ready for the task, she called in trainer Ramona Braganza.
And things must have gone well because last month, Zoe was slipping her slim figure into the same Guardians of the Galaxy jumpsuit she sported for the filming in 2013.
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Post-baby magic: Zoe Saldana is looking better than ever a year after giving birth to twins, and now her trainer reveals how she was able to get her pre-baby body back in just nine months
Big bump: The 37-year-old actress, pictured in August 2014, needed to start filming the latest Star Trek movie not long after she gave birth in November 2014
What a difference nine months makes: Zoe underwent an incredible transformation following the birth of her twins, pictured left a month before their birth in October 2014 and right in the gym in July 2015
‘Holy S—! You guys, I had to share this, this is one of the old #guardiansofthegalaxy costumes that I wore back in 2013,’ she wrote online along with a photo of herself in the get up. ‘After twins I can’t believe I was able to slip into this.’
She added: ‘It pays off to work hard! I mean it mommies of the world, if I did it you can too.’
But it’s actually been a long time since Zoe got herself fighting fit. Back in July, just over eight months after the twins’ birth, Zoe was already showing off a toned tum in a gym selfie and declaring: ‘All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, damn it!!!’
Now, 54-year-old fitness expert Ramona, who has also worked with Jessica Alba and Halle Berry in the past, has revealed to People just how Zoe pulled it off.
Behind the body: Trainer Ramona Braganza, who has also worked with Halle Berry and Jessica Alba, was hired by Zoe to get her ready for her role in Star Trek just nine months after giving birth
Beautiful boys: Zoe welcomed her identical twin sons Cy and Bowie in November 2014
Back in the game: The proud mother, pictured in April, has been hitting the gym since just a few weeks after birth doing, according to Ramona, plenty of Pilates-based exercise
According to Ramona, Zoe is not a fan of hitting the treadmill when it comes to cardio so, knowing that the actress is a lover of Pilates and a former ballerina, Ramona went about creating her a grueling regime of ‘dance-based moves and boxing moves to get her heart rate up’.
Leg lifts and plyometric combinations – a form of jump training that combines cardio with strength training – mixed with odd touch of cardio interval training on equipment.
‘Building back her stamina was key, as was strengthening her core,’ Ramona told the publication, adding that the ‘focus there was Pilates-based exercises’.
These included exercises such as 100s, which involve lying face-up with legs lifted and taking outstretched arms off the ground for 100 reps of pumping up and down, as well as ‘bicycles, leg lifts and exercises such as Spyder on the Bosu ball’.
Before baby: Zoe, pictured in 2011, has long been known for having a svelte and athletic form
With a little help from dad: Zoe’s husband Marco Perego Saldana (right) has been giving his wife a hand in her regime by taking on a healthier diet
With a main focus on Zoe’s legs and back, Ramona revealed that dumbells are an important tool in her workouts as strength training exercises ‘improve posture and give length to the torso’. She also recommends squats and lunges to tone those pins.
On top of her exercising, Ramona revealed that Zoe’s husband Marco Perego, 36, is providing more help than just another hand in parenting the twins.
‘Her husband Marco and her both decided to get in shape together and their eating plan included a lot of organic veggies, many dishes that had a Latin flare and but healthier versions,’ she said.
Zoe is currently filming the upcoming prohibition-era thriller Live By Night in Long Beach California along with costar Ben Affleck.