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Eva Longoria Workout & Diet: Size Zero Without Much Cardio


Eva Longoria Workout

The Eva Longoria workout is about doing compound movements instead of a lot of cardio. An aerobics instructor before she got famous, Eva Longoria now maintains her size zero without much cardio.  In fact, she hates cardio, but does just enough to get her heart going. Compound movements, done quickly, force her body to burn fat for energy.

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The Eva Longoria workout routine is about fast-paced circuits, so that you don’t have to spend much time doing cardio. By getting her heart rate up with a bit of cardio, then performing compound movements, Eva Longoria burns fat. The Eva Longoria workout is all about staying thin and toned with circuit training. For years, Eva has worked with personal trainer Patrick Murphy.

Eva Longoria Workout Routine Monday

Here’s the Monday Eva Longoria workout routine. Unless otherwise stated, do 15 reps of each exercise. Warm up with 5-10 minutes of cardio, to get your heart rate going. Do treadmill, elliptical, running in place, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, rowing, or anything to get your heart rate up.

Legs – Do circuit 3 times (1 min rest), 15 reps:

Arms – Do circuit 3 times, 15 reps:

Abs – Go for 30 reps, 3 sets:

Eva Longoria’s trainer, Patrick Murphy, uses a stability ball for many of her exercises.) and Bosu Ball (Get them on Amazon). This equipment works your abs (core), by forcing you to balance yourself properly. While you work the rest of your body, the wobbling ball is underneath, sculpting your abs without you knowing it.

Eva Longoria uses a Bosu ball for wood choppers, squats, and hammer curls. Eva Longoria also uses 8 lb. dumbbells (Amazon) and a medicine ball. On her lunges, Eva often holds a medicine ball, and does a ‘twist’ at the end. When looking at this workout, find a weight that is right for you. If you have all the equipment you need at home, you won’t even have to go to the gym.


Eva Longoria does a cardio warm up. Even if you hate cardio, you have to do something that gets your heart pumping. After your heart rate is elevated for awhile, your body goes into ‘fat burning’ mode.  This is when you burn calories by lifting and doing fast-paced circuits.

About her workout, Eva Longoria says:

Now, I like weight training and abs. I hate the elliptical. I hate jogging. I despise cardio, so I try to do my cardio within the workout.


  1. Wow I find this information very helpful and motivating. Does not only focus on beauty tips, but also on healthy lifestyle. Thanks Eva, you are the best.

  2. Hi Chris,I’d like to know if I can do skipping in place of cardio for this workout and I’d also like to know which size weight should I use for this workout

    Thanks a 1000000000 for ur effort chris ;)

    • Sure, my only concern is if that will get your heart rate up enough. You want to get to at least 120. If you think you can get there, then by all means, do any cardio that you love. Use a weight where you’re fatigued by the last rep (you feel a slight burn/you feel like you can’t do any more, etc.) Thanks!

  3. Hey chris….iv got a HUGE problem,iv got a big bone structure,like my knee caps n shoulders my weight is abt 65kg n I’m 5’55 in height,iv seen the different workouts n I I’ve got a liking to this 1 n the kim kardashian workout,but plz help me in choosing a w0rkout even if its not these two,PLEASE

  4. You’ve picked 2 great workouts. Start with the Eva Longoria workout, as I think it’s a bit easier. Then, graduate to the Kim Kardashian workout when you’re ready. Don’t worry too much about being big boned. A person with a large frame should weigh 10% more than a person with a medium frame. And, a person with a medium frame should weigh 10% more than a person with a small frame. You can find more discussion on being big boned here.

    • She’s great. I have read parts of her book and seen parts of her workouts. There’s a lot of her stuff on youtube, if you want to to check her out there. Her workout videos are pretty cheap, too. I plan on doing more about the stars that work with her in the future. So, plan for that. I just don’t know if it would be valuable to say, “Hey, this star works with Tracy Anderson, so go buy her DVD.” But, that would be my advice to you–to try one of her videos for sure. Let me know if you like it!

  5. I’m reading ders a lot of people complaining that its too much strain for the abs…..or should I just start with eva longorias workout

    • Start with Eva’s. But, also try Tracy’s when you feel your fitness level has increased. Also, if there are abs workouts that feel tough, just take it easy. Maybe skip them altogether at first. Slowly ease your way into any fitness routine. Focus on form and breathing.

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