Becoming a celebrity is far from easy - especially nowadays when it's almost expected that stars are multitalented - and once they get to the top, they gotta stay in shape in order to keep their celeb status. The famous people in this article might not be spring chickens anymore, but they're definitely on top of their game when it comes to fitness and flexibility.
Over the years they picked up plenty of tricks to keep up their sleeves to keep their names on people’s lips. They might work professionally as models, actors, and singers, but they’ve got skills that go above and beyond what’s expected of them. Being limber can be extremely handy, whether they're starring in a movie, putting on a show, or performing on the catwalk. They've gone the extra mile to impress their fans.
20 Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan is 65 now, but you'd never think so when watching his movies - running across rooftops, climbing walls with ease, and kicking two guys in the face... at the same time. The guy was practically doing parkour before parkour was even invented. Doing all his own stunts, it's been necessary for him to keep in amazing shape. And it doesn't look like he's about to slow down any time soon.
Stacy Ann Ferguson, or Fergie as she’s better known, has always let her voice do the talking. However, she makes sure to take care of other parts of her body too. She’s a regular at yoga and always ensures that her flexibility is in the best possible shape. How else would she be able to pull off stunts like doing splits during her shows?
18 Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford, whose impressive line of work has seen him nominated for Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards, can stretch his body with the best of them. Despite having turned 60, he’s as flexible as ever, although that’s not something that’s ever been important in his career. When he was starring as Josh Luman in the political drama “The West Wing,” there wasn't any expectation of him to do a split.
17 Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen has been gracing magazine covers and lighting up the runway for two decades, and she’s one of the most successful models in the world. Bündchen is even credited for ushering in a new era of modeling. Never knowing when she’ll have to strike a pose, she ensures her body is always in shape by practicing yoga which has also improved her flexibility a ton.
16 Daniel Browning Smith
Daniel Browning Smith’s job relies on him being able to bend his body in unbelievable ways. Smith is a professional contortionist that’s been using his flexibility to his advantage ever since the early ‘00s. He was born with a genetic condition known as hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The genetic disorder has given him a career and earned him an incredible seven different Guinness World Records.
15 Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger was essentially the face of The Pussycat Dolls, and while some of its members have now faded into obscurity, she’s still relevant to this day. She's been a judge on both the US and UK versions of reality competition series “The X Factor,” but her amazing flexibility is likely one of the reasons she won the tenth season of another reality competition show, “Dancing with the Stars.”
14 Robert Downey Jr.
Downey Jr. might be known as Iron Man, but he could easily do a movie about Yoga Man as well - if someone would want to create that superhero. After being arrested in 2001, Robert amazingly managed to kick his addiction and has stayed clean ever since. One of his habits for managing his addiction is Yoga - keeping him clean and flexible.
13 Summer Glau
From “Arrow” to “Firefly,” “Dollhouse” to “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” Summer Glau seems to have done it all in the sci-fi genre. However, while it’s kept Glau in the spotlight, acting was never her first passion. Instead, she had a love of dancing – ballet, in particular. She can still do the splits with ease, even when she’s hanging several dozen feet in the air.
12 Matthew McConaughey
Hollywood's resident beach bum, 50-year-old Matthew McConaughey, is a fitness addict and can often be seen breaking a sweat outdoors. He likes to stay fit with some yoga on the beach, but that is just one of his many preferred workouts. The actor has been known to radically change his body for movie roles, so clearly he knows what he's doing.
11 Nadya Suleman
Being pregnant is a wonderful thing, but it can have a hugely negative impact on your body. Nadya wasn't just carrying one baby, though. She became famous for giving birth to octuplets at the start of 2009. The occurrence was so rare that it led her to become a media personality. After giving birth, the Octomom focused on getting back into shape, and it looks like her efforts were successful.
10 Heidi Klum
When it comes to models, they don’t get much bigger than Heidi Klum. She launched her career back at the start of the ‘90s and eventually landed huge gigs like being a judge on reality series “Project Runway” for over a decade. She’s racked up dozens of film and TV appearances over the years and has always remained in incredible shape.
9 Russell Brand
We got to see Russell Brand show off some of his yoga skills in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and it turns out that the movie scene wasn't far from the truth. Russell Brand is a devoted yogi, teacher, and meditator, and even does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so there's nothing wrong with the guy's flexibility.
8 Betsey Johnson
Another woman who’s proven that age is just a number, Betsey Johnson is still as flexible as ever even though she’s 77. The fashion designer has long been a fan of pushing her body to the limits, keeping herself in excellent shape. Johnson is known for finishing many of her fashion shows in the same manner, and it always involves her doing feats of gymnastics that we could never accomplish.
7 Adam Levine
Another celebrity who swears by yoga is Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine. The 40-year-old loves his practicing yoga almost as much as he loves his music. Apparently, when he's out touring and doing concerts with Maroon 5, he has a specific yoga room backstage in order for him to stay in shape and keep flexible.
Ever since establishing herself as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, it’s been obvious that Beyoncé was destined for greatness. Her efforts have pushed boundaries, taking the music industry in directions that no-one saw coming. Not only are her songs catchy and empowering, but the way she performs them is also inspiring. She knows how to work her body, all thanks to the hours she puts in to stay flexible.
5 Jason Statham
It doesn't take a genius to see that Statham is in incredible shape. Ages ago, he injured himself while doing squats, and that experience led to him educating himself about mobility and how the joints actually work. In other words, yeah, he's just as flexible as he appears when kicking butt on the big screen.
4 Britney Spears
It seems Britney doesn’t know how to keep her name out of the media, which hasn't always been a good thing. Fortunately, since she succumbed to the pressures of fame, Britney has been able to get her life mostly back on track, and she’s spent the last few years performing in Vegas. That required her to be in excellent shape, so she dedicated herself to improving her fitness and flexibility.
3 Jean Claude Van Damme
Even at 57, Jean-Claude Van Damme, a.k.a. the “muscles from Brussels," still looks like he can easily kick your ass. For his Amazon Prime show 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson', he did his workout routine every morning - consisting of riding his bicycle, 40 minutes of weights, kickboxing, and stretching. And in case you're wondering, yes, he can still do his famous splits.
2 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba stepped away from the film world in recent years, but she's definitely left her mark on the entertainment industry. Alba is famous for her beauty, and it's obvious that she takes very good care of her body. The actress told the LA Times in an interview that among her favorite workouts are hot yoga and yoga sculpt, and we gotta admit it seems to be working for her.
Madonna will probably keep performing until she takes her last breath. She's 61 now, yet she’s still working as hard as she did when she got her start in the ‘80s. The singer has taken great care of her body, making it easy for her to give unbelievable performances on stage. Although staying flexible grows harder with age, Madonna has proved that age is just a number.
Sources: Yogi Approved, Do You Yoga, The Bioneer, Men's Health, Sports Retriever