Marian Rivera, Maja Salvador, Anne Curtis: battle of the abs

IMAGE Anne Curtis (Cosmopolitan), Marian Rivera (Women's Health) and Maja Salvador (Men's Health)

(L-R) Marian Rivera, Anne Curtis, and Maja Salvador grace the cover of Cosmopolitan, Women's Health and Men's Health, respectively.

Who has the best abs?

Summer, no doubt, is here!

And turning the "hot" meter even higher are three goddesses in Philippine showbiz.

This April, on Women's Health, Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera captivates with her "ripped core" and 23-inch waistline.

On Cosmopolitan, "Dyosa-turned-Dyesebel" Anne Curtis stuns with her six-pack abs.

On Men's Health, Maja Salvador's bikini-worthy body earns a thumbs up from the editor-in-chief of the men's magazine's U.S. version, Bill Phillips.

Dying to know what they did to achieve their beach bodies?

DAILY EXERCISE IS ANNE’S POLICY. For the VIVA talent, discipline and focus play crucial.

No matter how busy she is, Anne makes time for her Plyometrics and Insanity workouts every day to tone her abs.

Plyometrics, according to, is also known as the "jump training" designed to increase muscular power and explosiveness, while Insanity, according to, uses a method called Max Interval Training, which is a combination of "cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training."

SPORTS IS MARIAN'S SECRET. She eats "three square meals, merienda, and a midnight snack," says Women's Health.

But because she takes her work seriously, she makes sure she's ready for all the scenes, including the physically-demanding ones.

From swimming in Dyesebel to learning Wushu in Darna and Arnis in Amaya, her abs, Marian reveals, is six years in the making.

“Sa haba ng panahon na wino-workout ko [ang abs ko], nandoon at nandoon na.”

At present, she is into Zumba.

DANCE LIKE MAJA. ABS-CBN's Dance Princess has always been thin.

But in preparation for her pictorial with Men's health, "Isang buwan nga akong di kumain at todo workout talaga."

She adds, “Kailangan mong ma-convice ang mga readers na you’re fit and healthy [para maisip nila na], ‘Ah, si Maja aware din pala sa body niya.”


And while posing for the camera, Men's Health mentions she had one request: blaring music in the background so she could dance.

Also featured in the issue are experts’ tips to getting a well-proportioned body (like Maja’s!) through a balanced diet.

A sampler: go for half rice, fish oil or eat Mediterranean.

Grab a copy of the "hot" magazines featuring actresses that are sure to make the temperature go hotter!





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