Cher does Zumba and leg lifts and can plank for 5 minutes

I am an unapologetic Cher stan. I grew up watching her variety show, played with her doll and even ordered Lori Davis hair care products after seeing her in the infomercial. And, during the aerobics craze in the late 80s and early 90s, I worked out faithfully to her workout tapes. Sadly, after all of that, I never achieved that slim, Cher-like physique. Now that I’m pushing the mid-century mark, I may have to adopt a Cher-inspired workout routine because the diva looks fabulous at 72.

Cher was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. They wasted no time discussing the singer’s workout secrets, which she was glad to share. Despite starring in films, recording an album and embarking on yet another tour, La Cher makes time to tone up. She told Ellen that she planks, recently challenging (and beating) TODAY’s Harry Smith to a “plank-off.” She added that, “once I did five minutes, but I’ll never do it again.”

Cher admitted that she doesn’t work out everyday, but “a lot of times” during the week. One of her go-to exercises is the fire hydrant leg lift. She explained it to Ellen as, “So you get down on all fours…” to which Ellen jokingly asked, “Is someone else in the room?” Cher went on to describe the move, where you make your leg into an “L” shape and lift as if you were a pooch taking a whiz, stating she did three sets of 25 during a workout.

In addition, the performer loves “old fashioned” moves like squats on a power plate and confesses that she does Zumba, but opts for doing it at home as opposed to the gym.

Cher is awesome and her hard work certainly pays off. I think I’m going to have to go back to Zumba classes, like yesterday. But, watching her old “Hot Dance” routine from her 90s workout video is making me want to dust off my leg warmers and give those workouts another go. And look how she makes musical chairs seem appealing. (Side note: love him or hate him, this James Corden bit is hilarious.)

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Musical Chers with Cher and William H. Macy during an appearance on CBS' 'The Late Late Show with James Corden.'

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  1. Blonde555 says:

    Doesn’t matter how long of a plank she can hold :/ she went way overboard with the scary plastic surgery. Sad.

    • CharliePenn says:

      There’s nothing sad about cher, in my opinion. Her face was already unique and kind of… alienesque? She just kind of “preserved” it for eternity hahha.
      She looks fabulous and seems to also feel fabulous.

    • Amandacadabra says:

      Blonde555-really? THIS is your take away from this entire story? Your opinion of her appearance? Taking the opportunity to mean girl a fellow woman? Sad to be you. Very, very sad : (

    • arianan says:

      I remember when I was a child and my Mother wore those belly baring pants because she had a stomach as flat as Cher’s. When my brother was born, my Mother’s first goal was to get that board flat tummy back again, and she did. Even today my Mother has a flat stomach, must be genetics. I pray I take after my Mother, so far, so good.

  2. Astrid says:

    Great morning post!

  3. Becks1 says:

    I love Cher. She’s just so unapologetically Cher. I may have to try those fire hydrant squats or whatever lol.

  4. Esmom says:

    I may not be a fan of her fashion choices but I’ll always have a soft spot for her. She seems like a good person. Her workout routine sounds pretty challenging, good for her. The best thing we can do for our ongoing mobility as we age is work out. Doing nothing will only lead to problems down the road.

    I once planked for three and a half minutes and was on my gym’s leaderboard for about a week! My one claim to fame, lol.

  5. Jerusha says:

    I recall a TV Guide article from nearly 50 years ago. Sonny and Cher had recently done a concert in Mobile and she had recently turned 25. A guy in the audience yelled out, “Hey, Cher, do you feel over the hill?” I wonder what HE’s doing now.

  6. Tiffany says:

    I recently watched Moonstruck again and by God she was amazing. The morning after walk, man was she stunning. Just wanted to share that.

  7. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    I thought she was too much in the 80s but then I saw some interviews with her and she was just so likeable. She told a story about hearing a joke that after the apocalypse all that would be left was cockroaches and Cher and said, “That sounds about right.” That was the moment that I LOVED her.

  8. JennyJenny says:

    I saw her “Farewell Concert” back in late ’90′s!
    But I’m so excited she’s still coming back out to tour; I’ll be there!

  9. raincoaster says:

    Her old workout tape is hilarious. I love how at one point she just says she’s tired and walks off, leaving the pro to continue.

  10. iconoclast59 says:

    Love Cher — she’s the original DGAF gal.

    Ellen: “We’d like to see you do Zumba.”
    Cher: “NO!”