If there’s one thing Miley Cyrus is good at, it’s shaking things up. She’s cool stepping outside of her comfort zone in everything, including her workout routine, and judging by her Instagram feed (and those toned arms and abs), staying active is a major part of her life.
But if you’re trying to catch her working up a sweat, you probably won’t find her at the gym doing crunches. Instead, Miley’s go-to form of exercise is an athletic form of yoga called Ashtanga. She told Jimmy Fallon she’s been practicing for several years: “The thing about Ashtanga yoga is that sometimes it can be really uninspiring because the teacher will say, ‘Oh, don’t worry that’s just going to take you 10 years [to get], and you’re like ‘Wait, what?” mentioning that mastering Ashtanga poses takes a lot of training. She’s clearly putting in the work, though, since she regularly shows photos of herself pulling off advanced asanas (yoga speak for poses) on her feed.
All that flexibility training comes in handy, however, as another one of Miley’s favorite ways to work out happens to be Pilates, known for its ability to majorly strengthen and sculpt your abs. (Here for it!)
Then, of course, there’s her legendary twerking skills, which she’s shown off on stage, as well as in her living room—the dance move doubles as cardio, btw. Plus, the singer, actress, and animal lover is a big fan of hiking through trails in Los Angeles. Talk about living the California dream! Keep reading for more intel on Miley Cyrus’ fitness routine.
1. Miley’s been doing yoga for years
She’s got a serious Ashtanga practice, which is an athletic style of yoga aimed at improving your health both mentally and physically. Back in December, she showed off an Ashtanga yoga sequence on her Instagram stories, writing “I surrender back on the floor feeling it’s [sic] grounding nature/properties….if you can take even 10 seconds to feel the weight of gravity and think of someone or something you are thankful for! Gratitude is the cure for stress.”
2. But she’s always up for a new (fitness) challenge
Last September, Miley shared a video of herself doing Pilates on a Cadillac reformer. Even though the singer wrote that she was “trying something new,” she already looks like a Pilates pro. Thanks to her strong core (hello, six pack!) Miley was able to pull off a seriously advanced move: a full teaser, which involves balancing on your tailbone with your arms and legs extended to straight in a “V” shape. Of the intense workout, Miley wrote: “Grateful/Thankful AF… Keep it up uni! I love GROWING/STRENGTHENING. Nothing worth it is easy.”
3. Like yoga, she’s gotten *really* into Pilates
Miley started doing Pilates workouts in 2013, and was doing them daily at one point, according to Harper’s Bazaar Australia. There was even word she installed a Pilates studio in her home, so she could conveniently get in a good core workout without leaving the house.
4. She’s been known to do squats while she sings
Back in September 2019, Miley was hospitalized for tonsillitis and found out there was an issue with her vocal cords, which ultimately required surgery. Despite going through some scary health issues, Miley kept moving, even working on a few wall sits to help get her vocal rehab going—she said the quad-quaking squat holds kept her mind off her vocal chords. Genius! She even recently posted this video of herself doing vocal exercises (and butt exercises) as proof she’s kept up with the practice.
5. Even on vacations, Miley finds ways to work up a sweat
For Miley, it looks like R&R stands for rest and (active recovery). For example, when she went to Arizona back in September, she took some time to go kayaking with her dog, and trekked through the states famous canyons. Fun!
6. Often, this includes taking her exercise routine to new heights
In her hit single, “The Climb,” Miley famously sings about her love of an uphill challenge. Turns out, she wasn’t just talking in metaphors. She’s known to go hiking through the trails near her home in Los Angeles, but also treks when she’s away traveling—both for the endorphins and the epic views.