How does Davina McCall keep in shape? She shares an exclusive taster from her top-selling 7 Minute Fit workout DVD

Want to get fit and healthy, but don’t have the time? Presenter and exercise buff Davina McCall’s 7 minute masterclass could be the answer and she has shared an exercise routine with us in our celebrity workouts special. Using just your own body weight and a pair of dumbbells it will help whip you into shape in no time, and maybe even get you a pair of ‘Davina abs’!


Regular exercise is a ‘no-brainer’ according to Davina. It helps her look after herself and feel good in her body and the long-term health benefits are key.  She also uses it as a type of therapy. ‘When you’re working out it gives you real chance to switch off and very few of us get that.’ Looking at the radiant 47-year-old it seems to be working.


But Davina reveals making the decision to get up and exercise is the hard bit. That’s why she came up with this 7 minute workout. She realises a lot of women just don’t have the time in their busy schedule. ‘It’s all about maximum effort in the shortest time,’ explains Davina.

Plus, there’s a new trainer on the scene in Davina’s 7 minute workout DVD. Step forward Ed Lumsden – young, fit and set to get hearts racing in more ways than one. ‘I’m sure lots of girls will just be watching that [on the DVD] with a cup of tea and a biscuit. But if they could join in that would be good.’


She’s not asking much – each workouts is just 7 minutes long. But can they really make a difference? ‘That’s all I’ve been doing and I look really good on it.’

If you want to give it a go we have a taster of Davina’s 7 minute masterclass below. Firm arms and a taut tum could be yours in no time.



How to do Davina McCall’s 7 minute exercise plans

Spend one minute on each exercise, doing as many reps as you can in the time. Repeat three moves of your choice to create a seven-minute circuit. If you don’t have hand weights, use food cans.


The perfect press-up

Davina-perfect-press-upGet into a press-up position on your hands and knees, making sure your hands are underneath your shoulders. Rotate your pelvis forward to pull in your stomach muscles and stop you putting strain on your back. Even holding this position is tough but if you can, lower down to the floor then back up. Do as many press-ups as you can in the minute.


The shoulder press

Davina-shoulder-pressStand with your feet hip-width apart, a weight in each hand. Hinge over at the middle with your back straight and your bum sticking out. Pull your hands up to chest level in a rowing action, with your arms forming right angles. Bring them back down to meet underneath you. Next, lift them straight out to the sides, bringing them in line with your shoulders. Finally, lower them back down underneath you. Repeat as many times as you can in the minute.


The twisting sit-up

Davina-twisting-sit-upLie on your back with your knees bent. Try to keep your hands by your forehead and your feet flat on the floor as you push up quickly to a sitting position. Punch across your body with your right hand, twisting your body to the left. Repeat with the left hand. Slowly lower down, so you’re not just falling back onto the floor. Do as many repetitions as you can in the time, keeping good form.


The alternating lunge


Stand with your feet together, a weight in each hand. Step your right leg back into a lunge, keeping it straight. Ensure your left knee isn’t going over your toes. Lift your left arm into a bicep curl as you bend your right leg down to touch the ground with your knee. Come back up into the straight-legged lunge, putting left arm down and bringing right one up into a bicep curl. Finally, push your right arm straight up above you as you come back to standing, feet together. Repeat on the other side and keep alternating for a minute.