'Cheer' Star Monica Aldama Credits Her Toned Abs To 'Dancing With The Stars' Training

Korin Miller
·4 mins read

From Women's Health

  • Cheer star Monica Aldama just showed off her toned abs in a new Instagram.

  • She credited her sculpted core to intense Dancing With the Stars rehearsals.

  • Monica was fit before, though, and recently shared a HIIT workout on Instagram.

Fact: Monica Aldama is a total badass. The Navarro College cheerleading coach and star of Netflix’s breakout docuseries Cheer has led her teams to a slew of national championships and is known for being a total perfectionist. Oh, and she’s about to compete on Dancing with the Stars.

Fans of the doc know that Monica was already fit to begin with, but she just shared on Instagram that her DWTS training is making her next-level jacked—particularly her abs.

“Thank you DWTS! The abs are starting to make a come back,” she captioned a pic of herself in workout clothes. Monica said she’s been in LA for more than two weeks and has been practicing for a week and a half.

“To be honest, I’ve never worked this hard physically in my life,” she wrote. “I’ve learned so much in such little time—although I’m still working on that technique. 🤪 My partner has been amazing and is tough as nails on me. (Karma right??? 😂) I’m thankful for the opportunity to have this journey and I’m soaking in every bit of it. ❤️”

Okay, but let's talk about those abs. When Monica referenced her core in the caption, she forgot to mention the fact that she has a freakin' six pack. I mean... her abs have abs.

“Holy wow!!! You look amazing,” one person commented on Monica's post. “YES BOD!!!” another said. “CMON BODY,” someone else wrote.

FWIW: Monica didn’t get those abs overnight, and she probably didn’t even get them from 1.5 weeks of doing DWTS training alone (although it likely didn’t hurt). While Monica hasn’t revealed a ton about her pre-DWTS exercise routine, she did share a quick HIIT workout on Instagram back in April that anyone can do at home. The workout is intense and effective (because, Monica Aldama).

“It also helps release endorphins that are going to help you stay positive and make you feel better,” she says in the video. So, there’s that, too.

Monica’s workout is a circuit, and she encourages people to do as many reps as they can for 30 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. Do five rounds, taking a 10-second rest between rounds. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Planks

  • Air squats

  • Mountain climbers

  • Toe taps

  • A plank with shoulder taps

BTW: DWTS comes back to ABC on Monday(!!!).

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