Celebs with some serious muscles

There is nothing quite like going to the gym and working out. Something that anyone who’s ever gone through an arduous yet enjoyable workout will say the same thing – the hardest part is walking out your door. Or getting off your couch. Or overcoming whatever obstacle it is that’s preventing you from taking that leap. Because something that a number of famous actresses know good and well is that sitting on your couch is a place of comfort. They aren’t immune to the luxuries of us modern folk, the beautiful bliss of simply relaxing with some popcorn on your comfy leather sofa. They had to make a conscious change just like every other bodybuilder that’s ever gotten seriously, seriously ripped.

Because it’s not exactly something that we have to do. The feeling of comfort on our couches isn’t something that we feel guilty about, because it’s perfectly normal. For those us who aren’t used to working out, like many of these gorgeous celebrities, making that radical change in our lives is something psychological just as much as it is physical. There’s always a voice in our head that says, “You’re not like those other people. You’re not fit, and you can’t get in shape.” The key is to obliterate that voice into smithereens. And that’s what all of these lovely ladies did, as you’ll soon see.



Mel B

For any of you that have ever watched the show “America’s Got Talent,” you might find this particular girl relevant. One of the hosts on the show, Mel B is currently well known around the world, in addition to the fame she garnered from her type as “Scary Spice” from the all-girl pop singing group, The Spice Girls. After looking at her rock hard abs in these pictures, it gives her old stage name of “scary” a whole new meaning.

Mel B

Jodie Marsh

Sometimes in the world of entertainment, we come across a person who is talented in a number of categories, and in the case of Jodie Marsh, she’s got skills running on all cylinders. When you look at this picture, it becomes clear that one her talents is working out. But she’s also a columnist, and a television personality who’s appeared in all sorts of reality shows such The Weakest Link, Big Brother, and The Kevin Bishop Show.

Jodie Marsh

Hugh Jackman

On a list filled with ripped celebrities, we couldn’t in good conscience leave out Hugh Jackman. As the running joke says, he truly is a “Huge Jacked Man,” using a play a words from his name. As you can see, not only is Jackman a prolific singer who’s sung in movies such as Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman, but he’s also just as every bit as strong as Wolverine, the mutant warrior that he portrays in the X-Men film series.

Hugh Jackman

Rebekka Armstrong

In case you weren’t convinced of it before now, the world of show business is filled the very brim with some seriously jacked women. And in this case, it’s Rebekka Armstrong, who’s path to muscular success was actually one of the more unique cases. She actually started out as a Playboy Playmate, and didn’t look anything like the way she looks here. But with hardwork and dedication, she transformed her conventional frame into a more intimidating build.

Rebekka Armstrong

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

It really doesn’t get any more classic than “The Rock” when it comes to famous bodybuilders. This guy absolutely does it all. Not only is he a former professional wrestler and one of the most exceptional bodybuilders this world has ever seen, but he’s also a famous actor. In fact, he’s probably better known in pop culture nowadays for the various films he’s appeared in recently, such Jumanji, Fast and the Furious, and The Rundown (an older film).

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Janet Jackson

Before Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake the world with their daring antics at the Super Bowl, she was already well known around the world for her talent as a singer, and of course, for the fact that she’s the sister of Michael Jackson. As you can see here, regardless of how could of a singer she is, she’s also got some serious guns. Her biceps have a real kick to them, and we doubt you’d be able to beat her in an arm wrestle.

Janet Jackson

Chris Pratt

Before he was the star of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt was making appearances in comedy series such as Parks and Recreation. During that time period, he had a slightly chunkier build, and certainly wasn’t as ripped as he is here. There’s obviously nothing wrong with that, but when you check out how sculpted is abs are in this picture, it’s nice to appreciate how far he’s come – and something tells us he’s not slowing down.

Chris Pratt

Elizabeth Shue

Y’all remember the Karate Kid, right? It starred Ralph Macchio (as Daniel Larusso, the Karate Kid himself), and it was awesome. Another one to appear in the film was Elizabeth Shue, who played the role of Ally, Daniel Larusso’s girlfriend. Interestingly enough, although Ally wasn’t fighting in any matches in the movie (except for punching mean old Johnny), Elizabeth seems to have made a pretty strong case over all these years. Looking at her muscular arms here, we’d hate to face her in the ring!

Elizabeth Shue

Hilary Swank

To have a list about female celebrities that are tough as nails, and not mention Hilary Swank, would simply be wrong. The picture here is a snapshot from the hit boxing movie Million Dollar Baby, where she stars alongside the legendary Clint Eastwood. People came into that movie thinking Eastwood was the toughest cat on the screen, and left the theater rethinking that perhaps it was Hilary’s character. But the thing is, it wasn’t an act. Hilary is so good at playing these type of characters because that’s who she is… just check out those guns! This is one lady who puts her passion into everything she does, including working out.

Hilary Swank

Jennifer Morrison

We know what you’re thinking, because we wondered the same thing the first time we saw this picture. “Are those her actual arms?” Perhaps it’s the angle that the photo was taken, or perhaps it’s a trick of the light, or maybe Jennifer Morrison is in fact super ripped, but believe it or not, this picture is real! The Once Upon A Time star actually posted this very picture of herself on Instagram, stating that the baby in the photo is actually her nephew. Nephew or not, this baby doesn’t have to worry at all about getting dropped, cause his aunt is probably used to weights that are much heavier than him.

Jennifer Morrison

Evangeline Lilly

We first knew her as Kate from Lost, and then we saw her as Tauriel, a wood elf from Mirkwood in The Hobbit. Very soon, she’ll be appearing as the Wasp, a superheroine in the Marvel universe. It seems that everywhere we turn, Evangeline Lilly is playing some sort of strong and empowered woman, and based on the way she looks in this picture, we can see why. Those biceps don’t come for free, and she probably works out very consistently.

Evangeline Lilly

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields is one of those heartthrobs for that men have pined for since the ’80s and ’90s, and she’s never allowed herself to slow down. One of the ways that she’s managed to stay so fit over the years is her diligent dedication to her body, and as you can see in this picture, she’s managed to carve herself some serious biceps even in her older age (notice how we said “older,” not old). We’d recommend not challenging her to an arm wrestle.

Brooke Shields

Gal Gadot

This woman is perhaps the modern day epitome of female strength, at least as far as public perception goes. This is because she appeared as the leading star in the recently released Wonder Woman, and she came out with all of the bells and whistles the movie industry could find. Gal Gadot was obviously required to bulk up a solid amount for the role, and in this picture, you can tell that going through with it was no picnic.

Gal Gadot

Geri Halliwell

We already have one Spice Girl on this list, so why not make it two? Although her old stage title used to be “Ginger Spice”, mainly due to her red hair, she would later stick to just blonde. As you can see here, not only is Geri Halliwell a talented singer on the one of the most iconic pop groups of all time, but she also managed to get pretty ripped as well. Perhaps she needed to be in shape in order to move around on stage so much.

Geri Halliwell

McKayla Maroney

Of course we have to talk about McKayla Maroney. Even though her biceps aren’t the biggest, she is the ultimate embodiment of fitness. What with her incredible ability to navigate the gymnastics stage, and how she was able to help Team USA win an Olympic gold medal with confidence, she’s a girl who has some serious control of her body. Something tells us we wouldn’t want to challenge her to a long distance cross country race.

McKayla Maroney

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy is known in the world of show business for a lot things, such as her acting roles, her modeling, and her television hosting. Wherever it is that you know her from, you may not have realized how strong this lady actually is. We don’t mean in the emotional sense… that was probably already obvious to you. We’re talking about her nitty gritty, bad to the bone, finely toned muscular arms that she’s worked so hard to acquire.

Jenny McCarthy

Holly Hunter

Do you have an eye for subtlety? If you do, take a look at Holly Hunter’s arms in this picture. When we saw this picture, it had such a strong impression on us in its ability to be loud, and yet very silent at the time – in other words, silent but deadly. The actress who provided the voice for Elastigirl from the Incredibles seems to know a thing or two about being a superhero in real life as well. The guns in this picture demonstrate that all too well.

Holly Hunter

Zoe Saldana

From her appearance in the critically acclaimed movie Avatar, as well as Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems that the only roles that Zoe Saldana knows how to play are the kind where she’s fighting bad guys all the time. And of course, we love her for it. It seems that she receives these roles because she’s willing to put in the time off of the set, hitting the gym and lifting those weights to make sure she ready to appear on screen.

Zoe Saldana

Sarah Jessica Parker

Coming from S.A.T.C., a show about four young women in New York City that don’t exactly seem to be spending all of their time at the gym, it’s kind of nice and surprising to see Sarah Jessica Parker making it her business to sculpt herself some real biceps. No joke, those things are the real deal, and we don’t envy her husband, actor Matthew Broderick if he ever gets in a fight with her. Then again, how could you ever get mad at Ferris Bueller himself?

Sarah Jessica Parker

Emily Blunt

We’ve been discussing a lot how many of our women got super ripped for a specific purpose. They worked heavily on tightening up their image, not only for themselves, but because they were contractually required to do so for a role. This is another scenario in which this was most certainly the case, with the lovely Emily Blunt showing us once more how versatile of an actress she is, and bulking up to portray Rita Vrataski in the sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow.

Emily Blunt

Jessica Biel

We first got to know Jessica Biel best when she appeared on the family sitcom, 7th heaven. We should have noticed the signs then… this girl was going to turn into something special. Perhaps the most famous person to come out of that show, Biel began to hit the weight room and appear in a number of various films, such as Blade Trinity, Total Recall, and Stealth. She may not be a bodybuilder perse, but she can certainly hold her own.

Jessica Biel

Beyonce

Well if it isn’t Miss Destiny’s Child herself, Beyonce Knowles, symbol of ladies empowerment, voice for all her single ladies, and the one who reminded her ex-boyfriend in a song that he was by no means irreplaceable. The reason we feel the need to bring up all of these things is because her spiritually charged nature of how she empowers her legions of fans is parallel to how she empowers herself physically in the gym, as you can tell here.

Beyonce

Gwen Stefani

Up until now, we’ve been putting a pretty strong focus on biceps, triceps, and pretty much anything arm related in the muscle category. But here’s one lady in show business who wanted to let the world know that when it came to abdomen dominance, she was a notable name to be referenced. And after looking at the way No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani has sculpted her abs, can you even hope to disagree with her?

Gwen Stefani

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco may not be the most ripped lady on our list, but we certainly believe that she deserves an honorable mention, and here’s why. We normally know Kaley for her portrayal of Penny on the Big Bang Theory, and it goes without saying that this role isn’t exactly a rigorous one. In other words, she decided to hit the gym and get toned for herself, not because a movie producer wanted her to – and we respect her highly for that.

Kaley Cuoco

Lily James

Here’s another lady who’s got it going on less in the biceps but in the abs. In this case, it’s our up and coming young actress by the name of Lily James. Although this picture makes it look like she’s some sort of Olympic runner, it’s actually from a movie, Fast Girls, where she portrayed the role of a British international runner, Lisa Temple. The fact that she looks the part so well just further credits how well she prepared for the role, and how fit she looks.

Lily James

Carrie Underwood

Yet another famous singer who took to hitting the gym pretty frequently is none other than Carrie Underwood. You may have thought that singing country tunes was her only forte, but if so, these pictures are here to demonstrate how wrong you are about that. In fact, there is a rising population of fans who have lately been falling in love with her leg workout videos, and young women are doing everything they can to emulate her figure in that area specifically.

Carrie Underwood

Linda Hamilton

One of the most popular action movies of all time is Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Considering he’s the ultimate body builder, it made sense that he needed a woman beside him on screen to provide a female version of that image. Linda Hamilton was that much needed source, and throughout the years people have always remembered her as a fierce and formidable woman that you wouldn’t want to turn into your enemy – human or not.

Linda Hamilton

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa is one of the most popular television hosts in the world. She’s also very well known for a lot of the work she’s done as an actress, such as her extensive portrayal of Hayley Vaughan on the popular ABC soap opera, All My Children. But there was a certain point in her career, around 2009, where she was actually one of the most ripped women in Hollywood. The picture you see before you pretty much speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Kelly Ripa

Cameron Diaz

This actress has stood the test of time over the years, and it’s pretty much an understood thing that Cameron Diaz is just awesome in every way. From her outstanding performances in films such as Shrek, There’s Something About Mary, and The Mask, to her appearances off the screen where she shows off her latest and most impressive muscle tones, people are still hoping for the chance to rescue Cameron (AKA Princess Fiona) from the tower and win her over.

Cameron Diaz

Madonna

Hey hey hey, it’s our favorite pop singer, good old Madonna. We didn’t mean “old” old – it’s just a turn of phrase! But all jokes aside, it’s obvious when looking at this picture why she was put on this list. This is one lady who knows how to hit the weight room. It seems that when she’s done hitting the music studio and writing her daily song quota, she probably meets up with her trainer, who helps her develop this serious set of biceps you see here.

Madonna