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Blake Lively's Fitness Secret: "The Best Workout You Can Ever Do"

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It doesn’t get more New York City than Blake Lively‘s posh Upper East Side princess Serena van der Woodsen, but in real-life Blake is actually a California girl at heart. “I haven’t lived in California for so long,” the actress and California native tells Vogue in the June issue. “But my New York guise is gone. Ostrich flats don’t really work on the beach!” And to prove just how West Coast she really is, the blonde bombshell headed to La Jolla, Calif. to catch some waves with legendary surfer Rob Machado for her cover shoot with photographer Mario Testino. Though it was only Lively’s second time surfing, the 22-year-old–who was joined on location by boyfriend Penn Badgley–wasn’t the least bit nervous. Of course, after having just come from the New Orleans set of the Green Lantern , where she spent hours training with gymnastic acrobats from Cirque du Soleil, surfing seemed like a breeze. “I’m 40 feet in the air, spiraling around. That’s the best workout you can ever do because it’s all core,” she says of her stunt training for the upcoming action flick. “You do that for ten minutes and you should see your body the next day! It’s so exhilarating, so thrilling—also nauseating.” To read more of Blake Lively’s interview and to see more photos, pick up the June issue Vogue on stands this week or check out today.–David Yi

Mario Testino/Vogue