No matter who takes home the Mirror Ball on Dancing With the Stars, there’s no denying that each season, dance pro Karina Smirnoff has the body to beat. But now that it’s the off-season, how does she keep it in tip-top shape?

The DWTS star, who’s cut and curvy in all the right places, recently dished to Wetpaint Entertainment about her diet and exercise routine for the summer as well as other exciting projects she’s got in the works … including a movie role!

Wetpaint Entertainment: How active are you physically during the off-season?
Karina Smirnoff: During the off-season I don't get too many days off! I'm working on a lot of other projects. I'm actually doing a cruise called Cruising with the Stars. I’ll be teaching a bunch of dance classes as well as my DanceFIT-KS program. The DanceFIT-KS classes are dance inspired workouts, which are not only fun, but target those areas we all want to whittle and tone. My favorite is the Love Handle BURN. It's a way to get rid of that muffin top, which 99% of us have, regardless of body type.

What’s your diet like?
Because I do so much physical activity, I make sure that I'm nourishing myself regularly. I eat a lot of lean chicken, spinach, watermelon, pineapple, red peppers, sushi and other healthy choices. I also don't deprive myself! I love cookies with my tea, I believe in a little dark chocolate everyday and my godson has me hooked on organic string cheese!

Other than DWTS, what are some of your favorite shows to watch and why?
My guilty pleasure is definitely The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I also like watching The View and this new show on ABC called The Chew.

Any other projects you're working on that want to let us know about?
Yes! I feel really blessed to have a lot of great stuff happening in my career. I'm currently writing my first book. I’m also unveiling my new boot The VESNA with Bearpaw Shoes at the end of June. My makeup line with Girlactik Beauty has some big news on the horizon and I'm getting ready to shoot the follow-up DVD series to my first DVD Shape Up with Karina Smirnoff.  Plus, I'm looking forward to having a lead role in a film shooting this summer.

Can you tell us about it?
Not yet, but hopefully soon!


Find out about Karina’s exercise program at DanceFitKS.com.

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