She’s enchanted the public in the 14th season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with her gracious moves and now, actress Maria Menounos enchants the audience with her toned bikini body and her well chiselled abs as she lands the cover of Shape, the magazine’s July 2012 issue. The 34 year old would put women half her age to shame with her stunning silhouette, so check out her sizzling Shape spread and find out how Maria maintains her flawless figure as the actress shows how you can work every muscle in a 5 minute exercise routine created by trainer Astrid McGuire.

The actress also shares info regarding her father’s battle with diabetes, her injuries as well as her struggle to put-on a great show in ‘Dancing with the Stars’, so find out what the star had to share with her fans by checking out highlights of her interview with Shape below!

The TV show that pairs your fav celebs with professional dancers showed clips that reveal the difficulties encountered by participants while trying to get their choreography straight and put on display their dancing routines perfectly, but according to Ms. Menonos, until you try it you won’t be able to understand the effort and pain she suffered, as she tells the magazine that:

“No one will ever understand the pain I went through to stay in the running, but it was worth it. To learn how to dance and have shared this experience with all my fans and loved ones was truly magical. I didn’t want my time on the show to end, but I’m thrilled and honored that I made it as far as I did.”

She’s no stranger to pain as she’s known for her enthusiasm with WWE, where she made several appearances in the ring, but it seems that the dancing show she enrolled in landed her more injuries than wrestling as she confesses to Shape that:

“Don’t get me started on all of my injuries. First I broke two ribs, next I had three stress fractures on my left foot and two in my right, then I had some sort of tendon thing I don’t understand, and I think I may have broken something in my hand. It was so bad, Derek [Hough, her partner on the show] had to give me piggyback rides everywhere.”

She might seem soft but she’s a ‘tough cookie’ and she attributes this characteristic to her heritage. Maria states that she picked up on discipline after observing her father’s will power to stay off sugar after learning he’s suffering from diabetes, almost 40 years ago. She tells the magazine that:

“My dad’s very disciplined. More than 40 years ago, he was diagnosed with diabetes and told not to eat sugar. He never touched it again! He took his disease seriously, which is why he’s so robust today.”

Find out more about Maria Menounos by checking out her complete spread, 5 minute workout routine and full interview featured in the July 2012 issue of Shape. Photos courtesy of Shape