[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]I turn 40 this year, however, since watching Jennifer Lopez’s Superbowl performance, it’s my 50’s that I’m most excited about. But believe me, I’m under no illusions that getting a JLo body at any age is easy! In fact, Ms. Lopez’s hard work in the gym and dedication to a strict diet is well documented on her Instagram account.
It’s no surprise that JLo avoids sugar like the plague—and it’s this that contributes in large part to her incredible abs and her glowing skin. Quitting sugar is key to a flat stomach and it can also reduce premature skin aging. JLo’s builds her diet around fresh, non-processed foods, nutrient-dense foods (this is something we can all do). She also includes lean proteins such as chicken, turkey and grass-fed beef, and salmon and eggs for good fats. A handful of nuts makes a great #JLoApproved snack, and she keeps carbs to a minimum the majority of the time to keep her in incredible shape. (A low-carb diet consisting of protein, fat and fiber means a healthy lean muscle mass to body fat ratio, and is the technique I utilize in my Lean and Clean Online Program).
And as for that JLo glow? You don’t get skin like that by skimping on the veggies. Ensure you are eating a minimum of 7 servings of leafy greens and rainbow-colored vegetables needed for the antioxidants and phytochemicals that create her beautiful skin from within.
The bad news? Caffeine and alcohol are out on the JLo plan. If you are not quite ready for such a commitment, you can choose low-acid, organic coffee such as my favorite Purroast, and low sugar wines such as FitVineWine.
I love to workout, but even just looking at pictures of JLo’s workouts makes me tired! According to her trainer, Jenny from the block trains 4-5 times a week, and prioritizes strength training. This keeps her toned and strong, and helps her maintain a high metabolism (the more lean muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism). It seems she focuses on lower body exercises to achieve those killer curves, and working out your lower body means you are targeting those fat-burning big muscle groups, getting even more bang for your back! This means focusing on exercises such as weighted lunges, squats, and deadlifts. In JLo’s workout routine, she rounds this out with ab and arm exercises too!
For us mortal souls, strength training 3-4 times a week, lifting heavy weights with compound exercises such as lunges, squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, and rows can go a long way to getting that JLo bod. This is how I train clients in my Lean and Clean program, too.
My go-to move for a JLo booty? Front Foot Elevated Split Squats: place your front foot on a raised step or platform, and hold ‘heavy as possible’ dumbbells by your side. Keep the weight in your front foot, specifically the heel, which activates the muscle fibers in your glutes and hamstring. Then lunge by s-l-o-w-l-y driving your front knee forward and down until you are as low as you can go. Hold for one second, then drive back up. Repeat 10-12 times on each leg.
And as for cardio? Why not take a leaf out of her book and swap boring runs and hours on the stair master for a sweaty, soul boosting dance class? Due to the interval training nature of high energy dance classes, you’ll burn a ton of calories and have fun doing it.
Whilst I can’t find any info on her sleep habits I’m pretty sure JLo must be getting her 8 hours a night to give her all that energy! Sleep is a much-underestimated tool for a fit body like JLo’s. Read more about how better sleep helps with weight loss in my blog post.
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