20 Things To Borrow From Jennifer Lopez’s Workout Routine

She's got discipline by the truckloads

20 things to borrow from Jennifer Lopez's workout routine

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Thanks to the advent of Instagram, it’s easy to get a glimpse at Jennifer Lopez‘s workout routine. She and her fiancé-slash-fitness buddy Alex Rodriguez are both constantly posting and talking about their exercise and diet habits on social media and during interviews. And given that she makes 50 look like 25, we’re all eyes.

Whether you’re a hardcore fitness fan or not, her approach is intriguing. Below, find a highlight reel of every interesting thing that’s ever been revealed about Jennifer Lopez’s workout routine online so far. Even if you try one, you’ll probably feel fitter for it…

1. J.Lo’s all about the ab workouts

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It seems that 50 is a magic number for Jennifer Lopez, and it’s not just because it happens to be her age. Lopez’s trainer told O, the Oprah Magazine that her typical core workout starts with a set of 50 hanging ab raises, 50 rope crunches, and 50 incline sit ups with a 45-pound plate. The operative word here is starts… Here’s the Jennifer Lopez abs workout in its entirety.

Set 1: 50 hanging ab raises, 50 rope crunches, 50 incline sit ups with a 45 pound plate.

Set 2 : Everything from the first set but with 35 reps.

Set 3: Same thing, but with 21 reps this time.

2. She’s a fan of pole workouts

Of her time spent preparing for her role as a stripper-turned-extortionist in Hustlers, here’s what Lopez told Jimmy Kimmel about learning to pole dance:

“It’s, like, acrobatic, it’s a different muscle group,” she said. “And the things that they do with their legs and everything and go upside down…it’s hard.” Because of the physical demands, she says: “I have a lot of respect for people who do the pole.”

3. She doesn’t do rest days

Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining strength, endurance, and yes, abs.

So it’s not super surprising that Lopez “very rarely skips a workout,” which she revealed to Us Weekly in 2015. Want to see the receipts? This is a photo of her pre-workout this past Christmas Eve.

4. She’s not afraid to lift heavy

If there was every any doubt of her strength, watching Lopez leg press nearly 300 pounds (not one, not twice, but 10 times) is all you need to understand how seriously committed she is to strength training.

5. J-Lo works out for mental gains as well as physical ones

“Sometimes when I get home and I’m not feeling so great, I make myself go to the gym,” Lopez told Redbook in 2010. “Then I come home… and I feel pepped up and great about myself.” Endorphins are real.

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6. She likes to focus on the ‘3 Bs’ during a workout

Before a performance as part of her It’s My Part tour last summer, J.Lo posted an Instagram story of her pre-show prep workout in which she noted that there were three muscle groups in particular she likes to focus on during workouts: biceps, back, and booty.

7. She leaves it all on the dance (and gym) floor

Given how dedicated she was to preparing for her role in Hustlers, it’s hardly surprising that Lopez doesn’t phone it in when it comes to workout out. But one of her trainers, David Kirsch, confirmed as much to People in 2017:

“She’s genetically blessed, she’s physically gifted with an incredible amount of physical energy, but also this beautiful amount of mental and emotional energy. She’s very connected to her body, and she’s got crazy discipline.”

8. J.Lo doesn’t take fitness too seriously

Sure, she’s clearly dedicated to her workouts, but Lopez knows how to let loose and have fun too, as evidenced by this Instagram post from Rodriguez. “I’ve heard of hot yoga. Even goat yoga. What kind of yoga is this?” he wrote in the caption. J.Lo-ga?

9. She’s got goals

How does Lopez stay accountable when it comes to working out—even with an insane schedule? Well, the hashtag in this photo offers a clue. It says: Make promises to yourself and keep them. Clearly, J.Lo is not afraid of commitment.

10. She never skips the warm up

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One of her personal trainers Tracy Anderson told People in 2016 that she likes to incorporate music into we pre-workout routine. “I do an upper body warm-up with her,” Anderson said. “We do two songs without weights, and then we add three-pound weights, and sometimes I add a song with five-pound weights as well.”

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11. She works out at home

Okay, this Instagram video of Lopez boxing in her living room is technically an ad, but the star has revealed that she does work out at home. She even installed a portable pole in her house so that she could do pole dancing workouts at home.

12. She understands a good activewear outfit is as good motivation as any

Always self-assured, the star understands the power of a good outfit, whether it’s meant for the stage, the screen, or just the gym.

13. She also loves dance as cardio and confidence booster

“I am 100 percent convinced that working out is part of what makes me so happy. Dance has always been a huge part of my life and taking the time to move my body and do something that’s so good for me is key to my happiness,” Lopez told Hello.

When my confidence is lagging, I dance. There’s something about seeing what my body is capable of and feeling the endorphin rush that comes with a good dance session that really helps boost my confidence and my mood. I still consider myself a dancer at heart and I love it.”

14. She prioritises fitness

“I really believe that when you take care of yourself and work to stay healthy, you’re better able to take care of those you love. So working out is definitely a priority for me,” J.Lo told Hello.

15. J.Lo hearts her TrueFusion workouts

…almost as much as ARod. The couple are both very into the the mixed modality studio, which includes workouts like hot yoga and heated bootcamps.

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16. She relies on the buddy system

Lopez and Rodriguez have made no secret about the fact that they are partners both in life and at the gym.

17. She’s into fitness apps

While traveling and away from her home gym and personal trainers, Lopez does what anyone with a smartphone and wifi access does when they want to work out—she uses a fitness app. Specifically, she shouted out the Fitplan app in this Instagram video of her and Rodriguez working on at the Dallas Cowboys gym.

18. She uses fitness challenges to prep for big-events

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Todays workout: 🏋🏽‍♀️👇🏽🏋🏽‍♂️ . . . 1️⃣ SEATED DUMBELL CURLS💥 Jen: 10|15|20, 35|21|14 AR: 20|30|40, 35|21|14 . 2️⃣ ARNOLD PRESS💥 Jen: 10|15|20, 35|21|14 AR: 20|30|40, 35|21|14 . 3️⃣ SIDE LAT💥 Jen: 10|15|20, 35|21|14 AR: 20|30|40, 35|21|14 . 4️⃣ REAR CABLE LAT💥 Jen: 20|25|30, 35|21|14 AR: 40|45|50, 35|25|14 . 5️⃣ UPRIGHT ROWS💥 Jen: 20|25|30, 35|21|14 AR: 40|45|40, 35|21|14 . 6️⃣ LAT PULLS💥 Jen: 90|95|90, 35|21|14 AR: 90|105|120, 35|21|14 . 7️⃣ NOSE BREAKERS💥 Jen: 20|30|40, 35|21|14 AR: 40|50|70, 35|21|14 . 8️⃣ TRICEP PUSHDOWNS💥 Jen: 40|45|70, 35|21|14 Alex: 70|90|120, 35|21|14 . . . ❌FINISHER❌ Yoga and stretch at @trufusion_coralgables ♨️🧘🏽‍♂️🆘 . . . 🍽DINNER🍽 Salad, grass-fed steak and baked sweet potato. With some🍷 for Jen and #Presidente🍺 for me. 🤫 Cheers!

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She and Rodriguez revealed the 10-day fitness challenge they’d committed to do together. The couple has also done a 10-day challenge to cut sugar and carbs.

19. J.Lo works out before events

Nothing will help get rid of nerves quite like a big rush of endorphins, which could be why J.Lo opts to hit the gym before hitting the red carpet (as she did ahead of the Golden Globes) or a performance like the one she did here before appearing on SNL.

20. Most of all, she understands that a comprehensive workout plan is about exercise *and* nutrition

“You got to work out, you got to watch what you eat,” she told Us Weekly. “It’s a job—you’ve got to buckle down.”

This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.

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