The Workout (and Trainer) Jennifer Garner Swears By
That’s thanks to her workouts with Simone De La Rue, fitness expert and founder of the popular dance class Body By Simone. Here’s what De La Rue shared about her strategy to help Garner stay committed to her fitness routine.
De La Rue’s Workout Routine for Garner
So what does it take to look as good as Garner does? For starters, there’s no substitute for dedication, consistency and hard work. De La Rue tells LIVESTRONG: “When working towards a goal, I recommend working out five-six times a week for one hour. When you are just maintaining, then three-five times per week.”
And you can bet that Garner — along with De La Rue’s other celebrity clients like Reese Witherspoon and Rosie Huntington-Whitely — never get bored with De La Rue’s workouts.”With my method, all the classes are different,” De La Rue says. “Where some other classes are set, we constantly change it up, which keeps you physically and mentally stimulated. It is a solid mix of cardio and strength training.”
Garner regularly updates her social media with videos of her sessions with De La Rue, and she’s right that no two workouts look the same. There are planks, resistance band training, bouncing on mini trampolines, jumping rope and even some silly dancing thrown in.
But it’s not just the vibe of the upbeat cardio, dance and strength workout that keeps Garner coming back for more — it’s the fact it makes her genuinely happy, too. “If you can find a workout that makes you smile, do it,” Garner captioned an Instgram video of her working out with De La Rue.
And part of the fun is a picking a style of cardio that unleash your inner child. “We do the cardio through dance, trampoline or jump rope,” De La Rue says. “Basically 45 minutes of dance cardio with toning tracks using low weight, high rep to create long, lean, sexy dancer muscle. Clients leave my classes feeling invigorated and joyous. Working out can be fun, and then you realize at the end of the class you’ve burned up to 600 calories and that’s just an added bonus.”
If you’re thinking there’s no way you could jump into a Body By Simone fitness regime and get a body like Garner’s, think again. “There’s an encouraging atmosphere and general sense of fun at my classes,” says De La Rue. “We’re creating a loving environment, so people don’t feel intimidated. People feel comfortable and safe, and that’s really important in fitness. I am selling a feeling and a community and a kick ass workout that really changes your body.”
How De La Rue Approaches Diet and Nutrition
Of course, it’s not just about the workouts. De La Rue is quick to point out that it’s 20 percent exercise, 80 percent diet, saying you won’t see results if you slog away at the gym but your diet doesn’t reflect that.
Although she doesn’t believe in diets, per se, she tells LIVESTRONG how she tries to get her clients — including Garner — to eat. “I encourage my clients to try and eliminate dairy, gluten, sugar, starch and alcohol for a while to give their body a rest and cleanse and detoxify their system. Then I use Paleo guidelines as a way of eating, increasing protein intake to help build muscle and also assist with weight loss.”
The Paleo diet is one made up of only proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s been dubbed the ‘caveman diet,’ as it’s supposed to mimic the diets our our ancestors. It doesn’t limit the amount of food you can eat, but it does forbid foods that aren’t in the categories.
So what does a typical day’s diet look like for De La Rue? “I love eggs for breakfast with avocado and salmon,” she tells LIVESTRONG. “A protein smoothie for mid-morning snack. Chicken breast and salad for lunch, rice cakes with peanut butter for afternoon snack and roasted root vegetables and turkey for dinner.”
But even a celebrity trainer has her vices, and she admits she’ll top off her healthy day’s food with… wait for it: “A piece of chocolate for dessert, because I’m obsessed with chocolate.”
Same, girl, same!
Kate Hudson Getting Stronger 2019!
The actress is focused on losing her post-baby weight
Leave it to Kate Hudson to take push-ups to a whole new level.
The 39-year-old actress shared a video from her workout on Friday, where she did a super complicated — and likely super effective — version of a push-up. With her left leg out to the side, Hudson goes down to the floor and then pushes up into a down dog and sticks her left leg into the air.
Hudson powers through four of the push-ups in the video, with her back and arm muscles looking ripped.
“Gettin stronger….! @nicolewinhoffer kicking my 🍑 ,” she captioned the video on Instagram.
Her longtime trainer Nicole Winhoffer reposted Hudson’s video, and said that she calls the move “The Serpent.”
“Low Impact Dynamic Stretch Toning activates our fascia and reshapes our bodies in new ways,” Winhoffer added. “Also it’s really sexy.”
A few of Hudson’s famous friends chimed in to share their amazement at her moves in the comments.
Brooklyn Decker said, “My toothpick arms would collapse and I would die.”
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Hangover star Ed Helms joked: “Wow. I can’t do that. I just tried and I wound up pulling 9 muscles, tearing 2 ligaments and farting a little.”
And Vampire Diaries’s Nina Dobrev added: “Get. It. Gurllllll.”
Hudson, who gave birth to her third child, daughter Rani Rose, in October, is determined to “shed 25 lbs.” before she starts filming a new movie in the spring. To reach that goal, she’s working out consistently and also joined WW as their new ambassador in December.
“It came at a perfect time for me, because at this point after having three babies it’s like sense memory. You want to start getting back into shape and to get strong again and focus on your own personal health,” she told PEOPLE. “It’s hard when you have babies. Everyone comes before you, and you have to find that time to just focus in on yourself.”
Luckily, Hudson said that she loves the “challenge” of moving her body.
“I enjoy being disciplined. I enjoy being athletic, and I enjoy being active. So for me it’s actually kind of a fun time to challenge my body again in certain ways,” she says. “After pregnancy, getting your body back into shape for me — especially in fitness — finding my stomach muscles again and pushing myself a little bit harder sometimes are things that I enjoy.”