With Bennifer 2.0 making headlines again and J.Lo wowing us all a second time around with that iconic green dress, you'd be forgiven for thinking we're back in those low-rise-jean-filled days of 2003 – especially considering that Jennifer Lopez looks just as good now as she did back then. So, with that in mind, we've been wondering what exactly is her secret?
If, like us, you've been stalking Jennifer's Instagram to find out how she stays in such amazing shape, you'll have realised it's all down to hard work. Yes, sadly there's no magic potion that will have us waking up with abs like J.Lo's, and her feed full of gym selfies and dance rehearsals is certainly evidence of that.
Let's bear in mind though, as banging as Jennifer's body is, it's important to remember that we're all beautiful in our own way, and none of us, (repeat: none of us), need to change a single thing about ourselves. Even J.Lo agrees, "I think the idea of being curvaceous, being a little bit bigger than normal or smaller than normal, all of that is okay," she once told Heat magazine, "As long as it’s healthy. I embrace who I am. I feel sexy, I feel youthful, I feel pretty!"
So, rather than trying to copy every single thing the On The Floor singer does to get the body she has, let's instead feel inspired to move and fuel our bodies in whatever way works best for us. Here we go!
What is Jennifer Lopez's workout regime?
Spending an hour every day on the treadmill isn't the only way to get fit these days. In fact, combining cardio sessions with regular strength training, like lifting weights, offers a more well-rounded fitness regime that'll see you lose fat and tone up at the same time. Jennifer herself is a big fan when it comes to that, and earlier this year she shared a photo of herself lifting weights. "Monday morning!! Let’s get it!!! #Lift," she captioned the post. In another clip, she showed followers just how much she lifts during her sessions, and it's safe to say we're seriously impressed.
Whether you love them or hate them, gym closures during the pandemic forced us all to have a go at home workouts. It may come as some consolation then that even J.Lo found herself doing a few home workouts just like the rest of us. In fact, at the start of the pandemic her then-fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, shared an Instagram video of one of their sessions. The couple's DIY circuit workout included a 400 metre run around the garden (which us apartment-dwellers could only dream of), followed by kettlebell swings and pushups. We're sweaty just looking at this video tbh.
When the world isn't closed, J.Lo gets her workouts in with not one but two personal trainers, Dodd Romero and David Kirsch. "She trains for roughly an hour, four to five times a week, focusing on different body parts each time," Romero told Oprah Daily. Romero also emphasises just how hard the singer goes during each and every session. "We’ll go until everything’s sore and we’ve hit every body part," he revealed to US Weekly.
Over on his Instagram, PT Kirsch shares plenty of videos of the singer's workouts, which feature a range of exercises including medicine ball sit-ups to focus on strengthening her core, as well as platypus walks for sculpting her iconic booty. Speaking to Insider about how the move tones her bum, Kirsch said: "The quickest, most effective workout for your butt is the platypus walk."
We all know that Jenny from the Block has got the moves. It makes sense then that the constant dance rehearsals for her concerts and tours are just one of the ways she stays in such great shape. "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," she told HELLO! in 2016.
"When my confidence is lagging, I dance," the singer added, "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."
Whilst preparing for her role alongside Cardi B and Lili Reinhart in the 2019 movie, Hustlers, J.Lo trained in pole dancing. "It's, like, acrobatic, it's a different muscle group," she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "The things that they do with their legs and everything and go upside down... it's hard. I have a lot of respect for people who do the pole."
And, over on Instagram, the mother-of-two opened up to her followers about just how gruelling pole dancing can be. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone," she wrote, "This was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done physically. But it was all worth it in the end."
What is Jennifer Lopez's diet like?
When it comes to what she puts into her body, Jennifer's diet is packed with whole foods. "She stays away from processed foods and gets her nutrients from whole sources," PT Dodd told Oprah Daily.
"Everything is fresh," added J.Lo's former trainer, Tracy Anderson, while speaking to People. "There’s nothing processed," she points out, especially when it comes to carbs. Jennifer instead opts for oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice and quinoa over white bread, breakfast cereals, doughnuts and pastries. As for vegetables, she packs her plate with leafy greens like kale and spinach along with broccoli, but avoids carrots and corn (which have higher amounts of naturally occurring sugar), says Dodd.
As well as choosing whole foods, according to Anderson, the singer's diet is "all organic... with the balance of very high quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food."
When incorporating protein into her meals, J.Lo starts the day with egg-whites, and prefers white meat including lean cuts of turkey and chicken or grass-fed beef for lunch and dinner. "Protein is my go-to," she told HELLO!, "It fills me up and keeps me full longer. It's a great muscle fuel."
Eating healthy doesn't mean the 52-year-old doesn't treat herself every now and then. "Throughout the years I’ve learned the importance of maintaining a healthier diet," she told People, "I still eat some of the foods I love, but in moderation. I don’t deprive myself."
She added, "We’re all human. I don’t think you should beat yourself up if you make a mistake or if you have a potato chip. Everyone wants a cookie or a piece of cake or fried chicken every once in while."
As Anderson points out, there's no need for crash diets when you have a balanced fitness regime. "[Jennifer] is a very balanced person, so she’s not going to miss out on Thanksgiving or a holiday with her children. That’s one of the reasons why [our] workouts are important, and consistent – so we don’t do any kind of extreme dieting."