Jessica Alba’s Workout to Tone Up for Valentine’s Day

by Emily

in Celebrity Workouts, Role Preparation

jessica alba wet Jessica Albas Workout to Tone Up for Valentines Day role preparation celebrity workouts Valentine’s Day, the new romantic comedy with the hottest celebrity cast of the year (possibly of all time), comes out today. The celebrity line-up includes Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner, Julia Roberts, and Taylor Swift.

Jessica Alba has always been admired for her physique, but recently fans applauded how quickly she toned up post pregnancy. Jessica hit the gym just three weeks after welcoming her daughter Honor into the world. She started slowly with 25 minutes of core exercises, such as crunches, for the first two weeks. Gradually, she amped up her workout to include 20 minutes of cardio and 15 minutes of circuit training. To take off the last inches, Jessica worked out six days a week for an hour doing three core workouts, two cardio sessions, and one strength-training routine. She also added variety by boxing and hiking.

When it comes to food, Jessica eats healthily but does not diet. Jessica says, “I think you have to eat in a way that makes you feel your best. I include a lot of vegetables and lean protein and fruit and grains in my diet.” Jessica’s personal trainer, Ramona Braganza, says Jessica prefers healthy food. Jessica often starts her day “with carbs—within reason.” Braganza suggests oatmeal, turkey bacon and egg whites. Lunch often includes fish with a small salad and dinner includes chicken breast with brown rice. For between meal snacks, Jessica eats fruit, almonds or cheese.

Now that Jessica is back in shape, she does not need to hit the gym as hard. Her personal trainer, Ramona Braganza, provided Marie Claire magazine with a 40-minute at-home workout that fans can follow to tone up like Jessica. Follow this program 4-times a week, and you will start shaping up in time for the real Valentine’s Day!

10-MINUTE CARDIO: Jog for two minutes; run hard for six; jog again for two.

STRENGTH TRAINING 1: Three rounds of 20 reps using 3-pound dumbbells.

  • Forward lunge with biceps curl: Curl weights up as you step forward; release arms down and back as you return to the starting position. Alternate legs.
  • Reverse flys: Step forward with one leg, bend forward at the waist, and let arms hang. Raise arms, slightly rounded, to sides until they are in line with shoulders. Switch legs every 10 reps.
  • Lateral raise: Stand with arms by your sides; lift arms out to the side until they’re in line with shoulders.

5-MINUTE CARDIO: Alternate between 30 seconds of jogging and 30 seconds of sprinting.

STRENGTH TRAINING 2: Three rounds of 20 reps using 3-pound dumbbells.

  • Squat with shoulder press: As you come out of the squat position, press arms up over your head (palms forward).
  • Chest press: Lie back on a bench (or stacked pillows), arms extended above your chest, palms forward with dumbbells touching. Lower arms until weights are in line with chest, then press back up.
  • Triceps dips: Slide off the seat of a chair, keeping your arms on the edge behind you, and lower yourself down until your arms are at a 90-degree angle.

5-MINUTE CARDIO: Jog for 30 seconds; run hard for four minutes; jog again for 30 seconds.

CORE WORKOUT: One round of 20 reps.

  • Reverse crunches: Lie on your back with knees pulled to chest and hands under butt; straighten legs toward ceiling, contract abs, and lift hips.
  • Bicycle crunches: Lie on back with arms behind head and legs raised and bent to 90 degrees. Bring right elbow to left knee, left elbow to right knee.
  • Plank: Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.

Source 1: SELF, February 2010

Source 2: People

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