The Jennifer Aniston Workout: You know it, and I know it…Jennifer Aniston is gorgeous! No doubt it will take precision and dedication to look like Jennifer Aniston, but if you follow some basic principles in her workouts and diet, you can absolutely fine-tune your training to achieve the same effects.
When Jennifer Aniston first appeared on the set of FRIENDS as Rachel Green in 1994, she began the role that would put her on the map. As the seasons progressed however, the observant viewer couldn’t help but notice that there was something different about Rachel Green…
In those early years, Aniston underwent a makeover of sorts that would result in her losing 30 pounds and taking on a physique that is envied by most! This new look would eventually win her the “Decade of Hotness Award” by Spike TV in 2011 (at age 42). (How they formed the criteria for this award, I have no idea!) So what exactly did she do to take off those 30 pounds and how in the world has she kept it off for over a decade???
For starters, Jennifer Aniston ate a clean diet full of protein and salads, reportedly following the Zone Diet. “Jennifer and Lisa [Kudrow] and I ate lunch together every single day for 10 years,” Courtney Cox, 45, told LA Times. “We always had the same thing – a Cobb salad. But it wasn’t really a Cobb salad. It was a Cobb salad that Jennifer doctored up with turkey bacon and garbanzo beans and I don’t know what. She has a way with food, which really helps.”
Check out this video to learn the ‘good carb’ lifestyle Jennifer lives, as well as to learn 3 principles that will turn your body from fat-storing to fat-burning:
Nutrition aside, Jennifer also nailed her workout routines. With a combination of cardio and yoga, she was able to hone and perfect the body she has now. You could chalk it up to a lot of money available to spend on trainers and chefs, or you could chalk it up to plain ol’ hard work…I am crediting the latter (okay, okay, and maybe a little bit of the former!).
So what does the Jennifer Aniston workout consist of? Well, there are two key components: fat burning cardio (usually in the form of running), and body weighted resistance (usually in the form of yoga). “It’s simple,” says Aniston, “Run, work out every day. I do a lot of running – exercise is so important. Plus it’s all about balance. Work, exercise, diet, you need balance. I am, perhaps, fortunate in that my career, the public awareness it brings, gives me a certain freedom in this way. But, of course, there are positives and negatives in any career, it’s not all going to be perfect.”
Since most of us don’t have the resources to hire our own personal chefs or yogis to lead us in the ways of nutrition and exercise (if you are the exception to this, I am accepting donations!), below is a sample Jennifer Aniston workout which can be done on a track/treadmill or on the elliptical machine. For the more conditioned athlete, I recommend a track or treadmill:
A Typical Jennifer Aniston Workout Routine:
TREADMILL WARM UP: 5 minutes (go at a comfortable pace, where you can feel your heart rate rising and joints warming up). Suggested Speed = 4.0
TREADMILL WORKOUT: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Rotate through a one minute interval of sprinting, and then a one minute interval of light jogging or speed walking for 11 cycles (22 minutes total).
Sprint: 1 minute (as fast as you can go). Suggested Speed = 10.0
Steady State: 1 minute (back down to a moderate pace, keeping your heart rate elevated but allowing your body to recover). Speed = 5.0
Repeat cycle 11 times
COOL DOWN: Go at a moderate pace for 10 minutes. Suggested Speed = 4.5
Sometimes, Jennifer Aniston’s workout includes high energy days where she goes harder, longer. On those days (I recommend 1-2 times per week), add the following routine to what has already been accomplished above:
AFTER JENNIFER ANISTON WORKOUT ABOVE IS COMPLETED, ADD: 30 minutes on treadmill at a speed of 6.0 on a 1.5 incline.
For both of these workouts, she reportedly finishes it off with a high intensity yoga workout with her trainer, Mandy Ingber. Specific yoga workouts and videos can be found in the “Workouts and Videos” section of this site, or you can check out this top of the line yoga program like Jennifer does here:
Why is this Jennifer Aniston workout effective? Because, it’s smart! By taking your body through something called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), you create an oxygen debt. This oxygen debt keeps you burning free fatty acids long after your workouts (something in the training world we call Excess Post Cardiovascular Output or EPCO). (Think about The Biggest Loser when they have them sprinting and stopping on the treadmills…they are trying to utilize EPCO, thus making the contestants burn calories long after they’ve finished working out).
SOOO…how can you get a body like Jennifer’s? First of all, watch this video created by my friend Rusty Moore, who has forever changed the way I work out and the way I work out my clients:
Obviously, her diet played a vital role as well, but the Jennifer Aniston workout above helped her to achieve and maintain the lean physique we see today. Thank you, Jennifer Aniston, for continuing to be an inspiration not only in the world of television and film, but also in the world of health and fitness!