Actress Jennifer Garner recently shared her step-by-step guide for transforming her body back into her former "Alias" badass self.
Dubbed "Recipe for Turning A Mom Back into Action Lady," the star revealed her tips on her Instagram: "Take one mama ADD daily dose one hr @bodybysimone 1.5 hr Stunt Team 50 cups of coffee and three min Cryotherapy. Good luck everybody!"
From the looks of her intense workout schedule, Garner seems to be preparing for her role in the upcoming high-action revenge thriller, "Peppermint", in which a mother seeks revenge after her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by.
With starring roles in high-octane movies like "Daredevil" and "The Kingdom," as well as her star-making turn on the TV series "Alias," Garner is no stranger to kicking some serious butt on screen. Which is why her "recipe" for working out has all the makings of being a success.
Here's everything you need to know about Garner's fitness formula.
Step One: Dance!
According to Garner, she completes one hour of a Body by Simone workout. The dance-based cardio workout, which is loved by other celebs like Selena Gomez and Chrissy Teigen, was created by personal trainer and former professional dancer, Simone De La Rue. De La Rue's workouts combine high intensity dance cardio mixed with strength training, including body weight training and light weights and resistance bands to create long, lean muscles.
In addition to improving your cardiovascular system, balance, and coordination, as well as strengthening your joints and muscles, dance is known to improve your mental health by boosting your overall happiness. Who doesn't enjoy themselves while busting a move? And if you're not a fan of the treadmill, you'll like this: 30 minutes of dancing burns between 130 and 250 calories -- about the same as jogging.
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Step Two: Stunt Team
While most of us don't have access to stunt training like Garner does, we can do some of the kickass workouts that she's recently shared on her Instagram like kickboxing and trampoline exercise.
Yes, trampoline exercise. Doing exercises on a trampoline, or rebounding, is a low-impact antigravity cardio workout that's easier on the joints, boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function, which also works to improve your balance and coordination (which every action star needs).
Garner's been a fan of kickboxing since her "Alias" days, and for good reason. Not only is it a high-intensity, full-body cardio workout that works to tone your legs and core, but it's also an empowering workout that will leave you feeling stronger and more confident.
Step Three: Coffee
Okay, Garner was most likely exaggerating her copious amount of caffeine (50 cups is more than a little excessive), but drinking a cup of joe has been proven to give an edge to your workout.
Drinking coffee pre-workout will give you that jolt of energy you need to get through your next sweat session, as well as increase your metabolism and cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. Studies have also shown a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance, meaning those who consume coffee before working out can either train more powerfully or longer.
Step Four: Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is used often by athletes. It involves entering cryosaunas and undergoing a hyper-cooling process that lowers a person’s skin temperature to approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit for a period of up to three minutes by enveloping the body with extremely cold air. It's primarily used for athletic recovery and muscle repair and the reduction of chronic pain and inflammation.
Though her workout regimen might seem intense to some, as a mother of three kids with a busy career, Garner demonstrates that it is possible to achieve action star results. with consistency, tenacity, and patience -- which is the true recipe of any successful fitness routine.
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