Training Day: Updated IPod Mixes, Saying No To Cleanses, And Other Ways To Kickstart Your Summer Workout Routine
Jackie Warner, who has starred in Bravo reality series like Work Out and Thintervention, has earned her status as one of Hollywood’s top trainers. Maybe it’s her killer six-pack abs or her take-no-prisoners attitude, but she has long been a force to be reckoned with among L.A.’s most toned and taut, attracting a number of A-list clients like Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway in the process. A Beverly Hills gym, a New York Times best-selling exercise and health book called This Is Why You’re Fat, and a series of widely popular workout DVDs later, and Warner has successfully built a fitness empire. After a recent, world-rocking (read: debilitating) training session, Style.com took a moment to consult with Warner over a few bottles of Evian to get some diet and fitness tips—and this piece of shocking advice: Don’t fear bread. Here’s to a happy, healthy, carb-approved bikini season.
What’s your number one health secret?
Three liters of water a day (Evian is my favorite) speeds up your metabolism by about 33 percent. That’s huge. Water is my number one trade secret for myself and others. [It's] so important to me.
Everyone seems to be on some sort of cleanse these days to lose those that last bit of winter weight. Do they really work, in your professional opinion?
They are not good for you and I will tell you why. You are not getting what you need and your body goes into starvation mode and it slows down your metabolism. They are only a temporary fix anyway. Get the fiber and the potential of whole fruits and whole greens by eating the whole vegetable. If you want to do juices or cleanses, add it to your existing good diet instead.
What fruit or vegetable do you think has the best beauty benefits?
Grapefruit has great skin benefits and the secret ingredient naringin, which is a major, major weight-loss ingredient, so having a half of a grapefruit a day is fantastic. Vegetable-wise, you can’t go wrong with spinach. A spinach salad or mixing it into your morning shake is a great way to do it. I take my vegetables like I take vitamins every single day.
I find that it’s easy to get bored of your workout. How do you mix things up and keep it interesting?
I was not feeling my workouts recently; I was feeling bored. So, I sat on the plane and wrote 30 days of workouts for me to be done six days a week every day. I changed my playlist; you should change that frequently, it really helps. It got me so excited to go back every day and challenge myself. I usually do a 10-minute warm-up on the stairs and then go into my resistance training, working two to three muscle groups at a time. For instance, chest, bicep, and shoulders, that’s one day of training for me.
What is your advice for good eating strategies to stay full—and toned?
Oatmeal, every single day of your life. Also, don’t be afraid of bread. Eat a dark, heavy, nutty bread, like an Ezekiel bread, and make a sandwich with your favorite veggies and free-range turkey. You might need to eat more calories when you are working out a lot; bump it up to 2,000 calories. Shakes are also fantastic. Here is a good one: Mix my whey protein powder that you can get at www.jackiewarner.com, a half cup of frozen berries, and a half cup of frozen spinach, add a tablespoon of flaxseed oil for your fat, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. That is about 300 calories and it’s a perfect pre-workout snack for your muscles.
Be honest: Do you wear makeup to the gym?
I always have Kiehl’s lip gloss on and it’s nice because it has a little tint; Cru hair wax, I like that a lot; a MAC water-based foundation because typically I don’t like heavy makeup—I like to feel sheer and barely there. I don’t wear mascara to the gym but for shoots. Julia Roberts gave me a Lancôme mascara, that’s her favorite and I really like that.
W hen you want to treat yourself, what do you typically reach for?
Pizza, I love it! It’s my go-to cheat.
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