celebrity series #13: Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston wasn’t on my radar as far as workouts, but she was requested by a member at my gym, so I did my research.

I learned that Aniston has been practicing yoga for years, she’s big on resistance bands, enjoys a stair climber and and skipping, has recently taken up boxing, and loves working her core — her trainer, Leyon Azubuike, has said he has trouble finding ways to really challenge Jen’s core.

Basically, Aniston continuously mixes up her routine to keep it challenging.

I’ve taken each thing Aniston practises and created either a strength or cardio round that can be done at home. And the mix is no joke — I have new appreciation for her shoulders, specifically.

Playlist: I couldn’t find what Jennifer Aniston actually listens to when she works out, but I found a playlist on Spotify labelled “Jennifer Aniston”, although I think it’s more “Rachel Green” — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing –> here.

Equipment: towel, yoga mat, skipping rope if you have one, stepper/milk crate/chair/couch — something you can step on and it can take your weight

Time: 30ish minutes

ROUND 1 — strength (as seen in the video)
– the “yoga” round
– alternate between two moves for a total of six rounds (so three of each move)
– 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off

  • front press with towel or weights while holding chair pose
  • downward dog flow to plank to tricep pushup, back to downward dog (option to take knees in plank and push up)

ROUND 2 — cardio
– the “boxing” round
– tabata: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, 8 rounds

  • ON — punching towards the ceiling (as if the punching bag is above and in front of your face)
  • OFF — rest

ROUND 3 — strength
– the “resistance” round
– alternate between two moves for a total of six rounds (so three of each move)
– 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off

  • plie squat — drop down fast (hips should not drop below knees), move up slow
  • push up — drop down fast (chest does not drop below elbows), push up slow

ROUND 4 — cardio
– the “stairs” round
– tabata: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, 8 rounds

  • ON — step ups OR if you don’t have something to step up onto some options:
    • prisoner get ups (do first four rounds on the same leg, second four rounds on the other leg)
    • high knees
  • OFF — rest

ROUND 5 — strength
– the “abs” round
– alternate between two moves for a total of six rounds (so three of each move)
– 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off

1) high plank (arms straight)
2) side plank (option to have bottom knee down)
3) other side plank
4) plank shoulder tap
5) plank with hip drop to one side
6) low plank (from forearms)

ROUND 6 — cardio
– the “skipping” round
– tabata: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, 8 rounds

  • ON — skipping with a rope if you have space, or mime it, or high knees
  • OFF — rest

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