While Hollywood’s a town full of beautiful bodies, no one’s stands out as much as Jada Pinkett Smith’s, as the 43-year-old stunner consistently sports a six pack, toned arms and legs to die for. Thankfully, the mother of young stars Willow and Jaden Smith isn’t keeping the secrets of her sexy look to herself, as she opens up about some of her motivational techniques and strategies in the January/February issue of SHAPE.
The Gotham beauty said keeping her physique finely tuned involves moderation, as she’ll change up workouts based on the results she’s seeing. “At one point, I wanted to go into a pro-fitness competition, so I was training really hard,” Jada told SHAPE. ” I never did it, but that’s how I geared my mind and I got too muscular. Now, I’m bringing it down. my trainer and I are into reps instead of heavy weights because the goal now is about sculpting.
She said walking the stairs is one of her favorite exercises “because at this particular point in my life, the attributes I really want to focus on are my butt and my legs. With the steps, I can sculpt glutes, quads and calves; it’s a serious lower-body workout, and at the same time, I’m doing cardio.”
In addition to the hours she puts in at the gym, Jada told SHAPE she’ll tweak her diet regimen at times, as well. “Our bodies are unique universes,” she said. “Personally, I like to eat carbs. Breakfast is oatmeal, a banana and another piece of fruit, like a grapefruit or an orange. Later, I have soft-boiled eggs or an egg-white omelet with spinach of salad. I make sure to have a lot of greens and fruit in my diet.”
And yes, she’ll splurge, with the key being timing. “I have figured that out, too,” she said. “I can hit a pizza on Friday — I love pizza — and then I have two days to let it dissipate through my system, so that by the time I get back on set on Monday, you can’t see that pizza underneath all of those tight dresses on Gotham.”
So how does Jada stay motivated to maintain her fit lifestyle? Causing her A-list husband, Will Smith, to gawk is always a good thing! “Well, I love when Will looks at me and says, ‘You look so freaking good!’ When my husband of 20 years can’t take his eyes off of me? That’s amazing. But the number one reason I go to the gym is because it keeps me sane. It gives me a place to exert energy, frustration, sadness, happiness and joy. I don’t go to the gym just to look good. I go because it also keeps my head straight.”
For more with Jada, check out the latest issue of SHAPE, on newsstands now.