Important question before you read the rest of this post: Have you watchedJennifer Lopez’s music video for her new single, “Not Your Mama”? If not, please watch it now; we’ll wait. Great, welcome back. Two things inevitably dawn on you while watching this video: First, Lopez’s powerful representation of all women who have ever suffered because of the wage gap is awesome. And second, Lopez looks amazing. Her trainer, David Kirsch, let us in on the star’s favorite exercises and divulged what she eats to maintain those amazing abs.
“Whenever I work with Jennifer, we always work her full body. She likes high-intensity workouts and keeping the variety up,” says Kirsch. “It’s all about shaping and toning the curves that God blessed her with. We do a lot of circuit training and a lot of compound movements, like crossover lunges and single-leg squats. We do a lot of burpees. We also do a little bit of kickboxing.” But what about her core? Lopez’s favorite ab exercises are ones that work with a stability ball, says Kirsch. He’s even given her one so she can practice the moves in her hotel room when she can’t make it to the gym for a workout. “For her abs and core, we do stability-ball pikes,” says Kirsch. He demonstrates how to do these in his book, Ultimate Family Wellness. He also likes “stability-ball scissors,” which involves lying facedown on the stability ball and scissoring your legs:
Lopez does this routine every day, but she owes her amazing body to more than just all that exercise. She also—this may be a huge shock, so prepare yourself—Lopez maintains a superhealthy diet. “You want to try to avoid alcohol, sugar, refined carbs, and dairy,” says Kirsch. Womp womp. So then what the heck does J.Lo snack on? Healthier options, like cucumbers, celery, and turkey breast, according to Kirsch. Sure, that sounds fairly limiting. But did you see how great she looks in that video?
PHOTOS: JERRITT CLARK/GETTY IMAGES; COURTESY OF DAVID KIRSCH