Before the days of bum implants, twerking and the Kardashian clan (klan?), there was only one superstar celebrated for her notorious curves. In an industry dominated by noughties waifs (we’re looking at you Christina and Britney), actress-turned-singer Jennifer Lopez proudly shimmied her knicker-clad booty onto our screens in her first single, Love Don’t Cost A Thing. Fast forward 15 years and Lopez has barely aged a day. Gym-honed and honey-skinned, Jenny from the block has quickly become an entertainment megaforce, divvying up her time between acting endeavours, a successful music career, a foray into television and let’s not forget the sell-out Las Vegas residency and her full-time job as a mother to eight-year-old twins Max and Emme. Phew! It’s a wonder that La Lopez has any time to hit the gym, but hit it she does. And hard – at 47-years-old her impressive six-pack is enough to rival that of someone half her age, and then some. So, what’s her secret? Postpregnancy triathalons and a strict sugar and salt-free diet aside, Jennifer is also a loyal student of the Tracy Anderson Method and swears by wellness supplement BodyLab. Arriving in the UK this year, the American brand offers everything from fat-burning protein to metabolism-boosting nutrients and prides itself on recognising what women really need (and they weren’t wrong – hello, chocolate fudge flavour). With a tagline of “be the girl of your dreams”, it’s hard not to believe such a promise from the down-to-earth Latina from the Bronx. Jennifer shares her secrets to looking great and feeling even better.
On working with bodylab
My number one goal with BodyLab was to focus on the specific needs of women. I’m so proud that our formulas were designed by women, for women so there’s a deeper understanding. A lot of us are worried about taking protein but there’s no added creatine in these supplements so you won’t bulk up. It’s just simple blends created with nutrients to help women fuel their individual fitness goals, get lean, and feel amazing.
On keeping fit
I always start my day with a BodyLab TastyShake in the morning, a healthy lunch, and then another protein shake for dinner. That last shake of the day is key, because when you’re dieting it seems like you’re always your hungriest at night, so having some calorie-smart protein can help fill you up and kill those night time cravings which can set you back.
On working out
I love the way working out makes me feel, so I try to keep my body hydrated and well rested after every workout so I’m ready to hit it hard again the next day. I drink plenty of water, fuel my body with healthy foods and make it a priority to get eight hours of sleep a night. I also love to relax with my kids after a workout and share a healthy snack with them!
On her beauty regime
Washing my face after training is a must as it helps keep my pores clean and my skin feeling healthy. Then I’ll usually put on moisturiser, sunscreen and maybe just a little make-up if I’m going out, or a moisturiser and eye cream if it’s the evening.
On finding motivation
I definitely have days when things are hectic and I’m travelling all over where I just wake up feeling worn out. But even when I’m not feeling so great, I make myself get a workout in, because I know that after a good workout I’ll feel revved up and great about myself.
On travelling light
I always have lip gloss with me on a flight, because it just adds that little bit of shine that makes you look dressier and feel gorgeous. And I usually wear mascara when I’m travelling, but that’s it! I like to keep things casual and simple when I’m flying as it can be so dehydrating.