Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba: “I hate working out”

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On how she keeps in shape:

I like doing dance classes. That’s fun. Like hip hop class, mixed with like core pilates-type exercises. And sometimes I do sprint intervals just because I hate working out. Anything where I have to do something but I can get my mind off of doing it, that’s so much better for me than anything that’s repetitive. Or the music has to be loud and I have to be moving.

So when I’m at home and I’m working out and I don’t have a partner with me, I like to put bad television on. Usually a pretty embarrassing reality TV show and I do sprint intervals. So I’ll sprint for a minute and walk for 30 seconds and do that on and off for 20-30 minutes usually.”

… says Jessica.

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  • Aafje

    I also hate working out. I wish I was one of the people that loved it so I wouldn’t suffer so much every time lol

    • It’s usually the first 2 weeks you have to basically drag yourself to the gym, but after a while it gets really addictive. I can’t even imagine my life without the gym anymore.

      • Aafje

        Oh I go all the time but I’m just like UGGGGHHH GYM TIME. But the results are worth it. I just prefer my exercise in playing sports form but I just can’t go at random times and find strangers and be like COME ON GUYS ITS FIELD HOCKEY TIME!!!

        • lillaliket

          this is so true! I never think of it as exercise when I’m playing football or brännboll (swedish sport, you should try it!) or anything like that with friends and I wish they would have things like that at the gym, that would be awesome!

          • JaneParker

            Yeah, me too. But I don’t do gymns, it doesn’t work for me. It feels too much like an obligation and I usually quit after the first month. I like team sports, or downhill biking. I like to go on 15 mile rides, they’re amazing, I have this little forest outside my town and the view is amazing. I also have a little step machine at home and I like working out to trash tv like J.Alba. But somehow my body doesn’t look as good as hers, go figure haha 😀

          • Tigerlilly

            I’m the same also – I don’t have a gym membership but I do yoga, a Pt session outside and ride a bike to work some days as well as trying/taking surfing lessons in summer. I try to mix it up to prevent getting board.

  • So basically she does workouts because she hates working out? LOL…

    • Aafje

      Nahh she does it to look hot!

      • HB

        Yeah, but they photoshopped her to be way narrower 🙁

  • Jenny

    I hate it too. That’s why I just do yoga and dance classes. Where you have fun!

    • Bellerina

      I am the same, yoga, dance, sometimes pilates. But I also walk my dogs every day by the creek and that’s usually the highlight of my afternoon 🙂
      I think that the exercise you love you are more likely to stick with.

    • But if you like dancing and stuff… You DO like exercise right? I don’t get it when people are saying they hate to exercise, but like all kinds of exercises. Is that just me though? I feel as if people only see things like the gym as exercise which makes no sense and I’m so confused by it that I don’t make sense right now haha.

      • Jacky Daniels

        i feel you! i never do gym i hate it but i do yoga, walking a lot and swimming, i did S-factor.. so i guess i dont work out..?

        • brebre

          I take S Factor now Jacky Daniels!

          I actually love to workout! I do a little bit of everything from the typical gym stuff like weights and cardio classes, run, take dance classes and do yoga. I also teach spin. I think it’s all about finding something that you enjoy because you are more likely to stick with it long term. I heard that it takes 3 weeks to establish/break a habit and have found that its true.

      • Leah

        i don’t think exercise and a workout are really the same thing. technically taking the stairs or walking everywhere is exercise, but i would never break a sweat from it, and personally don’t feel like i’m getting into better shape or burning calories. maybe it’s just me, but i think a good workout should leave you soaking and exhausted

  • Mads

    I actually love working out! I run outdoors for 30 min every day. It feels amazing and I find myself pushing harder than I otherwise would on a machine.

  • Eline

    Funny to hear she hates working out, she’s very toned and in great shape (imo).

    Her workout scheme seems one of intervals with short moments of ‘complete’ strain (is that the right word? My English aint that great, sorry ;)). Scientific research has proven that this, interval training, is the most effective kind of workout.
    Considering Jessicas toned body, it really pays off!

  • Pixie

    I hate working out too. I was doing the treadmill and found myself dreading it everyday, was just soo boring. Switched to jogging and walking outside with the dog, so much better!! Anyway, Jess looks amazing, as usual! 🙂

    • Tally

      I do treadmill everyday until the weather is nice enough. Its at my house which is nice so i can wear whatever and look messed up & it doesnt matter, but its also my time to go on SVCwith my tablet so if there is a really juicy post or something i wont get off until im satisfied & i end up being on here for like 30-45 mins easy! So if anyone can, try SVC on the treamill it will make time go fast, kill 2 birds with 1 stone haha 🙂

      • Pixie

        I will try that!! 🙂

      • serena

        Tally I do the same thing! Right now I’m warming-up on a stationary bike lol. I often go online or do some reading for class on a bike or treadmill. Efficient and practical. People who claim to have no time to exercise are either lying or way too busy!

  • CK

    nothing new here – nice pics, she’s always been open about being restrictive with food and working out though she hates it since like early teens maybe even childhood, she also talked bout her ed during dark angel (i loved that show!), that’s why i just don’t believe that she had lipo after 2d pregnancy as many girls here had said a month ago on bikini post of her, honestly i didn’t even see anything suggesting that.
    though i hope she manages to find smth that she reeeeally enjoys and stick to that only(i personally can’t live without my yoga, such a joy), its still great to see such discipline, i mean body is designed for movement, inactivity puts a strain on your body so its logical to make regular workouts a habit and important part of lifestyle, but i think for Jess like for many other people working out is only smth connected to the gym, which of course is no true, but i guess she sticks to that cos she needs not just a healthy or thin body but toned and sculpted one,and the best way to get that (unless you’re naturally like that,i’ve seen a few) is a structured routine targeting more (or certain) muscles in a certain way.

  • Heather

    I want to work out, but I cannot find anything I love that doesn’t get too repetitive. I need to try Pilates….I want to be more toned, not muscular, but lean and toned, especially my arms. Would Pilates work? Or should I lift light weights?

    • Lauren

      I’m a certified trainer, I lift pretty heavy weights, and I’m 5’5 and 115 pounds. You can’t look like a bodybuilder by accident lol. If you’re not a fan of weights, I suggest bodyweight exercises like pushups, boxing, and pullups (or assisted pullups/bodyweight rows…use google for technique instructions). You’ll get more tone in your arms 🙂

    • CK

      i hate repetitive stuff too, but it depends on personality, i just can’t do it cos i’ve tortured myself with it sometime in the past during my disordered eating days,so its bad memos plus my body didn’t like it much either, so i tried yoga (the exercise part not the whole philosophy though) mostly cos wanted to get away from obsessing over aesthetics and learning to respect my bod for what it can do, its physical qualities and simply enjoy movement, there is no pressure in yoga (i crumble under pressure, it takes away my motivation for anything), its a continual effort, the goal is to just do not reach a certain number of sets or repeats also you can’t properly do it without learning to breathe properly and really turn off your thoughts and worries for the duration of the workout(so that helps to shed off daily stress), but its a flowing practice from one pose to another then another not one move over and over, i love it so much, its a part of my day not smth i dread and the fact that it also shaped my bod was a bonus. i really recommend it, especially if you want a lean and toned look (arms especially!), though i was thin and ate the same food/portions before starting it but after 2-3 months my mom even expressed bit of worry cos i started to look bit thinner though i didn’t lose any weight, wasn’t even my goal, it just sort of sculpted my body. so good luck on your journey to discover smth that you really enjoy and it benefits you body and soul. btw clean-Ish diet is part of getting toned and lean look.

  • Debbs

    I like working out – but sometimes I dread it anyway and would rather be lazy!

    • Polska Blondynka

      Same! Usually when I feel like that I go on Tumblr and look at all the fitspiration blogs. It gets me going haha!

      • brebre

        I agree Polska and Debbs!

  • Polska Blondynka

    I’ve been doing pilates/yoga for over a year now so I know it is extremely hard to get yourself to do it in the beginning. Once you get into your schedule, it gets much easier! That doesn’t mean I don’t have days where I just don’t want to workout. I’m human! But I can’t imagine my life without my workouts 5 days a week. It’s addicting, especially when the results are amazing.

  • My biggest problem with working out is keeping up the momentum. It takes time to get to a point with it where it’s not just immensely hard, tiring, boring work that you hate and is now something you quite look forward to. For me, I always seem to stop for a time because of illness, injury or a change in schedule and then I feel like I almost have to start over – and that’s so hard! But, I know it’s good for me and I know it makes me feel both physically and emotionally better, so I always manage to get back into it. I wish I could be someone who really loves it though, that would make it a lot easier. I certainly don’t look forward to working out as much as I do to eating a nice meal or watching a good movie!

    Jessica sounds (and looks) like she does a lot of exercise (maybe too much, in my book) and she mixes it up – but if she hates some of it so much, I think it would be better to just stick with the sort of workouts she does enjoy and just not do the other stuff, even if it means she does a bit less. She’d most likely have a great body (and great fitness) with the dance and pilates alone. I don’t think people should force themselves to do anything they really hate.

  • Mia

    I personally LOVE working out. I run at least 1 hour a day (longer on the weekends). There are days when I don’t feel like dragging my butt out of bed at 4:30 in the morning, but at the same time I know that I will feel much worse if I don’t get my run in. Yes, I am an addict.

    • Magda

      Oh God I wish I were so motivated. 4:30 in the morning is just no way for me lol
      You must be fit 🙂

      • Liv

        Same!! The 4 30-5am wake ups are tough but once my foot hits the pavement i’m happy!! Plus it’s so peaceful 5am when not many people are around! I couldn’t imagine life without running. I just love it! I guess we are lucky that something quite painful and tiring for most we find exciting and fun.

    • lex

      I also love working out. I feel so good knowing that I’m doing something good for my body and that I’m keeping my body healthy. I think part of it is working out in the morning. At 5 a.m. I’m starting my workout (I have to be at work by 8) and afterwards I feel really energized. And, I know that when work is done I can go home and relax.

    • serena

      Mia you must be in great shape, I could never run for an hour straight! I can run for maybe 4 miles, then I stop to walk lol…but I can swim for an hour, I’m addicted to swimming. I have an underwater iPod case and it really helps.

      • Mia

        I had to swim for a couple of months because of a knee injury and really enjoyed it! I still prefer running though…part of is that I only know how to do breast stroke! I have a feeling swimming freestyle is more fun.

        • serena

          It’s true running is harsh on the joints/knees but it’s good that you enjoy it. My swim coach would make us run because it helps with endurance. Btw what brand of sneakers do you run with? Mine are worn out and I should invest in good sneakers. I know some runners who really like the Vibram 5 fingers but idk.

          • Mia

            I rotate between three pairs: Saucony Kinvara 2’s, Saucony ProGrid Ride 5’s, and Mizuno Wave Riders 8’s. I throw them out after 400 – 500 miles, so it does get expensive. I’ve never tried the Vibrams, the Kinvaras are as close as I have come to minimalist shoes, and I love them.

          • serena

            Thanks Mia : )

  • sara

    i love her..she has a great body… guys i need your advice plz iam relatively new to gym an apple shaped girl i know my work out should be lots of cardio..but i have a question about elliptical bike should i use it more often? or will it make my flat butt even flatter? is it mainly targeting lower limbs hence suitable for pear shaped women only? and if so what else is suitable for me? thankz in advance and excuse my english because its nt my first language

    • misscheeks

      Hi Sara, your English is fine btw :)! Since you’re apple-shaped (slender limbs, stores more fat in the tummy area), using the elliptical is going to burn fat since it’s cardio and thus make you a smaller version of what you are now. Since you can’t spot reduce, everything will get smaller (booty included!). You could try lifting weights to get a nice look, that way you can build volume on your lower body. I’ve recommended this site before but the lady who runs it is a natural apple shape who created a curvier body through weightlifting and good nutrition. Check out the “Beginners Starts Here!” and the “Free Exercises and Workout Plans” sections.:
      This is another good website (the girl who runs the site has moved it to facebook so you can follow her there) which has a butt routine that is pretty easy to follow especially if you;re going to the gym:
      Her progress:
      I’m not sure if that would help with what you want or not but good luck anyway! 😉

      • sara

        thanks misscheeks, that really helped me! thanks alot 🙂

        • misscheeks

          You’re very welcome sara! 🙂

      • Zoe

        Hi misscheeks 🙂

        I remember you giving me some advice a while back about how to get a bigger bum. 😉 You recommended lifting weights- I still haven’t tried it as I’m a bit scared for some reason :/ … but I just wanted to ask: does lifting weights make your thighs/legs bigger/bulkier? Because I have quite slim legs, which I kind of like, but a small bum (which I don’t like so much!) 🙂 Is it possible to build up your bum muscles without building up your thigh muscles *too* much?

        Thanks in advance! 🙂

        • misscheeks

          Hiya Zoe! 🙂 Hmm… the exercises you do for your bum will target your legs also (specifically your thighs)…don’t worry though! They will never get super bulky plus if your bum gets bigger, your legs will look great (I’m sure they look awesome now anyway! :)) and smaller in comparison anyway. Take Erin Heatherton for example, her legs look lovely imo but if she built bigger glutes, they would look even better because of the contrast between the curviness of her bum and the slimness of her legs. Nobody wants skinny mini chicken legs coupled with a huge bum like Kim K! 😉 Hope that makes sense, good luck! 🙂

  • silvy

    I love working out. true the treadmill gets kind of boring. but I love running outside in the summer. Seeing the scenery makes it far from boring for me

  • super_kittycat

    I love working out 🙂 But I’ve never been to a gym lol. I have tons of at home programs. It works for me. I lost forty pounds four years ago and kept it off.

    • lex

      I don’t go to the gym either. I use kickboxing and hi/lo dvds that are really intense. I get better results using those than an elliptical or treadmill.

  • binks

    I don’t mind working out, I just had stale workouts. I don’t like when my workouts consists of mainly going to the gym and basically doing the same thing over and over again. I like a combination of fitness classes, other physical activities and working out outdoors

  • La la la la

    Working out is the worst! But afterwards it feels great and I’m a much better person. I can also blow off so much steam working out. When I get mad, I go on a run or an intense bike ride. I always get the best workouts that way. An article in the NY Times came out today saying that intense music helps keep workouts going. I’ve finally managed to figure out *when* I’m going to work out which is a big part of the battle. I used to try to drag myself out of bed in the mornings to work out and it didn’t work. Now I do it after work and although it takes up most of my evening, it’s worth it. I try to cycle on a stationary bike for an hour at 10mph (my goal is 15mph) and then do like 15 minutes of strength training. Still working on getting the habit down, though.

  • Henny

    Am I the only one that read this and thought “She sprints for an entire minute WHILE she’s at home watching tv? She must have a pretty massive Tv room then!”

    • maggie

      Hehe 🙂 Treadmill? 😉

      • Henny


        • Aims

          LOL could you imagine if it wasn’t a tredmill. 😛 I bet she still has a room like that – she is a millionaire after all.

  • Jewel

    Haha! I totally get her! While I don’t hate working out per se, I found it troublesome to get up and go to the gym even if I loved the feeling after the workout. Even if it was a 5-minute walk from home, I would dread putting on workout clothes, getting towels, water etc. And there were some exercises I just couldn’t get into. I stopped going because… no money (it was a super expensive private trainer type gym) and I swithed to doing pilates at home which is better (favorite DVD on TV>random music station at the gym) and I resumed my walking habits which is good. I wish I could afford a treadmill or a bike though. When I had a bike I used to sit and cycle for 2 hours or more (again favorite DVD does wonders to distract you).

  • jamie

    well i would hate working out too if i did sprint intervals on a treadmill…sounds awful and boring. regardless she is doing something right, she looks so fit recently.

  • Stephanie

    Gosh, I hate working out too! I only do yoga. I recently started though, so I have no idea what to expect out of it! I don’t want to lose weight at all, but I would love to gain 5-7lbs.

  • serena

    Hah I’m the opposite – I hated Zumba and am terrible at dancing! I’m a swimmer and regular swimming keeps me in shape. When it’s warm I go for jogs outside, in the cold I run on the treadmill and listen to music. Running makes me a better swimmer because it helps with endurance. I find that the first 10 minutes are hard, then it’s easy to keep going. Jessica is in great shape and whatever she’s doing clearly works for her!

  • Nobsnob

    I like working out and I need it anyway to unwind and also because it’s good for the mental !!
    I take my mp3 player so that it’s less boring and listen to Deadmau5 😀
    And it’s so satisfying to feel strong and to see and feel the muscles, it brings definition and tone I like it.

  • retrobanana

    she clearly does work out though..and has ben for years…

  • happygolucky

    In related news…very interesting article today on the New York Times website about how models work out for fashion week. It certainly reveals that they have to work hard for it! It also says that Lima worked out six hours a day, seven days a week for five weeks to prep for the last VS show.

  • KC

    I hate working out too; it’s really hard to motivate myself. I’ve always played sports and still do, but now there aren’t practices to go to so it’s only 4 hours of a “work out” a week instead of the 12-15 hour workouts I’d get throughout the week when I was a kid. Although I hated practices (and ditched sometimes) at least it kept me really active and in shape.

  • Sofia

    I actually love working out. It helps when you’ve found a workout you like to do. I do Bodypump 3x a week and cycling. It never feels like I have to “drag” myself to the gym =)

  • Adriana

    I use to have to work out ALOT to maintain my ideal size and it made me hate working out, all the cardio, AHHH!!!
    Now that I eat the paleo way according to marksdailyapple I don’t have to work out as much because I don’t need to do as much cardio to burn of all those carbs yet I feel satisfied from all the healthy fat’s I eat.
    Sure I still eat carbs but only enough for brain function.
    Oh and when it comes to strength training I just do pull-ups at the park, climb tree’s, swim in the ocean, go canoeing, all outdoor stuff now so it doesn’t feel like exercise.
    His site gave me so many usful tips.
    I know some people will have their opinion on my lifestyle but it works for me so I decided to share it.
    I tried the SAD and it gave me hell for years, I nearly developed an ED from it because I was struggling with my weight so much and all the gluten and carbs were not right for me, I have been tested as gluten intolerant and I feel like im carb sensitive too!
    Anyway rant over…

  • vanessa

    i usually workout for a month and then i get bored. what’s her actual skin tone? she looks lighter but then again she dyed her hair blonde.??

  • erin

    Some people wish every day they could just run one mile for the endorphins but can’t because they are too sick. Cry me a river, you hyper-privileged, whiny tw@.

  • terri

    I like working out but only for 20-30 minutes and hate doing the same things its boring!

  • goldfish

    i love working out – sometimes…. sometimes i just rather spend an hour sleeping.. sleeping is my favourite thing in the world, taking naps in the middle of the day is EVERYTHING.. but i did do the 6times a week workout for 2 years (3xrunning & 3xweightlifting), and lost 12kilo fat, put on 4kilos of muscles, and then i slowed down to 4times a week later on once i build my base.. and now i work on yoga 2 times a week and running + weightlifting 2 times a week, which is enough for me…
    favourite things to do is sleeping and eating though 🙂

    • Zoe

      Totally with you in regards to the eating/sleeping thing- that probably makes us sound really lazy though ha ha 🙂

  • Loos

    I really like her hair like this – a bit lighter, longer and without the fringe she sported a couple of years ago. It really highlights her pretty face.

  • Aims

    She is so NATURALLY beautiful! Gorgeous. I love everything about this woman.