Our obsession with wanting to know how our favourite celebrities stay in shape, down to their favourite exercise and the snacks they eat, is something that's never wavered, despite us almost never following the strict diet and workout regimes they reveal (and then wondering why we don't look like them anyway).
One such person is Jennifer Aniston, who looks as good - if not better - now aged 50 than she did 30 years ago. But how does one look like Jen? Thankfully, the actress and newly crowned queen of Instagram's personal trainer Leyon Azubuike, co-owner of Santa Monica-based gym Gloveworx, has just revealed all.
Azubuike told Women's Health that Jen works out up to seven days a week for an hour and a half each session, depending on where they are in her training cycle.
The pair follow a training technique called 'periodisation', which allows Azubuike to adjust things based on Jen's busy schedule. "Depending on where we are in that cycle dictates the duration and intensity of Jen’s workout," he explains. "If I know Jen isn’t filming anything, it’s a different phase than if I know she has something coming up tomorrow. If she’s going to be walking up to receive an award, I’m not going to destroy her legs in the gym the day before."
As far as specific workouts go? Azubuike says they mix it up and try a bit of everything, which ensures Jen's body is still being challenged no matter how many times she goes to the gym.
"We box, we jump rope, we do strength training, we do a lot of work with resistance bands—we’re big on resistance bands," he says. "We rotate these things so it’s always hard, she’s consistently being challenged—I’m a big fan of switching things up, so the body reacts in a positive way and changes."
Azubuike adds that Aniston loves boxing and core work. "Every core exercise I throw at her, she dominates it," he says. "She can hold a two- or three-minute plank rather easily."
As for food, Azubuike encourages Jen and all his clients to eat nutrient-rich foods, stay hydrated and to opt for healthy fats. "I love avocados, coconut oil, salmon, fish oil—anything that’s a good form of fat is great," he says. For carbs and protein, he notes that everyone needs a different intake in their daily diet to fuel an active lifestyle. "For me, I stick to 1.7 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein per my kilo weight to support muscle-building."
That's it, we're moving to Santa Monica and buying a pair of boxing gloves on the way.