Jessica Biel has been a Hollywood A-list star for as long as we can remember, and along with being a tremendous actress, she’s also known for her sculpted, flawless physique (those buff arms, though!). If you’ve been wondering for the last decade or so how exactly Jessica keeps such a gorgeous figure, you’re in for a treat. POPSUGAR spoke with a trainer she has worked with for a very long time, Jason Walsh, who’s known for helping other women like Emma Stone, Alison Brie, and Brie Larson become fitness powerhouses.
At the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Movie Made For TV or Limited Series, Jessica showed up in a sleeveless Oscar de la Renta dress, and it’s clear to see that she’s as fit as ever. According to Jason, Jessica is “a very strong-willed, patient, easy student to work with — one of the nicest, best people you’ll ever meet.” No surprise there!
Jason says she’s always trusted his methods when it comes to working out, so he worked his magic. Functional strength training is the name of the game when it comes to Jason’s clients. He and Jessica often do “lots of band work to strengthen the muscles around the hips,” as well as “any and every type of single-leg exercise you can think of.”
Single-leg deadlifts, single-leg hip thrusts, single-leg squats — you name it, and Jason and Jessica have done it. But why so many single-leg exercises? These movements “help with functionality and balance.” Plus, if you think about the movements we do every day — walking and running — these are all single-leg exercises, if you really think about it. “Each leg works independently of each other and also together for certain moves,” Jason tells POPSUGAR. So there’s a lot to be gained from doing single-leg variations of these classic strength-training moves.
Additionally, Jason mixes up the range of reps that Jessica does. For example, he’ll have her do isometric holds for 20-30 seconds, and then move into a set of 8-10 working reps. “We really kind of play with all of it,” he says. “We go at it from every single angle at every single opportunity.” The greater variety of functional movement you can instill in your lower body, the better results you’ll get.
It’s no wonder Jessica is looking so fit! To work toward a figure like Jessica’s, Jason encourages every woman out there to give weightlifting a try, particularly focusing on the glutes and lower body.
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