You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but want to be like the stars, but are the products worth it? In Elite Daily's new series, I Tried, we put it all to the test. We're trying those products as well as celebrities' health and wellness tips, recipes, and life hacks. We'll do the leg work and tell you what living like your fave star is really like.
Jennifer Lopez has the right attitude in terms of what it means to work on her fitness — and seriously, she's always had that attitude. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey back in 2003, for instance, the Second Act star talked about how she never felt the need for her body to look a certain way throughout her career, and how, for her, the point of exercising and taking care of herself has always been to simply feel good. Ever since then, I’ve idolized the performer as someone who values health and strength over aesthetic, and to gain some of that perspective, I tried J. Lo’s booty workout for two straight weeks. Not only did the three-part routine make me feel bootylicious by the end of my trial, but I can honestly say that a stronger butt wasn’t the most valuable takeaway of it all.
During their 2003 interview, Oprah opened up a mini Q&A with the audience, and one woman asked J. Lo about the pressures to look a certain way in Hollywood, and if the singer ever felt she needed to conform to those standards. Candidly, Lopez responded by saying that she’s always felt really happy in her body. “Sometimes I don’t work out and I get a little jiggly and all that, and I gotta get back in control, but it's just for me," she explained, "so that I feel good.”
The values that Lopez communicated in that interview — and that she's continued to stand by throughout her career and in her social media presence — are inspiring, to say the least, and one of my main goals in my trial of her workout routine was to get a taste of that inspiration, that feeling of accomplishment and confidence, regardless of what the results might actually look like in the end.
It didn’t take much digging around the internet to find an array of articles on the many fitness regimens Lopez has been said to follow over the years. One of the most recent updates I could find was a November 2018 interview between the wellness website Lively and celebrity trainer David Kirsch, who frequently works with Lopez. The routine included three moves that target the butt and lower body — aka my least favorite areas to focus on.
Generally I pride myself on sculpting my biceps, back, and shoulder muscles, but if you’re going to train like J. Lo, you might as well focus on the booty, right? Plus, Kirsch was only prescribing a three-exercise sequence. How hard could it be? The answer: Hard. Like, really hard.
“You’ll feel it right away and will be sore the next day," Kirsch told Lively of his three-part regimen, which includes three sets of 10 platypus walks, 10 sumo lunge kicks, and 10 reverse crossover lunges. He also noted you could expect to see physical results within a month, but personally, I was more interested in noticing a change in how I feltrather than how much my booty would pop in my leggings. Here's what stuck with me most during this time.