While her diet definitely played a role in her dramatic weight loss, it is Janet Jackson's personal trainer of the past 16 years who really helped the actress and singer get back to her best shape.
"She gained 60 pounds, and we lost that in three months," her trainer Tony Martinez tells SheKnows of Jackson’s fluctuation since those unflattering paparazzi pictures in 2009.
SheKnows met up with Martinez recently at his beachside neighborhood of Belmont Shore, California, to get a private lesson from the trainer, and learn the secrets to Jackson’s success.
He revealed that the key to keeping Jackson focused is creativity.
"We did a lot of water sports and basketball," says Martinez. "She gets bored very quick. We try to mix it up as much as possible."
Martinez says that Jackson, like many of us, didn’t like working out when she first got started. So he kept their workouts fun by using out-of-the-box training tools, like Core Stix.
Core Stix was invented by Martinez’s friend, Pittsburgh Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. The machine provides a total body workout, using weighted sticks and instability to sculpt your muscles. The best part is it only takes about 15 minutes to complete a full session.
In addition to the strength training, Martinez also does cardio with Jackson about five times a week. Their sessions are so frequent that he travels with her when she goes on tour.
Other celebrity trainers who love Core Stix include Gunnar Peterson (trains Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey) and Adam Ernster (trains Denise Richards and Nicole Scherzinger).
The equipment serves as a full gym and can be purchased on the Core Stix website.
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