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Jessica Alba's Secrets for Looking Fierce in a Bikini

She played a superhero in Fantastic Four and a superbabe in Into the Blue (and killed it in Taylor Swift's new "Bad Blood" music video!), so who better than Jessica Alba to rock summer's sexiest swimsuits and talk the truth about being beach-body ready? The actress, mom of two, and owner of the billion-dollar Honest Company reveals her secrets for looking this fierce—no matter what suit she puts on.

On getting her fitness start: "I attribute my athletic body to the martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and strength training I did while filming Dark Angel. That’s made me strong and really set the bar."

On her workout routine: "I have to break a sweat or I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done. When I only have 30 minutes, I’ll do a series of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks, and a few sun salutations. But I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks. Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me motivated and accountable. These days, I do power yoga with light weights in a 105-degree room, so it’s a mix of hot yoga and strength training. I also spin. The key for me is good music, like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé."

Her weird trick for staying focused: "I’m addicted to popcorn. I eat it throughout the day. I’m a scatterbrain with lots of things to do at once, and eating popcorn helps me concentrate. It’s my way of dealing with my mind wandering off."

Her favorite pre-workout snack: "I was never a big breakfast person—I used to just pound coffee and a banana in the morning—but recently I started making this shake using vegan protein powder, matcha green tea powder, a banana, coconut water, and ice. I drink it before a workout and it doesn’t make me feel too full. Or I can have it after-ward and feel satisfied until lunch."

On relieving stress: "When I need to zone out and quiet my mind, I listen to a meditation podcast from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Each one is literally just three minutes long, so I can go into a bathroom stall or do it in my car. But I’m really intrigued by Transcendental Meditation. Everyone I know who does TM has this inner peace and a glow. I want that."

On finding self-love: "I wasn’t truly confident about my body until I had my daughters, Honor, 7, and Haven, 3. I felt more comfortable in my own skin after they were born. Plus, if I want them to be happy with their bodies, I need to walk the walk."

For more from Alba, go behind the scenes at her Shape cover shoot!