Pink, aka Alecia Moore, has a lot to celebrate. The talented singer recently rang in her 33rd birthday with a family vacation in France, gave an awesome performance at the MTV VMA’s, headlined the second annual iHeart Radio Festival in Vegas, and she is on the cover of SHAPE's November issue to boot (on sale now!).
But perhaps the most exciting news is the fact that the new Pink album, The Truth About Love, is now available (as of September 18). In the record, the blonde beauty reflects on marriage, music, and motherhood—and speaking of being a mom—just a little over a year after giving birth to her first child Willow Sage, she’s already showing off her svelte figure!
Pink’s post-baby slim-down (she gained 55 pounds during her pregnancy) definitely made us wonder about her fitness secrets. In June the superstar told Cosmopolitan that although she occasionally eats chicken and fish, her diet is mostly vegan. She also aims for an hour of cardio or yoga six days a week.
"I like results," Pink has said. "I like feeling strong. It keeps my mental floor higher. Even if it’s a pain in the *ss and you hate working out, the endorphins help."
To get the inside scoop on Pink’s fitness routine, we went to one of her former personal trainers, Gregory Joujon-Roche. He’s the million-dollar man of body sculpting behind Brad Pitt’s amazing abs in Troy, got Gisele Bundchen Victoria’s Secret HOT, and even tuned up Tobey Maguire for Spiderman. Check out his best tips below!
SHAPE: We’re such big fans of Pink! How long did you work with her and what type of training did you do?
Gregory Joujon-Roche (GJ): I worked with her on and off for over six years. Our training was a ton of cleansing, cardio, martial arts, lengthening, toning, stripping, and sweating. Everything was fun, loose, and high energy! We focused on a lot of free-motion body awareness.
SHAPE: Tell us about some of the training specifics. How often did you work out and how long were the sessions?
GJ: Workouts were really dependent on schedule. We’d aim for 90 minutes, five days a week. Wherever we were, we were in an environment of 75 percent heart rate, “steady Eddie” as we like to call it. Her heart rate would be between 155 and 165 for the entire session. The only time that rate would go down was during a rest, which would be stretching. It’s not grueling, but it’s definitely tough to sustain that heart rate for the entire 90 minutes.
SHAPE: Pink is so incredibly dedicated to her music, and we’re not surprised it seems to be that way with her fitness routine too!
GJ: Yeah, she works so hard. She always took that time to be with you and is always fully present. She really honors her workout time. She’s just a great human being, which is rare in the rock and roll world. She was always willing to try anything, always optimistic and up for a challenge.
SHAPE: Does she have any favorite workouts?
GJ: She loved to get outdoors. Running, hiking… all of the above!
SHAPE: Pink is insanely busy! What is your advice for other women to be able to manage everything going on in our lives yet still be able to take good care of ourselves at the same time?
GJ: You have to make a realistic commitment to yourself. And once you make that commitment, you have to stick to it. You have to book in a time just like you do an appointment. If you can only work out two days a week, that’s fine. But once the goal is established, don’t mess with it. If you do, it sets off a bad energy. Then, re-evaluate your goal every two weeks. See how you feel. Then create another goal and keep going forward. Get out of the gym if you have to! Don’t give up. Just show up. Make an attempt.
SHAPE: Did you have Pink on any special diet? What would a typical day look like when it comes to food?
GJ: We’d start with an 11-day power cleanse. That really sets the tone for your fitness experience. It basically recalibrates your taste buds and metabolism, as well as setting the slate and tone for the hard work ahead. You lose a little weight from this and it makes you so much more motivated in your workouts. After the cleanse, we reintroduced proteins very carefully. We kept it as green as possible! Lots of fiber, a lot of good fats. Sugars were consumed only around the workouts to use certain calories as fuels. Then after the first 30 days, her diet would be quinoa, fresh veggies, superfood shakes, super shots, and wellness shots. We always incorporated things that are really healthy but also user friendly.
SHAPE: What’s your best nutrition tip you can share with us?
GJ: Go green for a day! Just try it. Everything you put in your mouth should be green, except water. There are so many healthy green foods, like green salad, avocado, apples, and juice. Do it once a month. You’ll feel really good for doing it and your body will love you for it. It’ll save your life.
Greg was cool enough to share the recipe for one of Pink’s superfood shakes. It offers the perfect balance of fats and proteins. The sugar comes from the fruit and coconut water, but the avocado, flax, and cinnamon will set off any insulin response so you’ll have all the energy and none of the crash. It also provides electrolytes, protein, and antioxidants that boost energy, metabolism, and cellular health. In a nutshell, a shake a day keeps you rockin’ away! Here’s the recipe:
Greg’s Famous Superfoods Strip Smoothie
6oz spring water
6oz coconut water
1 big scoop of a clean unflavored or vanilla protein powder
½ avocado, peeled and frozen are great
1 tsp Hawaiian Spirulina
1 Tbsp flaxseed oil
½ tsp probiotic powder
Handful of frozen blueberries
Shake of cinnamon
Directions: Blend all of the listed ingredients. For extra thickness, add more ice.