How Janet Jackson Lost 70 Pounds By Strength Training
The singer's personal trainer shares how the new mom got in the best shape of her life.
After giving birth to her son in January, Janet Jackson has been focusing on losing her baby weight, mostly to help get into shape for her international "State of the World" tour, set to hit 56 cities this year. The pop sensation has lost 70 pounds with the help of her trainer Paulette Sybliss, who is sharing how the new mom got into the best shape of her life.
"I started training her about six weeks after she had Eissa so about March we started," Sybliss revealed to E! News. "We were training a minimum of four times a week and the sessions were never less than 45 minutes, no more than an hour. Very intense, though. Very intense training." (Related: The Strength-Training Workout That Targets Your Abs, Thighs, and Butt)
Initially, Jackson's goal was simply to lose weight. But Sybliss wanted the singer to gain some lean muscle so she'd have the energy and strength needed to deal with her demanding tour schedule.
"We were doing three or four exercises with weights back to back," Sybliss said. "What that does-you would look at her and think she'd done like an hour of cardio with me-but when you're working with weights and you're working the muscle that way, it elevates the heart rate. But also it's creating that fat-burning effect both during the session and also when she left me, and that was key." (Here's all the science you need to know about burning fat and building muscle.)
As for diet, Sybliss says that eating smart is an important component in any fitness or weight-loss plan (preach!). But at the same time, she doesn't sweat when her clients slip up from time to time. (Related: Harley Pasternak Says Exercise Is the Least Important Part of a Weight-Loss Transformation)
"The way I train my clients is: nutrition is about 80 percent," she said. "I believe that if you're eating well 90, 95 percent of the time, you can eat in moderation anything that you want."
She holds Jackson to the same standard. "If she needs to have a chocolate cake, go ahead and have a chocolate cake," Sybliss said. "You're not eating it every day. You won't get fat overnight."