How 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Learned to Like Burpees
Plus, the other badass workouts she's tackling on the reg.
Danielle Brooks loves a good mantra. She carries a book that she adds to daily and wears a pin that says 'Keep Going.' Brooks' role as Taystee on Orange Is the New Black also impacts her outlook. "Playing an inmate every day opens your eyes to how corrupt the penal system is when it comes to basic human rights and needs," she says. Here's what else moves the actor. (Related: Danielle Brooks Shows Body Positive Inspiration in This New Gym Video)
"My trainer has me do a lot of weight lifting, and my arms are looking hella good these days. We do the rower, battle ropes, box jumps and medicine ball slams. I love this one instructor, Olivia, at SoulCycle. She used to be on The Biggest Loser. She won her season, and now she's a SoulCycle instructor! I keep her in my world because she understands how I feel in a voluptuous body." (Here's how Brooks learned to embrace her bloat and "love handles")
"In light of African-American Women's Fitness Month [April], I recently began trying to do something active five days a week and posting about it on Instagram. My followers keep me accountable. If I say I'm going to do something, they're right there with me. I even trained for a Spartan Race last month!"
"My perfect day would include getting up around 9, journaling, hitting the gym, and making a really nice breakfast. Then I'd sit and watch The View or something, go to work, and come home early to a nice dinner that I had prepped. Then I'd put my feet up, watch TV, eat vegan ice cream, and have my man rub my feet. Why not?"
Breaking Mental Barriers
"For years I thought I couldn't do a burpee because the pain of pushing myself up made me cry. It was so hard. That wasn't serving me well, so I let it go, and now I can do 10 without stopping. Then I take a break and do it again. As painful as they are, they are my reminder of how far I've come." (Learn how to do a burpee–and why you should.)
"Consistency is my focus for 2018. It doesn't matter if I lose or gain a pound. As long as I'm working out regularly, I am a queen."