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How To Build Body Like Jennifer Garner?

June 1st, 2008 · 12 Comments ·


Jennifer Garner acted in Catch and Release, The Kingdom and Juno. She is the star in action/adventure series Alias too. But, Elektra (a spin-off of movie Daredevil) is the movie which she really showed off her body shape. Let’s not talk about about her story with her husband, Ben Affleck and other things, today, we shall look at how Jennifer Garner build her body with gym workout and her diet plan. In fact, even before acting in Daredevil and Elektra, Jennifer Garner has already started working out during her time in Alias.


Jennifer Garner’s Workout Regimen
Garner works out between 45 and 60 minutes a day, 5 time a week. Her personal trainer, Valerie Waters, does not want to burn her out. So, 45 to 60 minutes each session is good enough.

Here is her workout schedule:

  • Day 1 – Circuit training on back, chest, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and abs. Exercise routine includes step-ups, pull-downs, chest presses on a stability ball and reverse lunges.
  • Day 2 – Mat Pilates exercises for core strengthening.
  • Day 3 – 40 minutes on the treadmill, stationary bike, and elliptical trainer. She ends her cardio routine with a 5 minute abs workout. Some days, she spends all 40 minutes of cardio to one machine, while on others she spends time on all 3.
  • Day 4 – Circuit training as on Day 1, concentrating on biceps, triceps, hips and shoulders.
  • Day 5 – Mat Pilates exercises for core strengthening
  • Day 6 and 7 – Rest for recovery



To warm up her body, she brisk walks on the treadmill about 10 minutes on treadmill. She then stretch her muscles. Light stretching is done again before the workout is over.

Her personal trainer combines a series of upper body, lower body and abs exercises. For example, Jennifer will do chest presses, followed by lat pull down, squats and crunches on stability ball. She then completes the circuit 3 times with little rest.

Her favorite workout is reverse lunge which works hard on legs (quadriceps, hamstrings) and butt (glutes).


Jennifer Garner’s Diet Plan
Her workout diet is a combination of protein and high quality carbohydrates every three hours with small portion each meal. According to her personal trainer, she ate about 1600 calorie a day during the shooting of Elaktra with 5 to 6 mini meals a day.

One of her samples for meal plan:

  • Breakfast – Oatmeal or egg white omelet with a side of fresh fruit, ideally blueberries. Other breakfast options are high-protein Kashi cereal with soy milk, or oatmeal mixed with protein powder.
  • Mid morning snack – Apple slices with almond butter or fruit with yogurt.
  • Lunch – Chicken with Mango chutney, steamed veggies and a green salad or a turkey wrap made with a whole wheat tortilla and vegetables
  • Snack – Whole wheat Wasa crackers with low-fat cheese.
  • Dinner – Grilled salmon in a citrus ginger sauce with asparagus and red-leaf lettuce salad.
  • Beverages – Water and an occasional beer or glass of wine.







Jennifer Garner in real life…Carrying her daughter, Violet. Guess that is a good workout too.





I guess many still think this way, “If I have a personal trainer and chef, I can do the same too.” It is true that celebrities can afford that luxury, but they do not get the good physiques just like that.

When Jennifer was shooting Elektra, because she got up early to do her hair and makeup early by 5:30 AM, she had to get up at 4 AM. She worked out for an hour, from warming up to cooling down. When others were still sleeping, she was sweating out in gym. When others were snacking on popcorn during movie premiere, she was seen eating carrots and hard pretzels.

I have to admire her sacrifice and good self discipline. Just like Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds and Will Smith, Jennifer Gardner earns hers through hard work by exercising and eating right.



Category: Motivation

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  • trey // Jun 1, 2008 at 12:55 AM

    i have always struggled to put food (much less good ones) pretty much my whole life.

    i seldom have the dicipline to eat proper, specially early in the morning. Sometimes i would skip it altogether and just eat lunch. My eating pattern gets heavier towards nighttime, which is well-known to be a bad time to be eating a whole lot.

    I would love to hire a personal chef to take care of my dietary needs, maybe someday when i earn enough… i’ll do just that :)

  • Angie Tan // Jun 1, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Another example of an A-list celebrity who is healthy and have a great body without starving it, but living healthily.

    Females all over should follow her lead that both good diet and exercise regime is the best way to lose weight and gain a great body – rather than resort to crash diets and starvation routines.

    Gosh, really admire her self-discipline!! Even though she’s got a personal trainer and chef, she’s still got to have the discipline to stick to the regime. ;-)

  • Foong // Jun 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Yes, admire her self discipline. Personal trainer and chef really do make a difference because you have someone to guide and motivate you in your workouts and someone else to make sure you are eating right. But for most of us who can’t afford it, we’ll just have to have the self discipline to do it. I guess it’ll be much easier when we enjoy our workouts and feel good following healthy diets.

  • Jeff // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:35 AM

    I’ve never had the luxury of a personal trainer, but I’ve known people who have. What I’ve gleaned from their experience is that 1. Yes, it’s a huge help 2. You still have to put in the work, the hours and the effort.

    Exercise and eating right is all about motivation. I imagine a personal trainer essentially serves the role of personal motivator. But it’s hard to motivate someone who isn’t already motivated. I think that personal trainer just motivates those people MORE.

  • lin // Jun 5, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    hi mun,

    i came across your blog today in search of fitness center. I’m staying at Putrajaya, so i don’t really know any good fitness club that are near to my home and have great value for money.

    can you recommend me any?

  • Yin Teing // Jun 8, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Simply inspirational! That only proof no matter how busy a person is, he/she will make time for exercising. There’s a will, there will be a way.

  • Country78321 // Jun 9, 2008 at 4:47 AM

    She is insperational and has a great body. I’ve really been really into fitness now and been watching American Gladiators which is also insperational, its on NBC on Wednesday June 11th at 8:30/7:30 C.

  • Valerie // Nov 30, 2008 at 7:41 AM


    Nice article. Jennifer is such a great example of someone who know that it takes consistent effort to stay in shape but that doesn’t mean it has too be torture. She enjoys her workouts (not every day but mostly) and she eats right about 90% of the time. I know what it takes to have a sexy female body.

    Valerie Waters

  • J Speilberg // Feb 5, 2009 at 3:05 AM

    I don’t understand… I do everything that she does, and I am A LOT heavier…

  • jessy // Apr 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Speilberg. You probably forgot the liposuccion. Do you actually think they do it with exercise alone….hahahaha

  • haru // Sep 15, 2009 at 2:09 AM

    actually you can do it with exercise alone, it just needs alot of time and determination if you’re eager to have a body like that then you should exert more effort and give your best it really needs to take time. think about trees how long does an apple tree take to grow fruits? years. in your case its months.

  • The Catwoman Riddler // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Valerie Waters, I saw that you commented on this article, and I have a very important suggestion that I desperately hope you would please pass along to Jennifer Garner. Here’s the suggestion: would Jennifer Garner be interested in playing Catwoman in the next “Batman” movie? It’s called “The Dark Knight Rises” and begins shooting in spring 2011. Most reports tell us that the villainess is indeed, Catwoman. Jennifer Garner is so talented and she hasn’t done an action movie in a while, so this would probably be fun for her. And, unlike many actresses suggested for this role, Jennifer has the talent to portray BOTH sides of the character; Catwoman as well as the mousy secretary Selina Kyle. Please, get this message to Jennifer somehow. Riddle me this…riddle me that… who’s up next to play the CAT????? Jennifer Garner as Catwoman!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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