Angelina Jolie Fitness Workout

Hollywood Celebrity Fitness and Workouts.

Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie is one of the highest paid in Hollywood and a global superstar. Jolie has been in the movie industry since the early age of seven. Some of her most popular movies include Lara Croft: Tom Raider, Salt and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Jolie is a prominent humanitarian as well. She was a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for over a decade and is now the UNHCR Special Envoy advocating to governments and officials around the world on behalf of refugees from war-torn countries.

So, how does this on-screen and real life heroine stay in top-notch shape? Jolie trains with elite celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson. Peterson favors the time-tested method of high intensity circuit training to help his clients build lean muscle and shred body fat. Angelina Jolie is also known to keep to a very strict and healthy diet.

The advantage of circuit training is that it provides a combination of muscle building stimulation, cardiovascular conditioning and increased metabolism. As part of her weight training circuit, Jolie will perform various exercises for her shoulders, chest, back, arms, abs, glutes and legs in a quick succession – maintaining an elevated heart rate throughout the workout.

Peterson uses his unique circuit weight training routine with many of his celebrity and professional athlete clients. He details his training methods in his book, The Workout: Core Secrets. Jolie loves Peterson’s intense circuit workouts.

After the weight training circuit, Peterson has Jolie perform 30 minutes of medium intensity steady state cardio on the elliptical or a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cardio workout on the treadmill.

Jolie says that training with high levels of intensity makes her feel alive and the training has transformed her physique. Speaking about her own body image, Jolie says:

“I think all women go through periods where we hate this about ourselves, we don’t like that. It’s great to get to a place where you dismiss anything you’re worried about. I find flaws attractive. I find scars attractive. I don’t see myself as beautiful, because I can see a lot of flaws. People have really odd opinions. They tell me I’m skinny, as if that’s supposed to make me happy.”

Jolie enjoys training with Peterson not only because of the intense and effective workout routines that he designs for her, but also because he stays right there with her making sure that she does the workout correctly and that she’s maintaining proper form throughout her training session.

After working out for years, Jolie sees the profound benefits that come from fitness training and how getting in top shape leads to increased life satisfaction and happiness. She says:

“I’ve realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don’t trust my instincts — that’s when I get in trouble. The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. I never feel settled or calm. You can’t really commit to life when you feel that.”

Angelina Jolie’s weight training circuit is hard and requires focus and dedication. But from the hard work comes reward. Jolie has an athletic yet delicate look to her; a toned and slim physique that is very attractive.

You would think that a woman who has been voted one of the most beautiful women in the world would never suffer from low self-esteem, but as Jolie admits, that’s not always true:

“Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable! I’m odd looking. Sometimes I think I look like a funny muppet… If you ask people what they’ve always wanted to do, most people haven’t done it. That breaks my heart!”

So, what motivates Jolie to almost consistently train hard? It’s her drive for excellence and for wanting to bring out the best from herself. Jolie wants to look iconic and in every movie role that she takes on.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie.

Angelina Jolie Weight Training Circuit:

Jolie’s workout below is a 5-days a week workout lasting between an hour to an hour and half. Your goal is to go through these compound exercises in the circuit in a fast-paced succession.

For the exercises in the circuit, Jolie uses a 5-10 pound dumbbell as weight. Repeat the circuits 2-3 times during your workout. You can switch the order of the exercises on your second and third sets of the workout circuit.

Day 1: Monday: Legs, Arms, Back And Abs:

1. Wide Dumbbell Squat: 15 Sets
2. Forward Lunge: 15 Sets
3. Side Lunge with Twist: 15 Sets
4. Squat and Press: 15 Sets
5. Stability Ball Leg Curl: 10-12 Reps
6. Cable Lat Pull-down: 10-12 Reps
7. Dumbbell Row: 10-12 Reps
8. Dumbbell Biceps Curl: 10-12 Reps
9. Close Grip Biceps Curl: 10-12 Reps
10. Crunches: 15 Reps
11. Reverse Crunches: 15 Reps
12. 30 secs of Mountain Climbers, Jump Rope, or High Knees
Cardio: Perform 30-45 Minutes of medium intensity steady state or 15-20 minutes of HIIT cardio.

Day 2: Tuesday: Chest, Shoulders, Arms And Abs:

1. Dumbbell Chest Press: 10-12 Reps
2. Dumbbell Flyes: 10-12 Reps
3. Overhead Shoulder Press: 10-12 Reps
4. Dumbbell Curl: 10-12 Reps
5. Lateral Dumbbell Raise: 10-12 Reps
6. Triceps Extension: 10-12 Reps
7. Wood Choppers or Oblique Twists: 15 Reps each arm
8. Crunches: 15 Reps
9. Reverse Crunches: 15 Reps
10. Medicine Ball Push Ups: 15 Reps
11. Stability Ball Crunches: 15 Reps
12. Stability Ball Climbers: 12 Reps each leg
13. Planks: 1 minute hold, 3 Reps
Cardio: Perform 30-45 Minutes of medium intensity steady state cardio or 15 minutes of HIIT cardio.

Day 3: Wednesday: Total Body/Core:

1. Squat and Press: 15 Reps
2. Reverse Lunge: 15 Reps each leg
3. Single-leg Pelvic Thrust: 15 Reps
4. Pushup into Side Plank: 15 Reps
5. Cobra Plank: 15 Reps
6. Reverse Dip: 15 Reps
7. Pike Push Up: 15 Reps
8. V-Up: 15 Reps
9. Heel Touch Crunches: 15 Reps
10. Straight Leg Crunches: 15 Reps
11. Bicycle Crunches: 15 Reps
Cardio: Perform 30-45 Minutes of medium intensity steady state cardio or 15 minutes of HIIT cardio.

Day 4: Thursday: Legs, Arms, Back And Abs:

1. Wide Dumbbell Squat: 15 Reps
2. Forward Lunge: 15 Reps
3. Side Lunge with Twist: 15 Reps
4. Squat and Press: 15 Reps
5. Stability Ball Leg Curl: 10-12 Reps
6. Cable Lat Pull-down: 10-12 Reps
7. Dumbbell Row: 10-12 Reps
8. Dumbbell Biceps Curl: 10-12 Reps
9. Close Grip Biceps Curl: 10-12 Reps
10. Crunches: 15 Reps
11. Reverse Crunches: 15 Reps
12. 30 secs of Mountain Climbers, Jump Rope, or High Knees.
Cardio: Perform 30-45 Minutes of medium intensity steady state cardio or 15 minutes of HIIT cardio.

Day 5: Friday: Chest, Shoulders, Arms And Abs

1. Dumbbell Chest Press: 10-12 Reps
2. Dumbbell Flyes: 10-12 Reps
3. Overhead Shoulder Press: 10-12 Reps
4. Dumbbell Curl: 10-12 Reps
5. Lateral Dumbbell Raise: 10-12 Reps
6. Triceps Extension: 10-12 Reps
7. Wood Choppers or Oblique Twists: 15 Reps each arm
8. Crunches: 15 Reps
9. Reverse Crunches: 15 Reps
10. Medicine Ball Push Up: 15 Reps
11. Stability Ball Crunches: 15 Reps
12. Stability Ball Climbers: 12 Reps each leg
13. Planks: 1 minute hold, 3 Reps
Cardio: Perform 30-45 Minutes of medium intensity steady state cardio or 15 minutes of HIIT cardio.

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