Last updated on July 10th, 2020 at 12:42 pm
Keri Russell is a total babe.
And a post pregnancy babe like we’ve seen before at SHJ.
She joins a few women, especially noting Zoe Saldana, who totally kicked post pregnancy weights butt!
You may know her as Felicity, but she’s also absolutely incredible in her starring role for hit TV show The Americans on FX.
Of course she’s also been in roles like The Waitress, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and soon to be Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!
The amazing part is she somehow kept her killer, jaw dropping physique throughout the entirety of her career, looking just as amazing as she did when she was starring as Felicity nearly 20 years ago.
Keri Russell Stats:
Weight: (approximate) 115 lbs.
Age: 43 years old
Keri Russell just makes it to the average height among celeb women we’ve seen at SHJ.
Can you believe she’s over 40 years old, though?
Normally the average height we see for women is around 5’4-5’6 with ladies such as Jennifer Aniston, Margot Robbie, Olivia Munn, Alicia Vikander, Sophia Bush, Tatiana Maslany, Evangeline Lilly, and a ton of others.
But then there is also that taller range, and among the tallest (even taller than the 5’7-5’8), are ladies like Gwendoline Christie, Gal Gadot, and a few others – with Phoebe Tonkin, Gabrielle Union, Brie Larson, Nina Dobrev, Daisy Ridley, and so many more coming in around that 5’7-5’8 range.
But, either way, don’t worry.
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Keri Russell Diet and Nutrition
Keri Russell’s rocking body makes a statement.
And for that reason there’s a ton of awesome information out there about her diet and workout routine!
We’ll obviously be starting with her diet, like we do with all our celebs; and this is one I really like!
Keri Russell doesn’t make sacrifices, but instead chooses moderation and sustainability.
In an interview with Daily Mail she tells us a lot about this.
“One thing you would be surprised to learn about me [is] that I eat everything. I am crazy for dessert. I eat everything. No one should be denied anything. You should be able to have a little bit of everything, just don’t eat the whole thing.”
In regards to moving more that eventually leads to more of her nutritional “restrictions”, she states:
“Everyone should dance more. Everyone should walk more. I mean that’s one of the great things about living in Brooklyn and in New York.”
In which she expands upon by saying:
“You get to eat a big rich fatty meal but then you can walk home,’ the Felicity star said.”
Sounds pretty fair.
We see a lot of celebs opt for a sustainable approach like this.
That’s why our Academy Nutrition Classes (Monks, Minimalists, SuperHumans, Vikings, Spartans, Hunter Gatherers, Greek Gods, Samurais) revolve around helping you find the specific diet that is right FOR YOU.
Of course, there are a lot of reasons to HAVE the strict guidelines.
We’ve seen a lot of celebs opt for specific restrictions.
For example: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart incorporate 80/20 dieting with big weekly cheat meals, Hugh Jackman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Terry Crews utilize intermittent fasting (something I use daily as well), Mustafa Shakir and Madelaine Petsch are vegans, Brandon Routh and Frank Grillo opt for paleo, and tons of others utilize their own variations as well.
And, that’s just to name a few celebs from each, by the way.
You can check out our Nutrition Pillars for more information and articles on all of the above and more.
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Keri Russell Workout Routine Research
Keri Russell is extremely active.
She loves to dance, and she also takes advantage of living in Brooklyn and being able to walk and bike from place to place.
For this one we’ll be talking about to different styles of “training”.
Russell has the Krav Maga, and mixed martial arts styled training that she went through for The Americans, and she also has her everyday life that she is active and training for as well.
Sticking to our article from Daily Mail that we used for her nutrition, they share:
‘I do a workout video and use my own music – whatever is inspiring to me at that time, like Alabama Shakes, the Cure, or Mumford and Sons.’
Though fitness comes easily to Keri, the seemingly perfectly fit actress does admit to one thing aging has done to her body.
‘I used to have a really good, plump butt,’ she shared. ‘Ugh – now my butt’s gone. I do wish I had my 25-year-old butt!’
We also know from the quotes from her dietary section, and what I’ve restated here, that she likes to earn her indulgences by walking and being more active.
So for her everyday regime we’ll be looking at dancing, walking, and workout videos!
But Russell has also trained in self defense and worked with a trainer for being the badass Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans.
Shape.com tells us:
In order to play a fierce, fearless KGB agent on her hit FX series The Americans, actress Keri Russell trained with Avital Zeisler, a self-defense and hand-to-hand combat expert who consults for private security companies.
And in another article they even share four movements that Avital Zeisler recommends for us.
I will share those in the below workout routine we program based on all our findings here.
In an interview with E! News they get a pretty awesome rundown from Zeisler with some more specifics:
“[Our workouts were all] based on real survival and hand-to-hand combat tactics that I would cover with any client,” Zeisler revealed. “It is important that my students learn correct technique and concepts that are effective. I wanted her to come across authentic and showcase the combative training background that her character portrays in the show.
“I developed her combative fundamentals, like her survival stance and striking technique, which I then incorporated into full body conditioning drills that would help ingrain the self-defense concepts so that they would appear second nature in her fight scenes,” Zeisler added.
She finishes off the interview by stating:
“We worked on a continuous flow of combatives—also known as strikes and kicks,” Zeisler explained. “We would go through different combinations in a continuous manner so that every combative would blend into the next one. This is a challenging drill, especially as you fight for the proper technique as you increase your performance speed. Doing this is a great form of cardio and it’s amazing to literally watch yourself transform into a weapon of combatives.”
Which definitely goes to show why Russell was so prepared for her role!
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Keri Russell Workout Routine
3 days per week, or active daily life
What we know is “Russell trained with Zeisler three days a week, a few hours per session for a month to prep for her role, and the workouts were no joke.” So I’ll be giving you some workouts to utilize for self defense training from our Academy’s mixed martial arts coach, and from Zeisler herself, and then I’ll also be giving you another rundown on Russell’s everyday regime as well.
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Keri Russell Mixed Martial Arts Workout: Training for The Americans
As stated above, Russell used this training a few hours a session, three days a week, for about a month. Below I’ll be giving you some programs from Coach Derek, and also some movements from Russell’s trainer, Zeisler!
Feel free to kick some butt with these mixed martial arts programs, or skip ahead to what Russell utilizes as her everyday regime.
For some Thai Boxing fun check out Anna Diop’s routine.
Zeisler shares these movements with Shape.com:
1. Self-Defense Burpee
2. Push Kick Jumping Jack
3. Cross-Over Heel Kick
4. Plank Elbow Twist
Keri Russell Everyday Workout Regime
In Russell’s everyday life she opts for a few things that make her more active.
She also talks about not overindulging on foods, and earning your calories.
She utilizes Brooklyn to get more steps in and go for long walks, so I suggest tracking 10,000 steps a day like we’ve seen with Ariana Grande!
She also chooses workout videos to get a quick workout in from time to time.
That, and she also LOVES dancing, and thinks everyone should dance and walk more.
Get out there and get active like Russell if you want abs like she shows off post pregnancy and all!
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