Last updated on February 20th, 2021 at 09:28 am
So we have seen a couple dancers at SHJ.
And now we’re adding another one that definitely makes the top three.
Along with Julianne Hough, Jenna Dewan is a professional dancer on top of being an actress and model.
On top of her dance moves (if you haven’t seen her impersonate Channing Tatum on Lip Sync Battle then you really need to), she’s also starred in tons of awesome roles like Step Up (obviously), Supergirl, The Resident, Witches of East End, and so much more.
And now it’s time to try to replicate those killer abs she shows off.
Jenna Dewan Stats:
Weight: (approximate) 115 lbs
Age: 38 years old
Jenna Dewan is officially one of the shortest women at SHJ.
Which is perfect because she joins her fellow dancer Julianne Hough at that range.
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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Jenna Dewan Diet and Nutrition
Jenna Dewan generally sticks to a plant-based diet.
She also chooses to eat healthy because of the way it makes her feel – but isn’t opposed to splurging from time to time – and even has her go-to cheat meals!
She told Health Mag this about her vegetarian lifestyle:
“I eat mostly vegan, but I’m very accommodating, maybe because I’ve lived with a man for 11 years who’s not vegetarian,”
And Insider shares some more information from Dewan about her diet here:
She hasn’t eaten meat since she watched a documentary about slaughterhouses when she was a pre-teen and told Women’s Health that “it just stuck. I feel good about [vegetarianism] morally and physically.”
She added, however, that she “went back and forth” for a brief period but ultimately decided that meat wasn’t for her. ” I stopped being a vegetarian, but it didn’t work for my body,” she explained in a video on her YouTube channel. “I felt sluggish and I didn’t feel as light and energetic.”
They even break down a full day’s worth of eating for Dewan:
For breakfast, she’ll start with a green smoothie— she likes Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie— or she’ll make her own and beef it up with cod liver oil, black sesame seeds, coriander, parsley, or spirulina.
“I do green smoothies. I drink them every morning,” she explained in a video on her YouTube channel. “It’s great fiber, you get your veggies right off the bat. It’s great for picky eaters.”
Lunch is quinoa, hummus, and a tomato and cucumber salad dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Alternatively, she might do a tabouli salad for lunch. “I’m part Lebanese … so I grew up with tabouli. It’s my favorite,” she told Women’s Health. She added that she’s a fan of meal-prepping: “I like to make things that will keep for a couple of days, and I can just grab and go.”
Dinner is a zesty quinoa bowl with taco-style toppings, though she told Women’s Health that she’ll order veggie sushi if she goes out to dinner.
People Mag agrees with this breakdown that Insider shared, sharing their own variation that is virtually the same, but also quoting Dewan on something I want to end off with for her dietary section:
“I consider eating healthy a way of life because I feel better, plain and simple,” she told PEOPLE last year. “I’m not a fan of dieting, which is why I choose to eat healthy most of the time. I keep it in balance, so I don’t have to crash diet. When I want to splurge I allow myself and don’t beat myself up — I just make a plan to eat extra healthy the next day or work out.”
When she decides to splurge, Dewan Tatum goes for “salty, savory food,” including her favorite: “French fries!”
See, even babes with six-pack-abs splurge!
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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Jenna Dewan Workout Routine Research
A lot of the focus in Dewan’s interviews about health and nutrition is on her vegetarian lifestyle.
But, in an interview with Shape, Dewan tells us everything there is to know about her workout routine.
They start by telling us this:
Dewan Tatum squeezes it all into one sweaty workout with LA-based trainer Jennifer Johnson, creator of the JJ Dancer Method (dance based bootcamp fitness classes). “She’s a trainer who is also a dancer and she makes it fun for me,” Dewan Tatum told Health. “If it’s not fun, I won’t go. We dance, we do routines for 45 minutes to an hour, whatever time we have.”
The number of workouts she fits in each week fully depends on how much time she has. “It depends on the week, but if I get one or two workouts in, I’m happy,” Dewan Tatum told Health.
And they continue this with a lot more:
But with just a couple of 45-minute workouts a week, they don’t hold back. “Jenna is so, so busy, so we go hardcore for 45 minutes so we can get everything in,” Johnson tells SELF. This means squeezing in both cardio and strength training, which includes both compound movements that work multiple muscle groups at once (like squats and lunges) and isolation exercises that target smaller muscles. (Oh, and not very much time to rest.)
And, they even asked Johnson for the details on what one of Dewan’s typical workouts might look like, and they say: “fair warning—you might get a little sweaty just reading about it.”
So let’s get into the breakdown:
- She starts with dance-cardio and boxing
- They move onto a step routine for lower body work
- This is followed up with arms, butt, and core work in which they use resistance bands and yoga matts
- They make sure to have fun and minimize rest time to maximize the work done in a short period of time
Here’s some more quotes from Johnson:
“She’s a dancer, so you’d think that we’d do a ton of dance cardio,” says Johnson. But to make sure she gets in the strength training she needs, they do less “pure” dance cardio than you might think. “My method is usually half dance cardio, half muscle conditioning, but with Jenna it’s more like one-quarter dance cardio and three-quarters muscle conditioning,” says Johnson.
For two to three songs, though, they break out the moves big-time to get her heart rate going and warm up her joints and muscles. “With dance, it’s not the same movement over and over, like running or [indoor cycling],” says Johnson. “You’re jumping, you’re squatting, you’re on the floor, you’re side-to-side, you’re spinning, you’re turning, and you constantly [change] directions and intensity of movement,” she says. “And you’re having so much fun that it’s easier to get the cardio in.”
“Then, we’ll pull out steps to get the booty and the legs activated, while I’m sneaking cardio in,” says Johnson. (Johnson shares dance style squats on her personal Instagram)
And after reading some of their go-to movements, they definitely put in a ton of work!
Johnson makes sure to get in squats, donkey kicks w/ ankle weights, v-ups with sliding disks, tricep extensions, bicep curls, bent over rows, and more with her resistance bands; and all while keeping track of the songs in the background and making it feel like they’re still in their dance groove!
We’ll do our best to replicate it, but there’s a chance you’ll need to throw on a dance tape to follow for cardio, or replicate it with some other formats.
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Jenna Dewan Workout Routine
3-5 days per week
Dewan stays as active as she can on a daily basis and eats a very healthy diet. She’s also a dancer and does it for fun when she’s not training; but does try to get to the gym (classes) as often as she can. I’ll be writing you a 45 minute workout styled to replicate one of Dewan’s intense workouts with her trainer Johnson.
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Jenna Dewan Workout: Dance Cardio and Full Body Burn
The best warm up here is to get into it at a slow paced based on whichever form of cardio you’re going to be able to do. From the selections in the next part, take it nice and slow to start and work your way up to a quicker, more intense pace.
15-20 Minutes of Cardio:
For this section you can choose to dance. Dance is amazing and I believe that’s obviously what Dewan would choose.
Have some freestyle fun, throw on a YouTube video to follow along with, or just get moving with some of the other cardio options for the 15-20 minutes:
Treadmill Interval Sprints
Bike Interval Sprints
Rower Interval Sprints
The Workout 30+ Minutes:
Now that you’ve got your blood flowing we can keep that music bumping, but begin to add in resistance bands, medicine balls, ankle weights, sliding disks, and more.
This one is going to be done in circuit format to keep the flow going, so don’t be scared to shake your hips a bit between the movements.
Complete 3 Rounds
Jump Squats x10
Resistance Band Thrusters x10
Resistance Band Tricep Kickbacks x10 each arm
Donkey Kicks with Ankle Weights x10 each leg
Complete 3 Rounds
Plank to Push Ups x10
Resistance Band Bent Over Rows x10 each arm
Resistance Band Bicep Curls x10 each arm
Ball Slams with Medicine Ball x10
Complete 3 Rounds
Jumping Lunges x10 each leg
Alternating Toe Touch Crunch x10 each leg
Hip Thrusts w/ Resistance Band x10 each arm
V-Ups w/ Sliding Disks x10
Russian Twists w/ Medicine Ball x10
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