Jessica Alba Flaunts Fit Bikini Bod for Shape but Admits ''Working Out Sucks'': Find Out Her Fitness Routine!

"I have to break a sweat or I don't feel like I've gotten anything done," the mother of two tells the mag's June issue

By Alyssa Toomey May 26, 2015 3:57 PMTags
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Jessica Alba is no stranger to hitting the gym hard.

"I attribute my athletic body to the martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and strength training I did while filming Dark Angel," the 34-year-old beauty, who starred on the hit television show from 2000 to 2002, reveals in the latest issue of Shape magazine. "That's made me strong and really set the bar."

The Sin City star stuns on the publication's June cover, modeling a variety of bold and skimpy swimwear while flaunting her insane bikini bod. 

So, how does she manage to stay in shape while balancing two kids and her billion dollar business empire The Honest Company? 

"I have to break a sweat or I don't feel like I've gotten anything done," she reveals. "When I only have 30 minutes, I'll do a series of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks, and a few sun salutations. But I'm not going to lie. Working out sucks. Which is why I love taking classes, because I'm surrounded by other people and that keeps me motivated and accountable.

"These days, I do power yoga with light weights in a 105-degree room, so it's a mix of hot yoga and strength training. I also spin," she continues, adding, "The key for me is good music, like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé."

When it comes to body confidence, Alba admits she hasn't always been self-assured, but credits her daughters, Honor and Haven with changing her outlook on her figure. 

READ: Jessica Alba says she was a "hot mess" in her twenties

"I wasn't truly confident about my body until I had my daughters, Honor, 7, and Haven, 3," she shares. "I felt more comfortable in my own skin after they were born. Plus, if I want them to be happy with their bodies, I need to walk the walk."

While Alba has seemingly found time to have it all, Cash Warren's missus does have a few stress relievers up her busy sleeves. 

"When I need to zone out and quiet my mind, I listen to a meditation podcast from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center," she says. "Each one is literally just three minutes long, so I can go into a bathroom stall or do it in my car. But I'm really intrigued by Transcendental Meditation. Everyone I know who does TM has this inner peace and a glow. I want that."

And if that doesn't do the trick: "I'm addicted to popcorn," she admits, "I eat it throughout the day. I'm a scatterbrain with lots of things to do at once, and eating popcorn helps me concentrate. It's my way of dealing with my mind wandering off."