Jennifer Garner reveals the exercise program she used to get her famously toned arms (you can do the same arm workout at home!).

By Heather Muir Maffei
Updated June 01, 2018
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It’s easy to develop a girl crush on actress Jennifer Garner (especially after watching 13 Going On 30). Yes, she’s stunningly beautiful but she’s also super talented, funny, and smart. Plus she uses her celebrity platform to make a difference as an activist for early childhood education and anti-paparazzi campaigns among children of celebrities (you go, Jen).

During a recent interview, I had so many questions I wanted to ask her, including:

What's your must-have skincare product?

Jen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+ ($8; I'm a spokesperson for the company and I love it because it’s not greasy.

What are you teaching your daughters about beauty and confidence?

Jen: To take care of their bodies and move a little bit every day. Also, makeup is only for covering flaws and enhancing features—no clown makeup!

But, I have to admit, at the top of my list was, how do you get those killer arms (you all remember how amazing they looked in her blue Oscar dress)?!

In that sweet, distinct voice, Jen bashfully said, “That is awesome and thank you.”

Before you go thinking that it’s crazy unfair that she was born with these toned guns, know that she’s been working hard—really, really hard—on them.

“When I was training for my role [in Peppermint, out this fall], in order to have the definition in my arms that I needed to have, first, they had to be really strong,” she explained.

Her secret weapon (drum roll, please): “I did Body By Simone.” (This method involves high intensity dance cardio along with light resistance using small dumbbells and resistance bands.) “Simone did the training herself but I also used her app,” Jen explained.

Yes, that’s right, ladies, you’re in luck. If you can’t get to one of the studios in NYC or L.A., you can exercise just like Jen in the comfort of your own home.

“I also boxed—boxing is amazing for your arms,” she told me. “I was training a couple of hours a day on average for the role. It was my first action movie I’ve done since I’ve had kids.”

Now that filming is over, Jen shared that she’s still keeping up her exercise routine with Body by Simone (“I love it so much.”)—with a few tweaks.

“We’re letting some of the muscle come off but staying toned by doing a bunch of cardio—dance cardio and trampoline. It’s so much fun!”

Dancing and jumping on a trampoline? Can the girl be anymore fun? Sign. Us. Up.