Super Bowl 2020 halftime show: How Jennifer Lopez, Shakira stay in shape

By | January 28, 2020

Call it Super Babe Sunday!

With their heavenly hair flips, body-baring costumes and fierce dance moves, Sunday’s Super Bowl 2020 halftime show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira is set to be the sexiest yet.

That’s because, with 19 studio albums, more than 155 million records sold, and a 12-pack of abs between them, the Latin songstresses have had two of the most enviable bodies in the entertainment industry for the past two decades.

“It’s going to be an exciting show,” Lopez, 50, told Entertainment Tonight in September. “Like an explosion.”

The pair have been training for weeks, rehearsing for the big show in Miami and sharing spoilers along the way on social media. Lopez even posted a sneak peek of a rehearsal on the 25-yard line, practicing her best football-inspired lunge.

And to help them stay in top shape, they turn to New York City’s best.

Shakira, 42, has been training with Anna Kaiser — the founder of AKT, a boutique fitness studio with four New York area locations — for around 10 years. In person, they connect at least five times per year and make sure to check in weekly for video workouts and some chitchat.

“Shakira’s committed to fitness and wellness and not just to be in shape for a specific event, but so that she can continue to perform injury-free into her 40s and stay healthy,” Kaiser, 39, tells The Post from Miami, where she was getting in some one-on-one sessions with Shakira before the big Super Bowl performance.

Lopez, meanwhile, is known for mixing up her workouts: She does vigorous cardio, lifts weights alongside fiancé A-Rod and spent 6 weeks in a pole-dancing “crash course” for her role in “Hustlers.” She has been a longtime client of celebrity trainer David Kirsch, who is director of fitness at the exclusive Core Club in Midtown. Kirsch has trained J.Lo for numerous big performances over the years, including her yearlong Vegas residency in 2016.

“There’s no quit in Jennifer, she’s hardcore,” Kirsch, 59, tells The Post. “She was very hyper-focused and very disciplined. At 50, she has better muscle tone than some of my clients who are 25.”

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Here’s how two of the best bodies in the business stay finely tuned over 40.


Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer LopezGetty Images

Years young: 50

Kids: twins Maximilian David and Emme Maribel, 11, with ex-hubby Marc Anthony

Sexy significant other: She’s engaged to former Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

Diet dos: Lopez is known for her meticulous eating habits and mixing lean proteins with plenty of veggies. She also drinks a lot of water to stay hydrated, Kirsch says. “She keeps her diet very clean,” Kirsch says. “There’s no way you can maintain a body like hers without being strict about diet.”

Diet don’ts: “She hasn’t had caffeine or alcohol in years,” Kirsch says. Lopez has also been known for giving up sugar and going vegan for extended periods of time. Last January and again before the May 2019 Met Gala, both Lopez and Rodriguez embarked on a 10-day no-sugar, no-carb challenge, which they both posted about on social media, encouraging others to join. “I used to exercise for big games against the Red Sox,” Rodriguez joked on his YouTube channel. “Now I exercise not to look fat at the Met Ball.”

Dancing queen: Lopez started her career as a “Fly Girl” in the early ’90s shaking it on “In Living Color.” Almost 30 years later, the “World of Dance” judge added another style to her repertoire — she hit the big screen as a pole dancer in “Hustlers.”

Simplest toning trick: J.Lo is a beast at pushups. “I’ve never met a woman who can do pushups like Jennifer,” Kirsch says.

Famous body part: Long before Kim Kardashian broke the internet, J.Lo ushered in the vogue for voluptuous rears, which she famously sang about in her 2014 hit “Booty.”

How to get it: To help sculpt J.Lo’s revered rear, Kirsch has used the following moves.

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Kirsch demonstrates the Platypus Walk.
Kirsch demonstrates the goblet platypus walks.Zandy Mangold

Goblet platypus walks
Hold one dumbbell vertically in both hands and lower yourself into a plié squat position with feet slightly wider than shoulders’ width apart. Remain low in the squat and step forward a few inches making sure to land on your heel. Waddle forward for five steps and then walk five backward. Repeat the cycle five times for a total of 50 steps.

Kirsch shows how to do Bulgarian squats.
Kirsch shows how to do Bulgarian squats.Zandy Mangold

Bulgarian squats
Hold a pair of dumbbells at your side, taking care not to lock your elbows. Place your left foot up on a bench or box behind you, and flex the foot so the toe is anchored on the box. Keep your right foot flat on the floor in front of you so that when you lower your right knee, your knee tracks in line with the toes. Bend the right knee into a lunge and straighten the leg without locking the knee. Do 15 repetitions and repeat with your other leg.

Kirsch demonstrates how to do a plank with dumbbells.
Kirsch demonstrates how to do a plank with dumbbells.Zandy Mangold

Plank with dumbbells
This multifaceted move works the core, glutes and triceps. Start in a high plank (pushup) position, holding a dumbbell in one hand. With the core and glutes engaged, bend your arm at the elbow and extend it back parallel to your body. Do 12 to 15 reps on one side, then move the weight to the other arm and repeat.


ShakiraGetty Images

Years young: 42

Kids: Milan, 7, and Sasha, 4, with longtime partner Gerard Piqué

Sexy significant other: Piqué, a Spanish soccer player and top defender with FC Barcelona

Diet dos: Shakira usually starts the day with soft-boiled eggs, turkey lettuce wraps, or a chocolate smoothie made with plant-based protein powder, says Kaiser. “For a treat we always have berries and/or 80 percent or higher dark chocolate and almonds.”

Anna Kaiser
Anna KaiserZandy Mangold

Diet don’ts: “No sugar, no dairy,” says Kaiser. “But she loves chocolate so we look for sugar-free options.”

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Dancing queen: Shakira’s father is Lebanese, and she has said she started belly-dancing as a kid. She helped take the sexy style mainstream in 2001 when she danced soaking wet in her “Whenever, Wherever” music video.

Simplest toning trick: Side bends with heavy dumbbells. “Sometimes I’ll walk in and she’ll just be doing that exercise, standing with heavy dumbbells and bending from side to side,” Kaiser says.

Famous body part: Shakira is known for her strong core and toned abs, immortalized in her song “Hips Don’t Lie,” which she performed at the 2007 Grammys wearing an ultra low-rise gold lamé skirt and matching teeny bikini top.

How to get it: Kaiser thinks beyond the classic crunch to carve out Shakira’s washboard abs.

Kaiser shows how to do the twisted jackknife.
Kaiser shows how to do the twisted jackknife.Zandy Mangold

Twisted jackknife
Start in a plank position with your hands on the floor and your quads or shins (more advanced option) on the ball. Press down into your shins on the ball as you lift your hips to the ceiling and pull your knees slightly toward your left elbow. Return to plank and repeat on the other side. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Kaiser demonstrates the oblique teaser.
Kaiser demonstrates the oblique teaser.Zandy Mangold

Oblique teaser
Start seated, knees bent, balancing on your left glute with your left hand on the floor behind you and your right arm straight out to the side. Bend the left arm to lower onto your forearm, slightly extend your legs forward and raise your right arm up straight next to your right ear. Return to starting position. Repeat 15 times then switch to the right side.

Kaiser demonstrates the bicyclist.
Kaiser demonstrates the bicyclist.Zandy Mangold

The bicyclist
Start in a seated position on the floor in a C curve (you can use a Pilates ball nestled in your lower back for additional support). With arms straight by your sides, actively press down into the tops of a set of weights to activate the entire core. From there, alternate pulling your knees into your chest and extending the opposite leg either on the floor or keeping it extended off the floor. Continue for 30-second intervals, then rest and repeat three to five times.

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