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Janet Jackson Reveals Her Amazing Workout Progress in New Photo

The 54-year-old star proves age is nothing but a number in remarkable new photos.
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Janet Jackson has had a longstanding commitment to fitness, from her iconic ab-bearing Rolling Stone cover in the '90s to her remarkable slimdown after welcoming son Eissa in 2017. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the singer/actress has made her workouts a top priority—and it shows.

In a new photo posted to her Instagram account, Jackson reveals her incredible workout progress, doing a full split in front of a mirror—and in high-heeled boots, no less.

"🍌 Split 😉," she captioned the impressive photo.

Jackson's amazing progress has inspired countless other fans to attempt the tricky moves themselves, with numerous fans posting photos of their own split progress to Instagram along with the hashtag #splitchallenge. Boosting her flexibility isn't the only way Jackson's made major changes to her overall fitness, however. Read on to discover what else the star does to achieve her incredible figure. And for more celebrity fitness news, Kristen Bell Does This Exact 30-Minute Workout Every Day.

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She opts for weights over cardio.

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While Jackson may not share many updates about herself on social media, her trainer, Paulette Sybliss, has been vocal about how much hard work Jackson puts in to achieve her fit frame.

In a 2017 interview with E! Online, Sybliss revealed that Jackson dropped 70 pounds following the birth of her son without doing any cardio.

"We were doing three or four exercises with weights back to back. What that does—you would look at her and think she'd done like an hour of cardio with me—but when you're working with weights and you're working the muscle that way, it elevates the heart rate, but also it's creating that fat burning affect both during the session and also when she left me, and that was key," explained Sybliss.

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She keeps her workouts short and sweet.

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Jackson's workouts may be grueling, but she doesn't log long hours in the gym to get results.

"We were training a minimum of four times a week and the sessions were never less than 45 minutes, no more than an hour. Very intense, though," explained Sybliss. And for more celebrity transformations, Real Housewives Star Reveals the Two Foods She Stopped Eating to Lose 20 Pounds.

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She makes rest a priority.

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In order to maintain her progress without being sidelined by overexertion, Sybliss explained that taking time off to rest was essential.

"I need to keep her fit and healthy," said Sybliss. "We make sure that she rests [and] she doesn't get injured."

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She eats anything she wants—in moderation.

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However, despite Janet's massive weight loss, Sybliss revealed that the star wasn't depriving herself to reach her goal.

"I believe that if you're eating well 90/95% of the time, you can eat in moderation anything that you want," said Sybliss. "If Janet feels that she needs to have a chocolate cake, go ahead and have a chocolate cake. You're not eating it every day. You won't get fat overnight…A majority of the time she's really eating well." And for more on your favorite celebs, Heather Graham Celebrates Her Bikini Body In New Video.

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more