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Jill Wagner in Workout Gear "Stays Strong" 

Here’s how she stays in shape.

Jill Wagner is an actress and TV host. She was one of the hosts on the ABC version of Wipeout. Wagner also appeared in the TV series, Lioness, and in Hallmark movies. Wagner shared a workout photo on Instagram last month. In it, she wore a black tank top and hat, and carried weights. She captioned the post, "Thank you to my friend and coach @everydaywithshay for pushing me and my body to stay strong !!!" How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Jill Wagner stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


She Works Hard

Jill Wagner/Facebook

Wagner shares a lot of her fitness journey on Facebook. In this post, she talked about the importance of working hard in the gym. "Some of you ask me why I am pushing myself so hard in the gym. Here's the reason why. I am an actor. It is my job to portray a character to the best of my ability. I have the opportunity of a lifetime coming up next year with my  project 'Lioness'. I believe that I have a lot to prove to the people running the show. I am not a major famous actor that can just walk in the room and impress people with my credits. I feel as if I need to work harder to show the people in charge that I want this and I am serious about the role that I've been given. I also believe that there is no luck in life and it all amounts to being prepared when you have the opportunity thrown your way. I am not about to let this moment in time slide by without giving it 100% of my effort. I realize I just had a baby and I am going about this in the safest way I know how. But I also believe that as a mother you don't have to give up who you are and what your dreams are just because you have children. I want to be an example for my girls to let them know that anything is possible if you're willing to bust your ass to get it."


She Does Pull-Ups

Jill Wagner/Facebook

A workout that Wagner likes to do is pull-ups. She shared this video on Facebook of herself doing pull-ups at the gym. Wagner captioned the post, "4 pull ups may not seem like a lot , but for me it's a huge accomplishment. When @everydaywithshay and I began Operation Lioness I couldn't do one pull up . I am stronger not only physically but mentally . Thank you @everydaywithshay for pushing me to be my best self!"


She Does Lunges


Wagner shared some of her favorite exercises in an interview with SELF. She revealed that she loves to do lunges. ACE Fitness states that lunges are a great workout. "They're a form of unilateral training, which means you're working only one limb or side of the body at a time. And unilateral training is a more effective way to build functional strength (than using both legs) because these types of movement mimic other everyday motions, like walking and climbing stairs — and not just to the working leg. Research suggests the strength gains to the nonworking side are about half of the strength gains of the working side."


She Does Push-Ups


In her SELF interview, Wagner revealed that she does push-ups. Harvard Health states that the exercise has a lot of benefits. "The push-up engages your body from top to bottom. It works several muscle groups at once: the arms, chest, abdomen (core), hips, and legs. Push-ups also can be modified as needed. 'By adjusting the speed you perform a push-up, the angle of your body, and even hand placement, you can add more or less intensity, or focus on specific muscles,' says Dr. Dr. Edward Phillips, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School."


She Works With A Trainer

As you can see in her Instagram post, Wagner works with a personal trainer. ACE Fitness states that this has a lot of health benefits. "Most of us work harder in the presence of others. Having a trainer by your side can provide the encouragement, energy and motivation you need to jumpstart your routine. A trainer can also help you set goals, create a plan to accomplish them and celebrate the day you reach them."


Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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