Jada's secret? Push-ups

SPLASH Jada Pinkett Smith recommends doing "what you love with a lot of determination" - along with multiple sets of push-ups - to achieve fitness goals.
SPLASH Jada Pinkett Smith recommends doing "what you love with a lot of determination" - along with multiple sets of push-ups - to achieve fitness goals.
Posted: June 27, 2013

TALK about aloha.

Check out the accompanying smoking-hot photo of Jada Pinkett Smith strolling on a Hawaii beach over the weekend, sporting an itty-bitty, white string bikini. At age 41, the mom of three is rocking killer abs and has toned biceps, reminding us that age ain't nuthin' but a thang.

In April, the wife of Philly's own Will Smith posted on Facebook about what it takes to look the way that she does in a swimsuit. Pinkett Smith was responding to a young female fan who'd seen another picture of Pinkett Smith frolicking on the beach and asked for advice on building up her arms.

"PUSH-UPs are my favorite exercise for my arms," writes Pinkett Smith, who's the biological mother of Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12. "You may need to start on your knees in three sets of 10. Try to work to getting off your knees and doing as many push-ups as possible a day until your arms look the way YOU want."

The Baltimore native added, "Try different arm positions as well, hands in a triangle with nose to the middle of it for triceps, arms wide hands turned out for chest, and then the good ol' classic push-up. No gym necessary:) A workout can be incorporated into your daily activities which we can discuss later.

"Do some kind of physical activity every day or every other day. Do what you love with a lot of determination to reach your personal physical goals. Remember, beauty is all about how you feel about YOU, no matter color, shape or size."

For more tips on how to get a lean body like Smith's, Tattle turned to Daily News fitness columnist Kimberly Garrison, who guaranteed us that Smith has to work hard to look the way she does.

"What it takes is an incredible diet," said Garrison, who's known for turning heads in a swimsuit herself. "I always tell people: 'If you want to be tight, your diet has got to be right.'

"If you're under 30, it's 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise," added Garrison, who's also a personal trainer. "If you're over 40, it's 90 percent diet and 10 percent exercise."

In interviews, Pinkett-Smith has frequently talked about her vegetarian diet and her penchant for eating healthily.

"My craziest diet was for 'The Matrix,' " Smith told People magazine last winter.

"I actually had to eat tons and tons and tons of food," Pinkett Smith said. "It was all about building muscle."

And, of course, eating right. As Garrison points out, "When you start to see some cuts in the abdomen, that means your diet is very clean."

Garrison didn't rule out the possibilty that Smith might have had some nip or tuck at some point, but has no way of knowing for sure. Garrison said that Pinkett Smith is clearly lifting weights and working her core.

As for Pinkett Smith, this is what she said last year when she tweeted a picture of her emerging from the surf in a multicolored bikini: "To my Forty and over crew! Don't believe the hype . . . we DO get better with age!"

So, there's hope. Now, about that green salad with the dressing on the side . . .

Another Gosselin flap

Former reality-TV star Kate Gosselin defended a leaked photo of her, saying that she wasn't being racist when she pulled her eyes back so that they appeared slanted. Here's what she apparently posted on KatePlusMy8.com:

"[Ex-husband] Jon and I were opening fan mail together one afternoon - which often filled the garage of our Elizabethtown home - and when we opened this plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos (on my phone) of each other. Naturally, I 'slanted' my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile. Evidently, a fan sent it for me to wear so that I too could 'be Asian' like the rest of my family. At that time, a common topic of our show was 'everybody's Asian' - except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she'd help me look Asian, too! It's normal to talk about and even 'exaggerate' the feature differences between family members of a biracial family as they are noticed by curious growing children within the family."

- Daily News wire services contributed to this column

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