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Fitness queen Janet Jones wants to get our bodies ready for spring with her Vixen Workout

 

Bikini season never ends for South Floridians, and fitness trainer Janet Jones knows the deal. The Hialeah native is the powerhouse behind the Vixen Workout, a female-only aerobics meets dance class full of club music, bright Lycra and heavy twerking. We got some tips from Jones, who runs the inhibition-free, 60-minute sweat (and empowerment) sessions out of Body & Soul Gym in Coral Gables.

What is a vixen workout?

A vixen is a woman who is confident, self-assured, unapologetic and in touch with her sensuality as well has her femininity. The workouts have certain poses like The Hunger, when you stand with your feet wide apart and your hands are clenching your ribs and your elbows are pushed forward. It resembles the pose the models do in the fashion magazines. … and they look hungry [laughs]. The Kitten was my go-to pose when I was a professional dancer. It shows off the curve of a woman’s back and gives the illusion of longer legs. The Twerkalator is done while you are sitting on your heels, you come up for a booty pop, come down and repeat with arms circulating your head.

How can somebody get fit quickly for spring?

You need to up your cardio routine. If you are usually able to make it to the gym twice a week, try to make it an extra day and add time to your workouts.

What kind of diet should we follow while also doing intense workouts?

I don’t believe in so-called diets. Anything with the word “die” in it, I try to steer away from. Eat clean. An easy way to stay on track is to prepare your meals for the week. On Sundays, I try to put chicken and fish in the oven and divide them into food containers with brown rice and veggies for the week ahead. I am a very busy businesswoman, and I’m also a mom, so I tend to fall off the wagon when I’m unprepared and in a hurry. There is nothing more convenient than a drive-through, but having the prepared healthy meals that I can just heat up and go has become my fast food lately.

What is a typical day like for you? How do you find time to fuel up well and stay fit?

I wake up early and make my 4-year-old daughter’s lunch for school and help her get ready. I try to fit in all my meetings and business calls while she’s at school. After I pick her up I try to set aside my evening to play with her, make her dinner, give her a bath and prepare her for bed. I teach at 8:30 every night, so I try to get her all settled and ready for bed before my classes.

What are three items of clothing women that are always flattering to any body type?

I am a T-shirt and jeans girl, but glamified. Items you should have include an amazing pair of jeans. I believe it’s OK to splurge because it is an item you can wear over and over and have for a very long time. A great tee in white, black or feather gray, and a light jacket, either a blazer or a leather one, are also musts. For some reason, leather jackets make me feel like a rock star, but we have limited time to wear them in Miami.

You started out as a Miami Heat dancer. How was the experience? Any favorite players?

I was 19 when I was on the squad so it was the biggest deal for me to be able to perform in front of that many people at once. Practices were intense, and it definitely taught me how to learn quickly and be performance-ready immediately. Alonzo Mourning was such a star when I was on the squad. He has a certain elegance about him that I’ve always loved.

Madeleine Marr

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