cover girl: fit and fab at 43- jada is rocking the hell out of “dem” abs…

Jada Pinkett Smith, 43, may be tiny (she clocks in at just 5 feet and weighs 108 pounds), but the actress claims to never actually feel petite—an attribute that helps her command presence in her role as a kick-ass Mob boss on Gotham.

Playing a character that only sports skintight dresses means Pinkett Smith is all about sculpting these days, opting to focus on reps rather than heavy weights, and forgoing hours spent in the gym in favor of workouts that perform double duty without putting too much stress on her body. Her go-to is walking stairs—a cardio workout that’s also a serious butt and legs toner.

As for her fitness motivation? “Well, I love when Will looks at me and says, ‘You look so freaking good!’ When my husband of almost 20 years can’t take his eyes off of me? That’s amazing.”

Pinkett Smith shares that (aside from having an active sex life) the couple keeps the romance alive by reading and discussing books about religion and spiritual expression. “It’s a big turn-on for me to be spiritually and intellectually challenged by Will. To me, it’s like foreplay!”

To steal Jada Pinkett Smith’s butt lifting-and-tightening routine, and to find out more about how the busy mom-of-three balances work and wellness, pick up the January/February issue of Shape, on newsstands December 31.


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