“Tony knows that I love sports, so that’s what we’ll often do,” Jackson says. “There are times when I don’t want to run on the beach, so to get me to run on the beach, he’ll bring a football. I’m just like a dog with a tennis ball—I get so excited. And we do drills. Sometimes we go to the batting cages and hit balls. He switches it up all the time. And that’s what I love.”

3. Calories Aren’t Always The Real Problem

“For me, it’s about being an emotional eater and learning how to deal with that,” Jackson says, noting that her past weight gain was often the result of binge eating brought on by sadness, boredom, or stress.

4. Find A Trainer Who Understands You

“My trainer is wonderful. He’s not one of those guys always in your ear, yelling, yelling, yelling. I can’t take that. That will make me say, ‘You know what? You can take all that and stick it.’ So, yeah, he’s really good with me and he’s very sweet.”

5. Be Serious About Your Workouts…No Matter How Long Or Short They Are

When prepping for a tour, Jackson works out six days a week to build up her stamina for her nonstop dance numbers. While that sounds like a lot, she actually doesn’t spend hours in the gym. But…“We’ll work out for 30 minutes, 20 minutes,” she says. “And it’ll be a full-blown, serious workout, with cardio and strength training.”

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