Jennifer Hudson's Fitness Goal? 'To Bounce Quarters Off Her Butt!'

04/07/2010 at 10:30 AM ET

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Even before becoming pregnant and gaining 35 lbs. with son David Otunga Jr., Jennifer Hudson hated running and wasn’t a huge fan of the gym. But as soon as she got her doctor’s OK to start working out, the former American Idol star met up with L.A.-based trainer, Harley Pasternak, to start slimming down for her role in an upcoming film on Winnie Mandela. She got her diet on track by starting with Weight Watchers in January–recently debuting as their newest spokesperson. And their aim was specific, Pasternak says. “Our goal was to bounce quarters off her butt!” Pasternak, author of The Five-Factor World Diet, explains “We had to start off with simple work-outs.” With a focus on images of Winnie Mandela at her fittest, Hudson started off with a 25-minute circuit-training routine of cardio, lunges, shoulder presses, and ab exercises five days a week. Eight months later, she’s worked her way up to 50-minute routines, now including 25 additional minutes of cardio. “Unprompted, she’ll start running when I’ve just asked her to walk!” says Pasternak.And how’s the payoff coming along? “I think she looks fantastic,” says Pasternak. “She loves the way she looks but she really feels great.” See more tips from Harley for your own workout routine at, and read more about Jennifer’s new look in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands tomorrow.–Thailan Pham

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mel on

Wow, she looks amazing!!! Go Jennifer! :)

Maria on

She looks fantastic, WOW

Delana on

Jennifer looks amazing! She was always beautiful though.

Robert on

Love you Jennifer Hudson and happy you are happy.

stacia on

She looks INCREDIBLE! I’ve always respected Jennifer Hudson. Now, I appreciate her even more for her hard work! That couldn’t have been easy. You go girl!!!

Jon on

Interesting to hear!

Aubryn on

Good for her, she looks AMAZING!

lauren on

She is a beautiful woman – and her figure was fun before, but the lean muscle mass looks fantastic on her. Congrats!

Lulu on

She looks great!

Natalie on

What an inspiration! Jenn looks gorgeous!

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