You probably recognize Brooklyn from her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, among other magazines. She's also married to tennis superstar Andy Roddick, and is now starring in Elle's Make Better DVD series, a customized program including yoga, fitness, fashion, and beauty meant to bring you results in just 21 days.
Elle's editors have selected 3 of the top fitness experts in the country to work out with Brooklyn: Cardio Body instructed by Jade Alexis, Beauty Sculpt taught by Sara Haley, and Workout Yoga led by our friend, Tara Stiles.
Here's what Brooklyn had to say about making the series:
MindBodyGreen: What was your favorite part of making the Make Better Series?
Brooklyn Decker: My favorite part of making the Make Better Series was the collaboration with the experts. I felt like I lived a pretty active and healthy lifestyle, but they taught me so much more! Nutrition is an amazing thing, and to learn about foods that not only taste good and are full of nutrients for your body, but that also directly affect things like the clarity of your skin, or the texture of your hair- that is something that all women need to know about!!
MBG: Between Cardio Body, Workout Yoga and Beauty Sculpt, which was the most challenging personally?
BD: The most challenging workout for me was the yoga. Cardio is definitely the workout that gets you sweating the most. But for me, the yoga took the longest to get used to. In fact, Tara Stiles (my make better yoga instructor) and I started working on yoga a month and a half before I started on the others. It was something that was unfamiliar to me and quite honestly, I didn't think it would be challenging for someone athletic like me. I really couldn't have been more wrong. It made me control and move my body in ways I never could before, and it was an amazing outlet for stress. Also, doing the yoga really enhanced my form and strength in the Cardio Body and Beauty Sculpt workouts.
MBG: Was there anything you learned during the process that was surprising and really stuck with you?
BD: I learned so much during the process. A lot of little things that really make a big difference in my life, like packing for a long trip or doing my own hair and makeup after a workout. But as far as the exercise goes, I always knew that variation was key in getting the results that you wanted. But not until I was actively working on all three workouts did I see just how important it really was. I got to see my body transform before my eyes and THAT was what made all of my hard work worth it.
MBG: You were introduced to new "superfoods" – what was your favorite?
BD: My number one favorite superfood is blueberries!! Oh my goodness, I could eat those things every single day if I had to. They are so delicious and full of antioxidants. Also eggs! Eggs are such a power food and don't have to be boring! Oh, and I can't forget coffee. I was thrilled to hear that coffee was a superfood (although, I think I abuse it and drink way over my recommended daily limit, but I figure I am allowed one vice).
MBG: What does mind/body wellness mean to you?
BD: Mind/body wellness is incredibly important to me. Not only is my career based on it, but it really is important in my day-to-day life. I've definitely had difficulties in my business -- I'm not a toothpick, that's just not how I'm built. For so long I tried to fit a mold that my business set for me. Eventually, my dad sat me down and said, "Brookie, you have to give yourself the best opportunity to succeed in this business, and that means being the best YOU that you can be. Not what anyone else tells you to be. That way, if you don't succeed, you will know that you gave it everything you could." It just made me much more relaxed inside, coming to terms with the fact that I wasn't typical and that was okay.
MBG: Favorite guilty indulgence?
BD: Guilty indulgence. Coffee, for sure. I drink wayyyyy to much of it and that's okay with me. My other thing is candy. I crave things like a 12 year old. Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, that stuff makes my mouth water. I could live without pizza or fried foods for the rest of my life.... but candy -- no way!
MBG: If it was your Last Supper, what would your last meal be? Where would the meal be? Who would you like to be there (past/present/future)?
BD: Last Supper...hmm I would have the Beef Tenderloin Anti-Cucho from Nobu, truffle asparagus risotto and a big pile of candy...maybe start with the candy...oooh but now I think about it...maybe I would have Mexican! This is too hard!!
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