Alison Brie Workout and Diet
Hollywood native Alison Brie Schermerhorn began her acting career at the Southern California Jewish Community Center. In 2005, she graduated from The California Institute of the Arts with a degree in theater. In 2006, Brie landed a role on Hannah Montana but her big break came a year later with Mad Men. Brie continued to play in tv and film, including starring in GLOW, which earned her nominations for many awards including SAG and Golden Globe. In 2017, Brie married actor Dave Franco. She has over a million followers on social media. Brie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 110 lbs.
Alison Brie’s Diet
When Brie would prep for shooting GLOW, she followed a strict diet of lean protein, zero sugar, and no carbs after 4 pm. She did not avoid all carbs, however, and usually has things like oatmeal for breakfast, followed by a vegan protein smoothie after her workout. She would eat every 2 hours so she never felt weighed down by a heavy meal, and usually had an early dinner to burn even more fat. She often makes salads and stir fries with whatever vegetables she has on hand along with animal protein like tuna or ground turkey. She does not eat red meat, and when she’s not filming, she tends to eat vegetarian or vegan meals.
- Low-Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium-High Protein 50% 50%
Brie eats a very clean diet. Wholesome, natural foods, tons of veggies, and lean animal protein are all that’s on the menu when she’s filming.
One of Brie’s go-tos is an eggplant stir-fry from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook.
(Not So) Sweet Demons
Brie has struggled with intense sugar cravings, but has gotten them under control. She says her low-sugar diet has helped to improve her mental health.
What to Eat
Whole, Natural Foods
Lean Animal Proteins
What to Avoid
Brie on Sugar Cravings
‘I used to feel more out of control with it. Being more diligent has been helpful for me mentally.’
Brie on Veganism
‘I’m always trying to go more and more meatless.’
Brie on Body Dysmorphia
‘I think it’s something I’ll probably be working through my whole life, and depression too.’
Brie on Depression
‘[It] comes out of nowhere and really blindsides me.’
Alison Brie’s Workout Routine
Brie says she did cardio for years, which she said did not give her the results she was looking for.
Brie is a beast. She can deadlift 165 lbs., significantly more than her own weight.
Muscles Are Sexy
Brie wants women, and everyone, to know that strength training does not have to make women look like men. She says that adding strength training to her routine transformed her physique, and her mental attitude.
Brie’s stunt double Helena Barrett says learning wrestling moves has made her more confident in other areas. Her trainer Jason Walsh agrees that Brie has developed amazing physicality.
Brie works out 6 days a week: 3 with her trainer Walsh and 3 on her own during which she’ll use her Peloton, go for a hike, or take a yoga class.
It Takes Time
Prepping for GLOW meant hours of training each day in order to execute the fighting and wrestling moves correctly.
With her busy schedule and flying around the country to film, Brie has developed workouts she can do anywhere, including bodyweight exercises and apps for various treadmill routines.
Recovery Is Key
Brie uses foam rollers and her Theragun to help prevent muscle soreness, and she also likes an Epsom salt bath after taking a few drops of CBD oil.
A Sample Alison Brie Routine
3 days strength training
3 days riding Peloton, hiking, etc.
Crawling, rolling, etc
Push/pull heavy sled
Trap bar deadlifts
Lunges w/ FitFighter
Bulgarian split squats
Pulse Tread app for intervals on treadmill.
Brie on Depression & Exercise
‘When I’ve been in a really serious depression, I’ll drag myself to a yoga class…tears streaming down my face…It ends up helping eventually.’
Brie on Muscle Memory
If I can do 10 reps of something, I never do 10. I do five….I don’t go to failure. I don’t believe in going to failure. What I think you’re best off doing is less repetitions but more often….There’s no reason in nature why you would go to failure. Why would you go to failure in nature? You wouldn’t!
Brie on Doing Wrestling Moves
‘The things to relearn is the fearlessness and commitment. You can’t do any of the moves halfway.’
Brie on Learning Wrestling Moves
‘It helped with my relationship to my body times a million. I always felt at odds with it; I wanted it to be something it wasn’t. But I didn’t have the tools to do that in a healthy way.’
Brie’s Trainer on Her Skills
‘She’s doing the jumps, the flips, the lands. That’s typically not what actors do.’
Brie on Muscles
‘I like to lead the charge against people thinking that strength training makes women bulky.’
Alison Brie’s Supplements
Brie prefers vegan and vegetarian options, including plant-based protein. Protein builds muscle, curbs cravings, boosts metabolism, and helps you feel full.
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Also part of her nighttime routine is a bath with Epsom salts which also contain magnesium and help the body relax and unwind to get a good night’s sleep. Epsom salts can also help with occasional constipation.
Alison Brie’s Lifestyle
All Night Long
As an actress, Brie’s sleep schedule has been all over the place. For Community, the cast would be up all night into the wee hours. For Mad Men, they were always throwing parties, drinking and smoking, just like on set.
Brie’s British accent she developed for The Five Year Engagement had producer Judd Apatow fooled into thinking she was really from England. She did study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow for a time.
Brie says that while she likes to play comedy and drama equally, she’s a funny girl at heart. In high school, she performed as a clown at birthdays. Her clown name: Sunny.
While studying at the California Institute for the Arts, Brie liked to go naked, specifically, swing from a tree outside her dorm room window.
Shoot From the Hip
Brie enjoys shooting guns, a hobby she picked up from a Texan boyfriend. Although many including her family are opposed to it, she says she feels empowered by the experience.
Brie on Weddings
‘I kind of love going to weddings; it’s a guilty pleasure. I’ve never been the wedding-y type girl, dreaming about the big day, the dress, but I always cry. Always. Even if I don’t know the bride that well.’
Brie’s Advice to Guys
‘If you’re a guy, you should get girls flowers all the time. They never get old and you can never get enough of them. I’m never disappointed when I get flowers…All it takes is one. A little goes a long way with flowers.’
Brie on Massages
‘I like to be in pain when I’m getting massaged. That way, I know I’m getting my money’s worth.’
Brie on Work
‘I try to be very much in control when it comes to work. I have a strong work ethic.’
Brie on Herself
‘In my personal life, I’m hilarious! I was always a bit of a jokester.’
Brie on Social Media
‘I think Twitter is such a cool thing because it really is a direct line to fans, and for fans back to you.’
Sleeping With Other People