Jaden Smith Workout and Diet

Born: 1998

Jaden Smith is the son of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. He was homeschooled and due to his status as a celebrity, he has spoken out about his missing out on a normal childhood. When he was 8, Smith appeared in the film The Pursuit of Happyness and won an award for his performance. He starred in the remake of The Karate Kid and acted alongside his father in After Earth. Smith (who often goes simply by ‘Jaden’) rapped with Justin Bieber in ‘Never Say Never,’ and released a mix tape of his own called Cool Tape Vol. 2. His debut studio album Syre took 3 years to put together andwas released in 2017. Smith performed at Lollapalooza in 2018. He has been a partner in the spring water company Just Water since he was 12. Smith has acted as a youth ambassador for children’s charity Project Zambi and started a mobile restaurant providing free vegan meals for the homeless. He has millions of followers on social media.Smith is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 140 lbs.

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Jaden Smith’s Diet


Smith was vegan for a time, but ill health prompted his parents to intervene and compel him to change his diet. He now follows a vegetarian diet and supplements with things like omega-3s to make sure his nutritional needs are met. He will have eggs but he avoids dairy due to a sensitivity. His meals are balanced with plenty of vegetables, whole grains and protein, and contain enough calories to fuel his day. Smith drinks at least a gallon of water every day.

Estimated Macros

  • Low Protein 20% 20%
  • Medium Fat  30% 30%
  • High Carb 70% 70%

Diet Details


Eat Right

Friends and family said Smith’s skin turned gray and that he had dark circles under his eyes. He was suffering from serious nutritional deficiencies because of the foods he was eating, and the ones he was cutting out.


Doctor’s Orders

Smith worked with Dr. Mark Hyman, proponent of the Pegan diet which is a cross between Paleo and vegan, to get his health back on track.


Nix the Gluten & Dairy

Smith was eating bread and dairy products, both of which he is sensitive to.


Serious Health Scare

Smith wound up in the hospital in Australia following an episode of nausea and dizziness, which prompted his family to intervene.

What to Eat










Whole Grains






Protein Shakes



What to Avoid








Junk food


Refined Sugar


Processed Foods


Smith on His Unhealthy Diet

‘I was just eating, like, two meals a day. And maybe one.”


Smith on His Health on His Vegan Diet

‘I was not doing good. I wasn’t looking good, I wasn’t feeling good, I wasn’t sleeping.’


Smith’s Mother Jada on His Health

‘He was wasting away. He just looked drained, he was just depleted. He wasn’t getting the nutrients.’


Smith on Others’ Concern For His Health

‘I walk in the street and people are like, “Oh my God! Are you sick? Can I pick you up? Could I get you some water?” Come up to me like, “You can have my food, man.”’

Jaden Smith’s Workout Routine

Weekly Routine

Have Fun

Although Smith didn’t have an ordinary childhood, one of the things he loved to do was skateboard. Picking an activity you enjoy is the best way to stick to an exercise plan.

Master Trainer

Smith worked with trainer and stunt coordinator John Koyama at the Tempest Free Running Training Center to get ready for After Earth.

Get Your Cardio, Earthling

For the cardio portion of his After Earth prep, Smith did a lot of swimming, rock climbing, and free running.

Musical Motivation

Smith says that, unlike his dad, he cannot work out without music.

Strength for the Win

Smith has gone from bulky to slim and then back again in a remarkably short amount of time, clearly showing what weight training can do.

Daily Dose

For After Earth, Smith worked out 5 days a week for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours a day, including cardio and strength training.

Cardio Matters

When Smith hits the gym, he’ll do the treadmill for about a half an hour, but he also enjoys running outside.

Classic Routine

For his strength training, Smith follows a bodybuilder approach of training one body part per day.

Get Real

In addition to lifting weights, Smith did a lot of fight training to get into his After Earth role.

Exercise Style


A Sample Jaden Smith Routine

Do 8-12 reps x 4 sets. 1 min rest between sets
Bench press
Incline bench press
Incline dumbbell flys
Flat dumbbell press
Cable crossovers
Chest press

Do 8-12 reps x 4 sets. 1 min rest between sets
Lat pulldown
Single-arm dumbbell row
Cable rows
V-bar machine rows
Bent-over rows
Back lat pushdowns

Do 8-12 reps x 4 sets. 1 min rest between sets
Biceps curls
Isolation curls
Barbell curls
Preacher curls
Cross hammer curls
Skull crushers
Overhead press
Close grip chest press
Rope pushdowns
Triceps dips

Do 8-12 reps x 4 sets. 1 min rest between sets
Military press
Arnold press
Seated side lateral raise
Pulley side lateral raise
Front raise
Rear delt lateral raise
Rear delt fly

Do 8-12 reps x 4 sets. 1 min rest between sets
Leg press
Leg extension
Leg curls
Stiff leg deadlift
Glute kickbacks


Smith's Trainer on His Prep for After Earth

‘We started training about 4 months before shooting.’


Smith on His Goals for Bulking Up

‘I tried to get as big as Taylor Lautner. That didn’t work out.’


Smith on His Gains for After Earth

‘I gained like 20 lbs. and grew like 4 inches.’


Smith on His After Earth Training Routine

‘Training was really just a lot of building size.’


Smith on Music & Working Out

‘Music keeps me moving.’

Jaden Smith’s Supplements

Omega 3 Fish Oil

Omega 3s

One of Smith’s deficiencies due to not eating animal products was in omega-3s. On the advice of a doctor, he started supplementing. Dr. Mark Hyman says not only vegans, but 90% of all people are deficient in these essential fats. Omega-3s are available from a vegan source via seaweed.

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Protein Powder

Vegan Protein

Smith was simply not eating enough, but the protein was really lacking for him. Sources of complete vegan protein include peas and quinoa.

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vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

Smith’s was deficient in vitamin B12, a nutrient that is difficult to get when you don’t eat meat. Low levels of B12 can cause fatigue, mood changes, and a lack of focus. It is also important for digestion and heart health.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Smith was also very low on vitamin D, but this is a common problem whether or not you live in a sunny place or eat dairy products. Vitamin D strengthens bones, muscles, your immune system and combats inflammation.

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Jaden Smith’s Lifestyle

Don’t Cry for Cryotherapy

While many people can only stand 30 seconds, Smith lasted an impressive 3 minutes in the -200 degree chamber wearing just trunks and mittens. When he exited, his body temp did not register on a thermometer. Cryotherapy is used to reduce inflammation and speed recovery from injuries.

All in the Family

Smith’s parents are of course famous actors, but his older half-brother Trey has done some acting and so has his younger sister Willow. She also sings.

Don’t Get Schooled

To deal with his acting schedule and the difficulty of being the child of celebrities, Smith was homeschooled. He has been outspoken about the detrimental effects of not having a ‘normal’ childhood, and also regular schooling.

Emancipation Proclamation

Smith requested to be emancipated from his parents at age 15 as a birthday present. Dad Will said he could get his own house when Jaden has a movie that is a bigger hit than one of his.

Style Master

Smith has a lifestyle/clothing brand called MSFTSrep. He also collaborated with a Korean designer to create pop-up stores selling clothes with their logos on them.

Conspiracy Theories Are Fun

Smith has shared a lot of his thoughts on life and the universe on social media, including such novel ideas as ‘If eyes aren’t real, mirrors can’t be either.’

Serious Activist

Smith and his siblings are youth ambassadors for Project Zambi, which helps children orphaned by AIDS in Zambia. He opened a food truck to distribute free vegan food to the homeless in LA, and he also founded a water company with his dad which uses sugarcane to make biodegradable plastic bottles.


Smith on his Cryotherapy Session

‘I do not know how…that was insane.’


Smith on His Dad’s Advice

‘My dad once told me…”The only time you should lie is when someone’s holding a gun to your head and says, ‘Okay, lie or I’m going to shoot you.’” And that really stuck with me.’


Smith on School

‘If everybody in the world dropped out of school, we would have a much more intelligent society.’


Smith on Proof

‘They want you to believe the sun is hot. I urge you to ask yourself, “Have they ever touched it?” Think about it.’


Smith on His Goals

‘I’m going to imprint myself on everything in this world.’


Smith on Conspiracy Theories

‘They thought Galileo was crazy too, you know what I’m saying?’

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