Maggie Q's Diet Plan, Workout Routine & Supplements

Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Published by Christiana Mikesch, CPT | Senior Coach
Last updated: March 20, 2024
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Maggie Q has become a renowned and badass action movie star. And she’s showing no signs of slowing down or stepping away from those stunts and fighter roles she plays.

Our team has followed her social media accounts for a few months to find out what her secret to a slim body is. Fortunately, she’s shared a lot of information on her exercise and diet.

So, we gathered up all that info and put together this Maggie Q workout routine and diet guide that has become a big hit with our clients.

Maggie's Stats

  • Born: May 22, 1979
  • Height: 5’6”
  • Weight: 110 lbs

 

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Maggie Q’s Training Approach

A woman doing yoga pose

As a fitness coach, I've always advocated for daily activity, much like Maggie Q's workout regime, which blends various exercises.

Skipping traditional rest days, as she does, can be effective if balanced correctly.

It's about finding a routine that's enjoyable and sustainable without overstraining, something I emphasize in my 15/21 Ultimatum program.

This approach not only maintains physical health but also supports mental well-being, demonstrating the vital link between exercise and mental health.

Maggie Q's Workout Routine

woman at home doing stretching before workout

The Maggie Q workout routine is probably one of the most mixed-up types I’ve ever seen, but I also totally get why it works so well for Q.

She almost seems to have an aversion to a gym setting, which makes her rather unique in the world of Hollywood stars.

Monday: Yoga

woman in a yoga position

Maggie Q is a big fan of Katonah yoga, which is a unique practice of teaching students the how and why of each yoga pose.

It involves linking the physiological benefits of yoga with psychological ones to create a more conscious connection between the body and mind.

Tuesday: Cardio (Swimming)

Woman and pool doing swimming exercises

Maggie Q loves swimming and will favor the open waters of the ocean over a pool any day.

The great advantage of swimming is that you can make it as intense as you like and still avoid unnecessary strain on your joints.

Wednesday: Yoga

Woman doing a yoga starting pose

Through years of practicing, Q has managed to master advanced poses like the forearm stand and crow pose.

I would certainly not advise you to practice them until you’ve gained enough strength and balance.

But it’s these types of poses that explain why Maggie Q doesn’t have to battle weight loss.

Thursday: Cardio (Spinning)

A woman doing morning runs

Maggie Q doesn’t have a bulky physique, but there’s plenty of lean mass.

While most people use spinning as a high-intensity cardio workout, the right modifications can make this an ideal class for gaining some muscle.

Friday: Yoga

woman doing yoga at home

Yes, Maggie Q hits a yoga class or a home routine three times a week, and it’s why her body is in such good shape.

Q is also able to take advantage of the flexibility she has gained in many of her fight scenes.

Saturday: Cardio (Running & Rowing)

Woman rowing in a river

To avoid getting bored with the same types of cardio, Maggie Q will spice up her routine with some running or rowing.

If she’s preparing for a new movie shoot, then she sometimes adds more spinning classes to help her gain some additional strength.

Sunday: Active Recovery

feet view of a person doing mountain hike

Maggie Q doesn’t seem to be a fan of spending a rest day on the couch with Netflix.

Instead, she goes for walks and hikes or does some low-intensity water sports.

It’s all about boosting the blood flow to repair muscles and maintaining balanced blood sugar levels, as shown in the 2016 study published in the PLOS One journal [1].

Martial Arts

Maggie Q also goes through regular martial arts training, including Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and boxing.

Martial arts like Taekwondo and Muay Thai reflect the cultural influence on fitness. Embracing these disciplines not only enhances her physical capabilities but also connects her with different cultural practices, enriching her fitness journey.

Boxing also serves as a cardio and strength routine, and you can see in movies like Nikita that she’s well able to throw a punch.

“I'm just totally into being strong. There's something about wanting to get a jar or whatever out of a high cupboard, or moving a sofa over because my dog's bone rolled under it, and not having to call anyone for help. There's comfort in that.”

- Maggie Q

Maggie Q's Diet Plan

Healthy diet meal on a bowl

As a health coach specializing in weight loss, I find Maggie Q’s commitment to a vegan diet for over 20 years impressive.

In my practice, I've seen the benefits of plant-based diets, and I often guide clients in incorporating more plant-based meals into their routines for improved health and weight management.

Fortunately, Maggie shared enough posts about diet recipes for us to put together her diet plan.

Breakfast:

  • Acai bowl with coconut meat, goji berries, coconut oil, and mixed fruit
  • Cashew milk with mint leaves

Snack:

  • Smoothie with fruit, maca powder, flax seeds, and almond milk

Lunch:

  • Large bowl of salad with lettuce leaves, spinach, kale, mustard seeds, and sea salt
  • Whole-grain bread with almond butter

Snack:

  • Handful of unsalted mixed nuts

Dinner:

  • Kitchari with vegetable stock, mung beans, basmati rice, and coriander powder
  • Low-carb, dairy-free dessert

Maggie Q is big into food science and researching all types of foods she considers adding to her vegan meal plan. And if she can’t buy it at a fresh food market, then it likely won’t become part of her diet.

Do a bit of homework about what’s available in your city, and you’ll notice a big difference in your health, weight, and workout endurance.

Does She Take Any Supplements?

3 variation of supplements on a small bowl

With workout routines that span seven days, it’s no surprise that Maggie has a few supplements that she relies on.

I often recommend a similar approach to my clients, emphasizing the importance of supplements like protein powders and multivitamins for recovery and energy.

1. Protein Powder

The majority of common vegan protein powders don’t include the full amino acid profile. But if you pick a blend of rice and pea protein powder, you’ll have everything your muscles need to speed up recovery.

2. Super Greens

Maggie co-founded the supplement brand ActivatedYou with Dr. Edison De Mello, and one of their most popular products is called Morning Complete.

It combines prebiotics and probiotics with green superfoods that claim to keep the gut healthy and digestion working at optimum levels.

3. Multivitamins & Minerals

To supplement her vegan diet, she makes sure she gets enough B12, zinc, and iron. With an active workout plan and an action-star schedule, those are important to keep energy levels up.

The more active you are, the more important micronutrients become.


References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5051742/
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Senior Coach
Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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