May 26, 2015 03:26 PM

James Macari

Jessica Alba is the latest celebrity superwoman to admit to a major love-hate relationship with the gym.

The actress-entrepreneur, 34, told Shape in her new June cover story (on sale now) that while she doesn’t always want to dive into her fitness routine, she feels a sense of accomplishment when the workout is behind her.

“I have to break a sweat or I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done. When I only have 30 minutes, I’ll do a series of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks, and a few sun salutations,” the mom of two told the magazine. “But I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks.”

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The Fantastic Four actress has also come up with a solution for when she’s not feeling motivated on her own.

“I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me motivated and accountable. These days, I do power yoga with light weights in a 105-degree room, so it’s a mix of hot yoga and strength training. I also spin,” she said.

James Macari

Although Alba has had to take on intense training for physically demanding gigs like Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, her active lifestyle goes beyond her acting roles. The gorgeous mama, who is married to producer Cash Warren, 36, said that exuding body confidence is important for setting an example for her daughters, Honor, 6, and Haven, 3.

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“I felt more comfortable in my own skin after they were born. Plus, if I want them to be happy with their bodies, I need to walk the walk.”

And boy, is Alba walking the walk. (Or, more like sprinting.)

She told Shape, “I attribute my athletic body to the martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and strength training I did while filming Dark Angel. That’s made me strong and really set the bar.”

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—Jacqueline Andriakos

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