The best celebrity fitness profiles of 2011

Chris Haston, NBC

In 2011, we interviewed 26 South Florida celebrities regarding their fitness regimens. Just in time for New Year's resolutions, we've selected some of their best answers to our questions.

Read what they're doing to keep their bodies healthy and looking good. Maybe you'll get some new exercise or diet ideas from Anna Kournikova, who weight trains to maintain her curves and eats five meals a day. Or you'll get motivated by Jennifer Nicole Lee, who lost more than 70 pounds after the birth of her second child and now is one of the country's top fitness models. You might laugh with radio legend John "Footy" Kross, who says he's always in motion, "until I sit down and start having beer."

Among others, we profiled hall-of-fame golfer Beth Daniel, "All My Children" star Alicia Minshew, "Burn Notice" actor Coby Bell, Miss Florida Lissette Garcia and Mrs. United States Shannon Ford.

According to Ford, getting fit is "80 percent diet and 20 percent working out."

Most of these people exercise several days a week, eat lots of vegetables and lean meats, and snack often. They drink lots of water and virtually no soda, although many drink wine and other alcohol.

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Anna Kournikova

City of residence: Miami Beach

Height/weight: 5 feet, 9 inches; 130 pounds

Occupation: Personal trainer; coach on TV's "The Biggest Loser;" retired tennis pro

Why do you keep fit?

I crave exercise, crave sweating, crave stretching. Like a little baby stretches and yawns after waking up, it feels good. All your joints are lubricated.

For me, exercise is definitely about health. But it's also a great stress-reliever. I get on the treadmill and read a magazine, or listen to music, and feel like I'm releasing that energy, that stress.

Exercise gives me great energy. It's about being healthy, having energy, [parents] spending quality time with children. Looking good is literally a bonus …

I'm a typical slender Russian. I'm not a big girl, not a strong girl, so for me to have curves or maintain muscle mass I have to do weight training. Cardio just burns the calories.

What exercises do you do?

I mix it up. I play tennis three or four times a week, go to the gym, do StairMaster, swimming, planks, yoga, which didn't go so well last year because I injured my knee.

Yesterday I did treadmill and weight training. Today I did elliptical and weight training. I change up the weight training. Low reps (repetitions) and high weight yesterday, today high reps and low weight. I mainly do lower body and core. Core is crucial because I have a back problem. At least three times a week, I do core.

I do lower body mainly, but upper body a little. My arms tend to bulk up pretty fast. I focus on the girl parts, like the butt and legs.